Monument record MLI83060 - Settlement of Swinderby


The settlement of Swinderby probably has its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period and survives to the present.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

62434 The settlement of Swinderby is first documented in the Domesday Book, and it was known at that time as Sunderby. There was sokeland recorded which belonged to a manor at Eagle, owned by Countess Judith. At that time there were 49 sokemen with 13 teams there. A smaller landholding belonging to Colegrim is also mentioned. {1} The name probably means 'the farmstead or village to the south (probably of Morton) from the Old Norse 'sundri' and the Old Danish 'by'. {2} A charter was granted in 1449 to Prior John of Jerusalem of Eagle Preceptory. It was held on Saturdays, originally in June and November-December, and later in August. {3} There were 30 households recorded in 1563. {4} Swinderby is one of a very small number of Lincolnshire parishes for which there exists a detailed and local 'census' at a date before the national censuses began in 1801. They occured in 1771, 1779, 1791 and 1798. They showed that there was considerable movement of population, comparable to other parts of the country. This was thought not to have been the case in Lincolnshire. {5} The population in 1801 was 254 and was 423 in 1901, peaking in 1861 at 572. {6} A pinfold was observed on the second edition OS map at (SK 8678 6306). {7}

Sources/Archives (7)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. lxxix; 56/16; 67/25.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1984. The Place-Names of Lincolnshire, Part 1. 1. page 121.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Graham Platts. 1985. Land and People in Medieval Lincolnshire. Appendix 1.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. page 189.
  •  Article in Serial: Mills, D. and Tinsley, R.. 1991. Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. Vol 26, pp.7-11.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. page 362.
  •  Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-06. 25 Inch County Series Map - Second Edition. 1:2500.



Grid reference Centred SK 8672 6295 (804m by 744m)

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Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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