"SWAFIELD, near the source of the river Ant, 2 miles N. of North Walsham, has in its parish 167 souls, and 817 acres of land, belonging to a number of proprietors, . . . About 200 acres belong to the Clergymen's Widows' Fund. The Church (St. Nicholas,) stands on a lofty eminence, . . . The living is a discharged rectory valued in the King's Book at £6, in the gift of the Queen, as Duchess of Lancaster, and incumbency of the Rev. John Colman. The tithes were commuted in 1842 for £220 per annum. The Church Land is 2½ acres." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



Rye, Walter
Copies of the Inscriptions in the Churches of Swafield and Edingthorpe, and the Churchyards of Edingthorpe, Acle, Stokesby, and Hoveton St John.
[The Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany, vol 2, part 2, Norwich, A.H. Goose, 1883]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Waxham, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1725-1812, Marriages 1725-1811 and Burials 1725-1811.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1869 (and for the censuses in 1851 and 1861), Swafield was in Tunstead and Happing Registration District.

This district was renamed on 1st January 1870 and, from then until 1930, Swafield was in Smallburgh Registration District for civil registration and for the censuses of 1871 to 1901.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Swafield is in Tunstead Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Tunstead Hundred
Description of Tunstead Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG287323 (Lat/Lon: 52.839225, 1.394918), Swafield which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law