Note: Do not mistake this parish for Aswardby. Note the addition of a "d" to the name.



John SUTTON has a photograph of part of Aswarby Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010.



  • The parish was the centre of the Aswarby sub-district of the Sleaford Registration District.
  • In an 1890 district re-organization, the parish was transferred to the Leadenham sub-district.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 614
1851 H.O. 107 / 2100
1861 R.G. 9 / 2346
1871 R.G. 10 / 3353
1891 R.G. 12 / 2581

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Denis.
  • The church was built in the 12th Century.
  • The church was restored in 1850.
  • The church seats 250.
  • There is a photograph of the Anglican parish church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site.
  • Richard CROFT provides a photograph of the St. Denis' church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2005.
  • Miss STEEL has a nice photograph of the "church interior" on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.
  • Here is a photograph of St. Denis Church supplied by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1715.
  • The Bishop's Transcript at the Lincoln Archives dates from 1561.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Lafford Deanery to make your search easier.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Aswarby sub-district of the Sleaford Registration District.
  • In an 1890 district re-organization, the parish was transferred to the Leadenham sub-district.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July 1837.

Description & Travel

Aswarby is both a village and parish just 5 miles due south of Sleaford and 12 miles east of Grantham. Scredington parish lies to the east. The parish covers about 1,620 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The village is just off the A15 between Bourne and Sleaford, just north of Osbournby.
  • Keith EVANS has a photograph of the "mile marker" on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012. Now you know how far you are from London.
  • Ken BROCKWAY has a photograph of the old "blacksmith shop" just north of the village on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Aswarby which are provided by:





George BASS was born on 30 January 1771 at Aswarby, the son of tenant farmer, George BASS, and Sarah (née NEWMAN). He attended Boston Grammar School and later trained in medicine at the hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire. At the age of 18, he was accepted in London as a member of the Company of Surgeons, and in 1794 he joined the Royal Navy as a surgeon.

He arrived in Sydney in New South Wales on HMS Reliance on 7 September 1795. With him on the ship were Matthew FLINDERS, John HUNTER, Woollarawarre BENNELONG, and his surgeon's assistant William MARTIN.

In 1798, BASS and FLINDERS, in the sloop Norfolk, circumnavigated Van Diemen's Land (now called Tasmania). Back in port, FLINDERS recommended to Governor John HUNTER that the passage between Van Diemen's Land and the mainland be called "Bass Strait".

On 8 October 1800, BASS married Elizabeth WATERHOUSE at St James's Church, Westminster, London. She was the sister of Henry WATERHOUSE, captain of HMS Reliance and Bass's former shipmate. BASS was lost at sea during an 1803 voyage.


Historical Geography

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



  • Julian P. GUFFOGG has a photograph of the Memorial to George BASS on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2019. BASS, baptized here in 1771, was the person who discovered "The Bass Strait" .
  • Bricks were made here in the early 1900s.
  • The Tally Ho Inn is a popular conversation spot. The inn is still functioning and has its own website. These are the names associated with the place in various directories:
Year Person
1882 -- not listed.--
1908 -- not listed.--
1912 -- not listed.--
1930 -- not listed.--
2013 John BLENKIRON, propr.
2020 Sean and Sharon McCLEMENTS, propr.


  • Aswarby Hall was enlarged and beautified in the 1830s. It was anciently the seat of the HERVEY family and the CARRES family. In 1840 it was owned by Sir. Thomas WHICHCOTE, baronet.
  • Aswarby Hall was the seat of George WHICHCOTE, baronet, in 1900.


  • See our "Maps" page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF067399 (Lat/Lon: 52.945888, -0.413505), Aswarby which are provided by:


Military History

There is a framed Illuminated roll of honour with handwritten inscription on a wall of St. Denys Church listing eight men who served in World War One.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were created.
  • The parish was in the ancient Aswardhurn Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, in the parts of Kesteven.
  • In April, 1931, this Civil Parish was abolished and reformed as the Aswarby and Swarby Civil parish.
  • You may contact the local Aswarby and Swarby Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • For today's district governance, see the North Kesteven District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Sleaford petty session hearings.
  • The parish is allowed to send one inmate to Sleaford Hospital.
  • In 1604, Sir Robert CARR left the yearly rent income of £5 from a farm for the parish poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Sleaford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 113
1841 119
1871 142
1881 129
1891 142
1901 122
1911 108


  • In 1900, the children of this parish were attending school at Osbournby.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.