• The parish was in the Alford 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 / 2110
1861R.G. 9 / 2378
1871R.G. 10 / 3397
1881R.G. 11 / 3259
1891R.G. 12 / 2605

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Margaret.
  • The church is built of stone.
  • The church tower dates from Saxon times.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1869 and greatly repaired in 1882. The exterior was restored in 1910.
  • The churchyard was enlarged in 1895 and again in July, 1921.
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2009.
  • There is a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Margaret's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register entries start in 1562.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Int'l Genealogical Index holds some Huttoft baptisms and marriages. Use batch numbers C029301 - C029302 and M029301 - M029302 for your searches.
  • The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists both had a chapel here. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • The Primitive Methodists had their own burial churchyard.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish is 5 miles east of Alford, 14 miles south-east of Louth and about 13 miles north-east of Spilsby. The parish borders the North Sea, while the village lies over a mile inland. Anderby and Mumby parishes lie to the south and Sutton on Sea to the north. The parish occupies about 3,500 acres of land.

The village sits on a low hill overlooking the surrounding salt marshes. If you are planning a visit:

  • The A52 trunk road passes through the heart of the village as it makes it way north to Mablethorpe.
  • Visit the Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary at Bridge House Farm on Alford Road.
  • Birdwatching is also popular in the area.
  • Huttoft Bank Pit is protected by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
  • Camping is available at nearby: Cherry Tree Site, Cherry Tree Cottage, Huttoft Rd, Sutton, Lincolnshire, LN12 2RU.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Huttoft which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Huttoft was just off the Numby Road station on the Louth and East Coast branch of the Great Northern railway.
  • The Coast Guard had a station at Huttoft Bank in the early 1900s.
  • The purebred Lincoln longwool sheep was bred here by Mr. John Tuxworth NEEDHAM.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF512765 (Lat/Lon: 53.264032, 0.266075), Huttoft which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1919 the side chapel of St. Margaret's was screened off and furnished as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in World War I.

Names, Geographical

  • Its ancient name was High Toft. The name Huttoft is a combination of Old English hoe and Old Scandinavian toft, or "homestead on a spur of land". In the 1086 Domesday book, the village is given as Hotot. Many other spelling variations exist, including Huttorp and Huttefte.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

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 Marsh division of the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings on alternate Tuesdays.
  • An undated charity of the interest on £360, left by W. ROBINSON, was distrubuted between the four most needy poor men of the parish. Their qualification was that they had brought up the most children without parochial relief.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.




  • A National School was founded here in 1840 and in 1872 had 90 students. It was enlarged in 1874 to hold 112 students.
  • The present school is The Huttoft Primary School. It is not known what historical records are available.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.