• The parish was in the North-East sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2364
1871 R.G. 10 / 3376
1891 R.G. 12 / 2596

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Lawrence.
  • The original church is believed to date from around 1100.
  • The church was restored in 1878 and the tower was added.
  • The church seats 100.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a picture of the medieval church on Geo-graph in a photo taken in May, 2004.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Peter and Saint Lawrence Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1558.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The British Vital Records Index (BVRI) lists 347 burials for the years 1813 - 1900.
  • The United Methodists built a chapel here in 1878. 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 North-East sub-district of the Lincoln Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Wickenby is both a village and a parish in the Wolds, northwest of the city of Lincoln. Snelland parish lies to the southwest and Fulnetby township in Rand parish to the south. The parish covers just about 2,000 acres and includes the hamlet of Westlaby.

If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Wickenby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Richard CROFT has a picture of the former Methodist Chapel at Geo-graph in a photo taken in June, 2006. It is now the Broadbent Theatre.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF088819 (Lat/Lon: 53.322851, -0.368027), Wickenby which are provided by:


Military History

  • RAF Wickenby started construction as a purpose-built bomber airfield in 1941.
  • The airfield opened for flight operations in early 1943.
  • Military flights ceased shortly after the war ended and the RAF closed its station there in 1956.
  • Richard CROFT has a picture of RAF Wickenby Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.
  • The bronze plaques were reported stolen in March 2015.
  • Starting in 1964, land was cleared and returned to former civilian owners. The site was disposed of by the MOD in the 1960s.
  • A flying club now uses a portion of the old airfield, which is now Wickenby Aerodrome.
  • You will find more information at the RAF Wickenby Memorial Collection site.
  • And if you'd like another view, try the Airport Data site.
  • Richard CROFT has a picture of Wickenby Airport at Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

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 West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • The 1900 and 1913 editions of Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire has the parish, perhaps erroneously, as part of the East Lindsey district of the county.
  • You can contact the local Parish Council concerning civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West 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.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Lincoln Poor Law Union.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 119
1831 137
1841 181
1851 289
1871 293
1891 232
1901 216
1911 204
1921 217
1971 153


  • A Public Elementary School was built in 1842 and rebuilt in 1879. It could hold 80 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.