KIRTON-IN-LINDSEY is an ancient market town, station on the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire railway, large parish, and polling place for the Northern division of the county, in Corringham wapentake, parts of Lindsey, Glanford Brigg union, Brigg county court district, petty sessional division of Gainsborough, Corringham rural deanery, archdeaconry of Stow and diocese of Lincoln: it is beautifully situated on the western side of a commanding eminence, 159½ miles from London, 10 north-east from Gainsborough, 18 north from Lincoln and 8 south-west from Glanford Brigg. The town is lighted with gas in the houses, but not in the streets.
The church of St. Andrew is an ancient structure of large dimensions, in the Transitional, Norman and Early English styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, baptistery (formerly south porch), and a large western tower (with Perpendicular parapet and pinnacles at the angles) containing a clock and 6 bells: the church was originally erected in the twelfth century, but having been frequently repaired, it now exhibits features of every style from that period to the fifteenth century: the church was restored about 1860, under the direction of Mr. J. H. Hakewill, of London, when the tower was opened to the nave, a new chancel arch built; the roof enriched with hammer beams and carved ribs, and the interior reseated with open benches: the restoration of the chancel, undertaken by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, was superintended by their architect, Mr. Ewan Christian, its lancet windows (four of which are now filled with stained glass) were renewed, the Norman priests' door renovated, an arcaded stone reredos erected, and the interior refitted with carved oak stalls: in the church is the effigy of a cross-legged knight in chain mail, much dilapidated, with his feet upon a griffin; there is an aumbry, an altar slab, and two good piscinae; but the most interesting feature disclosed during the restoration was that of a mural painting between two windows of the north aisle, representing the crucifixion, with SS. Mary and John, the sacraments, and the shield of the donor below the painting: dated, probably, from late in the fourteenth century: the old south doorway, now in the baptistery, is most beautiful Early English, and in fine preservation: the east window was filled with stained glass in 1868, as also are two small lancet windows in the baptistery: the font, a handsome carved stone specimen, with small marble columns, is dedicated to the Rev. Robert Ousby, who was 32 years curate of the parish. The register dates from the year 1585. The living is a discharged vicarage, gross yearly value £316 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Lincoln, and held since 1874 by the Rev. Robert Henry Charters B. A. of St. John's College, Cambridge, and surrogate.
The Baptist chapel, built in 1663, was rebuilt in 1841, and will seat 250 persons; the Wesleyan chapel was built in 1840, and has been enlarged and greatly improved; the Primitive Methodist chapel was rebuilt in 1862. The Grammar school, lately situated on the green, and endowed by decree of the Court of Exchequer in the year 1517, is now in the hands of the School Board, under the provisions of a new scheme framed in 1879; two fellowships, each worth £60 per year, with rooms and commons at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and 7 scholarships, worth £22.10s. founded by Sir Christopher and Lady Wray, about 1596, but never awarded, are now thrown open; the remaining portion of the endowment, about £100, is now partly appropriated in the foundation of six exhibitions of the yearly value of £4, tenable for two years, and one or two exhibitions of the yearly value of £25, tenable for two years, at some school or place of higher education approved by the governors. Boys or girls may be presented as candidates who are attending any public Elementary Schools in the parish of Kirton-in-Lindsey, or in Blyborough, Grayingham, Hibaldstow, Manton, Messingham, Northorpe, Redbourne, Scotter, Scotton and Waddingham, preference being given to Kirton-in-Lindsey, if there are a sufficient number of candidates duly qualified. The charities consist of 30s. yearly from the town yard, left by Richard Torksey in 1679; £4 from the Poor Close allotted at the enclosure; £7 12s. from Hawcroft Close, left by Mary Turner in 1741; and £6 from Brass Close for clothing, left by Anne Darwin.
The spring markets commence on the first Saturday after Good Friday, for cattle, and continue for five alternate Saturdays; the winter markets commence on the Saturday before the 11th of October, and continue for five alternate Saturdays. Two large cattle fairs for stock are held on the Green on July 18th and December 11th. The County Bridewell, or House of Correction, is now disused, and prisoners are taken to Lincoln. On Kirton Green stands the Court House, a detached brick building, where the manorial courts are held and the records kept. The Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company have a station and warehouse about half a mile north of the town, near to which is a tunnel 1,100 yards in length, passing under the hill known here by the name of the Cliff. Here are limekilns, brick and tile yards, rope walks and steam and wind mills. The manor and soke of Kirton was formerly part of the Duchy of Cornwall, but was sold to the late John Julius Angerstein esq. in 1799. The mineral rights and Court House were reserved, and are still held by the Duchy of Cornwall. Arthur Richard Oldman and Charles Edmund Oldman esqrs., with Mrs. Eliza Oldman are joint lords and lady of the manor. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners and the Duchy of Cornwall are the principal landowners. The area is 4,700 acres; rateable value,£10,713; the population in 1881 was 1,851.
POST, MONEY ORDER & TELEGRAPH OFFICE, Savings Bank, & Insurance & Annuity Office, Railway Sub Office. -Letters should have R.S.O. Lincolnshire, added. --Charles Thackray, postmaster. Letters arrive at 7:50am.; dispatched at 6pm. There is a second arrival at 7pm. for callers only. Money orders are granted & paid from 9am. till 5pm.; & on Saturdays from 9am. till 5pm. Letters arrive on Sundays at 10:20am.; dispatched at 5pm. The letter box is closed at 5:45pm.
Parish Clerk, George Austin.
Sexton, Richard May.
Midland Fire & Life, J. J. C. Atkin
Railway Passengers', John Sims, Railway station
Royal Farmers & General, Robert Bingham
Sun Fire & Life, T. K. Palmer
Court House, The Green
Inland Revenue Office, George hotel, Market place
Collector of Poor & Highway Rates, William Norton
Coroner for Lindsey District, Albert Iveson esq. Gainsborough
Collector of Rates, William Norton
Medical Officer, Kirton district, Glanford Brigg Union & Blyborough district, Gainsborough Union, Charles Frederick George
Inland Revenue Officer, F. H. Hunt
Sub-Distributor of Stamps, M. Henry Smith
Town Crier, George Drury
PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of services:--
Parish Church, Rev. R. H. Charters B.A. vicar; 8am. on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays in the month; 10:30am.; 2:30 & 6:30pm.; daily, 8am. from Easter to the end of October & 12 noon, Wednesday Friday & holy days & Thursday 7pm
Wesleyan, Rev. Joseph Watson, minister; 10:30am. & 6pm.; Thursday 7pm.
Baptist, Rev. William Goacher, minister; 2 & 6pm.; Wednesday 7pm.
Primitive Methodist, ministers various; 2 & 6pm.; Monday 7pm.
A School Board of 7 members was formed in 1875; Thomas Kelsey Palmer, clerk to the board; Thomas Keyworth, attendance officer.
Board (boys'), The Green (formerly Grammar school), for 130 children; average attendance, 95; Alfred Brocklebank, head master; Walter Barker, assistant master.
Board (girls'), Miss Emma A. E. Robinson, mistress.
Board (infant), built in 1875, near the Church; Miss M. A. Allen, mistress; Miss Mary Pape, assistant mistress.
Railway Station, John Sims, station master
CONVEYANCE.--An omnibus from the George hotel, Market place, to the railway station meets each train on the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire railway.
CARRIERS.--Henry Broughton, to Brigg, Thursday; Gainsborough, Tuesday & Friday; James Hilton, to Hull, Monday; Brigg, Thursday & Lincoln Friday
Briggs Henry, Wormwood hill.
Charters Rev. Robert Henry B.A. [vicar & surrogate].
Colton Charles John
Cross Edward Charles, Manor house.
Dodson Mrs. Wormwood hill.
George Charles Frederick
Goacher Rev. William, [Baptist].
Gurnell William, Elm cottage.
Howlett William England
Hunsley George Joseph
Smith Mrs. Mary
Tong William Charles, The Moated house.
Towler John Bland
Walker Mrs. The Grove
Watson Rev. Joseph [Wesleyan].
Young Rev. Jonathan
Abey John, tailor.
Adams Frederick, bricklayer.
Andrew Charles, miller (wind).
Atkin James John C. lime burner & merchant, & agent for J. Fison & Co.'s manures.
Berry William, farmer.
Bingham Robert, chemist & druggist & wine & spirit merchant.
Binns Jane (Mrs.), grocer & confectioner.
Birkett Thomas, miller, see Nicholson & Birkett.
Boon Nathaniel, chemist & agent for W. & A. Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants.
Booth Jane (Mrs.), dressmaker.
Booth John, farmer.
Borrell Anne (Mrs.), First & Last Public House.
Brears Charles, bricklayer.
Broughton Eliza (Miss), dressmaker.
Broughton Hy. beer retailer & carrier.
Broughton Joseph Kitchingman, cabinet maker.
Broughton Thomas, farmer.
Brown John Daniel, bill poster.
Brown William, poultry & game dealer.
Chappill Charles, farmer.
Chappill John, painter &c.
Chapman Chas. Ben. veterinary surgeon.
Clark Chas. Red Lion inn & posting house.
Clark George, cowkeeper.
Clarke & Sons, organ & harmonium builders.
Clarvis Robert, beer retailer.
Clixby Miss, dressmaker.
Clixby William, pork butcher.
Cook Jsph. Wm. farmer & cattle salesman.
Cooper Jonathan,coal merchant, Station.
Copeman Daniel, pork butcher.
Coulter James, carter.
Cousens Jonathan, market gardener.
Cox John, flour dealer, grocer & saddler.
Crowston George, draper & boot maker.
Cross Edward Chas. farmer, Manor house.
Cundall Ben. draper, grocer & seed merchant.
Dawson William, hawker.
Dean William Wardle, tin plate worker.
Dent & Sapcote, drapers & grocers.
Drayton William, rope & twine maker.
Drury Geo. greengrocer & town crier.
Drury Thomas Wilson, shoemaker.
Duckering F. & A maltsters & oil cake merchants.
Duckering Arthur Richard, seed merchant.
Duckering Charles Elmhurst, farmer, Whitehoe farm.
Duckering Frederick, coal merchant.
Eato Thomas, vermin killer.
Ellis William, farmer.
Everatt William, butcher.
Everitt. Thomas, farmer.
Fawcett William, bootmaker.
Fieldson John, farmer.
Fox Charles, marine store dealer.
Fox John, shopkeeper.
Frow Charles, farmer & brickmaker.
Frow Jackson, sanitary inspector for Gainsborough district.
Garbutt Charles, tailor.
Gas Company's Works (Richard Miller, manager; Benjamin Cundall, sec.; George Austin, collector).
George Charles Frederick, surgeon, & medical officer & public vaccinator, Kirton district, Glanford Brigg union & Blyborough district, Gainsborough union.
Gleadell William, maltster.
Grassby Elisha, grocer.
Green Robert Parker, farmer, Gravel Pit house.
Hampston Edward, market gardener & seedsman.
Hampston Joseph, nursery & seedsman.
Hather James, carter.
Hemshall Samuel, shopkeeper.
Herringshow Charlotte (Mrs.), monthly nurse.
Hewitt George, butcher & farmer.
Hill M. J. (Mrs.), grocer, baker & wholesale confectioner.
Hill Thomas, butcher.
Hill Thomas M. confectioner.
Hilton James, grocer & carrier.
Hackney George, gardener & seedsman.
Holdsworth Geo. joiner & wheelwright.
Holdsworth Henry, joiner & wheelwright.
Holdsworth Thos. joiner & wheelwright.
Hollingsworth Wm. Atkinson, bricklayer.
Holmes William, veterinary surgeon.
Horticultural Society (Thomas Kelsey Palmer, sec).
Howard William, farmer.
Howlett B. & Son, solicitors.
Howlett Bartholomew, solicitor, see Howlett B. & Son.
Howlett England, solicitor, see Howlett B. & Son.
Hudson Edward, farmer.
Hunsley George Joseph, farmer.
Hunt Fredk. H. inland revenue officer.
Jarvill William, corn miller (wind).
Johnson George, bootmaker.
Jordan Richard, horse slaughterer; & at Scotter.
Keall George, boot & shoe maker.
Keyworth Francis Frow, Queen's Head Public House & rope maker.
King Edward, horse breaker.
King Eliza (Mrs.), dressmaker.
Kirkby Thomas, carter.
Kisby Henry, brickmaker.
Knocker George Styles, grocer.
Lawman John, coal dealer & cowkeeper.
Lee Robert Westfield, coal dealer.
Lenton Edgar James, picture framer.
Lincoln & Lindsey Banking Co. Limited (Alfred Kirk, manager), Market place, open on Friday; draw on Prescott, Grate, Cave & Co. London.
Maddison John, farmer.
Maddison Richard, farmer.
Major Elizabeth (Mrs.), china & glass dealer.
Mann William, Black Swan Public House.
Marris Charles, blacksmith & machinist.
May Richard, sexton.
May Thomas, basketmaker.
Mills Betsy (Miss), dressmaker.
Mills John, hairdresser.
Mills Richard, tailor.
Nicholson & Birkett, steam corn millers & factors & manure merchants.
North Thomas, boot & shoe maker.
Northing Henry,flour &c. dealer & baker.
Norton William, collector of poor & highway rates & insurance & emigration agent.
Odlin Thomas, farmer.
Palmer Thomas Kelsey, accountant, clerk to the School Board & to the governors of the Kirton-in-Lindsey Exhibition Endowment, & agent to Sun Fire & Life, Midland Counties Hail & Accidental Insurance Companies, Wormwood hill.
Palmer Arthur Harry, grocer, Wormwood hill.
Parkinson Thomas, brickmaker.
Pattinson William, flour &c. dealer.
Pearson Henry, coal &c. dealer.
Petch Thomas, bricklayer.
Picksley Samuel & Ingham, agricultural machinists & timber merchants, Steam saw mills.
Picksley Samuel, farmer.
Pinder Samuel, grocer.
Plowright William, bricklayer.
Portas Thomas, cattle dealer.
Post Susannah (Mrs.), dressmaker.
Pycock Geo. Wm. cabinet maker & joiner.
Rands James, boot & shoe maker.
Richardson John William Teale, farmer.
Rose James, commercial trav.& printer.
Ross Lucy (Mrs.), young ladies' school.
Rowbottom William, coal merchant.
Russell Thomas, farmer.
Russell Thomas, jun. bootmaker.
Sands John, farmer.
Sapcote Wm. draper, see Dent & Sapcote.
Sims James, saddler & harness maker.
Skelton James, market gardener.
Skelton William, market gardener.
Skinner Thomas, farmer, Lowfield house.
Skinner Thomas, jun. farmer.
Skinner William, farmer.
Skipworth Lionel, farmer.
Smith Charles Hague, ironmonger &c.
Smith - (Miss), young ladies' school.
Smith Cornelius, farm bailiff to the lords of the manor.
Smith John Edward, tailor.
Smith Matthew Henry, machine printer, bookseller, stationer & bookbinder
Snell Rupert, corn miller (wind)
Storr Henry, blacksmith, High street
Straw Thomas, farmer, Ings lane
Strickland Francis, farmer
Summers William, cattle dealer.
Taylor William Norris, watchmaker & insurance agent.
Thackray Charles, postmaster.
Tickler Edgar Walker, George hotel, commercial & posting house.
Tong William Charles, farmer & surveyor of highways, The Moated house.
Towler John Bland, farmer.
Travis Rt. Williamson, watch & clock maker.
Wackett John, police sergeant.
Watmough Charlotte (Mrs.), shopkeeper.
Watson George William, carter.
Wilkinson John, beer retailer & butcher.
Wilson Abraham (exors. of), painter &c.
Wilson Benjamin, painter & decorator.
Wilson George, Unicorn inn.
Wright Mary (Mrs.), dressmaker.
Wright Richard, carter.
TL;DR - Conclusion.
KIRTON has become a much bigger place since the arrival of the railway. The list of "commercial" trades people and businesses is much longer than it was earlier in the century. Kelly, like Pigot before him, still managed to get the name of the church saint wrong, I took the liberty of correcting his error during my transcription, but the description is of the correct church (I think) so all is good. Definitely names in here that were still about when I was a young lad, probably not the same generation, but the same families.