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A new cemetery was laid out in 1888 on the east side of the Boston Road on the south side of the town.

Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Boston Road cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.

The cemetery was administered by the Burial Board of the Urban Council.



Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 637
1851 H.O. 107 / 2107 & 2108
1861 R.G. 9 / 2366
1871 R.G. 10 / 3380 & 3381
1891 R.G. 12 / 2598
1901 R.G. 13 / 3069

Church History

St. Mary's Church


Church Records


Civil Registration


Correctional Institutions

Mark in Barcelona, Spain, provides this list of people who appeared in court in Horncastle in 1829.


Description and Travel

Horncastle is both a town and parish 135 miles north of London, on the banks of the Rivers Bain and Waring where they join. The parish lies about 21 miles east of Lincoln and about ten miles northwest of Spilsby. The parish itself is bounded on the north by West Ashby parish, to the west by Langton and Thimbleby and on the south by Thornton and Scrivelsby. The parish is in a valley just west of The Wolds and covers about 1,420 acres.

Horncastle town is a Market Town with some light industries: drainage pipes, paper sacks, newspaper publication and printing and country clothing. It supports several local sports teams. Tourism is a major industry, especially the Antique trade. Many citizens commute daily to Lincoln, Boston, Louth and Skegness and to the RAF base at Coningsby. If you are planning a visit:



"Horncastle, in Lincolnshire, may have been a Saxon Shore fort. Stukeley, in the early eighteenth century, describes its walls as 'three or four yards high, and four yards thick. ... It is a perfect parallelogram ... at the corners have been square towers, as they report ; the gates were in the middle of three sides, and I suppose a postern' in the fourth. His plan shows the area as about 31 acres (Stukeley, It. curiosum, P. 30). In point of fact the towers were probably round, and the plan is not quite a parallelogram. Although the classification of the site as a Saxon Shore Fort would be better described as a Fortified Civil Settlement or Burg, which were also prevalent at the time."

Pamela BENSON tells us this story about Alfred Lord TENNYSON:

A friend of my family member was a servant in a 'big house' in Horncastle. I believe it was in the Square. When Tennyson was a young boy his family visited there regularly. This servant was concerned that even on very cold days Alfred didn't wear shoes. Apparently, they said, the problem was that all the children had to learn to knit his own socks, boy or girl, and were not allowed to wear shoes without socks. What an incentive to pick up knitting needles, frosty days must have been!



Medical Records


Military History


Military Records

For a list of names on the Horncastle Roll of Honour, see the Roll of Honour site.


Names, Geographical


Names, Personal




Politics and Governance


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.



    Year  Inhabitants
1801 2,015
1811 2,622
1821 3,058
1831 3,988
1841 4,453
1851 4,921
1861 4,944
1871 4,865
1881 4,818
1891 4,374
1901 4,038
1911 3,900
1921 3,459



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