North Elkington



  • The parish was in the Louth 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 / 632
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2383
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1852.
  • The present church is at least the third building to stand on this site since the 11th century.
  • The church seats about 100.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared this church redundant in October, 1981. In June, 1984, the church was sold for residential use.
  • John BEAL has a photograph of the sign outside St. Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • The church building is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Here is a photo of St. Helen's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1702.
  • Check our North Elkington Parish Register Extract pop-up text file for possible relatives. You are welcome to add your extracts.
  • The Lincolnshire Archives holds the parish register from 1701 to 1812 (North Eklington Par/1/1).
  • The London Family History Centre holds the Bishop's Transcripts from 1563 to 1838.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Louth 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 Elkington is both a village and a parish 4 miles north-west of Louth. The parish covers almost 1,300 acres (early directory entries give the parish only 991 acres of land) and includes the hamlet of Boswell.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the old Deserted Medieval Village area on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • By automobile, take the A631 west out of Louth and pass through South Elkington. Turn right after about 2 miles and follow the road into North Elkington.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of North Elkington which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The village was deserted in the medieval period and was refounded nearby a few hundred years ago.
  • Boswell is west of North Elkington village and has a Bronze Age Bowl Barrow.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF286904 (Lat/Lon: 53.394743, -0.066776), North Elkington which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • EKWALL's "Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names" (4th Edition, 1977), tells us that Elkington is mentioned in the Domesday Book: "Alchinton", and the name is cited in c1115 "Helchingtuna", 1205 "Northalkinton" and 1209 "Sudhelkinton".

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 ancient Ludborough Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In the 1900s, the parish was in the Wold division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings every other Wednesday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 51
1811 56
1831 100
1841 91
1871 96
1881 89
1891 82
1901 95
1911 102
1921 57
1931 60
1951 55
1971 60