The stone font bears the arms of the MONSON family.
The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Corringham Deanery to make your search easier.
The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here, as did the Primitive Methodists. The Wesleyans also established a school to educate 12 poor children of the parish. For more on these chapels and their records, check our Non-Conformist Church Records page for additional resources.
Hemswell is both a parish and a village lying in a valley about 8 miles east of Gainsborough and 9 miles north of Lincoln. The parish itself is bordered on the north by Willoughton parish, to the west by Corringham parish and to the south by Harpwell parish. The parish covers about 2,660 acres.
Hemswell village sits just off the main roads. The small hamlet of Spital (or Spital-in-the-Street) is 3 miles south-east and has its western part within Hemswell parish. Spital is divided by the A15 and A631 trunk roads. If you are planning a visit:
Hemswell has a chalybeate spring on the north-east side of the village, which gave its name to the whole parish.
The village can be accessed off of the A631 trunk road east of Gainsborough. Turn north at the B1398 and go almost a mile and the village will be on your left.
J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2012. You should stop in and get a schedule of forth-coming events.
If you are approaching from the west, keep an eye open for this Bench and village sign as photographed by Steve FAREHAM on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2015. The cemetery will be just to your right.
The ancient Roman Road from Lincoln City to the Humber, Ermine Street, forms the eastern boundary of the parish and runs through the hamlet of Spital.
A statue fair or hiring fair was held at Spital on each May Day.
The Hospital, for which Spital is named, apparently had an ancient past, dating back to Edward II. A license was granted to John, son of Richard de VENDEUR, vicar of Thevelby, to endow John with land in Hemswell and Harpswell for the Hospital. But other sources say the hospital existed prior to the granting of the license, serving pilgrims and wayfarers. In 1396, Thomas de Aston made considerable additions to the hospital. The buildings decayed and the property passed through several hands, the funds were misappropriated and eventually the hospital was reduced to a chapel of ease. The chapel stands at the northern edge of the site formerly occupied by the hospital.
Jonathan BILLINGER has a photograph of the Maypole on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2007.
Richard CROFT also has a photograph of the Maypole on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
Norman A LINSEY
William A PARISH
There is a separate brass plaque to James BIRKITT (spelling is different than shown) as above. Plaque is topped by an engraving of the Lincoln Regiment "Sphinx" cap badge, with the word EGYPT inscribed beneath. In Loving memory of Arthur James Birkitt of the 3rd Lincolns Regt. the much loved son of J and A Birkitt who was killed in action in France 12th April 1917 in his 24th year.
"He gave his life for his Country" - From one who held him in the greatest esteem.
A Second World War Memorial has the R.A.F Crest and motto "Per Ardua Ad Astra", and reads:
IN PROUD AND HONOURED MEMORY OF DOUGLAS JAMES POPPLE, FLIGHT SERGEANT R.A.F. WHO GAVE HIS LIFE ON ACTIVE SERVICE 24th JULY 1942 AGED 22 YEARS.
They died that we might live. Erected by his fellow parishioners.
Only Ernest REDHEAD is buried in the local churchyard. He was a private in the 10th Btn., Sherwood Foresters and died on 5 June 1917 at age 23, son of Henry and Eliza REDHEAD, of Glenthworth, LIN.
The name Hemswell comes from the Old English Helm+wella for "spring or stream of a man called Helm". The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Helmeswella. The name is recorded in some records as Elmswell. A. D. MILLS, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.
White's 1841 Directory lists the following names in the parish: BAINBOROUGH, BARR, BEAUMONT, BRUMBY, COUPLAND, DEWICK, HALL, HILL, HOLMES, KEYWORTH, LEIGHTON, MARSHALL, MARTIN, ROBINSON, RUSTON, SMITH, STORR, TAYLOR, THOMAS, TREVER, TURNER, TUXFORD and WINN.
White's 1872 Directory lists the following surnames in the parish: ATKINSON, BAINBRIDGE, BARRATT, BEAUMONT, BRUMBY, CLIXBY, COOK, COUPLAND, HOLMES, KIRKBY, KITCHEN, LAMBETH, LOVE, MARSHALL, MILLS, OGLESBY, SMITH, TUXFORD, VICKERS, WALKER and WASS.
Kelly's 1900 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Elizabeth BEAUMONT, Coggon BRUMBY, Mrs. CARTER, Thomas COOK, George COULSON, George COUPLAND, George CRUST, Charles H. HARS, Frank A. HOLMES, Eunice HORTON, Thomas LARRATT, Charles LOVE, Rev. Timothy G. LYNDE, ("brothers") MILLER, Alfred and John OGLESBY, John RUSTON, Miss SMITH, Mary SMITH, Harry G. THORPE, Wm. WALKER, Rev. Ernest W. VAUGHN and William WRAY.
Kelly's 1913 Directory lists the following names in the parish: Elizabeth BEAUMONT, Coggon BRUMBY, Rev. Robert P. CARROLL, Mrs. CARTER, Charles COBB, George CRUST, Terah ELWOOD, Frank A. HOLMES, Rachel HORTON, Charles LOVE, Cedric H. MARSHALL, Fred and Harry MILLER, Alfred and John OGLESBY, Henry REDHEAD, John TATUM, Harvey G. THORPE and William WRAY.