Archives & Libraries

  • A Reading Room and Library were established in 1884.




  • Whitton was in the Winterton sub-district of the Glanford Brigg 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 / 2117
1861 R.G. 9 / 2400
1871 R.G. 10 / 3432
1881 R.G. 11 / 3287
1891 R.G. 12 / 2627 & 2628
1901 R.G. 13 / 3104

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church was partially rebuilt in 1892.
  • The church tower was restored in 1897.
  • The church seats 200.
  • A brief history and photographs of the church is at:
  • There is a photograph of St. John the Baptist's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a side-view photograph of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016.
  • Here is a photo of Saint John's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • Parish register entries start in 1562. (One source gives a start year of 1546, but claims that the early years are "in a bad state and illegible".)
  • The LFHS has published several marriage indexes for the Manlake Deanery to make your search easier
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This parish is one of the two northern-most of Lincolnshire - any further north and you are standing in the River Humber. Bordered on the south by West Halton parish and on the east side by Winteringham parish. The parish is 3 miles below Trent Falls and contains the hamlet of Bishopthorpe, just south of Whitton village.

Long a ferry crossing on the Humber, Whitton is far enough upstream that most of the river can be crossed on foot at low tide, except for the dedged channel. If you are planning a visit:

  • From Scunthorpe, take the A1077 north almost to Winteringham and turn left about a mile before that village to West Halton. From West Halton, Whitton is a mile north.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Whitton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Romans are believed to have built a causeway partway across the River Humber here as a partial ford.
  • In 1868 a 200-yard-long pier was opened on the Humber providing daily berthing for steam packets and fishing boats.
  • The railway came to Whitton in 1910, but service was discontinued around 1960.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE902243 (Lat/Lon: 53.70758, -0.63446), Whitton which are provided by:


Military History

  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Roll of Honour inside the parish church in a photograph, taken in June, 2011.
  • Steve PARKER has captured a bit of World War II history in a photograph, taken in May, 2005.
  • Neal THEASBY has a photograph of the Church Roll of Honour on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Whitton is from the Old English hwitan+eg, or "White Island". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village name is little-changed, given as Witenai.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Manley Wapentake in the Glanford district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Village Hall (under contruction) on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.
  • District governance is provided by the North Lincolnshire Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Glanford Brigg Poor Law Union.
  • In 1882, Mrs. BORDS left the interest on £50 to purchase flannel for old poor widows not on parochial relief.
  • Nathaniel EASTON bestowed in 1886 the interest on £150 to distribute to the poor of the parish annually.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Winterton petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1801 207
1821 212
1831 245
1841 217
1861 209
1871 213
1891 257
1901 173
1991 180
2001 171


  • A National School was built here in 1864.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the National School in a photograph, taken in 2008. The school building now functions as the village hall.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.