Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.

The Library at Grantham would be second on my list for libraries.



  • The parish was in the Bennington sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
  • You can find census extracts for the parish at the Elizabeth Hampson Sedgebrook webpage.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 622
1851 H.O. 107 / 2138
1861 R.G. 9 / 2481
1871 R.G. 10 / 3544
1891 R.G. 12 / 2715

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence.
  • The church is of Norman origin. Brasses inside show dedication dates in the 1400s.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1897.
  • The church seats about 250.
  • A photograph of St. Lawrence's Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Lawrence's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • Parish registers exist from 1555 and include East Allington, a chapelry of this parish at that time.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Grantham Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The NE Lincolnshire Library has "Phillimore Lincolnshire Parish Registers, Marriages", Volume 2, containing Sedgebrook, 1559 - 1812.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish lie 4 miles west of Grantham on the old Bingham Road to Nottingham, and 109 miles north of London by rail. It is bordered on the south-east by Barrowby, with Muston in Leicestershire just to the west. The parish includes about 1,650 acres.

The village itself lies just north of the A52 trunk road, with the Foston Beck just to the east of town, running northerly towards its destination at the River Witham. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A52 trunk road off the A1 west out of Grantham.
  • Near the village is a chalybeate spring.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Sedgebrook which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • There are traces of an ancient monastery in a field near Barrowby.
  • Sewstern Road is an old drove road (cattle or sheep driving) from ancient times. It is now Longmoor Lane through the villages of Sedgebrook and Allington and meets the A1 at Foston. It is likely that the drove road originally took a more westerly route.
  • The village was a station on the Grantham and Nottingham branch of the Great Northern Railway in the late 1800s. James WILDERSPIN was the station master in 1900. Horace EDMONDSON was the station master in 1913.
  • Take a look at "Sedgebrook Inhabitants of Yesteryear". This website is the work of Elizabeth HAMPSON.
  • Check the history of the Wapentake at the Loveden Wapentake website.

Land & Property

  • In 1871, Sir John Henry THOROLD was the principal landowner and lord of the manor.
  • In 1913, Sir John Henry THOROLD was still the principal landowner and lord of the manor.


  • In ancient times, the manor of Sedgebrook belonged to the MARKHAM family, famous for the honesty of Chief Justice John MARKHAM during the War of the Roses.
  • In 1842, the manor house was occupied as a farm house.
  • In 1900, the manor house was occupied by Mr. Edward BAKER.
  • In 1913, the manor house was occupied by Mr. Samuel YARRAD.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK856380 (Lat/Lon: 52.932189, -0.727587), Sedgebrook which are provided by:


Military History

Sedgebrook's St. Lawrence's Church holds a War Memorial which is wall mounted and framed in a carved wooden frame. It lists 23 names, 4 of whom died in World War One. The names are handwritten on an illustrated roll decorated in gold and green.

In January 1920, a War Memorial Clock was placed on the church tower.


Military Records

The roll of honour in the west end of the church, under the tower, is in memory of those who served and died in the First World War. It reads:

To the Glory of God and in memory of

  1. G. W. Balton
  2. R. Draper
  3. John Henty Heald
  4. J. T. North

And to the honour of those who served their king and country

  1. C. Avery
  2. F. Avery
  3. G. Bray
  4. A. Bullock
  5. H. Bullock
  6. McDonald Coupland
  7. A. G. Draper
  8. E. W Draper
  9. H. Draper
  10. Marjorie Draper
  11. J. Howes
  12. C. Jackson
  13. L. R. Maycroft
  14. G. Measures
  15. J. Measures
  16. Ruth Morris
  17. G. Nix
  18. F. Smith
  19. G. Taylor
  20. G. Taylor
  21. R. C. Tinkler
  22. B. Topps
  23. A. Walton

Names, Geographical

  • Sedgebrook is from the Old English Secg+broc, meaning "brook where sedge grows", and is rendered as Sechebroc in the 1086 Domesday Book.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Names, Personal

  • These surnames were taken from the 1842 White's Directory: ALLEN, BREWSTER, CAUNT, HANDLEY, LEE, NOUTCH, RICHARDS, ROBINSON, SCHOFIELD, SHIPMAN, SYMONDS, WARD and WING.
  • These surnames were taken from the 1872 White's Directory: BULL, CAUNT, DRAKE, EXTON, FOLKETT, HANDLEY, JACKSON, PONTIN, ROBINSON, RUDKIN, SOUTHERN and WILKINSON.
  • These surnames were taken from the 1913 Kelly's Directory: BEE, CHALLANDS, DAVIES, DENNIS, DRAPER, EWBANK, JACKSON, LAMIN, STAPLES, UPTON and YARRAD.
  • Check out the Elizabeth HAMPSON Sedgebrook page.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Lincoln county and it became an "ancient" parish some time after 1535. It became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was normally in the ancient Loveden Wapentake in the South Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven. It has also been in the Winnibriggs and Threo wapentake.
  • You may contact the Sedgebrook Parish Council on civic or political matters, but they can NOT assist you with family history searches.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate (Grantham) petty session hearings.
  • Sir William THOROLD, knight of Marston, and his wife Anne, nee BLYTHE, established a charity in 1670 to provide £15 yearly to be distributed among the poor of Sedgebrook.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Newark Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 207
1831 252
1841 250
1871 245
1881 221
1891 208
1911 168
1921 202
1931 151
1951 183
1961 175


  • The first school was founded here in 1718, but a separate building was not erected until 1820.
  • The Middle Class School (later "the Grammar School") was erected in 1882 by the THOROLD charity.
  • The 1911-20 letter books from Dame Margaret Thorold's Grammar School, Sedgebrook, are available at Nottinghamshire Archives, Reference: 32/12-14, NRA 16344 Newark Charity. The school was erected in 1882 and by 1913 it was a Secondary School for the surrounding area. In 1908, there were 75 boys attending.
  • A Public Elementary School was erected in 1875 for 70 children, but attendance was normally less than half that number.
  • The current elementary school is Allington with Sedgebrook CofE Primary School, Marston Lane, Allington, Grantham, NG32 2DY.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.
  • Garth SWANSON of Surrey provides this: The following comes from a page published by Lincolnshire Homes and Gardens about the school which is now the Wade family home:
"In 1882 a new school, known locally as The Grammar School, was built by the Thorold Charity trustees near to the old village school together with a master's house and that building today is home to Nick and Sam Wade. In 1905 it became a secondary school for boys of the surrounding area. For many years the school employed a man of renown, G. W. Preston, as science master (the purpose-built Art and Science block still stands). Preston had previously taught science at King's School Grantham but he was dismissed without notice or payment after a disagreement with the governors. As a result of this injustice he made a fight through legal channels for school teachers' rights that resulted in a change of law establishing masters' rights to proper notice and compensation. In 1900 this hero of the teaching world became employed as Science Master at Sedgebrook Grammar School where he taught for nineteen years until the Grammar School was absorbed into King's School. Preston then transferred back to his old position where he taught for another four years until his retirement."