Harpswell is both a parish and a small village about eight miles east of Gainsborough and nine miles north of Lincoln. The parish itself is bordered on the north by Hemswell parish, to the east by Springthorpe and Heapham parishes and to the south by Glentworth parish. The parish covers about 2,150 acres.
Harpswell village sits at the intersection of two main roads. A small branch of the River Eau passes just to the west of the village. If you are planning a visit:
The village can be found at the intersection of the A631 trunk road east of Gainsborough and the B1398 north out of Lincoln. If coming north out of Lincoln, it is probably best to take the A15 to the A631 and turn east for one mile, but you'll miss some beautiful scenery.
J. THOMAS provides a peaceful scene of grazing on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
The name Harpswell comes from the Old English Hearpe+wella or Hearpere+wella for "spring or stream of the harp or harp player". The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Herpeswella. The name is recorded in some records as Harpperswell. A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
White's 1842 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Jno. BROWN, Godfrey JARVILL, Jno. OGELSBY, Richard OGELSBY, Thos. RANBY, John SMITH and Wm. WARD.
White's 1872 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Christopher F. HALL, George CASSWELL, John Thomas HOLMES, John OGELSBY, Richard OGELSBY, William STEVENSON, Thomas TATAM and Samuel TURNER.
Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Coggon BRUMBY, Frederick Wm. TATAM, Thomas TATAM, Thomas TURNER and John WRIGHT.
Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Coggon BRUMBY, Charles TATAM, Frederick W. TATAM, John TATAM and Thomas TURNER.