West Torrington



  • The parish was in the Wragby 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 647
1861 R.G. 9 / 2365
1871 R.G. 10 / 3378
1891 R.G. 12 / 2597

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was rebuilt by local subscription in 1862.
  • This small church seats about 116.
  • At last report (in 2012), this church was no longer holding services but is still cared for.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Mary's church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2011. Note: The photographer has it as St. Mark's, and another source has All Saints. But it is St. Mary's.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1638.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Anglican church is currently part of The Barkwith Group of the West Wold Deanery.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1859, as did the United Methodists. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2011.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

West Torrington is both a village and a parish in the Wolds, 13 miles northeast of Horncastle and 3 miles north of Wragby parish. The parish covers about 1,100 acres.

West Torrington village lies just north of the old Louth Road (now the A157) to Lincoln. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of West Torrington which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which West Torrington 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 TF137821 (Lat/Lon: 53.323748, -0.294399), West Torrington which are provided by:


Military History

  • There is a War Memorial inside the porch to St. Mary's Church.

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 ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of the month.
  • There was a single, undated charity in the parish that awarded 26 shillings each year (circa 1911) to the oldest widow.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 70
1811 77
1821 133
1831 126
1841 138
1851 133
1871 190
1881 159
1891 160
1911 125
1991 81


  • A Public Elementary School was first built here in 1859 to hold 70 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.