Dowsby is both a town and a parish six miles north of Bourne near the Carr Dyke. Rippingale parish lies to the south. The South Forty Foot Drain completes the eastern border. East Graby is a hamlet in this parish, near the Aslackby parish border. The parish covers about 1,820 acres.
If you are planning a visit:
- By automobile, the A15 trunk road, formerly known as the "Great Road from London to Lincoln," passes down the west side of the parish.
- There is only once-a-week bus service at last report (2011) on Kimes Busses to Bourne. See our transport page for more information.
- The nearest pub is in Aslackby.
- See our touring page for more sources.
- Dowsby parish was in the Aslackby sub-district of the Bourne Registration District.
- Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
- The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
||R.G. 9 / 2316
||R.G. 10 / 3312
||R.G. 12 / 2556
- The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
- Some portions of the building appear to be from the early Norman period.
- The church was restored in 1864.
- The church seats only about 140 people.
- There is a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under her "Still more Lincolnshire churches".
- Here are two photographs of St. Andrew's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):
- The Anglican church parish registers exist from 1670.
- Dowsby is in the Aveland and Ness Deanery. You may wish to purchase some of the Deanery marriage indexes.
- Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.
- The parish was in the Aslackby sub-district of the Bourne Registration District.
- Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.
- The Hoe Hills are a group of round barrows dating back to the Bronze Age.
- Roman and Medieval finds have been made in the parish.
- Dowsby Hall is a fine Elizabethan mansion of stone.
- The national grid reference is TF 1129.
- You'll want an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, which has 2.5 inches to the mile scale.
- See our Maps page for additional resources.
- There's a single World War II grave in the churchyard shown at Traces of War.
- The name Dowsby is from the Old Scandinavian Dusi+by, for "farmstead of Dusi", appearing in the 1086 Domesday Book as Dusebi.
[A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].
- A Public Elementary School was built here in 1864 to hold up to 65 children.
- For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.
Last updated on 15-January-2013
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