North Cockeringham



  • The parish was in the Saltfleet 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 / 2385
1871 R.G. 10 / 3407
1891 R.G. 12 / 2610

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was constructed in the 11th century with additions in the 12th and 14th centuries.
  • The church tower was added in the 1800s.
  • The church was recorded as having been "in decay" in 1871 and that all traces of it had disappeared. Church members attended church in Alvingham.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared this church redundant in March, 1981.
  • The church is now a Grade I listed building by British Heritage and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
  • A photograph of St. Mary's church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1646.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • We have the beginnings of a partial Parish Register extract in a pop-up text file. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists, the Free Methodists and the Primitive Methodists all had a chapel here by 1881. The Free Methodists are not mentioned by 1913. 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 Saltfleet 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 and Travel

North Cockerington is a parish and a village about 4 miles north-east of Louth in the Wold Hills. The parish covers just about 1,750 acres. The parish is bounded on the north by the Ludd River and the Louth Navigation Canal.

The village is Cockerington St. Mary. Cockerington St. Leonard is in South Cockerington parish. If you are planning a visit:

  • Watch for the Village Sign as photographed by David HITCHBORNE on Geo-graph, taken in 2004.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of North Cockeringham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which North Cockeringham 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 TF373908 (Lat/Lon: 53.396279, 0.063686), North Cockeringham which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The parish is often listed in old records as "Cockerington St. Mary".

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Wold division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In March, 1888, this parish gave over the Howdales area to South Cockerington Civil Parish, but it received the Newlands parcel in return.
  • The citizens of this parish have no formal Parish Council. They decide matters of civic and political ilk at periodic Parish Meetings.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • In 1670, Sir Jarvis SCROPE founded six tenements for the residence of poor people of the two Cockerington villages.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 170
1811 155
1831 202
1841 227
1871 298
1881 252
1891 210
1901 202
1911 215


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1840 as a Diocesan School serving Alvingham and both Cockeringtons.
  • The North Cockerington Church of England Primary school is constructing a website. There was no history as of last visit.
  • Chris ? provides a photograph of the North Cockerington School on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.