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WELCOME TO HEMSWELL

The name Hemswell comes from the Old English Helm+wella for "spring or stream of a man called Helm". The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Helmeswella. The name is recorded in some records as Elmswell.
A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991.

The ancient Roman Road from Lincoln City to the Humber, Ermine Street, forms the eastern boundary of the parish and runs through the hamlet of Spital.

Hemswell is both a parish and a village lying in a valley about 8 miles east of Gainsborough and 9 miles north of Lincoln. The parish itself is bordered on the north by Willoughton parish, to the west by Corringham parish and to the south by Harpswell Parish. The parish covers about 2,660 acres.

Hemswell village sits just off the main roads. The small hamlet of Spital (or Spital-in-the-Street) is 3 miles southeast and has its western part within Hemswell parish. Spital is divided by the A15 and A631 trunk roads. Hemswell has a chalybeate spring on the northeast side of the village, which gave its name to the whole parish. The ancient Roman Road from Lincoln City to the Humber, Ermine Street, forms the eastern boundary of the parish and runs through the hamlet of Spital.

If you are planning a visit the village can be accessed off the A631 trunk road east of Gainsborough. Turn north at the B1398 and go almost a mile and the village will be on your left.
A statue fair or hiring fair was held at Spital on each May Day and the village still celebrates May Day with Maypole Dancing and a fete.