Village History

Notes taken from Kelly's Directories of Lincolnshire

Grasby, notes from the past……

1801  The population was 168

1831  The population was 287

1841   The population was 374

1861   The population was 433


The area of the Parish is 1,720 acres.

Thomas Curtis, Richard Cathbert, Daniel Jackson, George Middleton, William Thompson and George West are listed as farmers. Other tradesmen include tailor, shopkeeper, cattle dealer, grocer, bricklayer, beer retailer, butcher, miller, potato merchant, blacksmith, fellmonger and shoe maker.

The Cross Keys belonged to Francis Wilson. The Post office has James Winship as receiver.

1871 The population was 408

1881   The population was 411


The church is recorded with a tower and spire containing a clock and four bells, two of which were added in 1869, one in memory of Henry Selwood and the other of Mrs Tennyson, mother of the previous vicar, Charles Tennyson Turner and Lord Tennyson. One of the other bells has the date 1500. The Wesleyan chapel was built in 1840 and the primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1841 and enlarged in 1862.

The chief crops were wheat, barley and turnips

George Barker, Richard Cathbert, Jane Precilla Foster, Foster Middleton, Edward Smith, Henry Smith, William Thompson and William Wilmore are listed as farmers.

John Brighton, Robert Brompton, Thomas Dixon, Edward Eyre and Daniel Jackson are listed as cowkeepers. Edwin Smith  is listed as a miller ( wind and steam ). George Frankish is listed as a carpenter and shoe maker. Jane Cross is listed for the Cross Keys.

1891   The population was 347

1901   The population was 355


This entry records the Primitive Methodist chapel as being rebuilt in 1893.

The Parish clerk was J.B.Frankish. The average attendance at the school was 103.

Charles Coupland, Henry Dudding, Charles Hall, William Hatliff, Robert Keighley, George Markham, Philip Markham, Sophia Middleton, and William Wilmore are listed as farmers. Edwin Smith as a miller and farmer. John B. Frankish is a carpenter and assistant overseer as well as Parish clerk. Sarah Alice Frankish is a shoemaker. James Lacey is recorded as a lime burner.

1911   The population was 373


The chief crops are wheat, barley, market garden produce and turnips.. The motor omnibus passes through on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Edward Barron, Charles Coupland, Robert Keighley, George Markham, Philip Markham, Sophia Middleton, Edwin Smith,  and William Wilmore are listed as farmers. Charles Papworth as a market gardener and Thomas Sellers as a cowkeeper.  Herbert Frankish is a shoemaker, John R. Frankish a carpenter, overseer and Parish clerk. Frederick Hasnip is the blacksmith.


Clixby Parish ceased to be a parish in it’s own right and was amalgamated with Grasby Parish.

The 1,261 acres of Clixby, now made Grasby Parish 2,961 acres.


Around this time the spire on Grasby All Saints church was considered unsafe, so it was taken down and the tower topped as it appears today. Apparently taking the spire down proved to be much more difficult than expected, casting doubts on the “unsafe” diagnosis.

Photographs of the church complete with spire do existed, as does a painting of the church and school viewed from somewhere near the cross roads, showing a stooked cornfield in the foreground.

The Primitive Methodist chapel on Main Street is now a fine dwelling.

The Wesleyan Chapel was demolished in around 2000, when construction of the houses on the north side of Vicarage Lane, in the old quarry yard, started.