• 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 / 2392
1871 R.G. 10 / 3421
1891 R.G. 12 / 2621

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalen.
  • Major parts of the church date from the Norman period.
  • The church was repaired and enlarged in 1849.
  • The church seats 140.
  • There is a photograph of St. Mary Magdalen Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here are two photographs of St. Mary Magdalen Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):




Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1562.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • 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

This small village and its parish sit about 2.5 miles south-east of Caistor and 9 miles north of Market Rasen. The parish covers just over 2,870 acres and is primarily good agricultural land.

If you are planning a visit:

  • John FIRTH has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.



Historical Geography

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



  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Blacksmith's Arms on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF151996 (Lat/Lon: 53.480546, -0.267039), Rothwell which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place ws 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 West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You may contact the Rothwell Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to do family history lookups for you.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the North Lindsey division of the county.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Caistor petty session hearings on the fourth Wednesday of each month and nearly every Saturday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 138
1811 163
1831 231
1841 290
1871 224
1881 260
1891 210
1901 227
1911 188


  • A school was built here in 1856 and enlarged in 1895 to hold 90 children.
  • A School Board of 5 members was formed in the parish in December, 1874.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.