• 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.
1841H.O. 107 / 637
1851H.O. 107 / 2109
1861R.G. 9 / 2375
1871R.G. 10 / 3392A & 3393A
1881R.G. 11 / 3255
1891R.G. 12 / 2603

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):



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 & 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:




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:

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

RelationshipNameSexAgeWhere born
headWilliam R. DAWSONM40Norwich, Norfolk
wifeLizzie DAWSONF35Scotter, Lincolnshire
sonHerbert DAWSONM8Spilsby, Lincolnshire
daug.Estelle DAWSONF7Spilsby, Lincolnshire
sonAlvin DAWSONM6Hundleby, Lincolnshire
sonLeeson DAWSONM4Hundleby, Lincolnshire
daug.Mabel E. DAWSONF3Hundleby, Lincolnshire
daug.Lizzie DAWSONF2Hundleby, Lincolnshire
sonWilliam R. DAWSONM0Hundleby, Lincolnshire
mother-in-lawEleanor PERKINSF63Gressenhall, Norfolk
servantEllen STEPHENSONF18Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
lodgerRichard BOGGM58Raithby, Lincolnshire


  • See our "Maps" page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF387665 (Lat/Lon: 53.177534, 0.073877), Hundleby which are provided by:


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 & 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

  • 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.




  • 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.