Place:Lenton, Lincolnshire, England

Alt namesHanbysource: hamlet in parish
Lavingtonsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 172
Lavintonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 172
Lavingtonsource: common parlance to end of 19th century at least
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.867°N 0.483°W
Located inLincolnshire, England
Also located inKesteven, England     (1889 - 1974)
See alsoGrantham Rural, Kesteven, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1931
Lenton Keisby and Osgodby, Lincolnshire, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1931
South Kesteven District, Lincolnshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"LAVINGTON, or LENTON, a village, a township, and a parish, in Grantham [registration] district, Lincoln. The village stands on an affluent of the river Glen, 4 miles SW of Folkingham, and 5 NE by N of Corby [railway] station; and is a scattered place. The township includes also the hamlet of Hanby. Real property: £2,520. Population: 175. Houses: 30.
"The parish contains also the townships of Keisby and Osgodby; and its post town is Ingoldsby, under Grantham. Acres: 4,193. Real property: £5,404. Population: 330. Houses: 58. The property is divided among a few. The manors of Lavington and Osgodby belong to Lord Aveland; and that of Keisby belongs to the Earl of Dysart. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value: £514. Patron: Lord Aveland. The church is ancient but good, and has a tower and spire. There is an endowed school, with £10 a year."

Lenton was an ancient parish and a civil parish until 1931. It was located 9.5 miles southeast of Grantham and 4 miles west of Folkingham in the Grantham Rural District of Lincolnshire, England. The townships of Keisby and Osgodby were made separate civil parishes in 1866. All three were abolished in 1931 and replaced by the civil parish of Lenton Keisby and Osgodby.

The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter. It was built in the fourteenth century, with the chancel and sanctuary added around 1540. Parish registers exist from 1576, although Bishop's transcripts go back to 1561. Non-conformist records for Lenton for 1799 - 1840 are available at The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office). (Source: GENUKI)

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.