• The parish was in the Wragby sub-district of the Horncastle 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
1861 R.G. 9 / 2365
1871 R.G. 10 / 3379
1891 R.G. 12 / 2597

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church may have been erected by the Saxons about the time of the Norman Conquest.
  • There is evidence that the existing church was erected on the foundations of a still older building, presumably a church.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1857.
  • The church seats 100.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared this church redundant in May, 1981. The building was sold as a monument in November, 1986.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of this church at Geo-graph.
  • Here is a photo of St. Peter's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1658.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Free Methodists built a chapel here in 1894. For information and assistance in researching this chapel, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Chris has a photograph of the former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Sotby is both a village and a parish in the Wold Hills, 16 miles east-northeast of Lincoln, 8 miles northwest of Horncastle and 5 miles east of Wragby. Great Sturton parish lies to the south and Ranby parish to the east. The parish covers about 1,600 acres.

In 1871, Sotby was an old village of thatched houses. If you are planning a visit:

  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of a thatched cottage in Sotby at Geo-graph.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Sotby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF205789 (Lat/Lon: 53.293368, -0.193602), Sotby which are provided by:


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the East division of the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of every month.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union on 16th January 1837.


Year Inhabitants
1801 95
1811 109
1821 128
1831 157
1841 156
1851 152
1871 149
1881 191
1891 166
1911 111