North Ormsby



  • The parish was in the Binbrook 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 / 641
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2384
1871 R.G. 10 / 3406
1881 R.G. 11 / 3264
1891 R.G. 12 / 2609

Church History

  • A priory of Gildbertine nuns was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and founded here in the reign of Stephen.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen. Some directories (Kelly's and White's) give the dedication to All Saints, but this is incorrect.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1848.
  • The church seats about 100 people.
  • In the churchyard, six graves have been found, reputedly from Saxon burials.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared this church redundant in December, 1980. In 1984 it was sold for residential use.
  • 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 1741.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Louth Eske Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Binbrook 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

This village and parish are 7 miles north-west of Louth. Ludborough parish is to the north. The parish covers about 1,700 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A16 trunk road between Louth and Grimsby. The village is south of the A18 interconnect, just west of the A16.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of North Ormsby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Chalk was once quarried in the parish.
  • The ancient village of North Ormsby was abandoned in medieval times.
  • The ancient village site is preserved as a "Deserted Medieval Village".
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the deserted village area on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF288933 (Lat/Lon: 53.420837, -0.063944), North Ormsby which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • This parish is also listed as "Nun Ormsby". This may have been because of the Nunnery established here after The Conquest.

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.
  • North Ormsby is small enough that it feels it can manage its civil and political functions via a Parish Meeting called as needed.
  • For today's distric governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

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


Year Inhabitants
1801 79
1831 111
1841 132
1871 175
1881 180
1891 183
1901 122
1911 120


  • A National School opened here in 1879.
  • In 1913 the children of this parish were attending school in nearby Utterby.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.