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St.Nicholas, Swaby - geograph.org.uk - 428345.jpg
St Nicholas' Church, Swaby
Swaby is located in Lincolnshire
 Swaby shown within Lincolnshire
Population 199 (2001)
OS grid reference TF387775
   – London 125 mi (201 km)  S
District East Lindsey
Shire county Lincolnshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Alford
Postcode district LN13
Police Lincolnshire
Fire Lincolnshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Louth and Horncastle
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Coordinates: 53°16′35″N 0°04′48″E / 53.276506°N 0.080018°E / 53.276506; 0.080018

Swaby is a civil parish and village in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England, situated about 8 miles (13 km) north from Spilsby, and 6 miles (9.7 km) north-west from Alford. Whitepit is a hamlet situated 0.5 miles (0.8 km) west of the village.


Swaby is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as consisting of 21 households, 20 acres (0.1 km2) of meadow, 600 acres (2 km2) of woodland and two mills.[1]

In 1934 a hoard of 178 silver denarii in a pot were found in the field called 'The Bog' at Swaby. Lincoln Museum acquired 162 of the coins, ranging from Marcus Antoninus and Nero to Hadrian. The remainder are in the British Museum.[2]

The parish church is a Grade II listed building dedicated to Saint Nicholas. It was built in 1828 of red brick and has a small bell turret.[3] Lucy Lyttelton Cameron, the children's author was buried here in 1858.[4] An earlier church, dedicated to Saint Margaret, was destroyed by Henry Vane of Belleau manor around 1658. The site of this church is now a cottage garden.[5]

Swaby CE School was built in 1857 as a National School; it closed in 1976.[6]

The small village hall[7] sits on the site of the old Wesleyan Methodist chapel. The chapel was built in 1839, altered in 1866, and became a free Methodist chapel in 1869.[8]

Site of Special Scientific Interest[edit]

There is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Swaby, noted under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The reason for the designation:

"This glacial overflow valley supports floristically diverse lime-rich marsh and unimproved chalk turf. The marsh borders a stream bisecting the valley floor and the interest of the glassland is increased by the terraced nature of the slopes."[9]


Population of Swaby Civil Parish
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001
Population[10] 197 200 302 396 391 474 414 364 305 274 255 211 206 162 199



  1. ^ "Swaby". Domesday Map. Anna Powell-Smith/University of Hull. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Silver Denarii". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "St Nicholas, Swaby". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Joanne Potier, ‘Cameron , Lucy Lyttelton (1781–1858)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 26 Aug 2014
  5. ^ "Pastscape". English Heritage. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Swaby CE School". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Jonathon Thacker. "Village Hall". 2010. Jonathon Thacker. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Methodist Chapel, Swaby". Pastscape. English Heritage. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Swaby SSSI". Natural England. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Vision of Britain". Retrieved 23 August 2011.