In addition to the churchyard cemetery, the parish has a civic cemetery located in Front Street and managed by the Parish Council, with the earliest stone dated 1896.



  • The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • 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 / 2114
1861R.G. 9 / 2392
1871R.G. 10 / 3421
1891R.G. 12 / 2621

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The Anglican parish church dates back to the 13th century, accounting for its Gothic Style. One of the church bells dates to 1500.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1869.
  • The church steeple was taken off the church tower in the 1800s because it was unsafe.
  • The church spire was still considered unsafe around 1948 and it was taken down and a new top put in place.
  • The church seats about 156 people.
  • A photograph of All Saints church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of All Saints on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2004.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of All Saints Church at Geo-graph, taken in 2006.
  • Peter WOOD also has a photograph of All Saints church on Geo-graph, taken on a wet day in April, 2018.
  • Paul HARROP also has a photograph of All Saints tower on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2016.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints' Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653 for baptisms and burials, from 1754 for marriages.
  • We have a handful of register entries from the Anglican Parish Church. Your additions and corrections are welcome.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1840. The Wesleyan chapel was demolished around 2000.
  • The Primitive Methodists built theirs in 1841. The Primitive Methodists rebuilt their chapel in 1893. The Primitive Methodist chapel is now a private residence. For more information on these chapels, see our Non-Conformist Church Records page.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the former Primitive Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • Chris MORGAN also has a photograph of the former Primitive Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This parish and village in the northern Lincolnshire Wolds, is 3 miles north-west of Caistor on the road to Brigg. The parish itself is a long, thin format, running roughly north and south, and just west of Clixby parish.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The village is just south of the A1084 trunk road between Brigg and Caistor. The road drops down into the village, but there are still great views of the countryside.
  • The old Viking Way passes through the heart of the village.
  • There is a lot of active use of the Village Hall.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Grasby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Charles TENNYSON, brother of Lord Alfred, lived here and was vicar of the church for about 40 years. He came to the parish in 1835, a few years after changing his name to Charles Tennyson TURNER on succeeding to the estate of his great-uncle Samuel TURNER of Caistor. His wife's sister was the wife of Alfred TENNYSON.
  • There is a history of Grasby at the Grasby Parish Council site. It appears to be mostly excerpts from historical directories.
  • Clint MANN has a photograph of the Cross Keys Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in March, 1979. The pub is still operating.
  • Steve FAREHAM also has a photograph of the Cross Keys Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.
  • In 1900 and again in 1913, the proprietor of the Cross Keys Pub is given as George ROSKILLY.


  • The national grid reference is TA 0804.
  • You'll want an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, which has a scale of 2.5 inches to the mile.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA087049 (Lat/Lon: 53.529391, -0.361433), Grasby which are provided by:


Military Records

For a list of names on the war memorial plaques, see the Memorials site.

We also have Ifor BARTON's Roll of Honour as a Portable Document File you can download and print out.


Names, Geographical

  • The name is often found in older records with the additional S as in "GRASS-by".

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the North Lindsey division of Lindsey.
  • In April, 1936, this Civil Parish was enlarged by 1,261 acres when Clixby Civil Parish was abolished.
  • You can contact the local Grasby Parish Council regarding civic or political issues. They are NOT staffed to assist you with family history questions.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Caistor petty session hearings on the fourth Wednesday of each month and nearly every Saturday.
  • In 1720, Samuel FAULDIN left the rent charge from land in the parish to the poor. In 1841 this was 40 shillings per year.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants


  • Charles Tennyson TURNER rebuilt the village school in 1855.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of Grasby School at Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • Jonathan THACKER also has a photograph of the Grasby All Saints Church of England Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011.
  • Here is a photo of Grasby School, taken by Debbie SHEARWOOD (who retains the copyright):