• The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • The North Linc Archives has copies of the census returns for 1841, 1851, 1881, 1891 and 1901.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 639
1851 H.O. 107 / 2115
1861 R.G. 9 / 2396
1871 R.G. 10 / 3426
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church at Legsby is dedicated to Saint Thomas.
  • The church was built about the year 1846.
  • The church is built of stone.
  • The church seats 120.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Thomas Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005.
  • Here is a photo of St. Thomas's, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1562.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built here in 1866. There was a United Methodist chapel at Bleasby, also. For information and assistance in researching this chapel, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
  • This entry was found in the Legsby parish register and reported by Carol J. Markillie:
"How two who never did agree
Do lye I say not - who we be
But I will tell and to be brief
Thou are a drunkard and a Thief
His ___wife are dead & don't thou prattle
Peace or I'll make thy bones to rattle."
- from the 1600s

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Legsby is a village and a parish which lies 13 miles south of Caistor and 3.5 miles south-east of Market Rasen. The parish covers about 2,900 acres and includes the hamlet of Bleasby, 1 mile west of the village.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile you can take the A631 trunk road west out of Louth or the A46 north east out of Lincoln. Either way, you'll have to take a few turns on the backroads to find Legsby between Lissington and Sixhills.
  • Visit our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Legsby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF137857 (Lat/Lon: 53.355965, -0.293134), Legsby which are provided by:


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 western division of the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire reports the parish was in the East Lindsey district of the county.
  • In April, 1936, this parish was enlarged by 1,527 acres with the abolition of East Torrington Civil Parish.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of every month.


Year Inhabitants
1801 184
1811 185
1831 236
1841 326
1871 354
1881 336
1891 278
1911 240
2001 210


  • There was a National School built here in 1855 which could hold up to 60 children.
  • Legsby Primary School is on Main Street, postcode LN8 3QW, telephone: 01673 843268.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.