• The parish was in the Billinghay sub-district of the Sleaford Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census Year Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 621
1861 R.G. 9 / 2341
1871 R.G. 10 / 3348

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Clement.
  • The church was built in the 12th century.
  • The church was refitted in 1741.
  • The church was restored in 1904-1910.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 100.
  • There is a photograph of St. Clement's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • There is another photograph of St. Clement's Church on FLICKR.
  • Here is a photo of St. Clement's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1566.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has a Loan Library service which has the parish registers on microfiche for Baptisms from 1562 to 1813 and Marriages from 1562 to 1812.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Lafford Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check the Churchyard at St. Clements to see if you recognize any names.
  • There was a Wesleyan Reform Methodist chapel built here in 1861. For information and assistance in researching this chapel, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish are north of Sleaford about 12 miles and about a mile north of Digby parish. The parish covers about 1,880 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the 14th century Village Cross on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.
  • By automobile, the village lies between the B1188 trunk road and the rail line to the east.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Rowston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Rowston is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.


  • Rowston Manor is a limestone house built in 1741.
  • Additions were made to the house as recently as 1985.
  • The Manor is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.


  • See our "Maps" page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF084564 (Lat/Lon: 53.094024, -0.382376), Rowston which are provided by:


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 ancient Flaxwell Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, parts of Kesteven.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Sleaford petty session hearings every Monday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Sleaford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 100
1821 123
1841 206
1871 233
1881 226
1891 225
1901 202
1911 164
1921 202


  • A National Schools was built here in 1852. It could hold up to 60 students.
  • The school is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.