Chapel Hill


Archives & Libraries

  • There is no local library branch. However the mobile unit does come by on alternate Mondays, generally at 9:50am for 15 minutes.


  • The parish was in the Swineshead sub-district of the Boston Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1871R.G. 10 / 3346
1891R.G. 12 / 2576

Church History

  • In 1826, a Chapel of Ease to Swineshead was erected for the local residents.
  • In 1828, Chapel Hill went from being a Chapel of Ease as part of Swineshead ecclesiastical parish to being an ecclesiastical parish of its own.
  • In 1884, the Church of Holy Trinity was erected near the site of the earlier chapel.
  • There is a photograph of the Church of Holy Trinity on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "Yet More Lincolnshire".
  • Here is a photo of the Holy Trinity church dwelling house, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1826.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Holland West Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists and the Primitive Methodists both had chapels here. The Primitive Methodists erected their chapel in 1852. For information and assistance in researching these chapels, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • There is a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on the Wendy PARKINSON web site under "Yet More Lincolnshire".
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Chapel Hill is a hamlet in the parish of Swineshead, which is about 11 miles to the south. The hamlet sits on the west bank of the River Witham, in the fen allotment of Swineshead parish. The hamlet is only one mile south of Dogdyke, 3 miles south of Tattershall, and 10 miles northwest of Boston.

If you are planning a visit:

  • See our Touring page for additional resources.
You can see pictures of Chapel Hill which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • This parish is in the middle of an area known as "The Holland Fen." For centuries this had been a low, swampy area dotted with a few small hills. An act of Parliament in 1767 allowed for the area to be drained and developed into pastures and rich farmland. The North and South Forty Foot Drains run through the fenland and empty into the small rivers that travel east to The Wash.
  • The parish is named after an ancient chapel which stood in Dogdyke township as the local chapel of ease (which later became a farm house). The River Witham formerly divided the parishes, but around 1820 the course of the river was changed. The citizens erected their own chapel of ease by subscription.

Land & Property

  • In 1900, the principal landowners were Mr. JOHNSON and Mrs. MAYFIELD.
  • In 1913, the principal landowner was Mrs. MAYFIELD.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF207543 (Lat/Lon: 53.072474, -0.1999), Chapel Hill which are provided by:


Military History

  • Steve DRURY provides a photograph of the Chapel Hill War Memorial at WW2 Museums.
  • John EMERSON provides a list of the names on the War Memorial.

Politics & Government


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Sleaford petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Boston Poor Law Union.




  • The children of this parish attended school in the elementary school at Tattershall Bridge, which is technically a hamlet in Dogdyke parish.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.