Place:Boultham, Lincolnshire, England

TypeCivil parish, Suburb
Coordinates53.214°N 0.556°W
Located inLincolnshire, England
See alsoLincoln Registration District, Lincolnshire, Englandregistration district of which it was a part 1837-1974
Branston Rural, Kesteven, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1920
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Englandcity into which it was absorbed 1920-1974
West Lindsey District, Lincolnshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Boultham is now a suburb of the Lincolnshire city and county town of Lincoln, England.

The ecclesiastical parish of Boultham covers most of Lincoln west of the River Witham near Lincoln High Street. The parish includes the areas of Hartsholme and Swanpool. Tritton Road (B1003) runs through the centre of Boultham.

From 1894 until 1920 Boultham was a civil parish in the Branston Rural District. It was absorbed into Lincoln in 1920, and since 1974 it has been part of the non-metropolitan district of City of Lincoln.

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

"BOULTHAM, a parish in the [registration] district and county of Lincoln; on the river Witham, the Roman road, and the Midland railway, 2 miles SSW of Lincoln. Post-town, Lincoln. Acres: 1,210. Real property: £2,348 Population: 95. Houses: 20. The property is divided among few. Boultham Hall is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value: £126. Patron: R. Ellison, Esq. The church is good."

Church History

The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Helen. It was originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt in 1864. It seats about 110. The Anglican parish register dates from 1716. The churchyard was not added until 1868. A Mission Church was built of iron at New Boultham in 1912. It seats about 150 and was dedicated to Saint Matthew. The rapid growth of Boultham after the Great War meant that St. Helen's church became too small for the congregation and the new Church of Holy Cross opened in December 1940. (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.
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