• The parish was in the Spilsby sub-district of the Spilsby 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 / 2109
1861 R.G. 9 / 2375
1871 R.G. 10 / 3393
1891 R.G. 12 / 2603

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • There was a church here at the time of the Domesday survey (1068).
  • The church dates back to prior to 1094.
  • The church was repaired in 1851 and again in 1858.
  • The church was restored in 1875.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Here is a photo of St. Peter and Saint Paul Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1723 for baptisms and burials and 1745 for marriages.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish in the South Hill rural deanery.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here, in the village, in 1849, replacing an earlier chapel. There was a Roman Catholic chapel in Skendleby Hall which held Mass on Thursdays. 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 Spilsby sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

This small village and parish lies about 4 miles north of Spilsby. Scremby parish lies just to the southeast and Ulceby parish to the north. The parish covers just over 1,500 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A1028 trunk road between Louth and Skegness. Just south of Ulceby, turn west for Skendleby.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Skendleby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Skendleby Hall was built in the Elizabethan style, built of red brick with stone facings.
  • The Hall was the property and seat of William Dunn GAINSFORD in 1900 thru 1912.
  • Skendleby Hall is now available for hire, should you need a place to gather all your relatives for a family re-union.


  • See our "Maps" page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF433697 (Lat/Lon: 53.204953, 0.144711), Skendleby which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1941, Skendleby became a Chain Home Low Radar site for detecting Axis aircraft approaching the English coast.
  • The site became a Ground Control Intercept site in the 1950s.
  • RAF Skendleby closed some time after 1950 and passed into private owndership. It has been used for some years as a storage site.
  • In the year 2000, the site was visited by Subterranea Britannica.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Skendleby War Memorial and the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


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 Wold division of the ancient Candleshoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey division of the county, in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • 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 every other Monday.
  • In 1644, Thomas WOODRIFFE left 7 acres of land to be worked by the poor.
  • In 1666, William FREEMAN left a yearly rent-charge of 4 Shillings for the poor.
  • An undated charity of the interest from £100, left by Isabella PILKINGTON, is distributed in gowns to poor widows.
  • The parish had a Clothing Club, supported by the chief landowners of the parish, which distributed clothing to the poor.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 174
1831 253
1841 290
1871 295
1881 270
1891 258
1911 204


  • A National School was built here in 1842.
  • It appears that the old school has closed and the property now used as a private day care for infants.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.