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  • The parish was in the Spilsby 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 636
1851 H.O. 107 / 2109
1861 R.G. 9 / 2375
1871 R.G. 10 / 3393A
1891 R.G. 12 / 2603


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Harrington area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church is a building of Somersby sandstone and Ancaster stone. It replaced an earlier church built in the parish. This new church appears to date from the 13th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1854-5.
  • Electric lighting was installed in the church in 1920.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 120.
  • Rod COLLINS has more church history at his web site.
  • There is a photograph of St. Mary's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • And another photograph of St. Mary's Church is on the Flickr web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Mary's Church

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1697.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish in the rural deanery of South Hill.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
  • There is a photograph of a monument in St. Mary's Church on the Flickr web site.
  • A rather sad epitaph, marking the end of a family line, is in Harrington. It is to Thomas COPLEDIKE who died childless, in spite of two marriages, in 1658 aged 72.
"Of ancient stock here lies ye last and best
Who hath attained to his eternal rest.
This monument bespeakes not him alone
It saith the familie with him is gone.
But heaven receiveth saints. They'r happy then
Which live as saints, although they die like men."

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Spilsby 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

Harrington is both a village and a parish. It is located 6 miles west of Alford and 8 miles east-north-east of Horncastle. The parish covers about 1,065 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Harrington Hall was built by a member of the COPPLEDIKE family in the reign of Henry VII or Henry VIII. The date of 1681 appears on the weather vane.
  • In 1832, Alfred Lord Tennyson visited Harrington Hall. In 1855 he wrote a poem entitled "Maud" which was inspired by spending time in the walled garden of the hall.
  • The hall was damaged by a fire in 1991.
  • The hall is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • There is a nice photograph of Harrington Hall on the "Pictures of England" web site.

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 (or Hill Hundred) in the East Lindsey district in the 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 Spilsby petty session hearings every other Monday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 59
1831 70
1841 107
1851 114
1871 133
1881 123
1891 101
1911 94


  • The children of this parish attend school at Brinkhill parish.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.