• The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • For census lookups, check for "Navenby with Skinnand".
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1881.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2354
1871 R.G. 10 / 3364
1891 R.G. 12 / 2587

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church in Skinnand was reputedly dedicated to Saint Matthew.
  • The Anglican church in Skinnand had ceased to be by 1723. It is believed to have been burned by Cromwell's forces in the 1640s. By 1871, just a few stones remained to mark its location.
  • The burial ground was still in use up through 1925.
  • Devine services were held at Mr. John WOOLFIT's house by the vicar in 1871.

Church Records

  • The current parish register exists from 1791, covering baptisms and burials only. There is no current register of marriage. Bishop's transcripts go back to 1562.
  • The parish register has been filmed for 1816-1955 and is at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Copies of the film, #1542198 Item 3, can be ordered through your local Family History Centre.
  • Parish registers are on file at the Society of Genealogists, covering marriages for 1589 - 1749, baptisms for 1813 - 1955 and burials for 1813 - 1911.
  • Parish marriages are in Boyd's Marriage Index, covering 1651 - 1725.
  • You are welcome to check our Skinnand marriages list.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes (marriage and burial) for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the Phillimore Marriage Index, Volume 3, for Skinnand, 1589 - 1749.
  • The IGI Batch numbers for searching the IGI at the Family History Library are C140412 for baptisms, 1816 - 1955, and M140411 for marriages, 1562 - 1730.
  • Skinnand is included in the British Isles Vital Records Index available from the LDS Family History Library on CD-ROM.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Skinnand (often listed as "Skinnard") is an ancient village and parish, now abandoned. The parish lies in the vale of the River Brant, and is two and 1/2 miles west of the village of Navenby and 9 miles southwest of Lincoln. A small parish, it covered only about 670 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A607 trunk road to Navenby, then head west toward Bassingham.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Skinnand which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In 1871, most of the parish consisted of just three farms belonging to S. NICOLLS of London. Other surnames in the parish at that time include CLAWSON, BURT and PICKER.
  • In 1913, Mr. William GRANT of Grimsby was the principal landowner.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK941572 (Lat/Lon: 53.103659, -0.59542), Skinnand which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The origin of the name is uncertain, but appears to come from the Old Scandinavian skinnari, which means "skinner or tanner". It appears in the 1086 Domesday Book.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the High division of the ancient Boothby Graffoe Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
  • On April 1st, 1931, this Civil Parish was abolished and amalgamated with Navenby Civil Parish.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the LIncoln South petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 12
1831 24
1841 26
1851 30
1871 22
1881 39
1891 30
1901 30
1911 28
1921 25


  • The children of this parish attended school at Wellingore, just south of Navenby, and in Carlton-le-Moorland and Bassingham.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.