• Brian CHESTER has provided a Monument Inscription lookup feature at his website for St. Edmund Church.


  • The parish was in the Caistor 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 / 642
1861 R.G. 9 / 2393
1871 R.G. 10 / 3422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2622

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Edmund.
  • The church was originally built in the 12th century.
  • The church was rebuilt of stone in 1868, with the exception of the tower.
  • The church seats 200.
  • A photograph of the Anglican parish church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • John FIRTH has a photograph of St. Edmund's church on Geo-graph, taken on a June day, 2011.
  • Richard CROFT has a fine photograph of church interior on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Edmund's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyrights).
  • Here is a photo of Saint Edmund's Church, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyrights).



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes for the Haverstoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected here in 1884.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Caistor 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

Riby is a parish and a small village 7 miles north-east of Caistor, 7 miles south of Grimsby and 4 miles south of Stallingborough. The parish covers about 2,800 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A1173 trunk road north-east out of Caistor. Right at the A18 intersection and you will find yourself in Riby.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Riby which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Riby Grove was the manor of the TOMLINE family.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA183076 (Lat/Lon: 53.551731, -0.215178), Riby which are provided by:


Military History

  • From "The Stuarts and Commonwealth, Civil War!": "A further siege was planned, but was called off when the Parliamentary troops rebelled, mainly because of discontent over arrears of pay. The Newark raiders extended their activities over a wider area than ever, with successful raids against Riby in Lincolnshire, Rockingham, Torksey House (Lincolnshire) and Barton-upon-Humber."
  • From a local bible: "John Harrington Esqr Lieutenant Colonel slain at the Fight at Riby Gap the 18th of June was buried the 19 of the same Month - 1645 in Stallingborough Church. John Mugson a Cavalier wounded at the Fight at Riby Gap was buried the 20 Day of June".
  • Kelly's Directory for Lincolnshire for 1885: "An encounter, called "the Battle of Riby Grip," [sic] took place here, June 18, 1645, between the Royalists, under Col. Foster, and a Parliamentary force, under Col. Harrison, in which the latter were routed, and their leader slain; nine soldiers, who also fell, were buried in the churchyard, and Col. Harrison at Stallingborough."
  • A granite column was erected just inside the churchyard as a memorial to the 12 men of the parish who died in World War I.

Names, Geographical

  • Locals pronounce the name as "RY-bee", not "RIB-ee" according to Pamela BAILLE (2004).

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the eastern division of the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire reports, perhaps erroneously, that the parish was in the North Lindsey division 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 in the Grimsby Petty Sessional courts.
  • In 1848, almshouses were built here for four poor men of the village by Col. G. TOMLINE.


Year Inhabitants
1801 158
1831 163
1871 222
1881 273
1891 288
1901 248
1911 268
1921 259
1931 248


  • A National School was built here in 1890 for 60 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.