Description in 1871:
"SWINFORD, a parish, with a village, in Lutterworth district, Leicester; 1½ mile NE of Lilbourne r. station, and 5 ENE of Rugby. It has a post-office under Rugby. Acres, 1,690. Real property, £3,531. Pop., 402. Houses, 104. The manor belongs to four ladies. A Roman settlement and a Knights Templars preceptory were here. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £216. Patrons, the Co-Heiresses of the Braye peerage. The church is ancient. There are an Independent chapel, and a national school.."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-1872".



  • The parish has a small cemetery on Rugby Road.


  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth Registration District.
  • The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 599
1861 R.G. 9 / 2248
1871 R.G. 10 / 3223
1891 R.G. 12 / 2490

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church dates from early Norman times (end of 13th century).
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1895.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2005.
  • Nick MacNEIL also has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1741 (some sources give 1559).
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (third portion).
  • The Congregationalists built a small chapel here in 1810.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth Registration District.

Description & Travel

Swinford is a village and civil parish in Leicestershire, England. It is 87 miles north of London and borders on Northamptonshire along its southeast border. The River Avon separates this parish from Northamptonshire. Catthorpe parish is to the south-west and Misterton parish to the north. Leicester city is 17 miles to the north and Lutterworth is 4 miles north-west. The parish covers 1,633 acres.

Westrill was a hamlet and an extra-parochial area associated with this parish.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the M1 to where it joins the M6 motorway. The parish is just 1/2 mile to the northeast of this intersection.
  • The nearest train service is probably in Rugby.
  • Philip HALLING has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2015. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013. Perhaps you can assist them in creating a more artistic signage.
You can see pictures of Swinford which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • This place was a Roman settlement.
  • Most of the parish land was given over to pasturage.
  • A large wind farm has recently gone up in Swinford. It was built under protest but the developers prevailed.
  • Stop in and visit the village's famous pub: Chequers Pub.


  • There is no mention of a Manor House or Hall in the parish. The CAVE family had their seat at nearby Stanford in Northamptonshire.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP569794 (Lat/Lon: 52.409653, -1.164951), Swinford which are provided by:


Military Records

John SALMON has a photograph of a memorial plaque for Thomas W. E. SMITH inside the church of All Saints.


Names, Geographical

  • The name "Swinford" is from the Old English Swin+ford, or "pig ford". In the 1086 Domesday Book, the village is given as Svineford.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 2003].

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • You can visit the Parish Council website for current political issues. They are NOT staffed to help with family history questions.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 358
1841 444
1851 420
1871 375
1881 403
1891 392
1901 306
1911 311
1921 339
1931 313
1961 340


  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built in 1874 near the site of an earlier school. The new building could hold 84 children.