Mavis Enderby



  • The parish was in the Spilsby sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds the census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • 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 / 2109
1861 R.G. 9 / 2374 & 2375
1871 R.G. 10 / 3392A & 3393A
1891 R.G. 12 / 2603

Church History

  • The parish used to have an old religious house which was attached to the Abbey at Revesby.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The church is built of green sandstone and has a tower with three bells.
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1871 and the rest restored in 1878.
  • The church seats 150.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by (and copyright of) Norma CLARE.


  • Here is a photo of St. Michael's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1579.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1876. For information and assistance in researching this chapel, 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

Mavis Enderby is both a village and a parish in the Wold Hills, about 3 miles west of Spilsby and 7 miles east of Horncastle. Raithby parish lies to the east and Old Bolingbroke parish to the southwest. The parish covers just over 1,150 acres today.

Mavis Enderby is a small village. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1195 arterial road west out of Spilsby.
  • Visit the village information site for additional information.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Mavis Enderby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Mavis Enderby was held by William Malebrisse in 1202.
  • The parish used to celebrate an Enderby Feast on or about Michaelmas Day.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Sundial on Geo-graph, taken in 2008. At least you can tell the time on sunny days. The church clock, at last report, was in need of repairs as was the weather vane.


  • See our "Maps" page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF362665 (Lat/Lon: 53.178418, 0.03665), Mavis Enderby which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The name is rendered as "Endrebi" in the 1068 Domesday Book and again as "Endrebi" in 1115.
  • The village is given as "Enderby Malbys" in 1302. Malbys was later shortened to Mavis.

Politics and Government

  • 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 has also been listed as being in the Soke of Bolingbroke.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1798. A little over 4 acres were reserved for the poor.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings every other Monday.
  • We have a parial list of Settlement examinations that might mention a relative of yours
  • Read about Martha LOWE and some of her children by William CLARKE, as provided by a relative, Denny LOWE, who resides in Langley, BC, Canada.


Year Inhabitants
1801 125
1831 203
1841 311
1851 207
1871 176
1881 140
1891 140
1901 121
1911 101
1931 105
1971 58


  • In 1881, there was only an infant school here. Older students attended school in Raithby.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.