Searby cum Ownby



  • 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 / 644
1851 H.O. 107 / 2114
1861 R.G. 9 / 2393
1871 R.G. 10 / 3422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2622

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church at Searby is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • There has been no Anglican church at Owmsby hamlet.
  • There has been a church at Searby since at least 1441.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1832-33 of white brick with stone dressings.
  • The church was restored in 1860.
  • It is a small building and seats only 120.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • A photograph of St. Nicholas church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Nicholas church, taken by (and copyright of) Ron COLE:

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • The Family History Centre in London has the Bishop's Transcripts covering 1562 - 1820.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The parish included a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built prior to 1896. The Methodist Church has a Facebook page and is still active.
  • Check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.
  • 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

Searby parish is 4 miles north-west of Caistor and 5 miles south-east of Brigg. Grasby parish lies to the south-east, with North Kelsey parish to the south-west. The parish covers about 2,460 acres and includes the hamlet of Owmby.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A1084 north out of Caistor. The road passes just east of the village about four miles from Caistor.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the Village Sign on geo-graph, taken in May, 2018.
  • Check out our touring page.
You can see pictures of Searby cum Ownby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



The vicar of the parish built a shelter for residents who were waiting for a wagon or cart to pass thru the village. Richard CROFT has a photograph of this 1866 Waggoners' Rest on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2009.



  • There was a Manor House here. In 1881 it was occupied by William H. COATES, a farmer.
  • Chris MORGAN has a photograph of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA075056 (Lat/Lon: 53.536023, -0.379543), Searby cum Ownby which are provided by:


Military History

  • Inside the parish church, underneath a bronze relief of the Last Supper, is a brass table with the names of six men who fell in World War I.

Military Records

The names from the memorial are:

  1. Balding, Charles
  2. Brumpton, George
  3. King, John Henry
  4. Thomas, John
  5. Toplin, William
  6. Vessey, Ernest

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the West Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire reports that the parish, perhaps erroneously, was in the North Lindsey division of the county. Kelly's 1913 edition does the same.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed (or tasked) to assist with family history research.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year Inhabitants
1801 244
1831 252
1841 234
1871 261
1881 217
1891 228
1901 214
1911 189


  • A school was built here in 1854-55 to hold up to 60 children. The school was closed by 1912 and the children of the parish were attending school in Grasby.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.