Holton le Clay



  • The parish was in the Tetney 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.
1841H.O. 107 / 637
1851H.O. 107 / 2112
1861R.G. 9 / 2387
1871R.G. 10 / 3410
1881R.G. 11 / 3266
1891R.G. 12 / 2611

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • Parts of the church building date back to Saxon or early Norman times.
  • The church was repaired and partly rebuilt in 1850.
  • The church was restored and repaired in 1868.
  • The church seats only 90.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.
  • Here is a photo of St. Peter's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1750.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a 1641/2 Protestation Return for the Haverstoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists also had a small chapel here, built in 1827. The Primitive Methodists also had a chapel built in 1836. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Tetney 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

Holton-le-Clay is a village and a parish 150 miles north of London and about 5 miles south of Great Grimsby. The parish covers about 1,530 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is on the road between Grimsby and Louth (now the A16).
  • Stagecoach Lincolnshire, provides daily bus service on its 51 line.
  • Both railway stations in the parish are now closed.
  • John BEAL has a photograph of where one of the Railway stations used to be, on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Holton le Clay which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Royal Oak Inn serves as the hub of local news and information in the village.
  • These are the names associated with the Royal Oak P. H. in various directories:
1842-- not listed --
1856-- not listed --
1868-- not listed --
1872Charles STOVIN, victualler
1882John FRESHNEY, vict.
1889William BLACKBORN.
1900Joseph W. LITTLE
1913Arthur Atkinson KIRK
1930Fred FARMERY

The Royal Oak had two lodgers in 1881. Here is the census entry (RG 11/3266 folio 158):

RelationshipNameSexAgeWhere born
HeadJohn FRESHNEYM52Fulstow, Lincolnshire
wifeEllen FRESHNEYF51Aylesby, Lincolnshire
servantJane SHERIFFF16North Thoresby, Lincolnshire
lodgerMaria BLACKBURNF35Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
lodgerWilliam GRANTM53Alford, Lincolnshire


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA286028 (Lat/Lon: 53.50617, -0.06242), Holton le Clay which are provided by:


Military History

  • November 1978 saw the unveiling of the 100 Sqn RAF memorial at Holton le Clay, close to the Squadron's WWII base at Waltham. The RAF memorial is located next to the A16. The old airfield is just to the south-west of the village.

Military Records

John Readman provides the following, taken from the Roll of Honour at St. Peter's church. (See our disclaimer.) It's for the Great War 1914-1919. It lists all the people from the village who went to war and names those who were killed:

  • Harry BEEVERS, 1. South Stafford's. 2. Royal Irish Fusiliers, France and Salonica
  • William BOGG, 11th Lincolns
  • George E. BOYERS, Sapper in Royal Engineers, Railway Construction in Egypt
  • Herbert Henry BROCKLESBY, Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport in France
  • J. T. BROWN, 10th Lincolns, Wounded in France
  • Charles DIXON, 1. 10th Lincolns, 2. 8th Lincolns, 3. 7th Lincolns, In France-Wounded, June 16th, 1915, and July 2nd, 1916
  • Wilfred DOBBS, Rifleman in 9th Batt. King's Royal Rifles, In France- Prisoner of War, March 21st, 1918. Died November 10th, 1918
  • Stephen DOBBS, 1. Kent Yeomanry, 2. Remount Squadron, Dardenelles and England
  • Cecil Bernard DORMAN, Sapper in Royal Engineers, Railway Ordnance Department-France
  • John P. DUNNINGTON, Royal Engineers, France
  • Arthur Fyfe FORGE, 2nd Lieutenant, 8th Lincolns, In France-Killed in Action, October 4th, 1917
  • George Henry HUTSON, Lance-Corporal, 1. 5th Lincolns, 2. North Stafford's, 1. In France, 2. In Ireland, 3. France - Killed in Action, April 15th, 1918
  • Arthur HUTSON, 53rd Leicester's
  • Charles Hubert JEFFS, Lieutenant, 1. 5th Border Regiment attached to 1) Royal Flying Corps, 2) Royal Air Force, In France- Prisoner of War 1917-1918
  • John Roland JEFFS, Rifleman in 16th Batt, King's Royal Rifles, Belgium and France
  • Oliver Douglas JEFFS, 1. Royal Flying Corps, 2. Royal Air Force, Belgium and France, 1st Air Mechanic, (Wireless Section)
  • J. Thomas KINGSTON
  • France William MARSHALL, 1. 5th Lincolns 2. Substitution Company
  • Charles NEAL, Northumberland Fusiliers
  • France Harry PHILLIPS, 1st Lincolns, France -Wounded, June 16th, 1915
  • Fred PINDER, Lance-Corporal 7th Lincolns, France-Killed in Action October 12th, 1917
  • H. Jesse RINGROSE, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery, France - Wounded September 10th, 1917
  • Albert RINGROSE, 6th South Stafford's, In Ireland and France - Wounded August 1st 1917
  • Cyril ROOTS, 2nd Lincolns, France - Killedin Action, October 13th, 1915
  • Arthur RUSBY, Royal Field Artillery, Ireland and France
  • Walter RUSBY, Royal Army Medical Corps, France
  • William RUSBY, Lance-Corporal, Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport in France
  • George SAUNBY, Royal Army Medical Corps, Wounded in France
  • John Lionel SAUNBY, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery
  • William S. SHARPE, Canadian Expeditionary Force, France - Wounded October 27th, 1917
  • Arthur Thomas SMITH, 2nd Royal Warwick's, France - Wounded May 13th, Died May 17th, 1917
  • Harry STUBBS, Driver, Royal Field Artillery, Ireland and France
  • William THORNALLEY, Corporal, 5th Lincolns, Ireland and France
  • Harold THORNALLEY, Lance-Corporal, 5th Lincolns, France - Wounded September 17th, 1915
  • Jack THORNALLEY, Corporal, 5th Lincolns, Ireland and France
  • Reginald THORNALLEY, 53rd Leicester's
  • Arthur WAKELIN, 3rd Coldstream Guards, France - Wounded October 21st, 1915
  • Fred WAKELIN, Corporal, 5th Lincolns, Ireland and France. Wounded, Prisoner of War, April 11th, 1917, Died April 13th, 1917
  • John WAKELIN, 7th Lincolns, France - Wounded October 29th, 1917

There is one Commonwealth War Grave from World War II in St. Peter's churchyard:

  1. Frank BAXTER, skipper MS trawler Montano, Royal Navy Reserve, died 22 Spet. 1943. Frank died of a heart attack, not from enemy action. The Montano was used as a minesweeper.

Politics & 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 Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For civil or political issues you may contact the Parish Council, but they are NOT equipped or staffed to do family history searches. Meetings are held in the Village Hall.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Grimsby petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1765.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Louth Poorlaw Union.




  • A Council School, built for 72 children, served the parish.
  • Today the parish is served by an Infants School and a Junior School. High School children attend school in Louth. For more information see their Holton le Clay Schools website.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.