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Swaby

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2379
1871 R.G. 10 / 3398
1891 R.G. 12 / 2606

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Swaby area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church fell into disrepair and was rebuilt in 1827-28 as a small brick building. This was the third church built on this site.
  • The earlier church was dedicated to Saint Margaret and was destroyed around 1658.
  • The church seats 100 people.
  • St. Nicholas Church is a Grade II listed building.
  • There is a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on the Wendy Parkinson Church Photos web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Nicholas Church, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyright):

St. Nicholas Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1660.
  • We have the beginning of a Parish Register Extract in a text file for your use. Your additions would be welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes for the Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The burial index for Swaby at Calcewaith and Candleshoe Deanery covers only 1813-1900.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here, in Whitepit, prior to 1871, as was a Free Methodist chapel. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Withern sub-district of the Louth Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Swaby is both a village and a parish which lie about 6 miles north-west of Alford and 8 miles north of Spilsby. Burwell parish is just to the north-west and Belleau parish to the east. The parish covers just under 1,600 acres of land and includes the hamlet of Whitepit.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the Louth/Spilsby Road (now the A16 trunk road). Swaby is about 8 miles north of Spilsby.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Swaby which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Swaby has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

History

  • The village is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • In 1934 a pot with 178 silver denarii was found in the field called "The Bog".
  • The village Hall sits on the site of the old Methodist chapel.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF380770 (Lat/Lon: 53.272019, 0.067986), Swaby which are provided by:

Military Records

From John Readman: "This Roll of Honour is displayed in the parish church of St. Nicholas, on a card, inside a wooden frame. The names are written in coloured inks."

"THE MEN OF SWABY WHO SERVED THEIR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR 1914 - 1918 AND WERE SPARED TO RETURN"

  • H. PRESTON ADDEY
  • LEWIS BELL
  • ALBERT BARTON
  • WRIGHT BONTOFT
  • HERBERT T. O. BRUMPTON
  • JOHN CAMPLING
  • ERNEST CAMPLIN
  • GEORGE Wm. CARTWRIGHT
  • THOMAS DIXON
  • THOMAS ELVIN
  • JOHN GOSLING
  • HARRY GRANT
  • GEORGE Wm. GRANT
  • CHRISTOPHER JACKSON
  • WILLIAM MARTIN
  • ERNEST ODLIN
  • ALBERT PARRISH
  • ROBERT PARSONS
  • FRED ROBINSON
  • EDWARD S. RUTLAND
  • GORDON E. RUTLAND
  • ALBERT REEVE
  • FRED STEPHENSON
  • DRUMMOND WILLOUGHBY
  • HAROLD WILLOUGHBY
  • HERBERT WRIGHT
  • HOWEN WRIGHT
  • EDWARD WHITE

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Marsh division of the ancient Calceworth Wapentake in the East Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • In March, 1888, the Hall Wood parcel was transfered to Belleau Civil Parish.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps in error, in the South Lindsey district of the county.
  • For today's district governance, see the East Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alford petty session hearings on alternate Tuesdays.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1791.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, the parish became part of the Louth Poor Law Union.

Population

Year  Inhabitants
1801 197
1811 200
1831 398
1841 391
1871 467
1881 414
1891 364
1901 305
1911 274
1921 255

Schools

  • The parish had a National School built here in 1857 for 120 children. This school closed in 1976.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.