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  • A Burial Board was formed in Grantham in 1855 and they purchased nine acres of land in Harrowby for the town cemetery.
  • Grantham Cemetery opened for burials in 1857.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Harrowby Road Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2008.



  • The parish was in the Grantham sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In 1891 this parish was moved to the new "Grantham North" 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 / 625
1861 R.G. 9 / 2352
1871 R.G. 10 / 3363
1891 R.G. 12 / 2586

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Anne.
  • The Anglican parish churchyard was closed for new burials in 1857.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of St. Anne's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Church of the Ascension on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.

Church Records

  • I could find no record of a church in Harrowby parish between 1841 and recent times. The current Anglican Church is dedicated to The Ascension and is on Edinburgh Road.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Grantham Deanery to make your search easier. In the early 1900's, the parish was in the South Grantham Deanery.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Grantham sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In 1891 this parish was moved to the new "Grantham North" 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

Harrowby is an ancient ecclesiastical parish, but was divided into two parishes: Harrowby Within and Harrowby Without. Harrowby Within became part of the town of Grantham (see History) and Harrowby Without became the Civil Parish. The parish is a long, narrow strip of land running along the east side of Manthorpe and Grantham parishes, with Belton to the north. The parish covers about 1,323 acres.

The village of Harrowby has been absorbed into the conurbation of Grantham and constitutes the northeast portion of the town and includes the Alma Park Industrial Estate. The Oldershaw Brewery is in Harrowby. If you are planning a visit:

  • It is probably easiest to take the B6403 (the Roman Road, Ermine Street) where it passes Grantham to the east and turn off at Harrowby Lane toward Grantham.
  • A variety of photographs can be found on Flickr.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Harrowby is presumed to be one of the 8th or 9th century settlements established by the Vikings (Danes).
  • Also check the history of the Wapentake at the Loveden Wapentake website.

Land and Property

  • In 1872, the Earl of Harrowby was lord of the manor and owner of most of the parish.
  • In 1913, the principal landowner was P. C. de PARVICINI.


  • Harrowby Manor was purchased from the ROLT family by Sir Dudley RYDER in 1754.
  • In 1776, Nathaniel RYDER, then load of the manor, was created Baron Harrowby, and his son and successor, Dudley RYDER, was created Earl of Harrowby in 1809. Harrowby Hall is in the south portion of the parish. At one point, a moat surrounded the Manor.
  • Harrowby Hall was occupied by Ann ALLEN in 1841. In 1900, it was a farmhouse occupied by Thomas NEWTON, and in 1913 by Edward Cecil NEWTON.

Military History

  • The 4th Special Reserve Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment (Originally the Royal South Lincolnshire Militia) had its barracks here when Grantham became their headquarters, with the first building going up in 1858. A large drill hall was erected in 1911. They were later occupied by the A Squadron Lincolnshire Yeomanry and B Company of the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment Territorial Force.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Grantham Barracks on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2007.
  • In recent years, Harrowby has been home to the 4th Parachute Brigade, 2nd (Oban) Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Army.

Names, Geographical

  • The name probably derives from the Old Scandinavian Horgr+by, meaning "road to the settlement". The village name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Lincoln County and was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient Loveden Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
  • The parish is also within the eclessiastical boundaries of the Soke of Grantham.
  • On 31 December, 1894, the Civil Parish of Harrowby was re-incorporated with new boundaries.
  • On 1 October, 1930, the Civil Parish of Harrowby was reduced by 424 acres which were transfered to Grantham Civil Parish.
  • On 1 April, 1931, the Civil Parish of Harrowby was abolished and merged with Londonthorpe Civil Parish.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


Year Inhabitants
1801 51
1841 60
1851 67
1891 64
1901 63
1911 73
1921 121


  • See Grantham for information on schools. I do not know when it was established, but there is currently a St. Anne's Primary school on Harrowby Road.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.