In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kirton like this:
KIRTON, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a wapentake in the parts of Holland, Lincoln. The village stands near the Peterborough and Boston railway, 4 miles SSW of Boston; is a large place; was once a market town; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Boston.The parish contains also Kirton-Fen, and the township of Brothertoft. Acres, 5, 820. Real property, £22, 177. Pop., 2, 255. Houses, 484. The property is much subdivided. Kirton House is the seat of S. ...
Smeeton, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £304. * Patrons, the Mercers' Company, London. The church was founded, in 1311, by Alexander de Blois; was a superb cruciform structnre, in decorated English; became much dilapidated toward the end of last century; was shorn of its transepts, and its Lady chapel in 1809; was, at the same time, partially rebuilt on a smaller scale; has a fine early English W arch, and a later English clerestory of twelve three light windows on each side; and contains an octagonal font of 1405. The donative of Brotherstoft is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Independents and Methodists, a free grammar school, alms houses, and some other charities. The grammar school was originally a free school, founded and endowed in 1624 by Sir Thomas Middlecott; and was recently remodelled and rebuilt.The sub-district includes only 4, 920 acres of the parish, but contains two other parishes, parts of three more, and an extra-parochial tract; and is in the district of Boston. Acres, 31, 412. Pop., 5, 028. Houses, 1, 085.-The wapen take comprises sixteen parishes and part of another. Acres, 74, 892. Pop. in 1851, 16, 770: in 1861, 18, 938. Houses, 4, 075.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Kirton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Boston. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Kirton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kirton, in Boston and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd November 2014
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