Folkingham in 1839
Falkingham, or Folkingham, is in the wapentake of Aveland, in the parts of Kesteven, 106 miles from London on the road to Lincoln. Here was anciently a castle on the eastern side of the town, but only the moats and mounds remain. The parish comprehends 1,700 acres, and had in 1831 a population of 744, above half agricultural. The streets are clean and well paved. The church is large and handsome, chiefly of perpendicular character ; the tower has eight pinnacles and a rich battlement. A small gaol was erected thirty years ago on the site of the ancient castle, and has been since enlarged. The market is on Thursday. The living is a rectory united with the vicarage of Laughton, both in the archdeaconry of Lincoln, of the clear yearly value of £511. There were in the parish in 1833 an endowed day-school with 30 children ; four other day-schools with 66 children ; one boarding and day school with 36 children ; and one Sunday-school with 131 children.