Great Carlton



  • The parish was in the Saltfleet 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 / 630
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2385
1871 R.G. 10 / 3407 & 3408
1891 R.G. 12 / 2610
1901 R.G. 13 / 3086

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1860 using Ancaster stone.
  • The church tower was restored in 1894.
  • The church seats 230.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. John the Baptist's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of Saint John's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • The LFHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1869. 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 Saltfleet 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 and Travel

Great Carlton is a village and a parish just 6 miles south-east of Louth. Gayton-le-Marsh parish is to the south and Manby parish to the north-west. The parish covers about 2,300 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A157 trunk road south out of Louth, and turn east onto the B1200 arterial road. Turn south at Grimoldby to pass thru Manby and Little Carlton.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Great Carlton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Carlton Lodge is an Elizabethan-style mansion. In 1900 it was the home of Rev. Frederic PRETYMAN.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF408856 (Lat/Lon: 53.348552, 0.113721), Great Carlton which are provided by:


Military History

  • John READMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.
  • John FIRTH has a photograph of the War Memorial also on Geo-graph, taken in 2010.

Names, Geographical

  • In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Magna Carleton.
  • The name Carlton derives from the Old English Ceorlatun meaning "the village of the free peasants".

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Marsh division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey division of the county in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings.
  • No Poorlaw records have been deposited in the Lincoln Archives for this parish. [Anne COLE, 2008]


Year Inhabitants
1801 202
1831 280
1841 352
1871 276
1881 261
1891 245
1901 237
1911 212
1921 187


  • A Free School was founded here in 1716 by Sir Edward SMITh, baronet, for both Little Carlton and Great Carlton. It was rebuilt in 1838. In 1871 it was enlarged and re-established as a Public Elementary School. It closed in 1976.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.