Gayton le Marsh



  • The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 634
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2379
1871 R.G. 10 / 3398
1891 R.G. 12 / 2606

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint George.
  • The church was rebuilt and the tower restored in 1847.
  • The church seats 201.
  • The church was demolished in 1971.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of what looks like the Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007. It is in fact a chapel that has been converted to a residence.

Church Records

  • The Anglican church register dates from 1687.
  • In 1778, the following church seat assignments were recorded in the parish register: Seats alloted (sic) in the Parish Church of Gayton on April 23 rd 1778. No 1 to Wm STANNILAND, 2 to Wm COOKE, 3 to Thos WILSON, 4 to Thos GLENTWORTH, 5 to John LEARY, 6 to John TYSON, 7 to Robt BRIAN, 8 to John KITCHING & his Cottager, 9 to Joseph WOODROOFFE, 10 to John ELVIN & his Cottager, 11 to Richard MAIDENS, 12 & 13 to Charles GOODHAND, 14 to Wm HOLLAND, 15 to Wm TAYLOR, (no 16) 17 The Minister's reading-Desk, 18 to Henry JAQUES, 19 to Thos PARISH, 20 to John HALGARTH & his Cottager, 21 to Robt HARRISTON, 22 to Widows WADSLEY & WILKINSON, 23 to Widows FROW & BRODWELL, 24 to Samuel MERRIKIN & his Cottager, 25 to John WILSON, 26 to the remaining Cottagers...by Steph FYTCHE Rector, Willm TAYLOR Churchwarden.
  • We have the beginning of a pop-up text file of "Parish Register extracts for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1894 to replace an earlier one built in 1837. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Chris has a photograph of the original Chapel Datestone from 1837 at Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This village and parish lies 138 miles north of London, 8 miles east-south-east of Louth and 6 miles north of Alford. The Great Eau River forms part of the parish boundary on the east. Withern parish is to the south. The parish covers about 2,280 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village lies just off the A157 which travels between Louth and Mablethorpe.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Gayton le Marsh which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Gayton le Marsh has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • A steam engine was installed here in 1874 to help drain the parish lands. The red brick pumping station is now a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF426842 (Lat/Lon: 53.335793, 0.13999), Gayton le Marsh which are provided by:


Military Records

There is a single Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard for:

  • Charles Henry NEEDHAM
  • son of William and Ellen NEEDHAM
  • 6th btln., Lincolnshire Regt.
  • age 19, born Gayton le Marsh
  • died 31 May 1916

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Marsh division of the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.
  • The parish is small enough that it has no formal Parish Council. The citizens do hold a Parish Meeting periodically to deal with social and political issues.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings on alternate Tuesdays.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 238
1811 229
1831 306
1841 312
1871 317
1881 248
1891 251
1901 209
1911 224
1921 167


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1837 to hold about 60 students.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.