• The parish was in the Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the Tetford census 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 / 646
1851 H.O. 107 / 2108
1861 R.G. 9 / 2369
1871 R.G. 10 / 3383
1891 R.G. 12 / 2599
1901 R.G. 13 / 3070

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church, built of stone, was built around 1340 and replaced an earlier church on the site.
  • The church was restored in 1910.
  • The church seats about 250.
  • There is a photograph of Saint Mary's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1584.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Bolingbroke Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel and Sunday school here, built prior to 1871. The Primitive Methodists built one also. 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 Tetford sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 183.

Description and Travel

Tetford is both a village and a parish in the Wolds hills, 6.5 miles northeast of Horncastle, 10 miles south of Louth and eight miles northwest of Spilsby. Worlaby parish lies to the north and Somersby parish to the south. The parish covers about 1,730 acres.

Tetford village is in a shallow valley. A tributary of the River Steeping passes near the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • The village has rail passenger service via the National Express East Anglia, with regular service to King's Cross, London. See out transport page for more information.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Tetford which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The parish contains traces of ancient encampments thought to be from Saxon times. It is reputed to be the site where Raengeires, a Briton, defeated the Saxon general Horsa in a great battle.
  • In 1841, the parish was noted for its fertilizer production (from burnt limestone).
  • Dr Richard HARPER-SMITH wrote "Paupers, Priests and People of Tetford", published by R. Harper Smith, 2001.
  • Ye Olde White Hart is an ancient Inn that served Lord Tennyson and Dr. Johnson. The White Hart has a Facebook page. Here are the proprietors from different Directories:
Year Person
1842 Geo. NICHOLSON, auctioneer
1856 James REMINGTON, brewer
1868 Mrs. Mahelah MARSHALL
1872 Mrs. Mahelah MARSHALL, vict.
1882 George BROWN, vict.
1900 Fredk. Wm. FOSTER
1905 James MALTBY
1913 James MALTBY
1930 John Henry PEARSON, propr.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF331746 (Lat/Lon: 53.252172, -0.006695), Tetford which are provided by:


Military History

  • On the south wall of the church is a memorial to Captain Edward DYMOKE who was the King's Champion. He died 12 Sept. 1760.

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 ancient Hill Wapentake (Hill Hundred) in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire notes the parish, perhaps erroneously, as being in the South Lindsey district of the county.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings.
  • In 1784, Edward RICHARDSON gave a cottage and about 7 acres of land towards teaching the poor children of Tetford and Salmonby.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 326
1811 410
1821 531
1831 690
1841 778
1851 799
1871 710
1881 590
1891 481
1911 374


  • The Edward Richardson Primary School was founded via a bequest from Edward Richardson's will in 1714. The school is on East Road, Tetford, Lincolnshire LN9 6QQ, Telephone: 01507 533686.
  • The Edward Richardson Primary School has a School Website page but little in the way of history.
  • A National School was built here in 1821 and enlarged in 1897 and 1899 to hold up to 140 children.
  • A School Board was formed in Feb., 1877.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.