• The parish was in the Marton sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • Below are the census Piece Numbers, where known:
Piece Numbers
1841 H.O. 107 / 638
1851 H.O. 107 / 2120
1861 R.G. 9 / 2411
1871 R.G. 10 / 3449
1891 R.G. 12 / 2637

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul.
  • The Church was once an ancient structure, but has been replaced with one built of white brick in 1809. An ancient western stone tower was retained.
  • The church was restored in 1877.
  • The church seats 250.
  • A photograph of Sts. Peter and Paul Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Gary BROTHWELL has a photograph of Kettlethorpe church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the very pretty lychgate at the churchyard entrance on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1653 and includes Fenton.
  • The parish lies in the Corringham Deanery, for which there are Deanery marriage and burial indexes. In the late 1800s, the parish spent some years as part of the Lawres Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel in Fenton. It was rebuilt in 1864. 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 Marton sub-district of the Gainsborough Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Kettlethorpe is both a village and parish which sits in the vale of the River Trent, ten miles west of Lincoln and nine miles south of Gainsborough. The Fossdyke Canal passes just north of the parish and the River Trent forms the western boundary of the parish. Torksey parish is to the north and Newton on Trent parish to the south. The parish covered about 2,160 acres.

Kettlethorpe village was described in 1842 as "a scattered village" of 237 people.

Kettlethorpe parish contains two ancient townships: Fenton and Laughterton. Fenton is a large village about a half mile north of Kettlethorpe village. Laughterton is another large village a half mile west of Kettlethorpe village. If you are planning a visit:

  • The village can be accessed off of the A156 trunk road south of Gainsborough.
  • There are at least two caravan parks in the parish.
  • A popular distraction for visitors is fishing in the Trent or playing golf on the local links.
  • Fenton is the home of the Lincoln Motor Sport Club.
  • You might enjoy a tour of the Kings & Smart Brewery, c/o White Rose Works, Park Farm, Kettlethorpe, Lincoln LN1 2LD. Tel: 01522 512919.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Kettlethorpe which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In 1852, a steam engine was built in Fenton township for the purpose of draining the land.
  • The University of Kent at Canterbury has some photographs of Kettlethorpe in the Templeman Library.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Friendship Inn in Laughterton on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005.
  • These are the names associated with the Friendship Inn in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Thomas ATKINSON, vict.
1872 Herbert BROOKS, vict.
1882 Herbert BROOKS, vict.
1900 Herbert BROOKS
1913 Mrs. Ann BROOKS
1930 Miss Kate BROOKS

Land & Property

  • In 1842, the owner of nearly all the land in the parish was Sir William Amcotts INGILBY, baronet. Most of the independent land ownership was around Fenton village, with the largest being G. W. COLE.


  • The manor house was a large brick mansion in Kettlethorpe Park, former home of the HALL and AMCOTTS families. Wharton AMCOTTS of Kettlethorpe was created a baronet in 1796.
  • The manor house was rebuilt of brick in 1863 on the old site. In 1872 it was the residence of William STAFFORD.
  • Bill BARTLETT has a photograph of Kettlethorpe Hall on Flickr, taken in January, 2012.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK847758 (Lat/Lon: 53.272433, -0.731359), Kettlethorpe which are provided by:


Military Records

  • Click here to see the Aircraft propeller that is the Kettlethorpe War Memorial to five men killed in a plane crash at Kettlethorpe in June 1944.

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 Well Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You can contact the joint Kettlethorpe and Laughterton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to assist you with family history searches.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The common fields here were enclosed in 1767.
  • The poor had the income, in 1842, of £20 from 5 acres of land allotted by the Rev. William BECKE in 1597.
  • The poor also had a yearly dole of £3 and 10 Shillings from HALL's charity and another 13s 6 pence as interest from £20 left by Mrs. LEAKE in 1723.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Gainsborough Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lincoln (Lindsey) petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 294
1831 463
1841 501
1851 541
1861 486
1871 516
1891 434
1911 427


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in Kettlethorpe village in 1854 by the lord of the manor. A school was built in Laughterton that same year.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.