North Coates


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Louth will prove useful in your research.

Stop by the North Cotes airfield museum if you are interested in Military History.



Adrian S. PYE has a photograph of St. Nicholas' graveyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2019.

Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the war graves in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.



  • The parish was in the Tetney sub-district of the Louth 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 / 631
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2386
1871 R.G. 10 / 3409
1891 R.G. 12 / 2611

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church was completely restored in 1865.
  • The church seats 152.
  • A photograph of the Anglican parish church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.
  • Here is a photo of the Church of St. Nicholas taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1660.
  • We have started a parish register extract. Your additions to this are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1837. 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 Tetney sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

North Coates is a village and a parish. The parish extends inland from the North Sea about 10 miles south of Grimsby and 11 miles north-east of Louth. The parish covers about 2,340 acres and includes the hamlet of Thoresby Bridge.

If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of North Coates which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Fleece Inn was a well-known Public House that served good food and good gossip.
  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the former Fleece Inn on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2019. I don't know if it has been purchased yet, so you may still have time to make a bid for it.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA350007 (Lat/Lon: 53.485704, 0.033112), North Coates which are provided by:


Military History

  • An army camp was opened at the North Coates Fitties in 1914. Thiw was at TA3602. David WRIGHT has a photograph of the old hangars at North Coates Airfield on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2008. Many of the old buildings are gone and replaced by an industrial park.
  • On 4 August, 1914, a BE2C landed here as the first recorded aircraft landing at the site.
  • It became a military airfield in mid-1918, but closed in 1919. It was an important refueling stop for aircraft.
  • The facility was reopened in 1927 as an armament practice camp.
  • In February, 1940, the facility became RAF North Coates.
  • It was closed and reopened a few times in the late 40s, but in October, 1963, it became a Bloodhound SAM site.
  • There is a North Coates Strike Wing Memorial at nearby Cleethorpes.
  • The parish still sports an old casemate of type FW3/26 from World War II.
  • Adrian S. PYE has a photograph of the War Memorial just off of Fleetway on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2019.
  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the War Memorial Green< on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2019.

Military Records


Names, Geographical

  • The name North Coates often appears as "North Cotes" in official records.
  • "Cotes" is an ancient word for cottages.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire, but was created as a modern Civil Parish when those were establishd.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You can connect with the parish council on Facebook for civic or political issues.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Grimsby petty sessional courts.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 154
1831 215
1841 225
1871 323
1881 266
1891 262
1901 257
1911 233


  • A mixed school was opened here in 1866 to hold 60 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.