West Ashby


Archives & Libraries

You will find the nearby Horncastle Library of great use in your research.



  • The parish was in the Horncastle sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107
1861 R.G. 9 / 2368
1871 R.G. 10 / 3382
1891 R.G. 12 / 2598

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints and was built of stone.
  • The church was restored in 1873.
  • The church seats 200.
  • A photograph of the Anglican parish church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Here is a photo of the church, taken by (and copyright of) Norma CLARE:


  • Here is a photo of All Saints, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The parish church register dates from 1561.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Read the epitath to Richard CALTHROP.
  • Parish burials for 1813 to 1900 appear in the National Burial Index.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in the parish built in 1878.
  • For information and assistance in researching this chapel, see our non-conformist religions page.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

West Ashby is both a village and a parish in the Wold hills, two miles north of Horncastle. Fulletby parish lies to the east and Horncastle parish to the south. The parish covers about 2,380 acres and includes the hamlets of Farthorpe and Middlethorpe.

West Ashby village is a short walk from Horncastle. If you are planning a visit:

  • The village is on the old Horncastle to Louth road (now the A153).
  • The Horncastle Golf Club is here. Phone: 01507 526-800.
  • Fishing is also a popular recreation in Ashby Park. Phone: 01507 527-966.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of West Ashby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • West Ashby Manor House was the property of Francis Herbert BOOTH in 1911. It stands near the village.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF266724 (Lat/Lon: 53.233681, -0.104027), West Ashby which are provided by:


Military History

John EMERSON, who retains the copyright, provides these photographs of the war memorial at West Ashby:







"In memory of these West Ashby men who died in the war 1914-1919 may they rest in peace"  "George Newstead; William Moses; Alexander Hanson"





"Harry Hundleby; Reginald Brown; Albert Harlock; Harry Williams"  "Frank Town; Robert Sly; William Rodgson"


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Lincoln county and it became a modern Civil Parish shortly after all the other Civil Parishes were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Horncastle Soke in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • Some early 1900s Directories list the parish as part of the South Lindsey division of Lincolnshire.
  • In December, 1880, this parish was reduced in size to create the Wildmore Civil Parish.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty session hearings.
  • In 1707, Richard FREEMAN left an annuity of 10 shillings for the use of the poor.
  • In 1763, Horton BARKER left an annuity of 10 shillings for the use of the poor.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.
  • In 1848, Mrs. BARKER left the interest off of £300 to purchase coals for the poor.


Year Inhabitants
1801 297
1811 370
1821 378
1831 391
1841 403
1851 414
1871 362
1881 382
1891 342
1901 339
1911 308
1921 283
1961 262


  • A Church School was erected in 1875.
  • Some of the children of this parish attended school in Horncastle.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.