Girsby, Lincolnshire

Girsby is a hamlet in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated less than 1 mile (2 km) north from the A157 road, 7 miles (11 km) west from Louth and 7 miles east from Market Rasen. It lies in the civil parish of Burgh on Bain.

Girsby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF217871
• London135 mi (217 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMarket Rasen
Postcode districtLN8
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°22′03″N 0°10′16″W / 53.367532°N 0.171066°W / 53.367532; -0.171066Coordinates: 53°22′03″N 0°10′16″W / 53.367532°N 0.171066°W / 53.367532; -0.171066
Girsby Manor gateway

In the 1086 Domesday Book Girsby is written as "Grisebi", in the South Riding of Lindsey and the Hundred of Wraggoe. The manor comprised 34.5 households, 8 villagers, 7 smallholders, and 18 freemen, with 4.5 ploughlands and a meadow of 20 acres (0.08 km2). In 1066 Almer was Lord of the Manor, this being transferred in 1086 to William of Verly, with Thomas of Bayeux, archbishop of St Peter's, York, as Tenant-in-chief[1][2]

At the west of Girsby is evidence of a deserted medieval village, with earthworks, hollow ways, ridge and furrow field systems and tofts (homesteads with land).[3]

In 1885 Kelly's Directory noted Girsby Manor and its former owners, the Pisdar and Lister families. By 1885 Lords of the Manor and owners of the whole parish of Burgh on Bain were the trustees of the estate of the late Captain John Wilson Fox JP, the previous resident of Girsby Manor who died in 1882.[4] The Manor was later owned by the son of Captain J F Fox, John St. Vigor Fox, who became High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1906.[5] Girsby Manor was demolished in the mid-20th century,[6] however the building's Grade II listed 1905 or 1909 Baroque-style entrance, with sculpted foxes set on gateway pillars, remains.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Girsby" Archived 24 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 18 June 2012
  2. ^ "Documents Online: "Girsby, Lincolnshire", Great Domesday Book, Folio: 362v; The National Archives. Retrieved 18 June 2012
  3. ^ Historic England. "Girsby (353045)". PastScape. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  4. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire with the port of Hull 1885, p. 342
  5. ^ Walford, Edward (1919); The county families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, volume 59, p.135. Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 18 June 2012
  6. ^ "Girsby Manor" Archived 5 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine; Lost Heritage - a memorial to the lost country houses of England. Retrieved 18 June 2012
  7. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John; The Buildings of England: Lincolnshire p. 207; Penguin, (1964); revised by Nicholas Antram (1989), Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096208
  8. ^ Historic England. "Girsby Manor (1307182)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 June 2012.

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