Welton le Marsh



  • The parish was in the Burgh sub-district of the Spilsby 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 / 648
1851 H.O. 107 / 2110
1861 R.G. 9 / 2376
1871 R.G. 10 / 3394
1881 R.G. 11 / 3257
1891 R.G. 12 / 2604

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Martin.
  • The present church building was built in 1792 of stone and brick.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1891.
  • The church seats 200.
  • There is a photograph of St. Martin's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Martin's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):


  • There are photos taken around the church at the Photo Album (under Description):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • We have a partial Parish Register extract in a text file for your use. Your additions and corrections are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has a film copy of the Bishop's Transcripts, 1582 - 1841.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1874. For information and assistance in researching chapel records, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Burgh 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 & Travel

Welton le Marsh (or Welton in the Marsh) is a village and parish about 6 miles east-north-east of Spilsby and 5 miles south of Alford. The parish covers about 2,570 acres and includes the hamlet of Boothby.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The village is located just under a mile north off of the A158, the old Horncastle to Skegness road, right where the A1028 trunk road breaks off and heads north.
  • See the Lincolnshire Touring and Holidays page on this site.
  • Here is a photo album of the village, care of Joanne Hardy



Historical Geography

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



  • in 1905, the Skegness Water Company built a resevoir in this parish.


  • Boothby Hall is located in the hamlet of Boothby, about a mile east of Welton-le-Marsh.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF471687 (Lat/Lon: 53.195042, 0.200477), Welton le Marsh 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 Wold division of the ancient Candleshoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In March, 1888, this Civil Parish was enlarged by gaining a part of Skendleby Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1935, this Civil Parish was enlarged by gaining 33 acres from Candlesby Civil Parish.
  • Kelley's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire shows the parish, perhaps erroneously, as in the South Lindsey division of the county. The 1900 edition does the same.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Spilsby petty session hearings every other Monday..
  • In 1726 Mr. Thomas INGRAM left a yearly rent-charge of 10s to be distributed to the poor at Easter in bread.
  • At the enclosure of the Common Lands, the poor were allocated 5 acres rent free.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Spilsby Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 184
1811 281
1821 356
1831 363
1841 396
1871 448
1881 375
1891 322
1901 265
1911 280


  • There was a small Public Elementary School here by 1900. In that year, it had 45 students.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.