Archives & Libraries

The Community Library at Caistor has a local history archive that will prove useful in your research.



  • 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 / 639
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 John the Baptist.
  • The church was restored in 1895 and again in 1911-12.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 100.
  • Richard CROFT has a wintertime photograph of St. John's Church taken in January, 2013.
  • Here is a photo of St. John's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1562.
  • There are 301 burials listed in the National Burial Index (NBI) covering 1813-1900.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists and the United Methodists each had a small chapel here. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of one of the Methodist Chapels taken in December, 2012.
  • 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 village and parish are 4 miles south of Market Rasen and 4 miles north of Wragby. The parish covers just over 1,500 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014. Perhaps they could use your artistic talent and marketing savy to creat a more enticing sign.
  • Visit our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Lissington which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • There is a photograph of the White Hart Public House taken by Glyn DRURY in 2010.
  • And another White Hart P. H. taken by John FIRTH in 2012.
  • The White Hart Public House provided a centre for community gossip and communication. Individuals' names associated with the Inn from directories are:
Year Person
1842 Humphrey BARKER, vict.
1861 John Humphrey BARKER
1872 John Humphrey BARKER, farmer
1882 Mrs. Charlotte BARKER
1900 George FOX
1913 Henry AKRILL
1919 Edward OVERTON

There are no lodgers at the Inn in the 1871 census (R.G. 10/3426 folio 55), but there is one visitor:

Relationship Name Sex Age Where born
head John H. BARKER M 49 Tealby, Lincolnshire
wife Charlotte BARKER F 32 Waddingham, Lincolnshire
son Humphrey BARKER M 14 Lissington, Lincolnshire
dau. Margaret BARKER F 7 Lissington, Lincolnshire
dau. Betsy Kitha BARKER F 5 Lissington, Lincolnshire
son Harold P. BARKER M 3 Lissington, Lincolnshire
visitor Betsy PICKERING F 33 Legsby, Lincolnshire
servant Alice ATKINSON F 24 Kingerby, Lincolnshire
servant Emma SILVESTER F 15 Lissington, Lincolnshire


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF109834 (Lat/Lon: 53.336203, -0.335598), Lissington which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Lessintone.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

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 western division of the ancient Wraggoe 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 this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and instead hold periodic Parish Meetings for all the residents to discuss civic and political issues.
  • A 1900 Kelly's Directory shows the parish being in the East Lindsey division of the parts of Lindsey.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year Inhabitants
1801 153
1831 182
1841 186
1871 289
1881 259
1891 220
1901 202
1911 199


  • A small Public Elementary School was built here in 1854. In 1911, it had an average attendance of 42 students. The school closed in December, 1950.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.