Archives & Libraries

  • Goxhill Library
  • Howe Lane
  • Goxhill, Lincs


  • The parish was in the Barton sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • We have a handful of entries extracted from the 1901 Census for you to search.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 635
1851H.O. 107 / 2116 & 2118
1861R.G. 9 / 2402 & 2403
1871R.G. 10 / 3436
1881R.G. 11 / 3289
1891R.G. 12 / 2630
1901R.G. 13 / 3107

Church History

  • At Littleworth are the remains of a Cistercian nunnery, founded before 1185.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church dates from the 15th century.
  • The church was restored in 1878-79.
  • The church seats about 400.
  • Stop and visit the Methodist church while you are there, as well as Goxhill Hall and the nearby Thornton Abbey, which dates back to the reign of Henry 8th.
  • There is a photograph of All Saints Church on the Wendy Parkinson Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyrights).



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish church registers exist from 1561.
  • This site has a partial Parish Register Extract which may include some of your ancestors. Please verify anything you find there. And your additions are welcome.
  • The LFHS has several marriage indexes for the Yarborough Deanery.
  • The Baptists, Primitive Methodists and Wesleyan Methodists all had chapels in the parish. The Wesleyan chapel was built in 1828 and the Primitive Methodist one in 1890-91. Find out about the current Methodist ministry circuit in the Barton region that serves Goxhill. 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 Barton sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

This village and parish are on the south side of the Humber River, just across the river from Kingston Upon Hull. Five miles to the east is Barton upon Humber and four miles to the south is the village of Ulceby. About six miles to the south is the Humberside International Airport.

Goxhill is a fair-sized parish, covering 5860 acres of land, more or less, and it includes the hamlet of Littleworth about a mile east of the village, where the remains of Goxhill Priory (established circa 1185) can be found, and the little hamlet of Goxhill Ferry near the river. The Skitter Sand silt bed sits on the river bank where the river turns from an easterly flow to a southeasterly run. The land is low and sometimes marshy, but the soil is rich and fertile.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Goxhill can be reached off the A1077 trunk road either off of the A15 or the A160 main roads.
  • For folks on holiday, there is camping and a caravan park west of the village.
  • The Glengarth Hotel at South End provides nice accomodations, described as a "19th century Lincolnshire farmhouse surrounded by beautiful countryside within easy walking distance of the Humber River."
  • Goxhill also offers bird watching, bicycling, hiking and watching the other tourists for entertainment.
  • Ancient clay pits (Dawson City Clay Pits at Grid Ref. TA1325) near Goxhill are part of the Lincolnshire Trust.
  • There is an old railway line leading to an abandoned World War Two airfield once used by the US Air Force.
  • Goxhill is a horse lover's paradise and reputedly has more horses than people.
  • Goxhill also has a "Summer Fayre" in July, a popular horse show and gymkhana, but the precise date must be obtained from the tourism board.
  • The Goxhill Gander is a free magazine provided to locals with a lot of useful information. Use the website to find out more information.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Goxhill which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • There is a picturesque old Windmill at Goxhill in the North Lincolnshire Archives.
  • Stop by All Saints church to view an interesting >ancient painting (circa 1450).
  • The railway arrived in 1848 and still serves the village via Barton-on-Humber.
  • In recent times the village had its own newspaper, the Goxhill Gander. Adam Ellis advises that it is still in publication. You can reach them via e-mail at Goxhill Gander to enquire about a subscription.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA103214 (Lat/Lon: 53.677646, -0.332251), Goxhill which are provided by:


Military History

  • During World War I the Royal Flying Corps had a landing ground here, just east of the village.
  • The RAF opened a barrage balloon station here, in the same spot, early in World War II to assist in the protection of the port of Hull and shipping on the River Humber.
  • In June, 1941, the station was transfered to 1 Group Bomber Command.
  • In December, 1941, the airfield was transfered to 62 Group Fighter Command.
  • In December, 1942, the airfield was transfered to the USA for fighter pilot training.
  • Fighter Command took over again in January, 1945, and flying ceased in May, 1942.
  • Maintenance Command took over in December, 1953, and the airfield was sold off in 1962.
  • Photographs of some of the buildings show them to be very derelict. The Control Tower was demolished in 2002.

Military Records

The following deaths are recorded on the Goxhill airfield memorial:

  • FERRARA, L. A., 2nd Lieut., 26 May 1944.
  • LEPIRD, Jack D., 2nd Lieut., 24 Jul 1943.
  • MATHIAS, William M., 1st Lieut., 29 Jun 1943.
  • McPHERSON, Harry H., 1st Lieut., 24 Jul 1943.
  • PETERSON, Arman, Col., 1 Jul 1943.

Names, Geographical

  • The meaning of the name of the parish is in doubt. It appears to come from Old Scandinavian gaukr married to Old English hill, meaning "hill of the cuckoo" or it could be Gaukr+leah meaning "clearing of a man named Gaukr". In the Domesday Book of 1086, the name appears as Golse and in a 1212 source as Goulsele.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

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 North Division of the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the Glandford Brigg district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Lincolnshire Council website.

Poor Houses, Poor Law





  • In 1733 schooling started in Goxhill, with a grant of interest from 20 Pounds by Richard EMBROUGH to educate two poor children.
  • The Wesleyans built a Public Elementary School here in 1855.
  • The Wesleyan School became the Goxhill County School, now serving about 250 students. The record books of weekly classwork 1964-75 (Acc 96/6) completed by the headteacher is archived but not online. The Log Books prior to 1892 have not been found.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.