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  • The parish was in the Wragby sub-district of the Horncastle 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 / 647
1861 R.G. 9 / 2365
1871 R.G. 10 / 3379
1891 R.G. 12 / 2597


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Tupholme area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The parish once housed a Premonstratensian monastery dedicated to The Virgin Mary. It was founded under Henry II by Alan and Gilbert de NEVILLE circa 1166 AD. Some ruins are still visible.
  • Gary BROTHWELL has a photograph of Tupholme Abbey ruins at Geo-graph, taken in 2010.
  • The people of this parish worshiped at either Bucknall or Bardney parish churches.

Church Records

  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Tupholme parish lies about midway between Horncastle and Lincoln, just a little south of Gautby and northwest of Bucknall parish. The parish is just 2 miles north of the River Witham and covers just under 1,800 acres.

The village of Tupholme does not appear on an Ordnance Survey motoring atlas. If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the A158 out of either Horncastle or Lincoln, then take the B1202 trunk road south from Wragby. This will take you into the area of Tupholme parish.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.

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Ask for a calculation of the distance from Tupholme to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



  • Ann Cole advises: "Tupholme wasn't a parish (for most of history) so it won't be listed as one in the Horncastle Deanery. It is extra parochial, was an abbey in the days before Henry VIII got at it. The people who lived there would have a choice of parishes to use - possibly Bardney, Gautby, Bucknall."
  • White's 1842 Directory refers to Tupholme as "an extra-parochial township" which covers 1795 acres. The 1882 Directory refers to Tupholme as a "churchless parish." But Kelly's 1900 Directory tells us that it is now a parish.


  • Tupholme Hall was a brick mansion, erected around 1720 by the VYNER family of Gautby.
  • Tupholme Hall was occupied by Robert Charles de GREY VYNER, who was lord of the manor, in 1912.
  • The Hall has since been demolished.

Names, Geographical

  • "Tup" is an ancient word for sheep and "holme" is Old Scandanvian for island or a high place in a marsh.

Politics and Government

  • Tupholme was an extra-parochial area before it became a parish.
  • The parish was in the West division of the ancient Gartree Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The parish was also in the Soke of Horncastle.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of every month.
  • All the poor children of this parish were entitled to an education at Bardney Free School.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union on 16th January 1837.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 71
1811 78
1821 71
1831 68
1841 74
1851 73
1871 93
1881 93
1891 94
1901 83
1911 72


  • In 1842, the poor children of this parish attended school at Bardney Free School. Later, some students attended school in Bucknall parish as well.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.