North Owersby



  • The parish was in the Market Rasen 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 / 2395
1871 R.G. 10 / 3425
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Martin.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1746 and partially restored in 1888.
  • The church seats 138.
  • There is a popular rhyme sung by children in nearby parishes and villages (origin and date unknown):  
'Owersby parish, wicked people
Sold their bells to build a steeple'
  • A photograph of St. Martin's church is at the Wendy Parkinson English Church Photographs site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Martin's church, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • The Bishop's Transcripts of the register dates from 1562 through 1845. These are available on microfilm from the Family History Library.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There is a booklet, apparently published in the 1920s, entitled "Many Thoughts from Many Minds," publisher unreported. Proceeds from the booklet were for Owersby Parish Church Restoration. Pat COOK provides these Lincolnshire names from the booklet.
  • The Wesleyans had a chapel here, built in 1856, and the Free Methodists built their's in 1881. The Wesleyan chapel was rebuilt in 1908. For information and assistance in researching this chapel, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Market Rasen 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 6 miles northwest of Market Rasen. The parish covers over 3,400 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Old Hall was formerly the residence of a branch of the MONSON family.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF060946 (Lat/Lon: 53.437304, -0.40555), North Owersby which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Owersby War Memorial is within the Church of St. Martin on a carved wooden screen. It is documented at the Memorial-Lincs site.

Names, Geographical

  • North Owersby is also called Long Owersby.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the north division of the ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places this parish, perhaps erroneously, in the East Lindsey division of the county.
  • Parish boundaries have varied over the centuries, so check neighboring parishes for your family.
  • In April, 1936, the Civil Parishes of North Owersby and South Owersby were abolished to create a new Civil Parish of "Owersby".
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • In 1871, the lord of the manor provided £5 as an annual dole for the poor of the parish.
  • After the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act in 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 233
1831 297
1841 356
1871 359
1881 343
1891 390
1901 305
1911 283


  • The Free School was founded by Alexander WRAWBY in 1705.
  • In 1912, The Free School could hold 100 children, but average attendance was 80.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.