Monument record MLI98568 - The settlement of Aswardby


The settlement of Aswardby was probably established in the tenth or eleventh century and survives to the present.

Type and Period (3)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD? to 2050 AD)
  • (Undated)
  • ? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Aswardby is not in the Domesday book and the earliest documentary reference to the parish is in 1195. Nevertheless the name of the village is Scandinavian and comes from the Old Danish meaning 'Aswarth's farmstead or village', and it is likely that a small village existed at the time of the Norman conquest. {1} In the Middle Ages the village was returned in tax documents with Harrington and it is not possible to disentangle the two. In 1334 Aswardby and Harrington had a value of £1 15s.4¾d. in the Lay Subsidy returns, which is a little more than the average for the wapentake. {2} In the Poll Tax returns of 1377 there are 63 tax payers in Aswardby and Harrington. {3} In 1563 there was a population of 18 households in the village. {4} By the early eighteenth century there were 12 families recorded by the incumbent in 1705 although this had fallen to seven families and four poor widows by 1723. {5} By 1801 the population was 59 and in 1811, 54 which would suggest that it was about the same size as it had been in the early eighteenth century. The population had risen to 91 by 1841 but had dropped again to about 60 or 70 by the end of the nineteenth century. {6} There are linear boundaries, enclosures and ditches visible as cropmarks and earthworks in aerial photographs within Aswardby Park to the south of the hamlet that are probably the remains of medieval settlement in this area. {7}

Sources/Archives (7)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. p.5.
  •  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.130.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Graham Platts. 1985. Land and People in Medieval Lincolnshire. App.2, p.307.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. p.194.
  •  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.7.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. p.370.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. TF3770: LI29.1.



Grid reference Centred TF 3765 7023 (514m by 735m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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