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Gunby St Nicholas

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  • The parish was in the Colsterworth sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • After an 1890 district re-organisation, the parish was placed in the new "Grantham South" sub-district of the Grantham 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 / 618
1861 R.G. 9 / 2347
1871 R.G. 10 / 3355
1881 R.G. 11 / 3228
1891 R.G. 12 / 2582


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church was originally built in the 15th century on what is now Main Street.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1869.
  • The church only seats about 90 people.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the parish church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
  • Here is a photo of the Church of St. Nicholas taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Nicholas Church

Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1561 (some sources give 1715).
  • Boyd's marriage index covers the period from 1561 - 1810.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Beltisloe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Colsterworth sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • After an 1890 district re-organisation, the parish was placed in the new "Grantham South" sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration, which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Gunby is both a small village and a parish south of Grantham, off the A1 trunk road to the west. It lies between North Witham parish to the east and Sewstern parish in neighborhing Leicestershire to the west. The parish covers just overr 1,000 acres.

There is another Gunby (Gunby St. Peter) near Spilsby. If you arer planning a visit:

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Historical Geography

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



  • The parish had a single Inn, the Blue Fox Inn on Main street. Here are the names associated with the Inn in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Wm. MASON, vict.
1868 Richard MASON
1872 -- not listed --
1882 E. HOLLINGWORTH, farmer
1930 Miss Gertrude HOLLINGWORTH

There was no lodger at the Inn during the 1881 census, just family. Here is the census entry (RG 11/3228 folio 39):

Relationship Name Sex Age Where born
Head Edward HOLLINGWORTH M 36 Pickworth, Lincolnshire
wife Betsy HOLLINGWORTH F 34 Gunby, Lincolnshire
dau. Amy R. HOLLINGWORTH F 10 Gunby, Lincolnshire
dau. Gertrude E. HOLLINGWORTH F 5 Gunby, Lincolnshire
son Benjamin HOLLINGWORTH M 9 Heckington, Lincolnshire
dau. Edith A. HOLLINGWORTH F 2 Gunby, Lincolnshire
dau. Kate HOLLINGWORTH F 0 Gunby, Lincolnshire

Names, Geographical

  • Gunby is from Old Scandinavian for "village of Gunnhildr", and the name appeared as Gunelby in records from 1066 and 1069.
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

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 Wapentake of Beltisloe in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
  • For today's local governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate (Grantham) petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 113
1831 152
1841 166
1871 135
1891 162
1911 123


  • A local School Board was formed here on 20 September 1881. The district included Stainby parish.
  • The children of this parish attended school in Stainby.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.