Little Cawthorpe



  • Little Cawthorpe Cemetery is on Top Road.


  • The civil parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth 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 / 630
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2382
1871 R.G. 10 / 3403
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1861 of brick and stone.
  • It is a small church, seating only 60.
  • The church was declared redundant in April, 1996, by the Diocese of Lincoln.
  • Here is a photo of St. Helen's, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1679.
  • We have the very beginning of a Parish Register Extract in a text file. It could benefit from your additions and any corrections.
  • The National Burial Index lists 267 burials in Little Cawthorpe between 1813 and 1900.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1848. The Free Methodists built a chapel here in 1872. 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 Louth sub-district of the Louth 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 just 3 miles south-east of Louth, on the eastern side of the Wolds. Legbourne parish sits to the north-east and Haugham parish to the south-west. The parish covers about 460 acres and contains several natural springs.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A157 trunk road south-east out of Louth for about two miles. The village is just south of the roadway.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Little Cawthorpe which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Manor House was once the seat of the MOTTRAM family. It was erected in 1673.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF357840 (Lat/Lon: 53.335793, 0.037165), Little Cawthorpe which are provided by:


Military History

John READMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on the Geo-graph site, taken in May, 2003.


Names, Geographical

  • Cawthorpe was formerly called Calthorpe or Calkthorpe.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county of Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Some directories of the 1900s place the parish was in the ancient Louthesk Hundred.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The parish had the interest from £10, on deposit in a Louth savings bank, for distribution to the poor.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Louth Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings every other Wednesday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 98
1831 137
1841 196
1871 204
1881 167
1891 146
1901 140
1911 141
1921 131
1931 111