Worlaby (by Louth)


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Louth will prove useful in your research.



  • The parish was in the Louth sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library holds copies of the census returns for 1841.
  • 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 / 2381
1871 R.G. 10 / 3404
1901 R.G. 13 / 3084

Church History

  • Prior to being created as a civil parish, this was an extra parocial plot. It was created as a civil parish in the mid 1800's. A Church Mission Room was built in the village in 1870 and services were held by curates from Louth, later from Ruckland parish.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Clement.
  • The chapel of Saint Clement seated only about 60 persons.
  • This chapel must have been redundant as it is now converted to a dwelling.
  • Robert DANYLEC has a photograph of Worlaby Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
  • Here is a photo of St. Clement's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • A parish register of baptisms was kept, but marriages and burials are included in the registers of Ruckland.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes (marriage and burial) for the Louthesk Deanery to make your search easier.
  • 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 & Travel

Worlaby is a civil parish that lies 8 miles due south of Louth and 7 miles northeast of Horncastle. The parish is geographically small, but sources differ as to land area covered. Note: This parish is often confused with the larger, older parish of Worlaby (by Brigg).

The small village of Worlaby is now just an intersection of a road from Ruckland to Tetford just west off the A16 trunk road. If you are planning a visit:

You can see pictures of Worlaby (by Louth) which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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


Land & Property

  • In 1871, most of the land was owned by Miss CARTWRIGHT.
  • In 1913, Mrs. James WOOD of Louth was the principal landowner.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF340768 (Lat/Lon: 53.271265, 0.007925), Worlaby (by Louth) which are provided by:


Military Records

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in St. Clement's churchyard for World War II:

  1. Frank Gordon SKIPWORTH, gunner, 30th Regt. Royal Artillery, age 23, died 1 July 1942. Son of Charles Edward and Ada SKIPWORTH of Worlaby.

Names, Geographical

  • The parish name derives from the Old Scandinavian Wulfric+by, which means "Wulfric's farmstead". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the other Worlaby is listed as Uluricebi.
    ["A Dictionary of English Place-Names," A. D. Mills, Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient extra-parocial unit in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish in 1858.
  • In 1841, the parish was a hamlet in an Extra-parochial section of 490 acres, all in one farm, occupied by Edward HOLLAND and belonging to the Earl of Yarborough.
  • The parish was in the ancient Hill Wapentake (Hill Hundred) in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • This Civil Parish was abolished in April, 1936, in order to create the new Civil Parish of Maidenwell which combined Ruckland, Farforth, and Oxcombe along with Worlaby to create this new entity.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Horncastle petty sessional hearings.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Louth Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 13
1831 34
1871 57
1891 56
1911 53


  • The children of Worlaby attended school at the Tetford Council school to the south.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.