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  • The parish is mentioned in Reginald C. Dudding's "History of the parish and manors of Alford with Rigsby and Ailby," published by W. K. Morton, 1930, 223 pages.


  • The parish was in the Alford sub-district of the Spilsby 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 / 2110
1861 R.G. 9 / 2378
1871 R.G. 10 / 3395
1891 R.G. 12 / 2605


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James.
  • The original church structure here was of Norman origin.
  • The church was rebuilt and reopened in 1863.
  • There is a photograph of St. James church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. James Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. James Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1686.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Rigsby is both a village and a parish just over 130 miles north of London and about 1.5 miles west of Alford. Driby parish forms the western border, with Well parish to the south. This parish covers about 1,040 acres and includes the hamlet of Ailby.

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • The Roll of Honour for World War II for the parish is combined with Alford's and can be seen on Geo-graph as photographed by John Readman.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry of Alford in Lincoln county and it became a traditional parish prior to 1800. By 1830 it was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish.
  • The parish was in the Wold division of the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Rigsby is a small enough parish that the citizens can function without a formal Parish Council. The citizens hold a Parish Meeting as needed to discuss civic and political issues.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.



Year Inhabitants
1801 104
1811 93
1831 99
1841 103
1871 96
1881 112
1891 90
1901 82
1911 72


  • The children of this parish attended schools in Alford and Well parishes.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.