Swineshead  Lincolnshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Swineshead like this:

SWINESHEAD, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Boston district, Lincoln. The town stands 2 miles S of the Boston and Sleaford railway, and 6 WSW of Boston; was known to the Saxons as Swinesaefed; had a Cistertian abbey, founded in 1134, by R. de Greslei; was the first resting-place of King John, after his narrow escape from destruction in the Wash; stood long in navigable communication with the sea; was, till recently, a market-town; and has a post-office‡ under Spalding, a r. ...

station, and a fair on 2 Oct. The parish comprises 6,100 acres. Real property, £20,289; of which £50 are in gasworks. Pop., 1,903. houses, 438. A Danish camp is about ¼ of a mile NW of the town. Many ancient coins have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £240.* Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is decorated and later English, with a chancel of 1847; and has a tower and lofty spire. The p. curacy of Chapel hill is a separate benefice. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, an endowed school with £172 a year, and charities £365.—The sub-district contains three parishes, parts of two other s, and eight extra-parochial tracts. Pop., 5,583. houses, 1,146.

Swineshead through time

Swineshead is now part of Boston district. Click here for graphs and data of how Boston has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Swineshead itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Swineshead, in Boston and Lincolnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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