• The parish was in the Market Rasen sub-district of the Caistor 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 / 624
1861 R.G. 9 / 2396
1871 R.G. 10 / 3426
1891 R.G. 12 / 2624

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The church was built in the Norman period.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1890 and reconsecrated in April, 1891.
  • The church is a tiny church and seats only 80.
  • The church at Toft was declared redundant in 1986. It was sold for residential use in 1989.
  • A photograph of Saint Peter and St. Paul's Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Saints Peter and Paul's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
  • We have the very beginning of a Parish Register extract in a text file. Your additions and corrections would be appreciated.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Toft is a small village and parish about 4 miles west of Market Rasen. The River Rase runs along the northern border of the parish. The parish covers only about 1,300 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF042883 (Lat/Lon: 53.381537, -0.434818), Toft which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Walshcroft Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • April, 1936, this Civil Parish was abolished to create a combined Toft Newton Civil Parish.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard on the 1st Tuesday each month at the Market Rasen petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 78
1831 74
1871 78
1881 86
1891 81
1901 52
1911 70
1921 71


  • The children of this parish attended school in Newton parish.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.