• The parish was in the Stickney sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library (or Central Library) in Scunthorpe has the 1881 census for Hagnaby.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 636
1851 H.O. 107 / 2109 & 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2372
1871 R.G. 10 / 3387
1891 R.G. 12 / 2601

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The existing church building is from the late 18th century.
  • The church was restored in 1881.
  • The church is small and only seats about 70.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the wall around St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1684.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Stickney 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 parish and small village are located about 5 miles southwest of Spilsby. The parish only covers about 840 acres.

The village is nestled near a small stream called the Hagnaby Beck. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A155 east out of Keal for about a mile and a half. Or, head south out of Spilsby on the A16 and turn right (west) onto the A155
  • Check out our touring page.
You can see pictures of Hagnaby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Hagnaby Priory is a modern white brick mansion. In 1912, it was the seat of Mrs. POCKLINGTON-COLTMAN.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF345627 (Lat/Lon: 53.144474, 0.009481), Hagnaby which are provided by:


Military History

  • RAF East Kirkby is a former airfield opened in August 1943 as a bomber command station. The airfield is located just south-east of Hagnaby village.
  • Wikipedia tells us "In the 1950s, the base was used by the United States Air Force for Air Rescue squadrons".
  • The airfield closed in 1958 and was sold by the government in 1964. The Control Tower is now part of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.
  • David Hitchborne has a photograph of the Former East Kirkby Aerodrome on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2007.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the West division of the ancient Bolingbroke Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also in the Bolingbroke Soke.
  • In 1880 a detached part of the parish was transferred to Thorpe St. Peter parish.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



Year Inhabitants
1801 66
1831 71
1851 91
1871 85
1881 74
1891 65
1911 75


  • The children of this parish attended school in East Keal parish.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.