Parish History


The area of land covered by the parish shows evidence of human activity going back thousands of years, as evidenced by recent field surveys which have regularly produced Roman finds. The three villages of East Barkwith, West Barkwith and Panton were all mentioned in the Domesday Book,  drawn up in 1086, as was the deserted medieval hamlet of Hardwick which also lies within the parish.

The Parish History Group was formed in 2014 with support from the Parish Council and a grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, and has since been actively researching the history of the parish, collecting information and artefacts, putting on exhibitions and organising local events including a street party and field surveys.

The information discovered and produced by the Parish history Group and its members will be added to the website in the sections below as it becomes available. If you have any further information that may be of interest to the Histroy Group, please contact us via the Contact form on the home page.  


Amenities and Recreation

Parish Field


A wildlife area has been established since 2003 and provides a wide range of habitats for our local species.

Play Area


The play area was set up by members of the PTA, on the site of the existing playground after the school closed in 1987.



The school in East Barkwith was opened in 1873 and operated until it finally closed in 1987.

Village Hall


The Village Hall was built as a replacement for the old YMCA hut in 1972 by a local builder A Clark. The hall is still in regular use today.

Businesses and Occupations



The blacksmith shop provided for the needs of the horse (working and riding). It also served as an early petrol station.



There were four roadside suppliers 

of vehicle fuel in the Parishes, with two going on to provide vehicle repair and maintenance.



The mill was located on the Willingham Road, right on the edge of the Parish boundary with neighbouring South Willingham

Public Houses


At one time there were two public houses in the Village, The Waggon and Horses (above) and The Cross Roads Inn, which still operates today.



Over the years there has been a range  of shops of different types including shoe maker, candle stick maker, butchers, general supplies, draper and grocer.

Occupations From Census Returns


Information gained from analysis of East Barkwith census returns.

Local Locations

Panton Hall


The Hall was the grand house on the hill that belonged to the Turner Family (built in 1776).

Railway Station


East Barkwith Station was opened in 1876 and finally closed in 1958. The station house is still a dwelling today.

War Memorial


The War Memorial was erected in 1921 and now carries the names of all the fallen from East & West Barkwith and Panton during the two World Wars.

Local Organisations and Groups

Barkwith & District Association (& PTA)


The picture shows members helping to excavate during the building of a swimming pool for the school in 1964.

Bowls Club


The Bowls Club had been going for some years but had to stop for WW2. They are still holders of the East Lincoln Village Bowls Challenge League Shield 1939 (competition set up by Henry Haslam Esq. MP).

Scouts, Cubs and Girl Guides


The East Barkwith troop was one of the first troops to be established in the country (1912)

Village Band


The village band was established in 1898 with many of the company joining up to support the WW1 effort . The picture is from 1912. 

Women's Institute


The local WI have been going since the movement started and are still providing strong support for community events.

Youth Club


The Youth Club (including the football club) was started back in the 1920s. They won the 1st Wragby & District Shield in 1921.

Places of Worship



East Barkwith had three chapels, one on the Panton Road, one on the Louth Road and one on the Lincoln Road. 



The parish did have three churches, St Andrews in Panton, All Saints in West Barkwith and St Mary's in East Barkwith. Only St Mary's Church still remains.

Time Periods

Iron Age




Medieval Times


First World War


Second World War