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Church of St Nicholas, Searby
Grid reference: TA071057
Location: 53°32’16"N, 0°23’2"W
Post town: Barnetby
Postcode: DN38
Local Government
Council: West Lindsey

Searby is a village in the North Riding of Lindsey, the northern part of Lincolnshire, four miles south-east of Brigg and five miles north-east of Caistor, between the villages of Somerby and Grasby, and in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Less than a mile to the south is a hamlet, Owmby, with which Searby shares a civil parish.

Parish church

The parish church, St Nicholas, was built in 1832, as a rebuilding of the village's mediæval church. The base of the tower is of stone and could be mediæval. The church is a Grade II listed building.[1]

In 1872, White's Directory stated that the parish church was "of white brick, with stone dressings, in the Gothic style... with a tower containing five bells and a clock. The latter and two of the bells are the gift of the vicar." New "open oak benches" costing £60, and carved with emblems of the twelve apostles and the twelve tribes of Israel, were added to the church in 1858. The church at the time seated 100. The Dean and Chapter of Lincoln were the appropriators of the rectory and patrons of the living.

A vicarage was built in 1847 for £800.


Searby appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Seurebi". It comprised 23 households, 4 villeins, 2 smallholders and 15 freemen, with 5 ploughlands, a meadow of 80 acres, a mill, and a church. In 1066 the lord of the manor was Rolf son of Skjaldvor. By 1086, the Lordship had been granted to Durand Malet, who also became Tenant-in-chief.[2]

The deserted mediæval village of Audewelle was reputedly in the vicinity of Searby.[3]

The parish National School was built in 1855 for £170 on the site of the previous vicarage; it was attended by 80 children. Professions and traders resident at Searby in 1872 were the parish vicar, a schoolmistress, the curate of [All Saints' Church] Grasby (a mile to the southeast), a tailor, a bricklayer, a wheelwright, a blacksmith, a cow keeper, and three farmers.[4]

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  1. National Heritage List : St Nicholas Church, Searby (Grade II listing) @British Listed Buildings
  2. Searby in the Domesday Book
  3. National Monuments Record: No. 891902 – Audewelle/Searby
  4. White, William (1872), Whites Directory of Lincolnshire, p.545