Scopwick, Lincolnshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Scopwick Holy Cross is an Ancient Parish and includes Temple High Grange and the hamlet of Kirby Green within the parish boundary.

The village cemetery includes War Graves from the former RAF Scopwick which was renamed RAF Coleby Grange and RAF Digby. Included here is the grave of World War II poet and aviator John Gillespie Magee Junior (9 June 1922-11 December 1941) and author of the poem High Flight. He died when his Spitfire collided with another aircraft over Roxholme Lincolnshire in cloud on his return to RAF Digby.

Scopwick Tower Mill built in 1827 and which fell into disuse in 1912 has a residual brick tower.

A Wesleyan Methodist chapel dates from 1905

"SCOPWICK (Holy Cross), a parish, in the union of Sleaford, Second division of the wapentake of Langoe, parts of Kesteven, county of Lincoln, 8¼ miles (N.) from Sleaford; containing 388 inhabitants."[1]


Civil Registration

This parish was in the Billinghay sub-district of Sleaford registration district

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

The digitisation of parish records for the county now offers images  via the Lincs to the past website (July 2011). Use advanced search terms at Search Lincs to the past to search for available images for parish registers and other records for this parish with images. Advance search terms Scopwick Par 1 will identify available images.

Material deposited at Lincolnshire Archives,

St Rumbold Street

Enquiries: The website enables you to view a PDF file for all records held for each parish as part of continuing efforts to provide an online catalogue.

Link to the Family History Library Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Scopwick

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

See Lincolnshire Census

Poor Law Unions

Sleaford Poor Law Union, Lincolnshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lincolnshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A. Topographical Dictionary of England. Published London (1848); URL: