• The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 621
1861R.G. 9 / 2356
1871R.G. 10 / 3368
1891R.G. 12 / 2588

Church History

  • In 1140, Robert D'ARCY founded here a priory of Austin or Black Canons, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen. No trace of this structure remains.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built in 1862 of Ancaster stone.
  • The church seats about 300.
  • There is a photograph of All Saints Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1582.
  • The author of this page has been advised that the parish register in the Archives has been damaged by fire and is too fragile to access.
  • Shelley CLACK provides this Rich Text File of churchyard monument inscriptions to help you with your search.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Nocton is a small village and a large parish just 7.5 miles south-east of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, just south of Potterhanworth parish. Dunston parish is to the south. The parish covers almost 6,000 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the B1198 trunk road, south out of Lincoln. Pass through Branston and about a mile further on, Nocton will be to your left, just off the road.
  • Check out the village website for current events.
  • Dave HITCHBORNE provides a photograph of Old Row on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
  • When you enter the village, look for the village sign (provided by Patricia McCRORY, who retains the copyright).




You can see pictures of Nocton which are provided by:





  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of the Old Post Office on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.


  • Nocton Hall stood on the site of a former mansion destroyed by fire in 1834. Nocton Hall was rebuilt in 1841 as the seat of the first Marquis of Ripon.
  • Nocton Hall was unoccupied in 1913. At that time it was the property of the HODGSON family.
  • In 1917, the HODGSON family moved into Embassy House in the village.
  • See the "Military History" section for more on Nocton Hall.
  • Arsonists set the Hall on fire in October of 2004. A second fire the next year caused further damage.
  • Geo-graph has a photograph of burned out Nocton Hallh, taken in 2005.
  • The remains of the Hall are listed as a "building at risk" by British Heritage.
  • There is a more detailed history of the Hall at the Metheringham Area News website.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF059643 (Lat/Lon: 53.165659, -0.41748), Nocton which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1917, the RAF made Nocton Hall into "No. 1 RAF Hospital". IT was primarily a convalescent hospital for American officers wounded in the war.
  • In 1919 the Hall was sold to William F. DENNIS, who elected not to reside in the hall.
  • In 1940 the Hall was back in service to the Air Ministry. It was too small for its intended purpose, so another hospital was also built at Rauceby.
  • In 1943 the Hall was re-designated as "United States Army Seventh General Hospital".
  • In 1945, with the war ending, the Hall was again "RAF Nocton Hall". Over time, the hospital expanded to a 740-bed facility.
  • The RAF closed the Hospital in March, 1983.
  • The Hall was leased by the US Air Force from 1984 to June, 1995. But the US didn't hand back the Hall until September, 1995.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the second division of the ancient Langoe Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or legal issues, but they are NOT staffed to answer family history inquiries.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Lincoln South petty session hearings.
  • In 1740, Sir Francis DASHWOOD left the interest on £10 for the poor.
  • In that same year, Sir Richard ELLIS left the interest on £50 for the poor.
  • The parish had four cottages for the poor in the village.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.




  • A School was built here in 1869. It could hold up to 100 students.
  • The Nocton Primary School has a website with photos and school newsletters, but very little in the way of family history information.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.