• The parish was in the Tetford 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.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2369
1871 R.G. 10 / 3383
1891 R.G. 12 / 2599

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church is very tiny, having seating for only 88.
  • The belfry was restored in 1863.
  • There is a photo of the church on Geograph.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyrights).



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish in the rural deanery of Hill No. 1.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tetford 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 and Travel

Greetham is both a village and a parish in the Wold hills, 3.5 miles east of Horncastle and 7 miles north-west of Spilsby. Fulletby parish lies to the north and High Toynton parish to the west. The parish covers about 1,180 acres.

Greetham village sits on a hill overlooking Horncastle. It is one of the highest points in the county and commands extensive views of the countryside and parts of the North Sea. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Greetham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In 1842, Greetham House was the property of Robert DENNIS, who had built it in 1832.
  • In 1872, Greetham House was the residence of "The Misses DENNIS".
  • Patricia McCRORY has a photograph of what she believes is Greetham Manor House, taken in 2008. She retains the copyright, but would like someone to veriofy that she is correct:




  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF309705 (Lat/Lon: 53.215696, -0.041628), Greetham which are provided by:


Military History

  • The parish has given its name to an inshore minsweeper. See the Dive Malta site for more information.
  • The War Memorial plaques in All Saints Church were photographed by William Browning and are at Geo-graph.

Politics and 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 Hill Wapentake (Hill Hundred) in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings every Saturday.
  • The poor had income from Cross Closes, property left by Elizabeth SOMERSBY in 1733.
  • The common fields were enclosed here in 1794.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.
  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of The Terraces on Geo-graph, taken in 2007. These former almshouses are now Grade II structures with British Heritage.


Year Inhabitants
1801 111
1811 130
1821 148
1831 152
1841 177
1851 179
1871 180
1881 147
1891 131
1911 306


  • A day school was built here in 1870 by the Misses DENNIS and was attended then by 40 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.