The following parishes and places formed the Gainsborough Poor Law Union:

In Lincolnshire: Blyborough, Blyton, Brampton, Bransby, Coates by Stow, Corringham, East Ferry, East Stockwith, Fenton, Fillingham, Gainsborough, Gate Burton, Glentworth, Grayingham, Harpswell, Haxey, Heapham, Hemswell, Kettlethorpe, Knaith, Laughterton, Laughton, Lea, Marton, Morton by Gainsborough, Newton by Trent, Northorpe, Owston, Pilham, Scotter, Scotton, Southorpe, Stow, Sturton by Stow, Torksey, Upton cum Kexby, Walkerith, West Butterwick, Wildsworth, Willingham by Stow, Willoughton.

In Nottinghamshire: Beckingham, Bole, Misterton, Saundby, Walkeringham, West Burton, West Stockwith.

Records held at Lincolnshire Archives (this list includes most of the records held):

N.B. Many of these records are closed for 100 years

  • Board and Officers Register of monthly salaries 1928-1930
  • Minutes of the Board of Guardians 1843-54, 1859-1930
  • Boarding-out Committee minutes 1911-30
  • House Committee minutes 1915-16

Accounts

  • General Ledger 1837-54, 1864-76, 1878-1923, 1927-30
  • Treasurer’s Accounts 1912-24, 1928-1930
  • Parochial Ledger 1848-56, 1867-1927

Correspondence

  • Letter books 1884-88, 1890-91, 1893, 1896, 1902-03, 1905-7, 1916-18
  • Letters received 1909, 1911
  • Admission and Discharge registers 1889-91, 1893-95, 1899-1935
  • Register of baptisms 1888-1961
  • Admission and discharge book workhouse school (boys) 1851-1890
  • Register of births 1914-1922
  • Register of deaths 1866-1935
  • Register of mental defectives seen by Visiting Committee 1907-1941
  • Notices to Coroner of deaths of lunatics 1901-1933
  • Creed Registers 1879-85, 1900-1930
  • Punishment Book 1903-1948
  • Wages book 1906-1935
  • Chaplain’s reports 1913-1947
  • Master’s weekly reports 1902-13, 1917-21
  • Matron’s reports 1926-1934
  • Medical Officers reports 1913-1929
  • Master’s receipt and payment books 1900-1932

Casual Poor

  • Admission and discharge books 1913-23, 1927-30
  • Returns of Births for the Misterton sub-district 1878-1881
  • School Attendance Committee minutes 1877-1903