Holton Beckering



  • The parish was in the North-East sub-district of the Lincoln 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 / 637
1861 R.G. 9 / 2364
1871 R.G. 10 / 3377
1891 R.G. 12 / 2596
1901 R.G. 13 / 3067

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1800.
  • The church was extensively repaired in 1859.
  • The church underwent extensive repairs in 1870-1874.
  • The church is a Grade I structure with English Heritage.
  • The church seats 130 people.
  • Tradition says that Beckering had a church once, but all trace is now gone.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.
  • Julian P. GUFFOGG also has a photograph of the Church Interior on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2016.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints' Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish church register dates from the year 1560.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Holton Beckering is a parish and small town about 2.5 miles north of Wragby and 11 miles north-east of Lincoln. To the west is Wickenby parish, to the north is Lissington parish and to the south lies Rand parish. The parish covers about 1,800 acres. Included in the parish is the hamlet of Beckering on the south side of the valley. The parish is often refered to as "Holton cum Beckering". This name was adopted to differentiate this Holton from others in Lincolnshire.

The village of Holton lies on the north side of the valley. A small rivulet runs south of the village, eventually joining the River Witham. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Holton Beckering which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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


Land & Property

  • In Kelly's 1900 directory, the principal landowners are Mrs. KIRKPATRICK-CALDECOT, lady of the manor, William FitzWilliam BURTON and Mr. John DENNARD of Owmby.


  • Holton Hall was the seat of the CALDECOTT family for centuries.
  • In 1842, Holton Hall was occupied by a Wm. Rayner BURTON.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF116813 (Lat/Lon: 53.316929, -0.32547), Holton Beckering which are provided by:


Military History

  • Ian S. has a photograph of the Boar War memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2018. Alas, the contrast is too little to allow us to read the names.
  • Ian S. also has a photograph of the World War One Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2018.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Holton is Old English, Hoh+tun, or "farmstead on a spur of land". It first appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Houtune. The name Beckering is probably Old Scandinavian, Beckkr+inga, or "dwellers at a stream".
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991]

Names, Personal

  • In White's 1843 directory, he lists the following people in the parish: Thos. Maddison ADAMS, William ADAMS, John BRATTON, Ann CAPP, William GOODMAN, Rev. J. HALE, Jno. JOHNSON, William LINGARD, Matthew PHILLIPSON, Isaac ROBINSON, George THOMPSON and Martin WEST.
  • In Kelly's 1900 directory, he lists the following people in the parish: Thomas COOK, Thomas DRURY, John FENTON, Joseph GOY, Mrs. Sarah Jane HARDWICK, Thomas MILNS, Thomas MUMBY, Aiwyn MUSGRAVE, Percy MUSGRAVE, Campbell NEAVE, Rev. James OSBORNE, and Samuel TINKER.

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey division of the county, in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish has also been listed in Directories, perhaps erroneously, as in the East Lindsey division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to have periodic Parish Meetings rather than a formal Parish Council. Therefore there is no staff to do family history searches for you. You may contact them regarding civic or political issues, however.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of the month.
  • At an unknown date, Thomas BLOW and Mrs. Frances CALDECOTT left small sums each year for the poor of the parish.
  • In 1622, William UNDERWOOD left property to generate 5 Shillings each year for the poor of the parish.
  • In 1628, Robert HUNT left property to generate 10 Shillings annually for the poor of the parish.
  • In 1660, William SPALDING left property to generate 6 Shillings, 8 pence each year for the poor of the parish.
  • In 1662, Lund CALDECOTT left property to generate 33 Shillings each year for the poor of the parish.
  • In 1696, William PARROTT left property to generate 3 Shillings, 4 pence each year for the poor of the parish.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Reform Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 104
1831 168
1841 191
1871 152
1881 165
1891 135
1911 118
1921 103
1951 123
1961 115
2001 150


  • A Church of England School was built here some time before 1872. In 1900, average attendance was 13.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.