Archives & Libraries

The Library at Boston will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the Sibsey sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • We have a handful of 1891 census surnames in a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2334
1871 R.G. 10 / 3338
1891 R.G. 12 / 2572

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Margaret of Antioch.
  • The church was completely restored in 1854 through 1856.
  • The church seats about 500.
  • There is a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on the Wendy Parkinson Church Photos web site.
  • Geoff Bradley has a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on his Galfridus web site.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by (and copyright of) Norma CLARE.
  • Here is a photo of St. Margaret Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • Parish registers date from 1565.
  • We have a small number of parish register entries in a text file. Your additions are welcome.
  • Sibsey's batch numbers for an I.G.I. search are C031421 for baptisms 1813 - 1834 and C031422 for 1561 - 1812.
  • The parish lies in the Holland East Deanery.
  • The parish included a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built in 1874, and a Primitive Methodist chapel built in Northlands in 1837.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Northlands Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006. Shortly after this photo was taken, the chapel ceased operations and was for sale.
  • 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 Sibsey sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Sibsey parish is 115 miles north of London, just 5 miles north of Boston and 12 miles south of Spilsby. It includes the villages of Sibsey and Northlands (or Norlands, 2 miles north of Sibsey village). Frithbank is a detached, but ancient portion of the parish. For ecclesistical purposes it was added in 1885 to Carrington parish. The parish covers over 6,650 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The village lies on the A16 trunk road north of Boston.
  • A web site exists for Sibsey, but it is simply a couple of photographs. The owner of the URL is offering the URL for sale.
  • Chris has a photograph of the Triangular bus shelter on Old Main Road on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2013.
  • Stop by the Village Hall for a schedule of current events and activities.
  • Tourists will enjoy visiting one of England's tallest working windmills at the Sibsey Trader Windmill. Built in 1877, it is one of six sail windmills remaining in England. It operates on occasional "milling Sundays".
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Sibsey which are provided by:





Frank BRAMLEY was born here on 6th May 1857. Richard CROFT has a photograph of the BRAMLEY memorial plaque in St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.


Historical Geography

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



  • In the late 1800's, Sibsey had a station on the East Lincolnshire section of the Great Northern Railway.
  • Alex McGREGOR has a photograph of the White Hart Pub on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Land & Property

  • In 1913, the principal landowners were Lady DUNSANY of Charborough Park, Dorset, Ian MALCOLM, M.P., of London, G. D. ROWLEY and the Reverend W. T. JENNINGS, rector of Skirbeck.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF353508 (Lat/Lon: 53.037446, 0.015965), Sibsey which are provided by:


Military History

  • The RAF opened a decoy airfield here for RAF East Kirkby during World War I, but the exact dates are unrecorded. No flight operations were conducted from this field.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the WW1 War Memorial Plaque on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2018.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the WW2 War Memorial Plaque on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2018.
  • Ian S. has a photograph of the churchyard War Memorial Plaque on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2018.
  • The Royal British Legion has a framed paper memorial to all those who served in St. Margaret's Church.
  • Out in the Fen Lands northwest of Sibsey village there is a short granite cross to honour the crew of Lancaster ED503 Crew of six who perished here in 1943.
  • Adrian S. PYE has a photograph of the War Grave at Northlands for ED503 on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2019.
  • There is a plaque mounted on an oak tree honouring those who served in the Falklands conflict in 1982.

Military Records

  • Click to see photographs of the Sibsey War Memorial (no names shown).
  • To see more data on the names below, see the Roll-of-Honour website. The ROH website contains a few additional names not on this list.

There are 13 names listed on the churchyard stone pillar and cross, all of whom died in World War One, plus 4 who died in WWII (according to the Imperial War Museum):

  1. Allen, W.
  2. Bembridge, Benjamin Leslie (WWII)
  3. Blackbourn, Arthur
  4. Bond, C. E.
  5. Bradshaw, John William (WWII)
  6. Clifton, Arnold Colton
  7. Eley, Horace
  8. Grooby, Solomon
  9. Hutton, Henry
  10. Laxton, George Alfred
  11. Laxton, John Arthur
  12. Lilley, George
  13. Lowe, Charles
  14. Lowe, R.
  15. Robinson, Frank
  16. Rushton, Herbert
  17. Wilkinson, William Percy

The flight crew of Lancaster ED503:

  1. Flight Lieutenant Robert Frood Lind RAFVR - Pilot
  2. Pilot Officer Charles W H Cocks, age 34, RAFVR - Air Gunner
  3. Sergeant Donald A Brown RAFVR - Wireless operator
  4. Sergeant John Doran RAFVR - Flight Engineer
  5. Sergeant Thomas Henry, age 30, RAFVR - Bomb aimer
  6. Sergeant Thomas Wishart, age 25, RAFVR - Rear Gunner (buried in Dalkeith, Scotland)

Names, Geographical

  • The name Sibsey is from the Old English Sigebald, a personal name. In the 1086 Domesday book, the village is given as Sibolci.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
  • The locals often pronounce the name as "sipsea".

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 West division of the ancient Bolingbroke Wapentake in the South (or East) Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also in the Bolingbroke Soke.
  • The parish gave up some land in December, 1880, to help establish the Frithville Civil Parish, but also gained portions of Frithviulle and Skirbeck Civil Parishes.
  • You can contact the Sibsey Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history research.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings.
  • Various small charities existed for the poor, but these were amalgamated into a single entity prior to 1900, which provided 10 acres of land and several small houses.
  • Dr. PACEY left a sum of £500 in his will of January 1859. The interest went to the poor of the parish.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Boston Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 948
1831 1,364
1841 1,431
1881 1,204
1891 1,101
1901 1,029
1911 1,004


  • An Endowed School was built in Northlands about 1846, founded by Mr. PLANT of Worcester. In 1913, it had 35 students.
  • An Endowed School was built in Firthbank about 1726 by Dame Laetitia MONSON. The school was rebuilt in 1813.
  • The Free School was rebuilt in 1869 to hold 200 children. It is currently located on the Main Road, Sibsey, PE22 0RR, United Kingdom.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.