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Mareham on the Hill

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  • The parish was in the Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2369
1871 R.G. 10 / 3383
1891 R.G. 12 / 2599

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built from local green sandstone.
  • The church was restored in 1804.
  • Circa 1806, a leather purse was found concealed in the wall, containing coins from the reigns of Edward IV and Henry the VII.
  • The church seats 60.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2005.
  • Here is a photograph of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

All Saints parish church

Church Records

  • The parish register reportedly dates from 1572, but the Bishop's transcripts go back to 1561.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel here built in 1853 to replace an earlier, smaller chapel.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Former Wesleyan Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
  • 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 Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Mareham on the Hill is both a parish and a small village in the Wold hills, about 2.5 miles south-east of Horncastle and about 8 miles due east of Spilsby. High Toynton parish lies to the north, Scrivelsby parish to the south-west and Hammeringham parish to the south-east. The parish covered about 1,425 acres in 1842, but only 1,380 by 1872 due to the loss of a Fen allotment

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Historical Geography

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


Land and Property

  • In 1842, the principal landowners were Christopher TURNER, the Rev. Richard WARD, the Hon. H. DYMOKE, Mrs. PARKINSON and several owners of small holdings.
  • In 1872, the principal landowners were Christopher TURNER, Richard WARD, the Rev. Dr. PARKINSON and several owners of small holdings. The same is true in 1882.
  • In 1900, the principal landowners were Edmund TURNER and Richard WARD.
  • In 1913, the principal landowners were Christopher Hatton TURNER, Richard WARD and Francis NUNDY.

Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from the Old English mere+inga+ham, meaning "settlement of dwellers by the pools". It appears as Meringhe in the 1086 Domesday Book and Marum around 1200.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Names, Personal

  • White's 1842 Directory lists the following people in the parish: James ALLBONES, Henry ASTROP, Peter COLTON, Edward FROST, Zach. GOE, Samuel GOE, William MUMBY, William SCOTT, Samuel SORFLEET and Richard WINGATE.
  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: AISTROP, BAGGALEY, BELL, COLTON, HUGHES, HURDMAN, NUNBY, SHAW, SORFLEET, STAMPER, SURR and WINGATE.
  • White's 1882 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: COLTON, ENGLISH, HOULT, HUGHES, HURDMAN, MARSHALL, NUNDY, SHAW, SMITH, SMITHSON, SORFLEET, STAMPER, SURR, TODD and WINGATE.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following people in the parish: William COLTON, Henry HOULT, Joseph HURDMAN, James and Emanuel MARSHALL, William NUNDY, Miss Sarah Jane SMITHSON, Edward SORFLEET, Henry TODD and Brown WINGATE.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following people in the parish: George & Harry HOULT, George & Harry HURDMAN, James MARSHALL, Francis NUNDY, Frederick PAUL, Miss Sarah J. SMITHSON, Tom THACKER, George TODD and Henry and Lowther WINGATE.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Horncastle Soke in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



Year Inhabitants
1801 110
1811 122
1821 133
1831 193
1841 171
1851 181
1871 218
1881 155
1891 126
1911 144


  • A National School was built here in 1874. Average attendance in 1900 was 30.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.