Place:Holton le Moor, Lincolnshire, England

NameHolton le Moor
Alt namesHoctunsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 171
Hoctunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 171
Holton-le-Moorsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.467°N 0.367°W
Located inLincolnshire, England
Also located inLindsey, England     (1889 - 1974)
See alsoCaistor, Lincolnshire, Englandcivil parish in which it was located before 1866
Caistor Rural, Lindsey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
West Lindsey District, Lincolnshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Holton le Moor is a small village and civil parish in the West Lindsey District of Lincolnshire, England, lying on the B1434 road. The nearest towns are Market Rasen 6 miles (10 km) to the south and Caistor 3 miles (5 km) to the northeast. It was formerly served by Holton Le Moor railway station.

In the Domesday account the village is written as "Hoctune". It was within the manor of Caistor in the then Lindsey North Riding, and prior to the Norman conquest under the lordship of Earl Morcar. By 1086 the manor had fallen under the lordship of Ivo Taillebois and William I.

Until 1866 Holton le Moor was in the parish of Caistor. In 1866 it became a civil parish and in 1894, a part of Caistor Rural District. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time) In 1881 it had a population of 178 and the chief agricultural production of the area was in wheat, barley, oats and turnips.

The Grade II listed Anglican church is dedicated to St Luke. It was re-built in 1854 by a George Place in Early English style, consisting of a chancel, nave, north aisle, and a bell turret with two bells. It was again partly rebuilt in 1926 by H. G. Gamble. The earlier parts of the church are ironstone, the doorway Norman style, and the stoup 13th century. There are memorials to the Dixon family, Lords of the Manor, painted wall decoration in the south chapel and stained glass windows from 1893.

Holton Hall was built in 1785 for Thomas Dixon by a local builder, and is listed, as are the hall's stables.

Research Tips

Lincolnshire is very low-lying and land had to be drained for agriculture to be successful. The larger drainage channels, many of which are parallel to each other, became boundaries between parishes. Many parishes are long and thin for this reason.

There is much fenland in Lincolnshire, particularly in the Boston and Horncastle areas. Fenlands tended to be extraparochial before the mid 1850s, and although many sections were identified with names and given the title "civil parish", little information has been found about them. Many appear to be abolished in 1906, but the parish which adopts them is not given in A Vision of Britain through Time. Note the WR category Lincolnshire Fenland Settlements which is an attempt to organize them into one list.

From 1889 until 1974 Lincolnshire was divided into three administrative counties: Parts of Holland, Parts of Kesteven and Parts of Lindsey. These formal names do not fit with modern grammatical usage, but that is what they were, nonetheless. In 1974 the northern section of Lindsey, along with the East Riding of Yorkshire, became the short-lived county of Humberside. In 1996 Humberside was abolished and the area previously in Lincolnshire was made into the two "unitary authorities" of North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. The remainder of Lincolnshire was divided into "non-metropolitan districts" or "district municipalities" in 1974. Towns, villages and parishes are all listed under Lincolnshire, but the present-day districts are also given so that places in this large county can more easily be located and linked to their wider neighbourhoods. See the WR placepage Lincolnshire, England and the smaller divisions for further explanation.

  • Maps provided online by A Vision of Britain through Time show all the parishes and many villages and hamlets. (Small local reorganization of parishes took place in the 1930s led to differences between the latter two maps.):
  • GENUKI's page on Lincolnshire's Archive Service gives addresses, phone numbers, webpages for all archive offices, museums and libraries in Lincolnshire which may store old records and also presents a list entitled "Hints for the new researcher" which may include details of which you are not aware. These suggestions are becoming more and more outdated, but there's no telling what may be expected in a small library.
  • GENUKI also has pages of information on individual parishes, particularly ecclesiastical parishes. The author may just come up with morsels not supplied in other internet-available sources.
  • Deceased Online now has records for 11 cemeteries and two crematoria in Lincolnshire. This includes Grimsby's Scartho Road cemetery, Scartho Road crematorium, and Cleethorpes cemetery, council records for the City of Lincoln and Gainsborough, and older church records from The National Archives for St Michael's in Stamford, and St Mark's in Lincoln, dating back to 1707. This is a pay website.
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