Monument record MLI90333 - Settlement of Swarby


The settlement of Swarby is first mentioned in Domesday Book and survives to the present

Type and Period (1)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD to 2050 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Swarby is first mentioned in the Domesday Book. Land there was owned by Odo the Arblaster and Guy de Craon. The minimum population was 18 sokemen and 3 villeins. The third part of a church is also mentioned. {1} The placename 'Swarby' is of Old Norse and Old Danish origin and refers to the farmstead or village of Svarri. {2} The Lay Subsidy of 1334 lists the parish's wealth as £2 11s 6 1/2d, making it one of the poorest parishes in its wapentake (Aswardhurn). {3} The Diocesan Return of 1563 records 21 households in the parish. {4} By the late 17th/early 18th century there were 45 families resident in the parish, falling to c. 20. {5} By 1801 there were 108 people resident in the parish, rising to 208 in 1851 before falling again to 148 by 1901. {6} The landowners of Swaby from medieval times to the 19th century are discussed by Trollope and White. {7}{8}

Sources/Archives (8)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. 48/12; 57/33.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. p.121.
  •  Article in Serial: R.E. Glasscock. 1964. 'The Lay Subsidy of 1334 for Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire Architectural and Archaeological Society Reports and Papers. vol.10.2, p.123.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. p.190.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: R.E.G. Cole. 1913. Speculum Dioeceseos Lincolniensis sub Episcopis Gul: Wake et Edm: Gibson A.D.1705-1723. Part 1: Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow. p.123.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. p360.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Edward Trollope. 1872. Sleaford and the Wapentakes of Flaxwell and Aswardhurn in the County of Lincoln. pp.442-3.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William White. 1856. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire - Second Edition. p.550.



Grid reference Centred TF 04781 40575 (449m by 254m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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