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Kirkby on Bain

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  • The parish was in the Tattershall sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census Year Piece No.
1891 R.G. 12 / 2600

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Mary.
  • Records indicate that St. Mary's Church dates back to Norman times, at least as early as 1451.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1802. St. Mary's was expanded and improved in 1879-82.
  • The church seats 210.
  • Tumby Township did not have its own church.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyright):

St. Mary's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates back to 1562 and includes Tumby.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire reports, perhaps erroneously, that the parish is in the rural Gartree Deanery, a new division of church structure.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1839. A Primitive Methodist chapel was constructed 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 Tattershall sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Kirkby is is a village, a township and a parish about 5 miles south of Horncastle. Roughton parish borders to the north, Haltham parish to the west, across the River Bain, and Tattershall Thorpe parish is to the south. The River Witham flows along the eastern border of the parish. The parish covers about 1,800 acres. Tumby Township is considered part of this parish.

Kirkby on Bain is alongside the River Bain as it runs south from Horncastle. If you are planning a visit:

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Historical Geography

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


Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire reports, perhaps erroneously, that the parish is in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • For today's governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1796.
  • The parish had an long-standing entitlement to send two poor people to the almshouses at Revesby.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.


     Year  Inhabitants
1801 185
1841 336
1871 214
1881 261
1891 247
1911 257

Probate Records

Michael Edgoose has kindly provided us with an index of Wills for 1751-1800. The file is a Comma-Separated Value (or .csv) file, suitable for import into MS Excel or Works as a database:



  • A Public Elementary School was founded in 1812 by John BROCKLESBY. It was rebuilt in 1871 and enlarged in 1896 to hold 110 children.
  • A Public Elementary School was built in Tumby Township at Woodside in 1878, to hold up to 70 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.