Welton le Wold



  • The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • We have a 1901 census surname list for possible relatives. You are welcome to add your entries.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers where known.
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2383
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1891 R.G. 12 / 2608
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Martin.
  • The church appears to date from the 14th century.
  • The church was repaired and enlarged in 1838.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1850.
  • The church seats 150 people.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with English Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of St. Martin's church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • There is a photograph of the church interior at Geo-graph taken by Jonathan THACKER.
  • Here is a photo of St. Martin's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several Marriage indexes and a Burial index for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1835. The Primitive Methodists also had a chapel built some time later. 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

Welton le Wold is a village and a parish just 3 miles west of Louth in Lincolnshire. The parish covers just over 2,600 acres.

The village is in the Lincolnshire Wolds. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A157 trunk road west out of Louth for about 3 miles. The village is just to the north of the road.
  • The village is known for some fine springs nearby.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Welton le Wold which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Welton le Wold Quarry, just east of the village, has yeilded the bones of a straight-tusked elephant, red deer and horse, along with three flint handaxes, a worked flake. The handaxes appear to be from 424,000-374,000 years ago.
  • In 1911, Captain William Henry SMYTH of Elkington Hall was one of the principal landowners in the parish. The other was the church rector.


  • Welton Manor is a fairly modern mansion of white brick, built circa 1870.
  • The Manor was unoccupied in 1913.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF274875 (Lat/Lon: 53.368787, -0.087032), Welton le Wold which are provided by:


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 Wold Division of the ancient Louth Eske 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.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 101
1811 132
1831 241
1841 356
1871 359
1881 334
1891 289
1901 260
1911 222


  • In 1860 a large National School was built by subscription, aided by government grants. This replaced the two schools built for boys and girls in 1839.
  • There is a photograph of a former Boys' School at Geo-graph taken by Ian PATERSON.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.