Aswarby and Swarby

Aswarby and Swarby is a civil parish in the North Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. Aswarby (pronounced locally as "as-r-bee") is the ecclesiastical parish formed in 1850 from the two ancient parishes of Asarby and Swarby. The civil parish of Asarby and Swarby also includes Crofton.[2] The parish therefore consists of both Aswarby and Swarby.

Aswarby and Swarby
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Road leading into Swarby
Aswarby and Swarby is located in Lincolnshire
Aswarby and Swarby
Aswarby and Swarby
Location within Lincolnshire
Population237 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTF055408
• London100 mi (160 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSleaford
Postcode districtNG34
Dialling code01529
AmbulanceEast Midlands
List of places
52°57′N 0°25′W / 52.95°N 0.42°W / 52.95; -0.42Coordinates: 52°57′N 0°25′W / 52.95°N 0.42°W / 52.95; -0.42

The village of Aswarby and Swarby lies 3.5 miles (6 km) from Sleaford, the closest town to it, and 14 miles (23 km) from Grantham. The nearest station to Aswarby and Swarby is that of Rauceby, approximately 8 miles (13 km) north from the village.

Aswarby should not be confused with Aswardby, which is also in Lincolnshire, but about 35 miles (56 km) North-East of Aswarby.

Aswarby (St. Denis), is a parish in the union of Sleaford, wapentake of Aswardhurn, parts of Kesteven, county of Lincoln, 4 miles (N. by W.) from Folkingham.[3]


The names Aswarby and Swarby directly translate to two previous farm owners within each area. The letters 'by' translate to a farmstead or village with the letters preceding relating to the specific person's name. Aswarby originally meant 'Asvarth's farm/settlement' and Swarby 'Svarri's farm/settlement'.[4]

Aswarby and Swarby is recorded once in the 1986 BBC Domesday Reloaded, a forum-style local history website where members of the public uploaded their individual and personal views. Anonymous contributors described the parish as "two small villages east and west of the Sleaford/Bourne road." Aswarby is described as an "estate village with areas of natural beauty, daffodils and grass and where sheep and cattle regularly graze." Swarby is described as having few new houses. The population of both villages are probably half land workers with the remainder commuting to Sleaford or Grantham. Within Domesday Reloaded, a personal opinion states: "although a daily bus service runs, without private transport you are somewhat isolated."[5]


The village lies within the Sleaford and North Hykeham constituency. It is also within the Sleaford Rural South electoral division of North Kesteven County Council.[6]


The first recorded census data available for Aswarby and Swarby is the 1921 Census, which recorded the population as 233. In 1931 the population had reduced by 32 to 201, followed by further reduction in 1951 to 188, and 1961 to 163.[7] By 2011 the population had increased to its highest recorded, with a total of 237.[1] Out of the 237 people recorded in the census 98.7% described themselves as White British.[1] Out of the 237 people living in the Parish there was only one noted religion followed, Christianity at 75.9%, with 19% saying they followed no religion while 5.1% chose not to state their religion.[1]


The Tally Ho InnEdit

The Tally Ho Inn is a place of interest that lies in Aswarby, a mile from Swarby. Believed to have been built in the 1750s it was originally a working farm, with the conversion from farm to inn occurring by 1889. The Tally Ho Inn is the only pub/restaurant in the county of Lincolnshire to be listed in the Egon Ronay Guide 2006 that particularly commends the policy of sourcing produce locally.[8]

Aswarby ParkEdit

Aswarby Park is a conservation area incorporating parkland from the former Aswarby House as well as a number of residential properties on Wood Lane and Main Street. The conservation area covers a total of 77.18 hectares.[9] The park was improved and expanded in the 19th century and the village of Aswarby was moved to make way for it; the original position is about 500 yards to the south-west of the present village.[10] The park has much natural beauty including many fine mature oak trees.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "Aswarby and Swarby Parish - Local Area Report". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Aswarby with Swarby, Lincolnshire | Learn". 23 July 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Astrop - Auckland, Bishop | A Topographical Dictionary of England (pp. 108-112)". 6 June 2003. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Key to English Place-names". Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Domesday Reloaded: ASWARBY & SWARBY". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Back Lane, Aswarby and Swarby, Lincolnshire Map and local information - the British Streets website". Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Aswarby and Swarby CP through time | Census tables with data for the Parish-level Unit". Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Fine Pub Food in Sleaford, Lincolnshire". The Tally Ho Inn. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Aswarby - Lincolnshire Heritage at Risk". Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Aswarby Park, Aswarby". Lincs to the Past. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  11. ^ "A guide to Aswarby, Lincolnshire. Aswarby tourist information, local contacts, attractions and reviews". Retrieved 13 May 2013.