• The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • We have an extract of a small portion of the 1901 surname index which you are welcome to review or add to.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 643
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2367
1871 R.G. 10 / 3381
1891 R.G. 12 / 2598

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Martin.
  • The church was partially rebuilt in the 1890s.
  • The church seats 100.
  • There is a photograph of St. Martin's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photo web site.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St. Martin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Martin's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1569.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here, as did the Primitive Methodists. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Scamblesby is both a village and a parish in the Wolds, seven miles southwest of Louth and six miles north of Horncastle. Belchford parish lies to the south and Cawkwell parish to the north. The parish covers about 2,000 acres.

The village of Scamblesby is on the Louth to Horncastle Road (now the A153). A small stream runs through the village on its way to join the River Bain. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is 10 minutes outside of Louth on the A153.
  • Tony ATKIN has a nice photograph of Scamblesby village on Geo-graph, taken in 2005.
  • Stop in at Scamblesby Village Hall and check the scheduled activities, classes and events.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Scamblesby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Scamblesby 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 TF270785 (Lat/Lon: 53.288258, -0.096299), Scamblesby which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Lincoln county and it became a modern Civil Parish shortly after those were established.
  • The parish was in the northern division of the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • You may contact the Scamblesby with Cawkwell Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to do family history lookups for you.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year Inhabitants
1801 272
1811 300
1821 347
1831 413
1841 500
1851 532
1871 461
1881 364
1891 325
1911 245


  • A Council School was built here in 1849 for up to 69 children. The school is now the Scamblesby Church of England Primary School.
  • The school has a Web site, but no history is published.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.