Archives & Libraries

The Community Library at Caistor has a local history archive that will prove useful in your research.



  • 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 / 2303
1871 R.G. 10 / 3422
1891 R.G. 12 / 2622
1911 R.G. 14 / 63

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • Portions of the church date back to the 13th century.
  • The church was partially rebuilt in the 1890s.
  • The church seats between 90 and 100.
  • There is a photograph of St. Helen's Church on the Wendy Parkinson English Church Photo web site.
  • Here is a photo of St. Helen's Church, taken by Ron Cole (who retains the copyright):



Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1697.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a protestation index for the Haverstoe Deanery to make your search easier.
  • 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

This village and parish lies about 8 miles east of Caistor, 10 miles south of Grimsby and 10 miles north-west of Louth. Thorganby parish lies to the north. The parish covers just over 1,300 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B1203 south out of Grimsby. About a mile before Binbrook, you will find Swinhope village on your right.
  • See our touring page for visitor services.
You can see pictures of Swinhope which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



John FIRTH has a photograph of the Click'em Inn on Geograph, taken in July, 2010.



  • The old manor house for this parish was destroyed during the civil wars in the reign of Charles I.
  • Swinhope House, built in 1785-6, was the abode of the Rev. Marmaduke ALINGTON.
  • Chris has a photograph of Swinhope Hall on Geograph, taken in June, 2013.


  • The national grid reference is TF 2196.
  • You'll want an Ordnance Survey Explorer map, which has a scale of 2.5 inches to the mile.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TF214964 (Lat/Lon: 53.449982, -0.173292), Swinhope which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1900, the occupant of Swinhope House was Rear-Admiral Arthur Hildebrand ALINGTON.  In 1904 he was promoted to Admiral on the Retired List.
  • In 1909, the Admiral is a resident of Swinhope House.
  • Admiral Arthur Hildebrand ALINGTON died Lincolnshire in December, 1925, at age 86.
  • See the War Memorial plaques listed below in St. Helen's Church.

Military Records

There are two names listed on plaques in Swinhope Church:

  1. Walter HACKFATH, died 22nd November 1915, son of Susan HACKFATH of Sixhills, Lincs. (his birth is registered as "HACKFORTH".
  2. Lieutenant Rupert Hildebrand ALLINGTON, died Sept. 1943. Believed to be the son of Admiral Arthur Hildebrand ALINGTON.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincoln county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Bradley Haverstoe Wapentake in the West Lindsey district and parts of Lindsey.
  • White's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places this parish, erroneously, in the East Lindsey division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and instead they hold periodic Parish Meetings of all the citizens to discuss civic and political issues.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



  Year Inhabitants
1801 84
1831 126
1851 128
1871 117
1881 140
1891 106
1911 84