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The Library at Boston will prove useful in your research.



J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Wigtoft Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2020.



  • The parish was in the Swineshead sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Kathryn Lake Hogan provides this partial surname list from the 1871 census: HUMPHREY, HUBBERT, LAKE, ALLWELL or ALEWELL, WALKER, MILLER, LISTER, BAKER.
  • We have a small snapshot from the 1891 Census in a text file for your review.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2339
1871 R.G. 10 / 3346
1891 R.G. 12 / 2576
1901 R.G. 13 / 3041

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • The church structure is of various dates. The lower part of the tower is Norman.
  • The church was restored in 1854 and again in 1891-92.
  • The church seats 250.
  • A photograph of Sts. Peter and Paul Church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of Sts. Peter & Paul church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012.
  • Here is a photo of Saint Peter and St. Paul Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1618.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes for the Holland West Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1839. The Wesleyan Methodists had one in 1862.
  • 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 Swineshead sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

This village and parish lies 7 miles south of Boston, 11 miles north of Spalding and just west of Sutterton parish. The parish covers about 3,300 acres and includes the hamlets of Burtoft and Hoffleet Stow.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the A17 trunk road between Sleaford and Holbeach runs right thru the village.
  • Visit "The Conifers" on Golden Grove in Wigtoft, PE20 2PU and enjoy their trees.
  • Check our Touring page for additional resources.
You can see pictures of Wigtoft which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Wigtoft 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 photograph of The Golden Fleece Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008. The Inn was sold in 2015, but I do not know if it has re-opened.



  • Easthorpe Court was the mansion and manor house of the HOWSON family. The house has since been torn down.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF263362 (Lat/Lon: 52.90854, -0.123339), Wigtoft which are provided by:


Military History

The parish church has a stained-glass window and an alabaster tabled which were dedicated in December, 1920, to the 19 men who died in World War I.

The church also contains a parchment book with the names, records and, in most cases, photographs of everyone from the parish who served in World War I.


Military Records

Michael Peck advises: "I recently stumbled across 2 unusual Rolls of Honour (one for WW1 and another for WW2) at Wigtoft (St Peter and St Paul Church). They are unusual in that they have a short record of the service of the men (and 2 women) involved and, most importantly, most have a photo attached. Unfortunately the books are beginning to show the effects of damp and the photos are of variable quality."

WW1 Died: WW1 Served Abroad: WW1 Served Home: WW2 Died: WW2 Served:
John Curtis Chesman Joseph Wm. Aspland Charles Herbert Bugg James Henry Bradshaw Roland Carrott
Herbert Cyril Cummins Fredk. Wm. Baxter Percy Barton (no photo) Albert Henry Firth Fredk Wm. Elkington
Ernest Dawson Percy Collyer Baxter Stanley Chambers David Harris Gough John Charles Firth
Joseph Goldsmith Fred Bannister Arthur Cope Peter Murray Rogerson Norwood Firth
Albert George Grocock Ernest Beecham Harry Drinkall Ralph Edward Summerfield Reginald Firth
Albert Grooby Jessie Bosnell John Franks   Helen Elizabeth Leggott
(nee Haseler)
John William Harrison Harold Hurrell Bowser Ozhare Johnson   Geo. Kenneth Louth (no photo)
George Hilton Horace Arthur Bradbury Geo. Edward Moses   Arthur Edward Massam
Fred Hollingsworth Arthur Leslie Bugg Walter Murley   Charles Wm. Massam
Arthur Ernest Hufton Robert Geo. Bugg Herbert Robert Padley   Norman Padley
Norwood Levers Thos Edward Bugg Geo. Alec Sanderson   Ronald Padley
Richard Moses Sidney Chambers Fred Robinson Taylor   John Alfred Patchett
Ernest Albert Moulds Robert Henry Collins Horace Herbert Taylor   Robert Rae Rogerson
John Wm. Moulds John Cope Arthur Twigg   Wm. Sanderson
Frank Rodgers Joseph Cecil Copeland Joseph Whaley (no photo)   Bertha Mary Smith
(nee Prestige - no photo)
Albert Scarboro Frank Sidney Lake Crawford     Albert Thompson
Thos Scarboro Harold Creasey     Frank Thompson (no photo)
  Frank Sydney Diggins     Herbert Thompson
  Arthur Diggle     Walter Thompson
  Arthur Elkington     Leslie White
  John Wm. Elkington      
  Walter Elkington      
  Charles James Wm. Firth      
  Frank Crane Fovargue      
  Fred Goldsmith (no photo)      
  James Goldsmith      
  Robert Goldsmith      
  Cyril Norman Graves      
  Leonard Arthur Graves      
  Arthur Grooby      
  Herbert Grooby      
  George Hall      
  Geo. Edward Harrison      
  Geo. Wilfred Hicks      
  Charles Hutton      
  John Wm. Hollingsworth      
  Wallis Bourne Jackson      
  Albert Wm. Kennerley (no photo)      
  Fredk. Geo. Massam      
  John Richard Moses      
  Walter Moses      
  Frank Leonard Neve      
  Harry Porter      
  Arthur Raynor      
  Albert Richardson      
  Arthur Richardson      
  Fred Richardson (no photo)      
  Herbert Richardson      
  Jesse Richardson      
  John Geo. Richardson      
  Ernest Rodgers      
  John Thos. Rylott      
  Wm. Sanderson      
  Geo. Scarboro      
  Wm. Robert Oliff Sharpe      
  Harry Tasker      
  Harry Dawson Taylor      
  Reuben Herbert Taylor      
  Wm. Thompson      
  Geo. Herbert Tunnard      
  Francis Wilson      
  John Edward Young      

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 Kirton (in Holland) Wapentake in the Boston Borough and parts of Holland.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT do family history research for you.
  • For today's district governance, visit the local Boston Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Kirton and Skirbeck petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1773.
  • Land was set aside for the poor. It generated £24 a year in 1848.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Boston Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 536
1811 555
1821 637
1831 697
1841 713
1851 741
1871 699
1881 675
1891 653
1901 693
1911 723
1971 445


  • A Free School was established here in 1714 by William BLISBURY and rebuilt in 1830.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.