Bolingbroke in 1839
Bolingbroke is in the soke of Bolingbroke, in the parts of Lindsey, 133 miles from London, by Boston. There was here an ancient castle, built by William de Romara, earl of Lincoln, which afterwards came into the hands of the Lacy family, and subsequently into those of John of Gaunt. Henry IV, son of John, was born in this castle, and took from it his surname of Henry of Bolingbroke. There are a few remains, consisting chiefly of the tower at the south-western angle of the castle, which was quadrangular. The parish comprehends an area of 2,570 acres, with a population of 725. There is a small manufactory of earthenware. The market is on Tuesday. The church, which is ancient, was partly destroyed in the civil wars of Charles I. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Hareby, both in the archdeaconry of Lincoln, of the clear yearly value of £373. There were in the parish, in 1833, one endowed, and one other day-school, with 46 children, and one Sunday-school, with 40 children.