• The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • We have a partial extract of the Utterby 1901 Census for your review.
  • 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
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2377
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church and tower were built about 1340.
  • The church seats 140.
  • 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 1695.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish in the rural Deanery of Ludborough.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel, built in 1846, graced the parish, as did a United Methodist chapel, built in 1854 and restored in 1883. 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 Louth 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

Utterby is both a village and a parish, nestling close to the Lincolnshire Wolds, 4 miles north from Louth and 11 miles from Grimsby. The parish covers a little over 1,500 acres.

The village is small, with one shop and a combined post office. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is split by the A16 trunk road just 4 miles north of Louth. This is the old Barton Street between Louth and Great Grimsby.
  • Regular bus service runs along the A16. See also our Transport page for bus services.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Utterby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Local legend has it that the village was swept away by ocean incursions in past centuries.
  • The Great Nothern Railway came in 1848.
  • The village boasts an historic bridge used by workers and packhorses as they carried salt between the coast and Lincoln. Here's a photo of the bridge contributed by John BEAL (who holds the copyright):




  • Utterby Manor bears the ELYE coat of arms dated 1639 built into the fabric of the building.
  • Utterby Manor was held by the ELYE family for centuries.
  • Utterby Manor was enlarged in 1900.
  • The parish also includes Utterby House, built of brick. Ownership was in the hands of the BENSON family.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF306933 (Lat/Lon: 53.42007, -0.035534), Utterby which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1913, Captain Dudley Roger Hugh PELHAM of the 10th Hussars resided in Utterby House. He is reputedly a direct descendant of William the Conqueror. He later commanded the 1st Composite Australian Light Horse Regiment as a Major. He was the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1938.

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 Ludborough Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Louth petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Louth Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 118
1811 121
1821 165
1831 198
1841 209
1851 246
1871 322
1881 275
1891 258
1901 199
1911 218
1991 265


  • The Utterby Primary School is at: Utterby, Louth, LINC, LN11 0TN. Tele: 01472-840280.
  • Some of the children in this parish attended school in nearby Covenham parish.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.