• 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 / 2392
1871 R.G. 10 / 3420
1891 R.G. 12 / 2621

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • It is not known when a church was first constructed here, but it is considered Norman.
  • The church was partially rebuilt in 1868 and then thoroughly restored in 1883.
  • The church yard was extended in 1905.
  • The church seats 90.
  • There is an old rhyme told about the church: "You must pity poor Swallow People, Who sold the bells to mend the steeple". This refers to the collapse of the steeple some time before 1663.
  • A photograph of Holy Trinity church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS fas a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.
  • Here is a photo of Holy Trinity Church taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1672.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Westwold Deanery to make your search easier.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here as was a Primitive Methodist chapel, both before 1919. 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 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 & Travel

The village and parish of Swallow lies about 8 miles south-west of Great Grimsby and 4 miles east of Caistor. The parish covers just over 2,700 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • John Firth provides a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Swallow which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Stone Age flint tools have been found in the parish as well as Roman pottery and coins.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Swallow Inn on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA177031 (Lat/Lon: 53.510969, -0.226593), Swallow which are provided by:


Military History

  • The War Memorial stands on the edge of the churchyard. John Firth provides a photograph of the War Memorial at Geo-graph, taken in July, 2005.
  • See the War Memorial stone column and the names listed at Holy Trinity Church.

Military Records

There are only three names on the War Memorial from World War I. See them at the Roll of Honour site.


Names, Geographical

  • The name appears as Sualan in the 1086 Domesday Book.
    [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].
  • Sources differ as to the derivation and meaning of the name.

Politics & Government

  • This place ws an ancient parish in Lincoln county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • Kelly's 1913 Directory of Lincolnshire lists the parish, perhaps erroneously, as being in the North Lindsey district.
  • On 1 April, 1936, the parish was enlarged when Cuxwold Civil Parish was abolished and 1,590 acres were amalgamated with Swallow Civil Parish.
  • The Swallow Parish Council no longer has a web presence.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year  Inhabitants
1801 98
1831 168
1871 243
1881 238
1891 205
1901 180
1911 203
1921 186
1931 207


  • The parish school was built in 1856 to hold up to 60 children.
  • See our Schools page for more information on researching school records.