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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 635
1851 H.O. 107 / 2114
1861 R.G. 9 / 2392
1871 R.G. 10 / 3421
1891 R.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
1801 168
1831 287
1841 374
1871 408
1881 411
1891 347
1901 353
1911 373


  • 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):