• The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2381
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1842.
  • The church seated only about 50 persons.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared this church redundant in October, 1980.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • A parish register was kept, but the register dates back only to 1813 (some sources give 1822). Bishop's transcripts exist from 1561.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Bolingbroke 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

Oxcombe is a tiny parish, both in size and population. For many decades it consisted of just one farm, located eight miles due south of Louth and seven miles northeast of Horncastle. Worlaby parish lies to the south and Ruckland parish to the East. The parish is still geographically small, covering just over 1,010 acres.

The "village" of Oxcombe consisted of just a few cottages and the church. The site is located just south of a road from Burwell on the A16 trunk road and Scamblesby on the A153 trunk road. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Oxcombe which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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


Land and Property

  • According to White's 1872 Directory of Lincolnshire, "John GRANT, Esq., of Oxcomb, who died in 1799, aged 64, is said to have acquired £100,000 by farming."
  • In 1871, all of the land was owned by David BRIGGS, Esq. and occupied by his brother, Chapman BRIGGS, Esq. In 1913, Sir Francis Sowerby BENNETT, JP, was the sole landowner.


  • Oxcomb House was built in the Elizabethan style in 1845-6. In 1881 it was occupied by Frederick CROWDER.
  • The Oxcombe estate was owned by the LANGTON family of Langton-by-Partney from 1641 to about 1790, when it was sold by Bennet LANGTON to Mr. GRANT for £10,000. A copy of the 1641 transaction can be found in the "Lincolnshire Notes & Queries" Vol 7.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF311772 (Lat/Lon: 53.275222, -0.035105), Oxcombe which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The parish name appears to derive from the Old English (Saxon) oxa+coomb, which means "ox valley".
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics and 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 ancient Hill Wapentake (Hill Hundred) in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In April, 1936, this Civil Parish was abolished and amalgamated into Maidenwell Civil Parish.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

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


Year Inhabitants
1801 32
1831 32
1841 24
1871 25
1881 28
1891 33
1901 47
1911 60