The number and distribution of Swindales in Lincolnshire in the later 16th century suggest an initial settlement in the late 15th century or earlier. The spellings Swindayle and Swindaile amongst the early records clearly indicate how the name was pronounced and Swindale is as common as Swindall among later records.
Cheshire and Lincolnshire are on opposite sides of the country but it is only 92 kilometers from Stockport to Belton compared with 118 kilometers from Belton in the north of Lincolnshire to Gedney Hill in the extreme south-east of Lincolnshire.
There are no Swindales (etc) in the 1332 Lay Subsidy Roll. The nearest surname is Swinderby - but the absence of proof is no proof of absence.
In the 1841 census there are 1 Swindale, 8 Swindell - 1 family, 4 Swindall - 2 familes, 5 Swindle -2 families)
In the 1881 census there are 9 Swindale, 2 Swindell, 9 Swindells, 5 Swindle and 5 Swindell.
The map of Lincolnshire on the right shows parishes in red which have baptism, marriage or burial events listed in the indexes published by the Church of Latter Day Saints ('Family Search'). These parishes are listed on the Lincolnshire parish index page.
Isle of Axeholme
The survival of early parish registers allow us to
see John Swindall marrying Isabell Brigge in 1553 in
Amcott (Belton?), John Tebbe marrying Mary Swindell in
1572, again at Amcott (Belton?), and Charles Swindall
marrying Margaret in Epworth in 1570 and baptising
6 children up to 1589. Thus the Swindalls were
well-established in the Isle as early as the
William Swyndall died in Scawby in 1557. The inventory following his death showed him to have been a farmer and the value of his estate, £36 5s 8d, puts him in the top 15% for the period. Other inventories from this period and region which have survived show the Swindalls to have been middling peasant farmers.
However the name seems to have died out in this area by the early eighteenth century.
Two early marriages in the 1590s in Alford and Willoughby indicate that Swindales were established early in this area - possibly connected with slightly later settlement in Theddlethorpe.
Richard Swyndale, a cutler, settled at Boston in the middle of the 16th century, but the name did not persist
Langton by Wragby
The first baptisms here are in the 1590s and from here Swindales migrated to Moorby / Claxby Pluckacre and then to Sibsey/Frieston/Fishtoft before the name died out.
Theddlethorpe / Legbourne
Swindales had arrived in the Legbourne area by the mid 17th century since there were two baptisms in Louth in 1660 and 1686 and two in Legbourne in 1722. However the name did not become established till Thomas Swindale (married 1746). The parish registers for Legbourne only survive from 1711 but the Bishop's transcripts go back to 1562. The earliest baptisms are Mary and Nathaniel on the same daty in 1722 (BTs only).
The pattern of baptisms and marriages suggest an original settlement on the coast (Theddlethorpe) in the middle of the 16th century but there may have been a source at Horncastle.
John Swindale (1709-1755) of Cockerington, son of William Swindall of Manby, was a farmer of 9 acres when he died.
Once occupations are mentioned in the late 19th century all the Swindales appear to be farm workers apart from one, John, who was a weaver before, in old age, describing himself as the familiar "Ag Lab". (Another, Elias, was a railway plate layer)
Three possibly related Swindalls settled here at the end of the 17th century but left no descendants.
I have not yet found any indications of non-conformism in the Swindalls in Lincolnshire. However I have not specifically searched non-conformist records.
Swindale References in the Lincolnshire Archives