• The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2381
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1881 R.G. 11 / 3263
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The first church on this site was probably built between 1030 and 1086.
  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Olave (alternately "St. Olaf"). It is one of the smallest churches in all Lincolnshire.
  • The church seats only 40.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1885 of sandstone. It has a small western turret with one bell.
  • White's 1872 Directory tells us that the church was dedicated to St. Clare. This is corrected in Kelly's 1900 Directory.
  • There is a photograph of St. Olave Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Olave's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1757 and includes entries from Worlaby parish.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Ruckland is both a village and a parish about 6 miles south of Louth. The parish covers only about 610 acres.

If you are planning a visit, see:

  • By automobile, take the A15 trunk road south out of Louth or north from Spilsby. Turn west at Burwell and proceed about one mile to the village.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Ruckland which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF334781 (Lat/Lon: 53.283536, -0.000429), Ruckland which are provided by:


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 Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In 1936, the Civil Parish was abolished and made part of the Maidenwell Civil Parish.
  • For today's governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • In 1719, Mr. Chas. HUMPHREYS left the interest on £30 for the poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 24
1831 24
1841 32
1871 46
1881 63
1891 38
1901 24
1931 21


  • The children of this parish attended school in Farforth parish.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.