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  • The parish is mentioned in Reginald C. DUDDING's "History of the parish and manors of Alford with Rigsby and Ailby," published 1930, W. K. Morton, 223 pages.


  • The parish was in the Alford sub-district of the Spilsby Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The following surnames were found by Mary Crandall in the 1851 census returns of the parish (See more detail on her web page):
  1. Holmes
  2. Carnley
  3. Stephenson
  4. Short
  5. Butler
  6. Rhoades
  7. Atkinson
  8. Cunningham
  9. Wright
  10. Neal
  11. Taylor
  12. Philipson
  13. Kidd
  14. Hufton
  15. Shaw
  16. Adlard
  17. Wilkinson
  18. Hornby
  19. Walker
  20. Harrison
  21. Hyde
  22. Bagley
  23. Bellamy
  24. Cawdell
  25. Cartwright
  26. Baker
  • The table below gives the Census Piece Numbers for the parish, where known.
Piece Nos.
1841 H.O. 107 / 648
1851 H.O. 107 / 2110
1861 R.G. 9 / 2378
1871 R.G. 10 / 3395
1891 R.G. 12 / 2605


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Margaret.
  • The church seats about 100 people.
  • Here is a photo of St. Margaret's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Margaret's Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1649.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish sits about 1.5 miles south of Alford. Ulceby parish borders to the west and Farlesthorpe parish to the east. The parish covers just over 1,600 acres.

A spring rises near the village and becomes one of the sources for Anderby Creek which empties into the North Sea. If you are planning a visit:

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Historical Geography

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



  • In 1725, two urns were found, containing some hundreds of Roman coins.


  • Well Vale was the seat of the DASHWOOD family.

Military History

  • In 1930, Major John Richard C. RAWNSLEY resided here in Well Vale. He had been Major of the 12th Royal Lancers, and had received the Military Cross. He died in 1957.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Well Roll of Honour and the names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


Politics and 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 ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish in the South Lindsey division of the county.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish was amalgamated into the Spilsby Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings every other Tuesday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 105
1831 76
1871 116
1881 124
1891 108
1911 128


  • A Public Elementary School was built here to serve the children of Well, Ulceby and Claxby.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.