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  • The parish was in the Alfreton sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1891 R.G. 12 / 2749


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.

  • The church was built in 1859-60.

  • The eclesiastical parish was established in 1861.

  • The church seats 450.

  • Mike BARDILL provides a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1861.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.

  • The Baptists had a chapel built here before 1868.

  • David BEVIS provides a photograph of the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2009.

  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built here before 1891.

  • David BEVIS also has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2009.

  • The Free Methodists had a chapel built here before 1891.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Alfreton sub-district of the Belper Registration />

Description and Travel

"SWANWICK is a hamlet, in the parish of Alfreton, about a mile and a half S.W. from that town. There are places of worship for baptists and Wesleyan methodists, and a free-school, erected and endowed in 1740 by Mrs. Elizabeth Turner. Population returned with the parish."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The name is pronounced "Swon-nick." The parish covers 965 acres.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Swanwick has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • In the 1800s, much of the parish was pasturage.

Military History

  • Swanwick Hayes, now a conference center, served as a prisoner of war camp for both German and Italian prisoners during World War II.

Military Records

There are two Commonwealth War Graves for World War I and two for World War II in St. Andrew's churchyard:

  1. F. CHALLONER, priv., 4th Btn. Durham Light Inf., age 39, died 16 June 1918. Son of Matthew Ward and Mary CHALLONER.
  2. Albert WAGER, priv., 2nd Btn. Grenadier Guards, age 35, 24 Sept. 1916. Husband of Martha Elizabeth WAGER of Swanwick.
  3. Frederick TAYLOR, srgt., Pioneer Corps, age 45, died 25 Oct. 1942. Husband of Ethel TAYLOR of Somercoates.
  4. James WEBSTER, priv., 10th Btn. Sherwood Foresters, died 26 Sept. 1940.

Politics and Government

  • There is no evidence that this place was ever an ancient parish. It appers to have been only an ecclesiastical parish of the Anglican church. It became a modern Civil Parish some time in the 1900s.

  • This place was partly in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • You may contact the Swanwick Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Belper Poorlaw Union.