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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 / 637
1851 H.O. 107 / 2109
1861 R.G. 9 / 2375
1871 R.G. 10 / 3392A & 3393A
1881 R.G. 11 / 3255
1891 R.G. 12 / 2603


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was originally built in the 15th century, but it was in delapidated condition by the early 1800s.
  • The church was pulled down and rebuilt in 1854-5. The new church opened in May, 1855.
  • The church seats 200.
  • 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 1707.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Some sources show the parish church being in the Hill (No. 1) rural deanery of Lincoln. This may be the same entity as described above.
  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in the parish. The first one was replaced in 1871. 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 Spilsby sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This parish is located just west of Spilsby parish. The parish covers just over 1,020 acres.

Today, the village is a suburb of the town of Spilsby. If you are planning a visit:

  • The B1195 trunk road passes thru the village.
  • See our touring page for more sources.

You can see pictures of Hundleby which are provided by:



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Hundleby to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



Hundleby is where the Spilsby Poor Law Union workhouse was built.

The Maltsters' Arms Public House has an interesting history. Apparently built after 1842 and before 1868, the proprietors were:

Year Person
1868 Thomas VEAR
1872 John MARSHALL, butcher
1882 Wm. Robt. DAWSON
1900 William TASKER
1913 Samuel BELL

In 1872 and for several years after there was a yearly feast at the Maltster Arms. They held amusements such as egg racing, dog and rabbit racing. Sometime after World War One this place became the Hundleby Hotel.

R.G. 11 / 3255 folio 108

Relationship Name Sex Age Where born
head William R. DAWSON M 40 Norwich, Norfolk
wife Lizzie DAWSON F 35 Scotter, Lincolnshire
son Herbert DAWSON M 8 Spilsby, Lincolnshire
daug. Estelle DAWSON F 7 Spilsby, Lincolnshire
son Alvin DAWSON M 6 Hundleby, Lincolnshire
son Leeson DAWSON M 4 Hundleby, Lincolnshire
daug. Mabel E. DAWSON F 3 Hundleby, Lincolnshire
daug. Lizzie DAWSON F 2 Hundleby, Lincolnshire
son William R. DAWSON M 0 Hundleby, Lincolnshire
mother-in-law Eleanor PERKINS F 63 Gressenhall, Norfolk
servant Ellen STEPHENSON F 18 Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
lodger Richard BOGG M 58 Raithby, Lincolnshire

Medical Records

  • Hundleby was home to the Grace Swan Memorial Cottage Hospital. It was built in the late 1800s, opened in 1902 and closed in the 1990s. No records of admissions are known. There is a photograph at Flickr.
  • The Lincoln Archives does hold financial records and the minute books for 1898 through 1948.
  • There is even a 2 minute black and white silent film at Lincolnshire Film Archives taken at the hospital in 1940.

Military History

  • In the churchyard is a stone shaft surmounted by a crucifix, in memory of the seven villagers who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the War Memorial by the church entrance on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the East division of the ancient Bolingbroke Wapentake in the East Lindsey division of the county, parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also in the Bolingbroke Soke.
  • In December, 1880, a detached portion of this parish was transferred to the new parish of West Fen.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases for the Spilsby sub-district would be heard in this parish every other week.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1804.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.
  • The Spilsby Poor Law Union Workhouse was located in this parish.


Year Inhabitants
1801 218
1831 420
1841 612
1871 735
1881 631
1891 562
1911 498


  • This parish had a long-standing right to send three students to a Raithby parish free school.
  • An Elementary School was built in this parish. In 1884 it was enlarged to hold up to 120 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.