• The parish was in the Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 640
1851 H.O. 107 / 2108
1861 R.G. 9 / 2369
1871 R.G. 10 / 3383
1881 R.G. 11 / 3216
1891 R.G. 12 / 2599

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew and is built of green sandstone.
  • In White's 1872 directory, the church is described as "an ancient dilapidated building".
  • The church building was restored in 1878 by James Banks STANHOPE.
  • The church seats almost 100 people.
  • David PEARSON has a photograph of St. Andrew and its graveyard on Panoramio, taken in November, 2007.
  • Daved HiITCHBORNE advises (2007): "I have the church as redundant on 22-Oct-1975 and demolished on 14-Nov-1979 - the site left as a churchyard." Lincoln Diocese records confirm this.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1688 (or 1695 depending on the source), but Bishop's transcripts go back to 1561.
  • Burial register entries for St. Andrew (1813-65 and 1870-1900) are included in the National Burial Index (NBI).
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • We have a handful of entries in our pop-up Parish Register Extract text file. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel here, built before 1842. They built a new chapel in 1874. 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 & Travel

Miningsby is both a parish and a small village in the Wold hills, about 6 miles southeast of Horncastle and 6 miles west of Spilsby. Winceby parish lies to the north, Hameringham parish to the northwest and Hareby parish to the east. The parish covered about 730 acres in the early 1800's (1,000 acres if fen allotment included).

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Historical Geography

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



  • Around 1872, the small stream that runs through the village became part of the freshwater supply for the town of Boston.
  • The parish had an extraparochial fen allotment near New Bolingbroke, which was later taken away in the creation of new parishes (Carrington) in 1880.

Land & Property

  • In 1842, the principal landowner was Richard QUIN (sic), who was lord of the manor.
  • In 1872 and 1882, the principal landowner was James Banks STANHOPE, who was lord of the manor.
  • In 1900, the principal landowner was Mrs. Edward STANHOPE of Revesby Abbey, who was lady of the manor.
  • In 1913, the principal landowner was Richard Philip STANHOPE of Revesby Abbey, who was lord of the manor.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF322642 (Lat/Lon: 53.158197, -0.024376), Miningsby which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The name likely derives from the Old Scandinavian Mithjungr+by, meaning "farmstead of a man named Mithjungr". It appears as Melingesby in the 1086 Domesday Book and as Mithingesbia in 1142.
    [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: Wm. BAILEY, Ambrose BULLIVANT, V. COTTON, Samuel DESFORGES, David FOWLER, Matthew SCAMAN, Ann SIMONS and John WEST.
  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following people in the parish: Vincent COTTON, John ENGLISH, John LEE, Rev. William LYNES, Robert MARTIN, Rev. William NEVINS, John NORTON, Mrs. Betsy PROCTOR, Charles ROSS, Joseph SIMONS and Thomas William WEST.
  • White's 1882 Directory lists the following people in the parish: Rev. Henry CAUKWELL, Edward COTTON, John ENGLISH, John Cragg HOLLAND, Mrs. Mary Ann KENNEDY, Robert MARTIN, John NORTON, Charles ROSS and Joseph SIMONS.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following people in the parish: George BEARD, Elizabeth BLADES, Rev. Henry CAUKWELL, Henry DODDS, John Joseph SIMONS, Walter SKELTON and John WRIGHT.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following people in the parish: William BEARD, Bruce B. CAUKWELL, Henry MEANWELL, John Joseph SIMONS, Sidney WOOD and Thomas WRIGHT.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the West division of the ancient Bolingbroke Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also in the Bolingbroke Soke.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year Inhabitants
1801 105
1811 114
1821 134
1831 354
1841 137
1851 144
1871 444
1881 371
1891 101
1911 77


  • Children attended the Free School in East Kirkby parish. Between 1842 and 1872, a small school was established in the village. There is no mention of the parish school by 1900.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.