• The parish was in the Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 643
1851H.O. 107 / 2108
1861R.G. 9 / 2371
1871R.G. 10 / 3383
1891R.G. 12 / 2599

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Benedict.
  • The church was built on the south side of Scrivelsby Court park and contains several monuments to the DYMOKE family.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1861. The spire was replaced in 1876.
  • The church was thoroughly restored again in 1891.
  • There is a photograph of St. Benedict's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a nice photograph of St. Benedict's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2004.
  • Here is a photograph of St. Benedict's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1566.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Scrivelsby is both a small village and a parish in the Wold hills, 2 miles south of Horncastle. Dalderby parish and Roughton parish lie to the west, Horncastle parish to the north and Mareham on the Hill parish to the north-east. The parish covers about 2,150 acres.

Scrivelsby village is described in directories of the 1800's as a "scattered village". If you are planning a visit:

  • The village does not appear on many small-scale maps.
  • Take the A53 south out of Horncastle and turn onto the southbound B1183.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Scrivelsby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Phillip MARMION, the fifth baron of this parish, died without male issue in 1292, leaving four daughters who inherited his estates. The youngest, Joan, inherited Scrivelsby. She later married Sir Thomas LUDLOW. Their heir and daughter Margaret married sir John DYMOKE, with whose descendants the manor of Scrivelsby remained.
  • Henry DYMOKE performed the office of Champion of the English Crown at the coronation of George IV.

Land & Property

  • In 1842, the owner of all the property was Sir Henry DYMOKE, baronet and lord of the manor.


  • William the Conqueror gave the manor of Scrivelsby to Robert MARMION. He and his heirs were to perform the office of Champion of the English Crown, the lord or his deputy were required to appear at the coronation of every monarch and issue a personal challenge to anyone who spoke against the new king or queen.
  • Scrivelsby Court, the seat of the DYMOKE family since the reign of Richard II (circa 1380), stood on a hill within a 300-acre wooded park. Much of the building was destroyed in a fire in 1765.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF265661 (Lat/Lon: 53.177235, -0.109091), Scrivelsby which are provided by:


Military Records

Chris has a photograph of a War Memorial to Sydney BUNCH inside the parish church (on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2013).

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard from World War I:

  1. George BURRELL, gunner, 251st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, age 21, died 21 Oct. 1917. Son of W. and Mahala BURRELL of Tattersall, LIN.

Names, Personal

  • White's 1842 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Joseph and Henry BALDWIN, Thos. BEVERLY, Richard BORMAN, John DIXON, Richd. FOX, Jas. LEE, Thomas RAWSON and Thomas TAYLOR.
  • White's 1872 Directory lists the following names in the parish: William ALLBONES, Henry BENTLEY, Charles Henry CHAMBERS, Henry BENNETT CHAMBERS, Henry CHESMAN, Henry Lionel DYMOKE, John DYMOKE, Rev. Samuel LODGE, Mitchell MARSHALL, John REDMORE, Willm. STEEPER, William SUTTON, John THACKER, George WRIGHT and John WRIGHT.

Politics & 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 Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In December, 1880, a local government order transferred the Fen Allotment of this parish to Langriville parish.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places this parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey portion of the county.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Horncastle petty session hearings.
  • The parish had 220 acres alloted in Wildmore Fen, about eight miles to the south, to let to generate money for the poor. Another 180 acres of land within the parish were set aside for poor revenue.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.




  • The children of this parish attended school in Horncastle, Mareham-on-the-Hill and Roughton.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.