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  • The parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • In 1890, the parish was allocated to the Grimsby sub-district of the new Grimsby 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2391
1871 R.G. 10 / 3416
1891 R.G. 12 / 2620


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


Church History

  • A Praemonstratensian Canonry was founded here in 1202 by Alan Fitz-Henry. Only their chapel remains in West Ravendale.
  • In ancient times, West Ravendale had a parish church. Some ruins of the building remainded in the 1800s.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Martin.
  • The church was erected in 1857 in East Ravendale. It replaced a much older and smaller structure.
  • The church seats about 100.
  • A photograph of St. Martin's church in East Ravendale is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Kate NICOL has a photograph of St. Martin's church on Geo-graph, taken in October,2009.
  • Here is a photo of St. Martin's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Martin's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish registers date back to 1723.
  • The parish register for 1723 - 1812 are on deposit at the Lincolnshire Archives office.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a 1641/2 Protestation Return for the Haverstoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • In 1890, the parish was allocated to the Grimsby sub-district of the new Grimsby Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Ravendale is a small village and a parish about 9 miles east of Caistor, 7 miles south of Grimsby and 10 miles north-west of Louth. The parish covers about 1,600 acres and includes the hamlet of West Ravendale.

If you are planning a visit:

  • For relaxation, try the Manor Golf Club in West Ravendale.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.

You can see pictures of Ravendale which are provided by:



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Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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


Names, Geographical

  • The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Ravenedal". That is Old Scandinavian for "Valley of ravens".
  • Many records have the name as "Randal".

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 Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the Central Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire, the parish is given as being in the North Lindsey division of the county.
  • West Ravendale is a chapelry and a township in East Ravendale parish.
  • For many centuries East Ravendale and West Ravendale were separate parishes.
  • District governance is provided by the North-East Lincolnshire Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1841.
  • In an 1890 re-organisation, this parish was transferred to the new Grimsby Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be held in the Grimsby petty sessional hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 76
1831 104
1841 112
1871 129
1881 165
1891 180
1911 157


  • A Public Elementary School (formerly a National School) was built here in 1856 to hold up to 70 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.
  • Here is a photograph of East Ravendale C. of E. School taken in 2002 and supplied by Paul FENWICK (who retains the copyright). Paul used to attend this school.

East Ravendale School