Place:Osgodby in Lenton, Lincolnshire, England

NameOsgodby in Lenton
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates52.84°N 0.49°W
Located inLincolnshire, England
Also located inKesteven, England     (1889 - 1974)
See alsoLenton, Lincolnshire, Englandecclesiastical parish in which it was a township until 1866
Grantham 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

NOTE: There is another place named Osgodby in West Lindsey. Until 1936 it was part of the parish of Kirkby cum Osgodby, then it became the leading part of the parish of Osgodby (near Market Rasen) which included two other local parishes besides the original Kirkby cum Osgodby.

Osgodby in Lenton was originally a township in the parish of Lenton near Grantham in Lincolnshire, England. In 1866 it was made into a separate civil parish and in 1894 became part of Grantham Rural District. In 1931 the civil parish was abolished along with two other neighbouring parishes (including Lenton) and the new parish of Lenton Keisby and Osgodby was formed to replace them.

Osgodby is 1-1/2 miles south of the village of Lenton and is the site of Osgodby Hall. The Armyne family once held the manor at Osgodby. William Armyne, baronet, died in 1651 is buried in the church with his second wife, Mary Talbot. (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.):
  • FindMyPast now has a large collection of Lincolnshire baptisms, banns, marriages and burials now available to search by name, year, place and parent's names. This is a pay website. (blog dated 16 Sep 2016)
  • 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.