Messingham, Lincolnshire

Historical Description

Messingham, a village, a township, and a parish in Lincolnshire. The village stands 3 ½ miles E of the river Trent, U NW by N of Kirton-in-Lindsey station on the M.S. & L.K. main line, and 7 ½ W by S of Glanford Brigg, is large and well built, and has a fair on Trinity Monday, and a post and money order office under Brigg; telegraph office, Kirton Lindsey. The township comprises 5817 acres; population, 1060. The parish contains also the larger portion of EAST BUTTERWICK township, which is noticed separately. Acreage, with the rest of East Butterwick, 6851; population, 1334. The manor belongs to the Smith family. About 1000 acres were formerly a low, sandy, barren tract upon the Trent, but have been highly improved by warping. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of East Butterwick, in the diocese of Lincoln; net value, £285 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Lincoln. The church is a neat building of stone, originally Early English, with a tower, and was partly rebuilt in 1818 at a cost of nearly £2000. The chancel was restored in 1890. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, a reading-room and library, and a Temperance Hall, which was erected in 1891.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

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