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  • The parish was in the Corby sub-district of the Bourne Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2315
1871 R.G. 10 / 3311
1891 R.G. 12 / 2555


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Swayfield 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 was originally built in the 12th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1824 and restored in 1877.
  • The church seats 160.
  • Here is a photo of St. Nicholas Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Nicholas Church

Church Records

  • Anglican parish registers exist from 1561, although are only deposited for the period 1724 - 1912.
  • The LFHS has published several indexes (marriage and burial) for the Beltisloe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a small chapel here. 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 Corby sub-district of the Bourne Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July 1837.

Description and Travel

Swayfield is both a village and parish which lies just north of Castle Bytham parish, 96 miles north of London and 16 miles north of Stamford. Swinstead parish lies to the east across the West Glen River. The West Glen River runs along the east boundary of the parish. The parish covers just over 1,530 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village lies just east of the A1 trunk road and south of the A151 arterial road.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Swayfield which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK990220 (Lat/Lon: 52.786479, -0.533470), Swayfield which are provided by:

Names, Geographical

  • The name derives from the Old English Swaethfeld or "open land with swathes (tracks)," and is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as Suafeld, and in 1206 as Swathefeld.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]
  • The name is also found in many old records without the "Y", as in Swafield.

Politics and Government

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Bourne petty session hearings on Mondays.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here around 1799.
  • Edward MOULTON left land at Donington to generate £2 per year which went to the poor.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Bourne Poor Law Union.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 173
1831 260
1841 265
1871 253
1881 253
1891 204
1911 186


  • A Parochial School was built in 1867 and enlarged in 1885 to hold 90 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.