Archives & Libraries

The Library at Louth will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the Binbrook sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • We have a handful of 1901 census surnames in a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 638
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2384
1871 R.G. 10 / 3406
1891 R.G. 12 / 2609
1901 R.G. 13 / 3085

Church History

  • The Anglican Church is dedicated to Saint Faith.
  • The church appears to be from the 14th century.
  • The church was restored and partly rebuilt in 1886-87.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of St. Faith's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Faith's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates back to 1651.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Louth Eske Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
  • Michael CATT tells us that his great grandfather Mathew MERRIKIN was the vicar for St Faith's church circa 1895.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Binbrook 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

Kelstern is a parish at the north end of the River Bain, west-north-west of Louth and south-east of Binbrook parish. The parish is in the Wold Hills. Lambcroft is a hamlet in the parish, about 2 miles northeast of Kelstern village. The parish covers about 2,600 acres.

Kelstern village is a small, quiet place. If you are planning a visit:

  • By car, take the A631 west out of Louth. Kelstern is about one half mile north of this road, about four miles west of Louth.
  • John FIRTH has a photograph of Kelstern village on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Kelstern which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • To the east of the village are several Bronze Age barrows.
  • Rod COLLINS has a good history of the parish on his website.


  • Earnest SHARPLEY, a farmer, was the resident of Kelstern Hall in 1913.
  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of Kelstern Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF251903 (Lat/Lon: 53.39505, -0.11939), Kelstern which are provided by:


Military History

  • RFC Kelstern was established in 1917, primarily as an emergency landing strip for fuel-starved aircraft returning from Zeppelin hunts.
  • The field was little used in WWI.
  • The field closed in March, 1919.
  • In July, 1942, construction started at RAF Kelstern. The field was re-opened by the RAF in September, 1943.
  • The field closed again in May, 1945.
  • The property was sold by the MOD in 1965.
  • There is a memorial to 625 Squadron near the old runways. The webpage author does not have any information on the memorial.
  • Chris HUFF has a photograph of the RAF Kelstern Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
  • Adrian S. PYE has a similar photograph on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2019.
  • There is a photograph of one building at RAF Kelstern on the Traces of War website.

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 Wold division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey Govt. Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Louth Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 154
1831 200
1841 211
1871 218
1881 235
1891 221
1901 175
1911 188


  • A Public Elementary School was built in Kelstern village in 1861. It was enlarged in 1898.
  • Children came to school here from Lambcroft hamlet and the village of Calcethorpe.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.