Little Grimsby



  • The 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 / 635
1861 R.G. 9 / 2383
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Edith.
  • The church stands next to the Manor House (see below).
  • The church dates from 1500 and was partially restored in 1855.
  • The church seats about 60.
  • There is a photograph of St. Edith's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site, taken by Maria Borrill.
  • Here is a photo of St. Edith's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1593.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • 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 and Travel

Little Grimsby is both a parish and a village in northern Lincolnshire, due north of Louth about 2.5 miles. Yarborough parish lies to the east and Fotherby parish to the west. This small parish only covers about 850 acres.

Little Grimsby village does not show on an Ordnance Survey Motoring Atlas, since it is almost abandoned. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Little Grimsby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The parish had a station on the East Lincolnshire section of the Great Northern railway.


  • Little Grimsby Hall is built of red brick, in the Gothic style.
  • Little Grimsby Hall was formerly the seat of the NELTHORPE family.
  • In 1857, the Hall was the residence of Frederick Charles Peter BEAUCLERK, a captain in the Royal Navy who died in 1865 in Dorset at age 57.
  • In 1900, the Hall was the residence of William Haddon OWEN.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF327914 (Lat/Lon: 53.403136, -0.005922), Little Grimsby which are provided by:


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Ludborough Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In recent times the Civil Parish has merged with another to create the modern Civil Parish of Brackenborough with Little Grimsby.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 56
1831 52
1841 61
1871 44
1881 54
1891 58
1901 43
1911 46