South Elkington



  • The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth 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 / 632
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2383
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church is built of stone and chalk.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1843 and underwent alteration and repair in 1871.
  • The church seats 220.
  • There is a nice photograph of All Saints Church on the Flickr website.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1701 for baptisms and burials, and has marriages from 1755.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish in the rural Ludborough Deanery.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Louth 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 Elkington is a village and a parish 2.5 miles north-west of Louth, on the road to Market Rasen. Welton-le-Wold parish is to the south-west and Brackenborough parish to the north-east. The parish covers 2,660 acres (3,085 in 1912) and contains the hamlets of Ackthorpe and Coach Grange.

Locals refer to both North Elkington and South Elkington as "Elkington". If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A631 arterial road west out of Louth.
  • Jonathan BILLINGER has a photograph of South Elkington on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of South Elkington which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • A Reading Room and Institure was opened in the village in 1905.


  • Elkington Hall, was the seat of the Rev. William SMYTH in 1871. The Hall was built of brick in 1842 in the Italian style.
  • Thorpe Hall, originally built in 1584 by Sir John BOLLE, was once owned by James BIRCH, who mortgaged the hall in 1759. The mortgage was purchased by the Rev. William CHAPLIN, who bought the house in 1825. It was restored in the 1980s and still stands.
  • A good book which details Thorpe Hall: "Lincolnshire County Houses & Their Families", by Terrence R. LEACH, 1980.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF297884 (Lat/Lon: 53.37657, -0.051584), South Elkington which are provided by:


Military History

RAF South Elkington was a wireless telegraphy station in World War II. There was no airfield.

Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

John EMERSON, who retains the copyright, provides these photographs of the war memorial at South Elkington:






Military Records

John EMERSON also supplies this list of names off of the memorial:

To the glory of God and to the immortal memory of the glorious dead connected with Elkington who gave their lives for home and country in the Great War 1914-1919 and whose names are inscribed below. Lest we forget.

Rank Name Unit Died Notes
Capt Francis William BURKINSHAW R. F. A.    
Lieut Henry SHARPLEY R. F. A.    
Private James Henry Ormond LAMMIN 1st East Lancs Regt    
Private Charles BROOKS 1/6 Seaforth Highlanders    
Private Henry Paul LANE 2nd Coldstream Guards    
Trooper Edgar Allen MAUGHAM 20th Hussars    
Private John William GADSBY 1/8 West Yorks Regt    
Private George GRIMOLDBY 2nd Notts & Derby Regt    
Private Alfred Ernest SRADLOCK 1st Notts & Derby Regt    
Private Herbert ABBOTT 2/S Linc Regt    
Private Edwin HUDSON 11TR Linc Regt    
Private William Whitlam LAMMIN 2nd Linc Regt    
Private George ROBINSON 2nd Linc Regt    
Private John TUXWORTH 5th Linc Regt    

Names, Geographical

  • Ekwall's "Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names" (4th Edition, 1977), tells us that Elkington is mentioned in the Domesday Book: "Alchinton", and the name is cited in c1115 "Helchingtuna", 1205 "Northalkinton" and 1209 "Sudhelkinton".
  • Acthorpe Top, a hamlet in the parish, is always pronounced "Agthorpe" by the locals.

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 Wold division (later: Marsh division) of the ancient Louth Eske 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.

  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings every other Wednesday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 158
1831 271
1841 273
1871 357
1881 356
1891 366
1901 355
1911 351


  • A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1877 to serve both North and South Elkington. It could hold 128 children.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.