Normanby le Wold



Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2018.

Ian S. also has a photograph of St Peter's Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2018.



  • The parish was in the Caistor 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2393
1871 R.G. 10 / 3422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2622

Church History

  • A church was mentioned here in the Domesday Book of 1086, but all traces of that church are now gone.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church tower is over 700 years old.
  • The church was restored in 1868.
  • The church seats 160.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of St. Peter's Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the North Arcade (interior) on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
  • Here is a photo of the Church of St. Peter taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kate NICOL has a photograph of a Primitive Methodist chapel conversion on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Caistor 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

This village and parish are at one of the highest points in Lincolnshire at 543 feet above sea level. The parish lies 5 miles south of Caistor and covers just under 2,000 acres. Walesby parish lies to the south Thoresway parish to the east and Claxby parish to the west.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1225 secondary road south out of Caistor for 5 miles.
  • D. PHILLIPS has a photograph of a "Directional sign" on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2019.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Normanby le Wold which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



There is a long barrow in the parish dated to the Neolithic period. The barrow is 255 feet long, 120 feet wide and 5 feet high. A trench was excavated through part of the mound in 1983, as part of a Sheffield University transect survey. Very little was found and further work was not justified.

In the early Spring of 1852, George BURTON abandoned his wife and children. He was last seen in Liverpool attempting to embark on a vessel heading to America.

In September of 1853, William ALTOFT, labourer, was fined 14 shillings for assaulting William PLUMTREE, a groom.

Austin Lee (1904-65) was a resident of this parish and rector from 1944-48. He wrote at least nine novels under the pseudonym of John Austwick or Julian Callender. He would later be the rector at Sedgebrook.

The Claxby Radar tower is actually not in Claxby, but it lies north of Normanby le Wold village. It is part of the National Air Traffic Services. Locals refer to it as "The Golf Ball". but it is a visible landmark from quite a few parishes in the area. Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Claxby Radar Dome on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2009.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF123951 (Lat/Lon: 53.44073, -0.31148), Normanby le Wold which are provided by:


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 ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • At last check (2018), the parish council had no Contact Information online.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


Year Inhabitants
1801 77
1821 96
1831 122
1841 129
1851 149
1871 162
1891 139
1911 106
1921 107


  • The children of this parish attended school at Claxby parish.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.