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  • The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor 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 / 2303
1871 R.G. 10 / 3422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2622


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Swinhope 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 Helen.
  • Portions of the church date back to the 13th century.
  • The church was partially rebuilt in the 1890s.
  • The church seats between 90 and 100.
  • There is a photograph of St. Helen's Church on the Wendy Parkinson English Church Photo web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Helen's Church, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyright):

St. Helen's Church

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1697.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a protestation index for the Haverstoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

This village and parish lies about 8 miles east of Caistor, 10 miles south of Grimsby and 10 miles north-west of Louth. Thorganby parish lies to the north. The parish covers just over 1,300 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1203 south out of Grimsby. About a mile before Binbrook, you will find Swinhope village on your right.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Swinhope which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • The old manor house for this parish was destroyed during the civil wars in the reign of Charles I.
  • Swinhope House, built in 1785-6, was the abode of the Rev. Marmaduke ALINGTON.
  • In 1900, the occupant of Swinhope House was Rear-Admiral Arthur Hildebrand ALINGTON.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF210960 (Lat/Lon: 53.446868, -0.179534), Swinhope which are provided by:

Military History

  • See the War Memorials and the inscriptions on them at St. Helen's Church.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • White's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places this parish, erroneously, in the East Lindsey division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and instead they hold periodic Parish Meetings of all the citizens to discuss civic and political issues.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 84
1831 126
1871 117
1891 106
1911 84