South Cockerington



  • The parish was in the Saltfleet sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1841 and 1881.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 631
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2385
1871 R.G. 10 / 3407
1891 R.G. 12 / 2610

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Leonard.
  • The church was built of stone in the 1500s.
  • The church was restored in 1873.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats about 120.
  • There is a photograph of St. Leonard's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • Here is a photo of St. Leonard's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1593.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1837. The United Methodists (later "Free Methodists") built a chapel here in 1855. 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 Saltfleet sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

South Cockerington, or "Cockerington St. Leonard", is a village and a parish about 1 mile north of Grimoldby parish and 4 miles east of Louth. The parish covers over 2,100 acres.

The southern boundary of the parish is a beck (stream) which empties into the North Sea near Saltfleet. Monk's Dyke flows through the parish and was the source for the ancient moats in the parish. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, it is probably easiest to approach from Louth, taking the road to Keddington and passing straight through to Cockerington.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of South Cockerington which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Cockerington Hall was the seat of the SCROPE family for centuries. The name also appears as SCROOPE.
  • Cockerington Hall was demolished in 1926.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF381891 (Lat/Lon: 53.380359, 0.074158), South Cockerington which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • The parish is also called "Cockerington St. Leonard" in many old records.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the the Wold division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In March, 1888, this parish gave over the Longwoods area to Louth Park Civil Parish.
  • In March, 1888, this parish gave over the Newlands area to North Cockerington Civil Parish, but it received the Howdales parcel in return.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • At the enclosure of Common Lands, the parish had 96 acres which were alloted to the church in place of tithes.
  • The parish had four almshouses for aged persons, each of whom received about 2 shillings per week from the SCROPE estate. These buildings are now Grade II listed with British Heritage.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish was assigned to the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 148
1831 214
1841 246
1871 262
1881 216
1891 245
1901 207
1911 203


  • The children of South Cockerington attended school in North Cockerington.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.