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Marsh Chapel

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  • The parish was in the Tetney 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 / 640
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2386
1871 R.G. 10 / 3409
1881 R.G. 11 / 3266
1891 R.G. 12 / 2611

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was built circa 1420.
  • The church is large, seating about 490 people.
  • Because the church is large, it is often called "The Cathedral in the Marsh" or, as an alternative, "Chapel in the Marsh."
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Mary's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1 April, 1590.
  • We have the beginning of a Parish Register Extract in a text file for your review. Your corrections and additions are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel, built in 1838 and rebuilt in 1888, graced the parish, as did both a Free Methodist and a Primitive Methodist chapel.
  • Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in 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 Tetney 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

The parish lies near the North Sea, just west of North Somercoates and southeast of Tetney, about 10 miles north of Louth and 10 miles southeast of Grimsby. The parish covers over 3,100 acres. West End is a hamlet in the parish, as is Eskham or East Holme. A place called Fire Beacon was near the Louth Navigation Canal.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The Greyhound Public House on the A1031 has been providing refreshment for locals and wanderers since at least 1868.
  • John FIRTH has a photograph of the Greyhound on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.
  • These are the names associated with the Greyhound Public House in various directories:
Year Person
1842 -- not listed --
1861 -- not listed --
1868 John ROBINSON
1872 -- not listed --
1882 George RUSHBY, carrier & vict.
1900 Robert ATKINSON
1913 Robert ATKINSON
1919 Robert ATKINSON
1930 George Wm. BRADLEY
  • The White Horse Public House has been providing refreshment for locals and travelers for over 160 years.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the White Horse on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • These are the names associated with the White Horse Public House in various directories:
Year Person
1842 Wm STOTHARD, vict.
1861 William STOTHARD
1868 Wm. SWABY, carrier
1882 George MUMBY, vict.
1900 Thomas SARGENT, carpenter
1913 Thomas YOUNG
1919 Alfred STEPHENSON
1930 Chas. BERRIDGE

Military History

  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.

Military Records

  • For a list of the names on the War Memorial, check the Roll of Honour site

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Lincolnshire and was converted to a Civil Parish at an early date.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.
  • The Parish Council of Marshchapel has a website, but they will NOT do family history research for you.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • In 1625 about 6 acres of land was purchased with the annual income going to the poor at Easter and Christmas.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Grimsby petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 354
1831 477
1841 503
1871 735
1881 658
1891 564
1901 528
1911 551


  • A National School was built in the centre of the village in 1872 to hold 162 children. An earlier school had existed at a different location.
  • The school has a Marshchapel School website with a virtual tour, but no history online.
  • School log books have been kept since 1921.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.