Great Sturton



  • The parish was in the Wragby sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2365
1871 R.G. 10 / 3379
1891 R.G. 12 / 2597

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1904.
  • The church nave was restored in 1928.
  • The church seats 90 people.
  • There is a photograph of All Saints Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1656.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1883. For more on these chapels and their records, check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Great Sturton is both a parish and a "scattered" village 6 miles north-west of Horncastle and 16 miles east of Lincoln. The River Bain forms the eastern boundary. Sotby parish is to the north and Baumber parish to the south. The parish covers almost 1,600 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A158 trunk road north out of Horncastle and turn north onto the B1225 arterial at Baumber. The village should be about 2 miles further on your left.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.



Historical Geography

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



  • Sturton is supposed to have been a Roman station.
  • The trace of a Roman Road lies at the north edge of the parish.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF215766 (Lat/Lon: 53.272476, -0.179485), Great Sturton which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • Great Sturton is listed in many archival records under its Latin name: "Sturton Magna".

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county of Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the North division of the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council in favour of periodic Parish Meetings where they can discuss civic and political issues.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings every Saturday.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here about 1776.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 108
1811 130
1821 145
1831 138
1841 127
1851 138
1871 130
1881 145
1891 126
1901 109
1911 101
1921 101
1931 93


  • The children of this parish attended schools in Hatton and Baumber.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.