SWANINGTON is a parish and scattered village 10 miles north-west from Norwich, 3½ south fom Cawston station on the East Norfolk branch of the Great Eastern railway, 7 south-west from Aylsham. and 12 north-east from East Dereham, in the Northern division of the county, Eynsford hundred, St. Faith's union, Aylsham county court district, rural deanery of Sparham, archdeaconry and diocese of Norwich. The church of St. Margaret, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, has chancel, nave, south porch, with square western tower containing 3 bells. The register dates from the year 1538. The living is a rectory, tithes commuted at £408 7s. yearly, with 13 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Master and fellows of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and held since 1841 by the Rev. Frederick Hildyard M.A. late fellow and tutor of that college. Here is a Primitive methodist chapel. The charities amount to £17 yearly. The notorious Kett, after his unsuccesful rebellion, was taken prisoner in this parish. The Lawn, the seat of John F. Rogers esq. is a picturesque mansion, nearly surounded by trees and containing many beautiful specimens of ancient oak carvings, tapestry and stained windows. Mrs. Hastings Parker, who is lady of the manor, E. Fellows esq. J. F. Rogers esq. and the Rev. Frederick Hildyard M.A. are the principal landowners. The soil is sand and loam; subsoi, clay and gravel. The area, including common is 1,433 acres; rateable value, £1,814; the population in 1881 was 326.
POST OFFICE, near Alderford bridge.Robert Munford, receiver. Letters through Nowich; delivery commences at 7 a.m.; dispatched 5 p.m. daily, sundays includred. Reepham is the nearest money order & telegraph office
National School (mixed), Miss Alice Atkinson, mistress
CARRIER TO NORWICH.Geo, Munford's van, wed. & sat.
1891 Census Names Index
White's 1845 and White's 1883 [GENUKI-NFK]
Swannington Archeology [Norfolk Heritage Explorer]
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