Swanton Morley


"SWANTON-MORLEY is a considerable village of detached houses, nearly 4 miles N.E. of East Dereham, comprising in its parish 779 inhabitants, and 2,649A. 13P. of land, belonging to a number of proprietors, the largest of whom is Edward Lombe, Esq., the lord of the manor, which is on fine arbitrary, and has a court baron in Nov. The ancient lords were the Beaufoes, Morles, and Parkers. The CHURCH (All Saints) stands on an eminence,  . . . The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £15. 10s. 2d., is consolidated with Worthing, in the gift of E. Lombe, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Tacey. The joint rectories were valued in 1831, at £922 per annum. Thomas Barret bequeathed, many years ago, a yearly rent-charge of £24, for repairing the church and relieving the poor. The Wesleyans have a small chapel here." [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]



  • 1841-1891
    Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
    The Parish of Swanton Morley, Norfolk: Indexes from the Census Returns, 1841-1891.
    [Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 1994]
  • 1891: Surname List

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Brisley, 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 All Saints.

Church History

Usher, Robert Neave
Swanton Morley Church (All Saints): its history and interest as an example of a fine 14th century church: with special reference to the connection of the church with the ancestors of Abraham Lincoln.
[Norwich, Soman-Wherry, 1945]
Swanton Morley Methodist Chapel
Swanton Morley Methodist Chapel, 1868-1968: centenary booklet, containing brief historical notes and a programme of services and special events.
[Swanton Morley, The Church, 1968]

Church Records

Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
The Parish Registers of All Saints' Church, Swanton Morley.
- Baptisms: 1784-1837, 1838-1891.
- Marriages: 1755-1837 (incl. Banns 1782-1823), 1837-1891.
- Burials: 1784-1837, 1838-1891, 1892-1988.
[Mid-Norfolk Family History Society, 7 volumes, c1993]
Parish Register Transcripts
Bishops Transcripts
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Swanton Morley was in Mitford and Launditch Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Swanton Morley is in Launditch Hundred.

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

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



Pulling, M
A History of Swanton Morley.
[The Author, 1969]

Land & Property

Great Britain: Statute
Swanton Morley and Worthing Inclosure Act, 1755.
An act for dividing and inclosing the common fields and certain lands lying dispersed in the half year closes belonging to the manor of Swanton with Worthing, within the parishes of Swanton Morley and Worthing in the county of Norfolk, and for extinguishing the several rights of common and sheep walk over the said fields and half year closes, and over certain lands called the brecks, lying within the said manor and parishes.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG014162 (Lat/Lon: 52.706295, 0.978984), Swanton Morley which are provided by:


Names, Personal


Poor Houses, Poor Law


Social Life & Customs

Rayner, Daisy (edited by Susan Palmer)
Our knickers were interesting: a Norfolk village childhood.
(Early 20th century in Swanton Morley).
[ISBN 0951541609, Dereham, c1989]