Archives & Libraries

The Library at Louth will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the Binbrook sub-district of the Louth 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 / 636
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2384
1871 R.G. 10 / 3406
1891 R.G. 12 / 2609

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was built in the Norman period, probably in the 1400s.
  • The church seats 180.
  • The church is Grade I listed with British Heritage.
  • There are photographs of the church at the Lincolnshire Churches website.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1674.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The HENEAGE family who held this parish embraced the Catholic faith. A Catholic chapel was erected in the parish in 1836 and dedicated to Saint Francis of Sales.
  • For more on researching this chapell, see our Non-Conformist Church Records page.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the Hainton parish register for 1631 through 1961.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Hainton is both a village and a parish. It lies 10 miles west of Louth on the road to Wragby. South Willingham parish lies to the south and Sixhills parish to the north. The parish covers about 2,300 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A157 west out of Louth. You'll pass through Burgh on Bain and the next village should be Hainton. Alternatively, you could take the A158 trunk road northwest out of Horncastle, turn west at Benniworth and proceed to Hainton.
  • There are photographs from inside the church at the FLICR website.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Hainton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In 1808, Hainton and Donington established an annual Ploughing Match, held every November.
  • In the late 1800s there used to be a train station just outside the village on the Louth and Lincoln branch of the Great Northern Railway.
  • The Heneage Arms Hotel, named in honor of the prominent Heneage family, was run by Hy. Edwin FLINTOFF in 1913. In 1930, Geo. W. HOBBINS was the proprietor.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the Heneage Arms on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.


  • Hainton Hall was a large and ancient manor house which stood on 145 acres.
  • Hainton Hall was the seat of the HENEAGE family for time immemorial.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF182845 (Lat/Lon: 53.344608, -0.225306), Hainton which are provided by:


Military History

Pat COOK provides letters written by Joe SMITH, born in Hainton in 1896, starting from just before the Great War until his death in 1916. These are letters to his devoted mother, telling of his enlistment and life in the Royal Navy, his training, uniform, girl friends, sleeping in a hammock, and stories of life on the ship. Please enjoy Joe's letters home.


Military Records

For a photograph of the Hainton Roll of Honour and a list of the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


Names, Geographical

  • The name "Hainton" is pronounced by locals as "Ainton".
  • The name is given in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Haintone".
  • The name is from the Old English "Haegen + tun", which means "farmstead in an enclosure".

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the east division of the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district and in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of every month.


Year Inhabitants
1801 216
1811 212
1831 268
1841 322
1871 276
1881 304
1891 297
1901 283
1911 283


  • A school was first built here in 1846-7, partially funded by the HENEAGE family.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.