South Ormsby



  • The parish was in the Alford sub-district of the Spilsby 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 / 641
1851 H.O. 107 / 2110
1861 R.G. 9 / 2377
1871 R.G. 10 / 3395
1891 R.G. 12 / 2605

Church History

  • The parish once had a church dedicated to Saint Margaret in the hamlet of Ketsby.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Leonard.
  • The church is built of sandstone.
  • The church seats 300.
  • There is a photograph of St. Leonard's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Leonard's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Leonard's taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • We have a list of Rectors for 1600 - 1799 which you might find useful.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish lie 6 miles west of Alford. Brinkhill parish lies to the south and Calceby parish to the west. The parish covers just under 2,500 acres and includes the hamlet of Ketsby.

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You can see pictures of South Ormsby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • East of the village there are the remains of a Roman encampment.
  • The Domesday Book mentions a water mill in the parish.
  • John HOPE has a photograph of the Massingberd Arms P. H. on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2004.
  • The Massingberd Arms Public House was (and still is) a popular spot for swapping local news. Here are the proprietors shown in various Directories:
Year Person
1842 Geo. ENDERBY, vict.
1868 Absalom COOK
1872 -- not listed --
1882 -- not listed --
1900 William TASKER
1913 Jas. G. NORTH
1930 George William CALVERT


  • Ormsby Hall is a spacious brick mansion in 120 acre wooded park.
  • Ketsby Hall was occupied by a farmer in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF369751 (Lat/Lon: 53.255254, 0.05065), South Ormsby which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1903, Lieut. G. B. MASSINGBERD-MUNDY, Instructor of Musketry (appointed in 1901) for the 4th Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regt., was promoted to Captain. He was a resident of South Ormsby in 1930.

Names, Geographical

  • The parish is often listed in old records as "South Ormsby cum Ketsby".

Politics & Government

  • This place became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1774.
  • The parish was in the ancient Hill Wapentake (or Hill Hundred) in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire reports the parish as being in the South Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey. The 1913 version does the same.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year Inhabitants
1801 238
1831 237
1871 275
1881 294
1891 238
1911 211


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1858 to hold 85 children.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.