North Willingham



  • 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 / 649
1851 H.O. 107 / 2115
1861 R.G. 9 / 2396
1871 R.G. 10 / 3426
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Thomas the Apostle.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1777.
  • The interior of the church was restored in 1896.
  • The church seats 140.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of St. Thomas Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Thomas Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1658.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • 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 on the road between Louth and Market Rasen. The parish covers just under 2,000 acres. Tealby parish is to the north and Sixhills parish is to the south.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A631 arterial road east out of Market Rasen or west out of Louth.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of North Willingham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Willingham House, the seat of the BOUCHERETT family, was built in 1790 about 1.5 miles west of the old hall. The Hall stands in 80 acres of well-wooded land.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF162884 (Lat/Lon: 53.379591, -0.255089), North Willingham which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the East Lindsey district of the county.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the 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 191
1831 223
1841 210
1871 194
1891 172
1911 194


  • The parish school was built in 1845 by Ayscoghe BOUCHERETT. (Some records give a "build" date of 1850.)
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.