• Scawby was in the Brigg sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library has copies of the Scawby census for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891 and 1901.
  • We have an extract of a small portion of the 1901 census which you are welcome to review or add to.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841H.O. 107 / 643
1861R.G. 9 / 2397
1871R.G. 10 / 3427 & 3428
1881R.G. 11 / 3283
1891R.G. 12 / 2625

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Hibbald (or Hybald), a 7th century Saxon.
  • The church was entirely rebuilt in 1840 (or 1842), except for the tower.
  • The church seats 350.
  • A Mission Room was built around 1891 at Scawby Brook.
  • There is a photograph of St. Hibbald's Church on the Wendy PARKINSON Church Photos web site, taken by Paul Fenwick.
  • A photograph of the church is also at the CurrantBun site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Hibbald's, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • Parish register entries appear on the I.G.I. from 1599. The I.G.I. batch numbers are: christenings: C030791, marriages: E030791 and M030791.
  • A portion of the parish register entries from 1722-1737 appear to be missing. These entries may be in the Bishops's Transcript copies (and therefore the I.G.I.).
  • We have the beginnings of a parish register extract. Your additions would be welcome.
  • The North Lincolnshire Library has copies of the Scawby parish register for baptisms 1558 - 1948, burials 1558 - 1954 and marriages 1558 - 1935.
  • The The Lincolnshire Family History Society has indexed burials in the Kirton Lindsey area for 1813-1900, including Scawby.
  • Syd BEACROFT has offered to do lookups in the parish register for researchers. Contact him at: Syd Beacroft.
  • The LFHS has created several marriage indexes for the Yarborough Deanery, to make research easier.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1834 and a Primitive Methodist chapel in 1895. 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 Brigg sub-district of the Glanford Brigg Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which started in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

This village and parish is in the north of Lincolnshire, bordered on the north by Broughton parish, in the south by Hibaldstow parish and on the east by the River Ancholme. The parish is about 163 miles north of London and 2.5 miles south-west of Brigg. The parish covers approx. 3,930 acres of land and includes the hamlets of Scawby Brook and Sturton (or Sturtun).

If you are planning a visit:

  • The village of Scawby lies just off the A15 and A18 Arterial Roads, a mile west of Brigg.
  • Look for the village pump and the red telephone box.
  • They would be happy to slake your thirst and feed your hunger at The Sutton Arms Pub.
  • The village also has a fish and chip shop and a newsagency.
  • Visit our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Scawby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The foundations of a Roman bath were found at Storton in the early 1800's.
  • When the railroads came in the mid 1800's, Scawby had a station 1.5 miles south of the village on the main line of the Great Central Railway.
  • In 1861, Scawby was an important source of gravel for road construction in northern Lincolnshire.
  • Scawby Mill was in operation around 1829, but the tower for it collapsed during renovation in 1994. A new tower was built as part of a house.
  • The parish has a strong chalybeate spring called the "Red Well."
  • After World War I the people of Scawby village purchased a hut sold at a government auction in 1921 and moved it and converted it to use as a meeting hall. The site was provided free of charge by Lt. Col, NELTHORPE of Scawby Hall. In 1972 a new Village Hall was built to replace the old hut.


  • Scawby Hall was the seat of Robert Nassau SUTTON-NELTHORPE from 1900 through 1912. It stood in a park of 170 acres with two small lakes.
  • You can visit and tour Scawby Hall which is an Historic House Association member.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SE969054 (Lat/Lon: 53.536278, -0.538759), Scawby which are provided by:


Military History

  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial plaque inside St. Hibbald Church.
  • Lt.-Col. Oliver SUTTON-NELTHORPE, DSO, of the Rifle Corps lived in Scawby in the 1930s. He would die in Scunthorpe in 1963.

Names, Geographical

  • The name Scawby is from the Old Scandinavian Skalli+by, or "Village of Skalli". In the 1086 Domesday book, the village is given as Scallebi.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the eastern division of the ancient Manley Wapentake in the North Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • A part of the township of Scawby now forms a part of Brigg civil parish, having been added in 1892.
  • District governance is currently provided by the North Lincolnshire Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law




Much of the growth was due to the growth of nearby Brigg as a rail and shipping centre.



  • A Free School was founded in Scawby in 1669 by Sir John NELTHORPE. The school was rebuilt by Sir J. NELTHORPE in 1854 and enlarged in 1890 and again in 1900.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the old school on Geo-graph, taken in 2007. The school has been sold and is now a Bed and Breakfast establishment.
  • An Infants School was first built in 1901 to hold 90 children.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.