Swanton Abbott


"SWANTON ABBOTT, a large scattered village, 2½ miles S.S.W. of North Walsham, and 12 miles N. by E. of Norwich, is partly occupied by weavers, and has in its parish 501 souls, and 1103A.2R.8P., of which only 946 acres are assessable.The Church (St. Michael,) is a neat structure, containing several handsome mural monuments to the Blake family, and a fine brass of the Rev. Stephen Multon, who died in 1477. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £6.10s., is in the gift of the Rev. Wm. Jex Blake, and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Evans, of Lyng. The tithes were commuted in 1841 for £275 per annum.Here is a Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1829.Ann Steward, in 1732, left a pightle of land for the relief of poor widows. " [William White History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Richard Johns]


It may also be spelled as Swanton Abbot, with one "t".


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Ingworth, 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 Michael.

Civil Registration

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

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Historical Geography

Swanton Abbott is in South Erpingham Hundred.

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

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


Land & Property

Great Britain. Inclosure Commissioners
Statement of Claims (72): Swanton Abbot.
Drawn up in pursuance of the Act of Inclosure, 1809.
See Buxton.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG265256 (Lat/Lon: 52.780132, 1.356467), Swanton Abbott which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After 1834 Swanton Abbott became part of the Aylsham Union, and the workhouses were at Buxton and Oulton. These were replaced by a new workhouse at Aylsham in 1849.
  • Buxton and other parishes poor relief and employment act, 1806.
    See Brampton.


Swanton Abbott School
Swanton Abbott school, 1876-1976: 100 years of learning and teaching.
[Typescript in Norwich Norfolk Studies Library, 1977]