"SWETTENHAM, a parish in the hundred of NORTHWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Kermincham and Swettenham, and containing 435 inhabitants, of which number, 259 are in the township of Swettenham, 5 miles (N. W.) from Congleton. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £5. 1. 3., and in the patronage of the Rev. J. D'Arcey. The church is a brick structure, with a tower, forming a conspicuous object in the romantic scenery on the banks of the Dane." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Swettenham, also a township in Swettenham ancient parish, Northwich hundred (SJ 8068), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The population of Swettenham was 237 in 1801, 200 in 1851, 186 in 1901, 321 in 1951, and 248 in 2001.

Civil Registration

  • Congleton (1837-1937)
  • Crewe (1937-74)
  • Congleton & Crewe (1974-88)
  • South Cheshire (1988-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Northwich (1828-99)
  • Middlewich & Sandbach (1899-1907)
  • Congleton (County) (1907-67)
  • South East Cheshire (1967-74)
  • Congleton (1974-92)
  • South Cheshire (1992+)

Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"SWETTENHAM, a parish in the hundred of Northwich, county Chester, 5 miles N.W. of Congleton, its post town, and 3 from Holmes Chapel railway station. The village is situated on the river Dane. The parish includes the townships of Kermincham and Swettenham. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Chester, value £255. The church is old. The parochial charities produce about £18 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes, built in 1840. The principal residence is Swettenham Hall. T. J. W. Swettenham, Esq., is lord of the manor."

"KERMINCHAM, a township in the parish of Swettenham, hundred of Northwich, county Chester, 5 miles N.W. of Congleton. It is situated near the river Dane and Manchester railway. Kermincham Lodge is the principal residence."


Historical Geography

Places associated with Swettenham ancient parish with separate pages


  • 1936 April 1 — Gained the whole of Kermincham (1232 acres, pop. 129 in 1931)

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



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Politics & Government

  • Congleton Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Congleton Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Congleton (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Congleton

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1974)