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Census

  • 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:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 650
1851H.O. 107 / 2107
1861R.G. 9 / 2365
1871R.G. 10 / 3378
1891R.G. 12 / 2597
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • In 1838, the current church was built, about a quarter mile from the old church.
  • The old church was used as a mortuary chapel and the burial field kept in use.
  • The Diocese of Lincoln declared the Old Church chancel redundant in July, 1980. In October of that year the church was demolished and the site used to expand the burial ground.
  • The new church seats 330 people.
  • Here is a photo of All Saints Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

 

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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1567.
  • We have a small extract of the parish register for you to examine and add to.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Horncastle Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here, built before 1900. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • David HITCHBORNE has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2004.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
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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.
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Description & Travel

Wragby is both a village and a parish in the Wolds, 142 miles north of London, 9 miles WNW of Horncastle and ten miles ENE of Lincoln. Panton parish lies to the east and West Torrington parish to the north. The parish covers 1,580 acres.

Wragby village was for centuries a small market town. It lies astride the old Horncastle Road (now the A158 trunk road) where it is crossed by the Louth Road (now the A157). If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile you will find Wragby at the junction of several main roads. You may take the A167 arterial road west out of Louth or the A158 trunk road north out of Horncastle. Alternatively, you may take the A158 east out of Lincoln.
  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of Shops on the main road at Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Wragby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

  • A Library and reading room were established here in 1856.
  • The Thursday market day was extinct by 1900. The old Market House was used as a fire station.
  • A cattle fair was held twice each year; one on May 1st and one on September 29th.
  • A flower show and foal show were held annually in July.
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF132780 (Lat/Lon: 53.286889, -0.303389), Wragby which are provided by:

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Military History

  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial at the Wakefield Family History site.
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • Wragby was a sub-district of the Horncastle Registration District and poor law union. As such it had some 17 parishes to co-ordinate in the north part of the district.
  • The parish was in the ancient Wraggoe Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Wragby petty session hearings on the first Thursday of the month at the police station.
  • In 1697, Sir Edmund TURNOR founded a chapel and almshouses for 12 widows or widowers of Wragby. These were rebuilt in 1840 and still in use in 1871.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Turnor Square on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Horncastle Poor Law Union.
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Population

;YearInhabitants
1801410
1811509
1821633
1831601
1841610
1851610
1861619
1871581
1881508
1891546
1901494
1911454
1921463
1931454
20011,361
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Schools

  • A Free Grammar School was established here in 1632 by Wm. HANSARD. It was later merged with the National School. The school was rebuilt in 1775 and a new building erected in 1839. The school was enlarged in 1893 to hold up to 130 children.
  • The existing Wragby Primary School is on Silver Street, Lincolnshire, LN8 5PJ. Tele: 01673 858477.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.