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  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In an 1890 re-organization,the parish was allocated to the new "Grantham North" subdistrict of the Grantham 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 / 622
1851 H.O. 107 / 2102
1861 R.G. 9 / 2348
1871 R.G. 10 / 3357
1891 R.G. 12 / 2582

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James.
  • The church dates from the 11th century.
  • Portions of the church appear to be of late Saxon and early Norman origin.
  • The church tower dates from the 13th century.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 205.
  • J HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior at Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • Here is a photo of St. James Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. James Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1542.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Beltisloe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel here, built in 1847. 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 Denton sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • In an 1890 re-organization,the parish was allocated to the new "Grantham North" subdistrict of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Skillington is both a parish and a small village about six miles south of Grantham. The parish itself is bounded on the south by Colsterworth parish and to the east by Easton township. Sproxton parish in Leicestershire lies to the west. The parish covers 2,240 acres.

Skillington is a small village, off the main roads. If you are planning a visit:

  • The town can be accessed off of the A1 motorway south of Grantham. Turn west at Easton.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the town green at Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.

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Historical Geography

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



  • A young Isaac NEWTON used to visit his three aunts who lived in Skillington as a lad. He even began his schooling here.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were formed.
  • The parish was in the ancient Winnibriggs and Threo Wapentake in the South Kesteven district in the parts of Kesteven.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire reports that the parish is in the Betisloe Wapentake.
  • It was also within the Soke of Grantham.
  • On 1 April, 1965, this parish was reduced by 1 acre to enlarge Buckminster Civil Parish in Leicestershire. Buckminster transferred a 1 acre parcel to Skillington Civil Parish at the same time (i.e. a "land swap").
  • On 1 April, 1965, this parish gained 3 acres from Sproxton Civil Parish in Leicestershire.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here around 1798.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spittlegate (Grantham) petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 244
1841 432
1851 490
1861 466
1871 454
1881 393
1891 369
1901 354
1911 321
1921 343


  • A Public Elementary School was built here before 1885 and enlarged in 1894 for up to 120 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.