• The parish was in the Willingham sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • In an 1890 redistricting, the parish was allocated to the Marton subdistrict of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish census returns for 1841 through 1901.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • Below are the census Piece Numbers, where known:
Piece Numbers
1841 H.O. 107 / 635
1861 R.G. 9 / 2410
1871 R.G. 10 / 3448
1891 R.G. 12 / 2636

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and dates from Norman times.
  • The church tower appears to be of Saxon origin.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Saxon tower on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
  • The church is often listed in 18th century directories as "an ancient structure."
  • The church seats 150.
  • There is a photograph of the church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Michael's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1586, but the Bishop's transcripts only go back to 1599.
  • Parish account records exist from 1742.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds a copy of the parish register entries for baptisms 1586-1917, burials 1586-1812 and marriages 1586-1947.
  • There is a photograph of the church on the Wendy Parkinson web site.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Corringham Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
  • The Free Methodists (later the United Methodists) built a chapel here between 1872 and 1900. This chapel eventually closed and was converted to a residence. For more on these chapels and their records, check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Willingham sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • In an 1891 redistricting, the parish was put in the Marton sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Glentworth is both a parish and a village about nine miles east of Gainsborough, eleven miles north of the city of Lincoln and just over 150 miles north of London. The parish itself is bordered on the north by Harpswell parish, on the east by the old Roman Road "Ermine Street", and to the south by Fillingham parish. The parish covers about 3,100 acres.

Glentworth village is in a small valley or dale. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A631 trunk road east out of Gainsborough and turn south at the B1398 intersection. The village will be about a mile south.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of Glentworth pond on Geo-graph, taken in 2011. One gathers that Jon was not impressed.
  • Stop by the Village Hall and ask for a schedule of current events.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Glentworth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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


Land and Property

  • In post-Conquest times, the parish belonged to the WRAY family who had a large mansion here. They later moved to Fillingham.
  • In 1842, 1872, 1900 and 1913, the Earl of Scarborough was the sole landowner.


  • The manor here belonged to the ancient family of WRAY. Sir William WRAY was elevated to Baronet in 1612.
  • Glentworth House, part of which was still standing in the early 1900's, was occupied by a farmer at the time.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Glentworth Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK946881 (Lat/Lon: 53.381537, -0.578585), Glentworth which are provided by:


Military History

Richard CROFT provides his photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.


Military Records

For a photograph of the Glentworth War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


Names, Geographical

  • The name Glentworth comes from the Old English glente+worth for "enclosure frequented by birds of prey". The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Glentewrde.
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

Names, Personal

  • White's 1842 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BARKER, BASSETT, BROWN, BURLEY, CLARK, CROSS, DAWBER, FATCHETT, FLOWER, GREASBY, HOLMES, KEY, MOTLEY, SIMMS, SMITH, TOMLINSON and WALKER.
  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BARTON, BROWN, CHARTERS, CROSS, DAWBER, DAWSON, FEATHERSTONE, FLINT, KEY, LAKE, SIMMS, SPENCER and WAUGH.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: BETTISON, BROWN, DAUBNEY, DENT, HUTCHINSON, KEY, NAEVE, POTTERTON, SIMMS, SIMPSON, SPENCER and WAUGH.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: CROSS, FOSTER, HILL, KEY, NAEVE, RABY, REEVE, SIMMS, STRAWSON, WAITE and WATMOUGH.

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 ancient Aslacoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also within the Soke of Kirton.
  • You may contact the Glentworth Parish Council about civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed or funded to help you with family history searches. Their website was still in development when checked in early 2013.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • In the early 1800's, the Earl of Scarborough paid £4 to each of three poor people in the parish Almshouse in the churchyard. He also gave them nine bushels of coal yearly and nine yards of blue cloth every third or fourth year.
  • At the same time, another Almshouse held a poor man and two poor women, each of whom received 13 Shillings per quarter and the same alotment of coal and cloth.
  • The Almshouses were built by Lord Chief Justice WRAY.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Gainsborough Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lincoln petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 193
1831 298
1851 316
1861 340
1871 300
1881 368
1891 316
1911 278


  • The Earl of Scarborough erected a school here in 1840. That building was replaced in 1876 with a building designed to hold 68 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.