Gayton le Wold



  • The parish was in the Binbrook 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 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2384
1871 R.G. 10 / 3406
1891 R.G. 12 / 2609

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was rebuilt of brick in 1775.
  • The church was restored in 1888.
  • The church is a Grade II listed buidling with British Heritage.
  • The church seats only about 60 people.
  • Grimblethorpe was an extra-parochial patch of 632 acres of land. It became a civil parish in 1857, but remained an extra-parochial ecclesiastical parish. The residents of this land attended church in Gayton le Wold.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2010.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Peter's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1777.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The United Methodists (later Free Methodists) built a chapel here in 1854. The Wesleyan Methodists built one in 1869. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Binbrook 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 & Travel

Gayton le Wold is a parish on the River Bain, situate between Louth and Burgh on Bain, 6 miles west of Louth and 3 miles north of Donington on Bain. The parish is in the Wold Hills and covers about 1,160 acres.

Gayton le Wold, as a village, is too small to appear on most small scale (large area) maps. If you are planning a visit:

  • By car, take the A157 north-east out of Wragby toward Louth. Just east of Burgh on Bain, turn south. About a mile south of Burgh on Bain and you are in Gayton le Wold parish.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Gayton le Wold which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Grimblethorpe Hall is about 3 miles SE of Ludford and about 6 miles west of Louth. The hall bears the arms of the MADDISON family.
  • The Hall is a Grade II listed buidling with British Heritage.
  • There is a Gayton Manor mentioned in Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire, but not described. It is the residence of Robert R. KIRKHAM at that time.
  • The Manor House is a Grade II listed buidling with British Heritage.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF237861 (Lat/Lon: 53.356955, -0.142822), Gayton le Wold which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Wold division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In April, 1936, this parish was enlarged by 861 acres gained when Biscathorpe Civil Parish was abolished.
  • That same month, this parish was enlarged by 632 acres gained when Grimblethorpe Civil Parish was abolished.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the petty session hearings in the Louth Courthouse every other Wednesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 67
1831 127
1841 125
1851 114
1871 115
1881 151
1891 118
1901 101
1911 120


  • The children of this parish attended school in Burgh-on-Bain.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.