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Swannington

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"SWANNINGTON, a parish and scattered village, 3½ miles S.S.E. of Reepham, and 9 miles N.W. by W. of Norwich, has 358 inhabitants, and 1281 acres of land, exclusive of 100A. of common. J.C.B. Ogilvie, Esq., of London, owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, (fine arbitrary.) The Lawn, a neat mansion, . . . the seat of E. Bartell, Esq...The Church, (St. Margaret,) is a rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6. 5s. 11d., and consolidated with the vicarage of Wood Dalling, in the patronage of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and incumbency of the Rev. Fredk. Hildyard, M.A., who has here a neat residence; 13A. of glebe, and a yearly rent of £408, awarded in 1841, in lieu of tithes." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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The name may also be spelled Swanington.

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Cemeteries

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Memorial Inscriptions of the Church and Churchyard of St Margaret, Swannington.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 2009]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries

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Church Directories

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

Wortley, John Dixon
Swanningon: its church, rectors and history.
[Norwich, 1927]
Church of St Margaret
Description and picture.
Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Description and pictures.
Church of St Margaret
Services, etc.
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Church Records

Marriages
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Swannington was in St Faith's Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description & Travel

Swannington News
News, events, newsletter, parish council, etc.
Swannington
History, church, school, maps, pictures, etc.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Swannington is in Eynsford Hundred.

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

You can see the administrative areas in which Swannington 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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Land & Property

Inclosure
See Brandiston
Kelly, Geoffrey Ian
Swannington Hall: A history.
[Typescript in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1988]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG135190 (Lat/Lon: 52.726884, 1.159829), Swannington which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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Population

These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
18016264299
18117171337
18214773365
18314773370
184176--358
185185--395
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186184--385
18718183326
18818383326
18917979330
19017676315
1911--75322

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1861 Census
"ST. FAITHS. The decrease of population in most of the parishes comprised in the District of St. Faiths is attributed to the migration of labourers and their families to the manufacturing districts."
1901 Census
"Including Upgate."
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Schools

Swannington School
Description, pictures, etc.