Newton by Toft



  • The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor 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 / 641
1851 H.O. 107 / 2115
1871 R.G. 10 / 3426
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and was built in the Norman period.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1860.
  • The church seats only about 80.
  • A photograph of Saint Michael's Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • Here is a photograph of St. Michael's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1592.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here before 1900.
  • 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 Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Newton-by-Toft is a village and a parish, 4 miles west of Market Rasen and about 11 miles northeast of the City of Lincoln. The parish covers 1,009 acres. Faldingworth parish lies to the south.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The Toft Newton Reservoir lies due west of the village. Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Toft Newton Reservoir on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Newton by Toft which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF050874 (Lat/Lon: 53.373037, -0.42323), Newton by Toft which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The name Newton is a very common name, coming from the Old English niwe+tun, or "new estate or village".
    A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

Politics & 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 Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey in the 19th century.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the East Lindsey district of the county.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard on the 1st Tuesday each month at the Market Rasen petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 51
1831 82
1851 71
1871 95
1891 68
1911 68


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1874 to hold up to 50 children. Average attendance in 1899 was 12.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the Old School House on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.