• The parish was in the Brigg sub-district of the Glanford Brigg 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 / 640
1851 H.O. 107 / 2116
1861 R.G. 9 / 2397
1871 R.G. 10 / 3427
1891 R.G. 12 / 2625

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Hibald (Hibbald or Hybald).
  • The church was entirely rebuilt in 1861 to replace an older, deteriorating structure.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seated 160.
  • St. Hibald was declared redundant by the Diocese of Lincoln in November, 1998. The building was sold in July, 2003, for residential use.
  • There is a photograph of St. Hibald's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Hibald's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The original Anglican parish register was lost in 1899, but it had started in 1678.
  • The Bishop's Transcripts for 1599 - 1872 can be viewed at the London Family History Centre on microfilm.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Brigg sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Manton is both a village and parish in the north of Lincolnshire. The parish lies just south of Scunthorpe and 6 miles south-west of Brigg. Hibaldstow parish lies to the east. The parish covers over 4,600 acres and includes the townships of Cleatham and Twigmoor.

There are fine views from around the church over the countryside. Two miles north of Manton are the Twigmore Woods. If you are planning a visit:

  • Birdwatching is a popular pastime in the area west of the village.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Manton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Just east of the village is the site of an ancient encampment where coins, spears and other relics have been found.
  • This parish was a nesting site for thousands of migratory plovers. Their eggs were harvested and sold in London where they were highly esteemed.


  • Twigmore Hall was the home of John WRIGHT, one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot.
  • Cleatham Hall is a Doric-style mansion, rebuilt in 1855. In 1881 it was occupied by Matthew MAW, lord of the manor.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE935026 (Lat/Lon: 53.511428, -0.591974), Manton which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The name Manton is from the Old English Malm+tun, or "farmstead on sandy ground". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Malmetune.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Names, Personal

  • In White's 1842 Directory of Lincolnshire, the following names are listed as being in the parish:
Rev. John BIRD, Thomas FOX, John HILL, John HOLT, George HUNSLEY and John HUNSLEY, William KIRK, Matthew MAW, Mrs. Sarah MAW, Edward NEWHAM, William RICHARDSON, and Edmund TICKLER.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire, and became a modern Civil Parish when those were establishd.
  • The parish was in the east division of the ancient Manley Wapentake in the Glanford district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Lincolnshire Council website.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Prior to 1806 a large portion of the parish was moory common land of sandy soil and peaty soil abounding in rabbits and a migratory stop for many birds. In that year the land was enclosed and 120 acres set aside for the poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Glanford Brigg Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Winterton (Scunthorpe) petty session hearings each Wednesday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 95
1831 150
1851 198
1871 327
1881 310
1891 237
1911 122
2001 113


  • A National School was built here around 1857.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.