Place:Kirkby cum Osgodby, Lincolnshire, England

NameKirkby cum Osgodby
Alt namesKirkby-cum-Osgodbysource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.42°N 0.4003°W
Located inLincolnshire, England
Also located inLindsey, England     (1889 - 1974)
See alsoCaistor Rural, Lindsey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1936
Osgodby (near Market Rasen), Lincolnshire, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1936
West Lindsey District, Lincolnshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Kirkby cum Osgodby from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"KIRKBY, a village and a parish in Caistor [registration] district, Lincoln. The village stands on a branch of the river Ancholme, 2½ miles W by S of Usselby [railway] station, and 3½ NW of Market-Rasen. The parish contains also the village of Osgodby, which has a postal letter box under Market-Rasen; and it bears the name of Kirkby-cum-Osgodby. Acres: 1,710. Real property: £2,211. Population: 477. Houses: 108. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to George Hewit, Esq. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Owersby, in the diocese of Lincoln. The church is Norman, in good condition, and has a tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics, and a national school."

Kirkby cum Osgodby was both an ancient parish and a civil parish and continued as a civil parish in Caistor Rural District in the Lindsey part of Lincolnshire, England until 1936. In 1936 a new civil parish was formed containing the whole of the former parish plus the parishes of Kingerby and Usselby. This new parish was named "Osgodby" and is usually referred to as Osgodby (near Market Rasen). Source: (A Vision of Britain through Time)

The church at Kirkby, dedicated to Saint Andrew and dating from the early 13th century and 1790, is built of limestone and ironstone. The nave was rebuilt in 1825, and the church restored in 1891, 1900 and 1923. Source: (Wikipedia)

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.