"SWALLOWFIELD, a parish in the hundreds of Charlton and Amesbury, county Berks, formerly in Wilts, 5 miles S.E. of Reading, and 5 S.W. of Wokingham. The village, which is considerable, is situated at the confluence of the river Blackwater with the Loddon. The principal residence is Swallowfield Place, where Lord Chancellor Clarendon, after his retirement from office, wrote "The History of the Rebellion." The Bramshill hounds meet here. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Oxford, value £180, in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The church is dedicated to All Saints. The parochial charities produce about £8 per annum. A fair is held on the 9th June."
From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland(1868). Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003.
Other descriptions can be found from other periods in various trade directories covering Berkshire from the early 19th century onwards and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.