• 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 621
1861 R.G. 9 / 2356
1871 R.G. 10 / 3368
1891 R.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:




Historical Geography

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



  • 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.


Year Inhabitants
1801 287
1821 376
1831 445
1841 553
1851 510
1871 518
1881 628
1891 578
1901 482
1911 566
1921 553


  • 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.