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St Mary and All Saints' Church, Swarby
Swarby is located in Lincolnshire
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF047406
• London100 mi (160 km) S
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSleaford
Postcode districtNG34
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°57′12″N 0°26′35″W / 52.953271°N 0.442943°W / 52.953271; -0.442943Coordinates: 52°57′12″N 0°26′35″W / 52.953271°N 0.442943°W / 52.953271; -0.442943

Swarby is a village and former civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England, approximately 3 miles (5 km) south-southwest of Sleaford, 900 yards (820 m) west of the A15 road and 1 mile (1.6 km) to the northwest of Aswarby. The village is part of the civil parish of Aswarby and Swarby which also includes the hamlet of Crofton.[1]

The village name is Scandinavian in origin, and comes from the Old Norse for a farmstead or village of a person named 'Svarri'.[2][3]

The parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary and All Saints and is a Grade II* listed building dating from the 13th century. It was restored in 1886 and the south aisle dates from the same time. The west tower is 15th-century. On the north wall of the chancel is a rectangular ashlar wall plaque to Anthony Williams who died in 1681.[4]

Swarby CE School was built in 1859, and closed in 1971.[5]

A tornado swept through the village on 28 June 2012. It uprooted many trees, lifted a trampoline hundreds of feet and caused a garage roof to collapse while removing tiles from houses.[6]

Notable people[edit]

The entertainer Joe Brown was born at Swarby on 13 May 1941.[7] Despite being referred to as a Cockney, Brown is a Lincolnshire Yellowbelly.


  1. ^ "Swarby CP". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Swarby", Key to English Place-names, University of Nottingham. Retrieved 7 February 2015
  3. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2011) [2003]. A Dictionary of British Place Names (revised ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 446. ISBN 978-0-19-960908-6.
  4. ^ Historic England. "St Mary and All Saints, Swarby (1147542)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Swarby CE School". Lincs to the Past. Lincolnshire Archives. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Breaking News: tornado hits Sleaford area", Sleaford Standard, 29 June 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2013
  7. ^ Eder, Bruce; "Joe Brown", AllMusic. Retrieved 7 February 2015

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