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Little Ponton

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  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In an 1891 redistricting, the parish was put in the Grantham South sub-district of the Grantham 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 / 621
1851 H.O. 107 / 2102
1861 R.G. 9 / 2348
1871 R.G. 10 / 3357
1891 R.G. 12 / 2583


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Little Ponton area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The local Anglican church is dedicated to Saint Guthlac and is of Anglo-Norman origin.
  • St. Guthlac's seated 190.
  • The west wall was rebuilt in 1657 and a new roof installed in 1870.
  • In 1913, the seating was about 150.
  • At the enclosure of common lands in 1811 or 1813, about 200 acres were set aside to generate income for the church.
  • Around 1880, due to the growth of Grantham, the church was moved to the new Grantham Deanery. And by 1913, to the South Grantham Deanery. Most family records will be found in the Beltisloe Deanery indexes (see below).
  • Here is a photo of St. Guthlac's, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Guthlac's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1729.
  • There are monuments in the church to members of the PENNYMAN and THOROLD families.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Beltisloe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In an 1891 redistricting, the parish was put in the Grantham South sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Little Ponton is both a parish and a small village about 2 miles south of Grantham. The parish itself is bounded on the north by Spittlegate parish and to the west by Stroxton parish. Great Ponton lies to the south. The parish covered about 1,895 acres in 1842, reduced to 1,420 acres by 1871. In 1913, the parish boundaries allowed 1,980 acres.

Little Ponton is a small village and does not appear on some small scale (large area) maps of the UK. The village verges on the Witham River on the east end. If you are planning a visit:

  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of a Street scene in Little Ponton on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.
  • The village can be accessed off of the A1 motorway south of Grantham where it meets the B1174 trunk road.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The village was held by the Romans as a military station, at least based on the number of Roman coins, urns, arches, etc. found in the parish.
  • When the railways came in the second half of the 1800s, it bypassed Little Ponton. Residents used the train station at Great Ponton.
  • Little Ponton had a water pumping station, part of the Grantham Water Works, around 1900.


  • Little Ponton Hall, or the Hall as it was known, was a neat stone mansion in well-wooded grounds on an eastern rise, occupied in the early 1800s by the Earl of Darlington, later given the title of the Duke of Cleveland. Although portions were built at different times, by different owners, the appearance was kept uniform.
  • In 1900, the Hall was the residence of Major William LONGSTAFFE.
  • Brian GREEN has a photograph of the Lodge of Little Ponton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Ponton presumably comes from the Latin for "bridge," which was "Pontus".
  • The village name is often found spelled as Paunton, or the Latin form was used, "Paunton Parva".

Politics and 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 ancient Winnibriggs and Threo Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
  • In April, 1931, this Civil Parish was abolished and amalgamated with Stroxton to create the new "Little Ponton and Stroxton" Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are not staffed to answer family history questions.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Lands were enclosed in 1811 or 1813, and about 200 acres were set aside to generate income for the church.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spitalgate petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 102
1841 212
1851 180
1861 208
1871 212
1881 229
1891 216
1911 189


  • A school was built by subscription in 1832 by the Rev. Dr. DOWDISWELL who was Lord of the Manor at the time.
  • The Public Elementary School was enlarged in 1884 to accomodate 56 children, but attendance in 1913 was only 27.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.