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South Reston

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  • The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Castle Carlton was in the Saltfleet 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 / 642
1851 H.O. 107 / 2112
1861 R.G. 9 / 2379
1871 R.G. 10 / 3398 & 3407
1891 R.G. 12 / 2606

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Edith.
  • The church is built of stone and was rebuilt on the site of an older church in 1864.
  • The church seated 120.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared St. Edith's Church redundant in July, 1980. In 1982 the church was demolished and the site used to expand the churchyard.
  • The Anglican parish church for Castle Carlton is dedicated to the Holy Cross.
  • Holy Cross church was built on the site of an earlier structure.
  • This tiny church only seated 40.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared Holy Cross Church redundant in April, 1983. In 1982 the church was demolished and the site used to expand the churchyard.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register for St. Edith's dates from 1766 for baptisms and burials, and from 1757 for marriages.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Anglican parish register for Castle Carlton'sHoly Cross dates from 1571.
  • Holy Cross Church is in the Louthesk Deanery for which indexes also exist from the Lincolnshire FHS.
  • The Lincs Archives holds the following registers for Castle Carlton: Chr. 1571-1913; Mar. 1571-1876; Bur. 1571-1886,1940; BTs 1565-1812; 1817-1820.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1878 to replace one built in 1837 and the Free Methodists built their chapel in 1854. There is still a functioning Methodist Church in the village. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in January 2006.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Castle Carlton 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

This village and parish are 6 miles south-east of Louth. It covers only about 710 acres (note: boundaries have changed over time). "Castle Carlton" is a hamlet within this parish (although some sources list it as a parish).

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the road from Louth to Alford (the B1373 secondary road). The village is between Legbourne and Withern.
  • You can take a Photo-tour of the village before arriving.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Stop at the Wagon and Horses pub to exchange thoughts with some of the locals. They've been at it for over 130 years.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the Wagon and Horses on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.


  • South Reston Hall is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage. It is a farmhouse from the 17th century.

Military History

  • Chris has a photograph of the War Memorial outside the church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.

Military Records


Politics and 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 Marsh division of the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district and in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Castle Carlton was in the Marsh division of the ancient Louth Eske Wapentake, same district as above.
  • April, 1936, this parish gained 471 acres granted to it when Castle Carlton Civil Parish was abolished.
  • This parish is now part of the combined Civil Parish of Reston, which includes North Reston, South Reston, and Castle Carlton.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council, but they do hold Parish Meetings from time to time to decide civic and political issues.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty sessional hearings on alternate Tuesdays.
  • The allotment of Poor Land, at the enclosure in 1772, was 3 acres.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 76
1831 139
1841 182
1871 286
1881 238
1891 230
1901 179
1911 166


  • The parish had a parochial school room, built in 1858. Children paid a penny per week to attend. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1958.
  • The children of Castle Carlton attended school in South Reston.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.