• 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 / 624
1871 R.G. 10 / 3366
1891 R.G. 12 / 2587

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist.
  • A photograph of St. John's church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. John the Evangelist's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.
  • Here is a photograph of St. John's church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):


  • A photograph of the Anglican church at Heighington is also at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Here is a photograph of the Chapel of Ease at Heighington, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1565.
  • The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has, on microfilm, the marriages in Washingborough for the years 1564-1734, 1734-1748, and 1813-1880.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Graffoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Free Methodists had a chapel built here in 1882. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Free Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.
  • 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 & Travel

Washingborough is both a village and a parish which lies 132 miles north of London on the south bank of the River Witham just a few miles east-south-east of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, just north-west of Heighington. Heighington is a township in the parish. Branston parish is to the south. The parish covers about 2,600 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take the B1190 trunk road, between Horncastle and Lincoln. This travels through the north edge of the village.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Washingborough which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Washingborough 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 TF018706 (Lat/Lon: 53.222705, -0.476691), Washingborough which are provided by:


Military History


Military Records

For a photograph of the Washingborough War Memorial and the names on the Rolls of Honour plaques, see the Roll of Honour site.


Names, Geographical

  • The name "Heighington" is pronounced by locals as "Hainton".

Politics & 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 Langoe Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lincoln South petty session hearings.
  • In 1619, Thomas GARRATT left an investment as a charity for the poor. In 1900, it generated about £120 to be distributed amongst them.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1834.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Note: Some population figures may be for the township, others for the parish.

Year Inhabitants
1801 645
1821 874
1841 1,099
1851 1,180
1871 1,154
1891 611
1911 674


  • A Free Grammar School was built in Heighington.
  • A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1876 to cover both Heighington and Washingborough.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.