Louth sons Lord Tennyson and Sir John Franklin included in new website featuring Lincolnshire’s famous historical figures

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Alfred Lord Tennyson

A new history website had been made available today to showcase some of Lincolnshire’s most famous figures, including Louth’s favourite son Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Website findmypast.co.uk features handwritten registers from Lincolnshire’s archives dating back to 1538 and spanning more than 300 years.

They provide insight into baptisms, marriages and burials from 500 parishes across Lincolnshire, from Laughton to Gedney Hill. Some of the incredible details include information on the baptisms of scientist Isaac Newton and poet Lord Tennyson, famous for the Lincoln-inspired Victorian ballad, “The Lady of Shallot”, and Louth-educated explorer Sir John Franklin.

The records also include information on the burial of famous hangman William Marwood, renowned for inventing the “long drop” technique that ensured the prisoner’s neck was broken instantly at the end of the drop, considered to be a kinder way to be executed.

Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries and culture at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Lincolnshire has a rich cultural heritage, and the county council has long sought to celebrate and enhance this through digital access.

The records are now part of the UK’s largest online parish record collection at findmypast.co.uk, along with 1.6 billion family history records including censuses, military, newspaper and crime records.

Many resources available on findmypast.co.uk can be accessed for free in Lincolnshire’s libraries, including Louth.

These include parish registers, census records, details of maritime births, marriages and deaths, merchant navy records, British Army service records and crime, prisons and punishment records.