• The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle 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 / 635
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2367
1871 R.G. 10 / 3381
1891 R.G. 12 / 2598

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was partially restored in 1855.
  • The Church of All Saints was taken down in 1886, and a replacement erected, but it had not been consecrated by 1913. At that time, the inhabitants used the church at Asterby.
  • The Parish Council meets in the church periodically.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyrights).



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1686, but the Bishop's transcripts go back to 1561.
  • The Society of Genealogists has the parish burial records for 1813-1900.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • By 1676 there were twenty dissenters (Non-conformists) in Goulceby. By 1701 the Goulceby Baptist Chapel, established under the rule that a Non Conformist chapel must be five miles distant from a market town, had 106 members of which 25 were resident in the parishes of Asterby and Goulceby, 30 from Donington, 16 from Stenigot and the rest from surrounding villages.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1837 and the Wesleyans built theirs the next year, in 1838. The United (formerly Free) Methodists built a chapel here in 1854. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Goulceby (also found as Goulsby) is both a village and parish in the Wolds, seven miles southwest of Louth and seven miles north of Horncastle and bounded on the west by the River Bain. Asterby parish is to the east and Ranby parish to the west. Piewipe Hill in the parish was so named because of it's association with the Lapwing, or Peewit, which, not so long ago, occurred in vast flocks. They are now only seen in relatively small numbers. The parish covers just under 1,200 acres (and was slightly larger before 1900).

The village of Goulceby is in a narrow dale on one of the tributary streams of the River Bain. If you are planning a visit:

  • The village lies just west of the Horncastle to Louth road, the A153, about midway between those two towns.
  • Bus service is provided by The Carlberry Co.
  • The Goulceby Post is a bed and breakfast establishment.
  • Goulceby is along the Viking Way, a popular walking path in the Wolds.
  • Sited just above Goulceby, the Red Hill Nature Reserve is owned by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
  • Sadly the Three Horse Shoe pub closed in Goulceby in 2008.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Goulceby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In 1876, a bridge was built over the River Bain to Ranby. The cost of £160 was paid by voluntary contributions.
  • In 2003, there was a sighting of a large cat, believed to be a black panther, between Goulceby and Hemingby. There have been numerous sightings over the years of what the media calls "the Lincolnshire Lion" and other derisive names.


  • Maps WorldWide may be able to provide you with a Landranger map of Horncastle. Ask for "Landranger Map 0122: Skegness & Horncastle".
  • See our Maps page for resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF253791 (Lat/Lon: 53.294053, -0.12155), Goulceby which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • Locals pronounce the name as "Goal-ceby" and "Ghoul-ceby".

Politics & 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 Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You can contact the local joint Parish Council for Asterby, Goulceby and Ranby regarding civic or political issues. They are NOT staffed to assist you with family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings every Saturday.
  • The poor received an annual rent charge of £2 10s. (in 1913) derived from the manor at Asterby, left by Anthony ACHAM in 1638.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 191
1811 192
1821 244
1831 252
1841 347
1851 379
1871 302
1881 250
1891 198
1911 167
1991 130


  • The children of this parish attended the Endowed School in Asterby.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.