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Swainsthorpe is located in Norfolk
 Swainsthorpe shown within Norfolk
Area  3.38 km2 (1.31 sq mi)
Population 374 
   – density  111/km2 (290/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG219009
Civil parish Swainsthorpe
District South Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR14
Dialling code 01508
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°33′40″N 1°16′23″E / 52.56117°N 1.27304°E / 52.56117; 1.27304

St. Peter's Church

Swainsthorpe is a village in the English County of Norfolk in England. It lies on the A140 road, approximately 5 miles south of Norwich, and just north of Newton Flotman. It covers an area of 3.38 km2 (1.31 sq mi) and had a population of 374 in 159 households at the 2001 census.[1]

Facilities and amenities[edit]

Swainsthorpe's church, St Peter's, is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk.[2] It is part of the Tas Valley Team Ministry, alongside churches in Newton Flotman, Tasburgh, Tharston, Saxlingham and Shotesham.[3]

Children of primary school age living in the village usually attend school in nearby Newton Flotman, while the nearest secondary school is Long Stratton High School.

The village has a public house, which was formerly known as "The Dun Cow", before reopening under a new management and a new name, "Sugarbeet", in July 2014.[4]

Bus services operated by First in Norfolk & Suffolk and Simonds of Botesdale, provide regular transport links to Norwich and Long Stratton.

Railway station[edit]

Swainsthorpe railway station on the Great Eastern Railway, which was the first station south of the Norwich terminus at Norwich Victoria railway station, was closed in 1952.

Level crossing accident[edit]

At 6:22am on Thursday 1 March 2007, a One Railway service travelling from Colchester in Essex to Norwich, collided with a Vauxhall Astra at the level crossing at Swainsthorpe. One person in the car died. The train, however, remained upright, did not derail and there were no injuries on board.[5]



  1. ^ "Swainsthorpe parish information". South Norfolk Council. 4 January 2006. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Swainsthorpe, St. Peter". RoundTowerChurches. Retrieved 2007-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Tas Valley Team Ministry website - 'what we do' page". Tas Valley Team Ministry. Tas Valley Team Ministry. 
  4. ^ "EDP24 article Sugarbeet Swainsthorpe". edp24.co.uk. Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Archant Regional Ltd (2007). "Motorist dies in train crash". EADT24 Suffolk and Essex Online. Retrieved 2007-04-21. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Swainsthorpe at Wikimedia Commons