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Swardeston

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"SWARDESTON, 4 miles S.S.W. of Norwich, is a pleasant village and parish, containing 359 souls, and about 900 acres of land, in two manors, called Swardeston and Gowthorpe. Hudson Gurney, Esq., is lord of the former, and the Rev. J.H. Steward of the latter; but part of the soil belongs to R.K. Long, Esq., J.T. and R.P. Kemp, Esqrs., and several smaller owners. Swardeston Rectory, built by the Hobart family, was mostly rebuilt some years ago, by its owner and occupant, J.T. Kemp, Esq., the impropriator. The Hall Farm, formerly a seat of the Berneys, is the tithe-free estate of the Rev. J.H. Steward, of East Carlton, the patron and incumbent of the vicarage, valued in the King's Book at £6, and augmented with £800 of Queen Anne's Bounty, in 1800 and 1819, and £200 given by J. Steward, Esq., in the latter year. The CHURCH (Virgin Mary,) is a neat edifice, . . . and contains memorials of the Marsh, Kemp, and Berney families. Mangreen Hall, now a farm-house, belongs to R.K. Long, Esq. "[William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Humbleyard, 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 Mary the Virgin.
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Church History

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Description and pictures.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Services, location, etc.
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Church Records

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

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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), Swardeston was in Henstead Registration District.

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

Swardeston is in Humbleyard Hundred.

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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG200026 (Lat/Lon: 52.576976, 1.245746), Swardeston which are provided by:

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Military Records

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Names, Personal

Cavell, Nurse Edith
See Norfolk People and Families
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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
18013153277
18114353258
18215261291
18317176371
184173--359
185171--381
Year  Inhabited
Houses
FamiliesPopulation
186176--385
18717879361
18818081339
18918585401
19018990378
1911--98418

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.

1901 Census
"Including Swardeston Common."