• The parish was in the South West sub-district of the Lincoln 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 / 2317
1871 R.G. 10 / 3367
1891 R.G. 12 / 2557

Church History

  • A priory of Benedictine nuns was founded here by Henry PERCY in the reign of Henry II, circa 1154.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church was fully rebuilt in 1711. At that time it was noted that the church had no burial field. Burials were conducted at Apley parish churchyard.
  • Additional alterations were made in the early 19th century.
  • The church seats 120.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of St. Andrew's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Andrew's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1714.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The church was in the Wraggoe rural deanery in 1912.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Stainfield is a village and a parish 10 miles east of Lincoln, just south of Apley parish and north-west of Bardney parish. The parish covers over 2,400 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A158 trunk road east out of Lincoln or west out of Horncastle. Turn south at Wragby.
  • There are caravan parks near the village of Southrey and northwest of Bardney.
  • Check for bus service from the Lincolnshire Road Car Company of Lincoln.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Stainfield which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • This was the site of a Roman station and many Roman coins have been found in fields around the village.
  • Folklore passes down the story of a "Wild Man of Stainfield" who lived in the woods near the village. There are several versions of his story, but his clothes and helmet hang in the village church. You can read his story in "Folklore around Horncastle," by the Reverend James Alpas PENNY, publ. 1915.


  • Stainfield Hall was erected by Sir Robert TYRWHITT who built the house on the remains of the monestary.
  • Part of the Hall was rebuilt in 1611 and was mostly taken down in 1773.
  • The Hall was reduced to a shell by a fire on the night of 29 December, 1855.
  • A new Stainfield Hall was erected in 1856 as a stone farm residence.
  • There are photographs of Stainfield Hall at Panoramio.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF110731 (Lat/Lon: 53.243328, -0.338084), Stainfield which are provided by:


Military Records

  • Find the list of names on the Roll of Honour for Stainfield for both World Wars.

Names, Geographical

There are two version of how the parish got its name:

  1. Tradition has it that the Saxons fought the invading Danes here to protect their land, leaving a blood-soaked field near the village. Thus the "stain" and "field" of the parish name.
  2. The name Stainfield is more likely from the Old Scandanavian Steinn+thviet, or "Stony clearning". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Stentvith.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish after December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the western division of the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the East Lindsey division of the county.
  • In the 20th century, the parish has merged with nearby Hacconby to become the "Hacconby and Stainfield Parish". You can contact the Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history research.
  • For today's district governance, contact the South Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.



Year  Inhabitants
1801 74
1811 86
1831 136
1841 154
1851 132
1871 178
1881 203
1891 167
1901 156
1911 143


  • A National School was erected here in 1817 and the building was replaced in 1840.
  • The National School became a Church of England school for juniors and infants in 1946.
  • The school closed in 1971.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.