Little Steeping



  • The parish was in the Spilsby sub-district of the Spilsby 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 / 645
1851 H.O. 107 / 2109
1861 R.G. 9 / 2374 - 75
1871 R.G. 10 / 3391
1891 R.G. 12 / 2603

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Andrew. It is the third church built on this site.
  • The churchyard was enlarged by 1/2 acre in 1891.
  • The church seats about 150.
  • There is a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "more Lincolnshire".
  • Here is a photo of St. Andrew's, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • We have a small Church Register extract text file, to which your additions are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places this parish in the rural deanery of Candleshoe.
  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in the parish. 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 Spilsby sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Little Steeping is a parish 120 miles north of London, 3 miles south-east of Spilsby and west of Skegness. Eastville parish lies to the south-west. The parish lies on the south bank of the River Limb and covers about 1,090 acres.

Little Steeping village starts at the Steeping River and runs southward. If you are considering a visit to the parish:

  • By automobile, take the B1195 east out of Spilsby toward Wainfleet. Turn south (right) after Halton Holegate.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Little Steeping which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our "Maps" page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF434627 (Lat/Lon: 53.142549, 0.143166), Little Steeping which are provided by:


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 East division of the ancient Bolingbroke Wapentake in the East Lindsey division of the county, in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also in the Bolingbroke Soke.
  • In March, 1888, a small part of this parish was transfered to Thorpe St. Peter Civil Parish.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings held every other Monday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 255
1831 263
1841 289
1871 327
1881 272
1891 224
1901 201
1911 185
2001 224


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1871 and enlarged in 1904 to hold up to 86 children. In 1912, average attendance was 40.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.