• 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.
1841H.O. 107 / 644
1851H.O. 107 / 2109
1861R.G. 9 / 2375
1871R.G. 10 / 3393
1891R.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.




  • 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.