Archives & Libraries

The Library at Louth will prove useful in your research.



Ian S. has a photograph of a potion of the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.



  • The parish was in the Tetney 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 / 635
1861 R.G. 9 / 2387
1871 R.G. 10 / 3410
1881 R.G. 11 / 3266
1891 R.G. 12 / 2611

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church has scorchmarks, reputedly caused by the Danes on one of their invasions. Parts of the church tower date from before the advent of William the Conquerer, but the structure appears to be Norman.
  • The church seats 120.
  • Jon HOLLAND has a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • Bob EMM has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2008.
  • Here are two photos of Saint Nicholas Church, taken by (and copyright of) Ron COLE.



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • The London Family History Centre has copies of the Bishop's Transcripts for 1561 thru 1844.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a 1641/2 Protestation Return for the Haverstoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The church has also been in the South Grimsby rural Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1860.
  • For more on this chapel and their records, check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.
  • Bob EMM has a photograph of the former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013. It is now a private residence.
  • Ian S. also has a photograph of the Former Wesleyan Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tetney 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

This parish and small village sits about 7 miles south of Grimsby. Waithe parish lies to the north and Tetney parish to the north-east. The parish covers about 1,200 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A16 trunk road south out of Grimsby for about 7 miles.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Grainsby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Grainsby Hall was built starting in 1086 just west of the village off of Grainsby Lane.
  • The Hall was rebuilt in the Italianate style in 1860.
  • Grainsby Hall was occupied by George Henry Caton HAIGH from 1900 through 1912.
  • Grainsby Hall was requisitioned by the Army during WW2 and fell into disrepair afterwards when maintenance costs had become unsustainable.
  • The Hall was demolished in February 1973. The walls of the garden are still in place.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF278995 (Lat/Lon: 53.477064, -0.076132), Grainsby which are provided by:


Officials & Employees

George Henry Caton HAIGH, mentioned in the Manors section above, became High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1912.


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 Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish is part of the "North Thoresby, Grainsby and Waithe Parish Council".
  • You may contact the Group Parish Council regarding civic or politiacl issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases were heard in the Grimsby petty sessions every other Thursday.
  • The parish was entitled to send one poor person to the almshouses at Ashby-cum-Fenby.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Louth Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 85
1811 90
1831 116
1841 103
1871 116
1881 148
1891 143
1901 123
1911 116


  • The children of this parish attended a school in North Thoresby parish.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.