• The parish was in the Sleaford sub-district of the Sleaford Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2111
1861 R.G. 9 / 2343
1871 R.G. 10 / 3350
1891 R.G. 12 / 2579

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Mary and All Saints.
  • The church was restored in 1886-7.
  • The church seats about 300.
  • There is a photograph of the church on the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photo web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Mary's Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1813.
  • The LFHS has published several marriage and burial indexes for the Lafford Deanery to make your search easier.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has a Loan Library service which has the parish registers on microfiche for Marriages from 1754 to 1812 (no baptisms).
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Swarby is both a village and parish about 3 miles south of Sleaford. The parish covers just under 1,000 acres, including the hamlet of Crofton, half a mile southeast of the village. Aswarby parish lies to the southeast and Osbournby parish to the south.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is just off the A15 between Bourne and Sleaford, just north of Osbournby.
  • See our touring page for more sources.
You can see pictures of Swarby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF047407 (Lat/Lon: 52.953085, -0.443058), Swarby which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Lincoln and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Aswardhurn Wapentake in the North Kesteven division of the county, parts of Kesteven.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire lists the parish as being in the ancient Aveland Wapentake in the North Kesteven district.
  • On 1 April, 1931, this Civil Parish was abolished and amalgamted into the new Aswarby and Swarby Civil Parish.
  • 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 every Monday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Sleaford Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 108
1841 200
1871 175
1891 140
1911 127


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1859 to hold up to 70 students.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.