• The parish was in the Burgh sub-district of the Spilsby 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 / 2376
1871 R.G. 10 / 3393B
1891 R.G. 12 / 2604

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1870.
  • There is a photograph of St. Peter's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "more Lincolnshire".
  • Here is a photo of the Church of St. Peter taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1724.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This small village and parish lie 5 miles east of Spilsby. Candlesby parish lies to the west and Bratoft parish lies to the south. The parish covers only about 675 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village lies near the intersection of the A158 trunk road out of Skegness and the A1028 trunk road.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Gunby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Gunby Hall was built in 1700 of red brick. The MASSINGBERD family has long been associated with the manor and the parish.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF469668 (Lat/Lon: 53.177903, 0.196295), Gunby which are provided by:


Military History

General Sir Archibald Armar MONTGOMERY-MASSINGBERD resided in the parish around 1930. He was Chief of the Imperial General Staff.


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

  • The parish was in the ancient Wold division of the Candleshoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire, the parish is placed, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey district of the county.
  • You can contact the local Colsterworth and District Parish Council regarding civic or political issues. They are NOT staffed to assist you with family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings every other week.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union in January 1836.


Year Inhabitants
1801 38
1831 75
1851 89
1871 80
1881 80
1891 85
1911 77


  • The children of this parish attended school in Welton le Marsh.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.