• The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 615 & 639
1851 H.O. 107 / 2100
1861 R.G. 9 / 2396
1871 R.G. 10 / 3426
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Cornelius.
  • The church was originally built in the 12th century on what is now known as Lissington Road.
  • The tower was built in 1500. Portions of the church were rebuilt in 1854 and the building was restored in 1863. In 1876, the roof was raised.
  • The church seats 150.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • Brian WESTLAKE has a photograph of St. Cornelius Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2012.
  • Here is a photo of St. Cornelius Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican Church parish register dates from 1620.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Richard CROFT has a phoograph of the Tin Tabernacle on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010. This was a Primitive Methodist chapel.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

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

This parish is 2 miles south of Market Rasen, 12 miles south of Caistor and 147 miles north of London. Within the settlement is Lynwood House and Lynwode Lodge and the road connecting it to Market Rasen, to the north, is called Linwood Road. The railway line between Market Rasen and Lincoln lies to the west. The parish covers almost 2,400 acres.

The village of Linwood is easy to find. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1202 trunk road south from Market Rasen for about two miles.
  • There is camping and a caravan site between Market Rasen and Linwood.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Linwood which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The original Lynwode Manor was just a ruin by 1912. It was replaced with a more modern Lynwode Manor, occupied in 1912 by Lieut.-Col. Ingram Cosmo CONWAY-GORDON.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF109865 (Lat/Lon: 53.363614, -0.334396), Linwood which are provided by:


Military History

  • In the north aisle of the parish church is a memorial to Colonel Lewis CONWAY-GORDON (1836-1894) of the Bengal Engineers. The memorial includes a three light stained glass window with tracery lights.

Names, Geographical

  • The name appears in records in a variety of ways: Linwood, Lynwood, Lynwode.
  • Reportedly, the ancient name of the parish is Lynwode, from a family of Lyndowode or Lynwood, former owners.

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 ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In March, 1887, this parish gave up a few of its fields to enlarge Buslingthorpe Civil Parish.
  • The citizens of Linwood have decided to have periodic Parish Meetings rather than a formal Parish Council. You may discuss civic or political issues with them, but they will NOT do family history searches for you.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard on the 1st Tuesday each month at the Market Rasen petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 118
1831 169
1841 226
1861 232
1871 180
1881 184
1891 193
1901 183
1911 160

Probate Records

In June, 1637, probate was conducted for Thomas DOWDESWELL or DOWDSWELL.

In January, 1640, probate was conducted for Robert BLOW of Linwood.

In July, 1658, probate was conducted for Charles LYNSEY of Linwood.



  • There was a school here prior to 1842, but details are lacking.
  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1862 to hold up to 54 children. In both 1900 and 1912, average attendance was 22.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.