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  • The parish was in the Wragby sub-district of the Horncastle 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 / 642
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2365
1871 R.G. 10 / 3379
1891 R.G. 12 / 2597


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ranby area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint German.
  • The church was restored in 1860.
  • The church seats 150.
  • A photograph of Saint German's Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Here is a photo of Saint German's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyrights).

St German's church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1550.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Wragby sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Ranby is both a village and parish in the Wolds, bounded on the east by the River Bain. The parish sits about 7 miles north-west of Horncastle and 7.5 miles east from Wragby parish. The parish covers about 1,290 acres.

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Historical Geography

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


Politics and Government


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be held in the Horncastle petty session hearings every Saturday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union on 16th January 1837.


Year Inhabitants
1801 68
1811 80
1821 121
1831 109
1841 116
1851 115
1871 149
1881 132
1891 140
1911 135


  • There was a School built here before 1900 to hold 104 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.