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Martin (by Horncastle)

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  • The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • In 1891, we find the parish in the new Tattershall 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.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2368
1871 R.G. 10 / 3382
1891 R.G. 12 / 2598


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The church is built of stone.
  • The church has been dated to 12th century Norman times, but the precise date of origin is unknown.
  • The church is small and seats 70.
  • There is a photograph of St. Michael's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2012.
  • Here is a photo of St. Michael's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Michael's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • In 1891, we find the parish in the new Tattershall sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Martin is both a village and a parish, bounded on the west by the River Bain, about 2.5 miles southwest of Horncastle. Woodhall parish lies to the northwest and Kirkstead parish to the south. The parish currently covers 758 acres, but was 844 acres in 1894.

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Historical Geography

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  • Martin Hall was the residence of George Robert DAWSON, farmer, in 1900.
  • The Manor House in the village was the residence of Thomas HARRISON in 1900.

Military History

John EMERSON, who retains the copyright, provides these photographs of the war memorial at Martin:

War memorial

John apologizes because these are so difficult to read. He suggests holding a white sheet of paper up to the monument to reflect sunlight at an angle onto the names:

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Military Records

John provides these names:

  • World War 1939-1945. Corp. DRAPER Philip J., Pte OAKES Thomas S.

There is one Commonwealth War Grave from World War II in St. Michael's churchyard:

  1. James McKENZIE, driver, 1st Div. Royal Army Service Corps, age 25, died 14 Oct. 1941. Husband of Edith Joan.

For a list of names on the Memorial, see the Roll of Honour site.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • On 24 December, 1880, a portion of this parish was taken to enlarge Langriville Civil Parish.
  • In 1894, a portion of this parish was taken to help form the new civil parish of Woodhall Spa (by Local Government Board Order No. 31,760, dated Sept. 17, 1894).
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey district of the county.
  • This Civil Parish was abolished on 1 April, 1936, and all 758 acres were amalgamated into Roughton Civil Parish.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



 Year Inhabitants
1801 41
1811 33
1821 55
1831 60
1841 58
1851 74
1871 82
1881 70
1891 117
1901 52
1911 55
1921 45
1931 41


  • The children of this parish attended school at Roughton.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.