Swanmore

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Coordinates: 50°56′32″N 1°10′46″W / 50.942257°N 1.179353°W / 50.942257; -1.179353

Swanmore
Swanmore is located in Hampshire
Swanmore
Swanmore
 Swanmore shown within Hampshire
Population 2,871 [1]
OS grid reference SU576162
Civil parish Swanmore
District City of Winchester
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Southampton
Postcode district SO32
Dialling code 01489
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Meon Valley
Website http://www.swanmore.hampshire.org.uk/ Swanmore Parish Council
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Swanmore is a small rural village and civil parish situated in the Meon Valley, Hampshire, England. It is very near to Bishop's Waltham.

Swanmore was originally set up to provide homes for workers in local brickworks. As such, the houses in the village are mainly early- and mid-Victorian brick buildings, although there are some older houses, especially in the hamlet of Upper Swanmore 1/4 mile north of the main village. The village continued to thrive after the closure of these brickworks, and at one time had many shops and services in the village, however many of these closed with the advent of easier transport to nearby towns, but Swanmore does still boast a village shop, post office, butcher and hairdresser. Swanmore is notable for the high occurrence of pampas grass on display in residents' gardens.

Hill Place is a grade II listed[2] Georgian country villa located in the parish.

Churches[edit]

The church, St Barnabas, was built when the village gained independence in the 19th century, whereas before it was part of the parish of Droxford[citation needed]. With its independence Swanmore gained its own resident priest and parsonage. As well as St Barnabas, Swanmore has a Methodist chapel which was built in 1863[citation needed].

The Paterson centre, which was built to replace the old parish room, was built in the late 1980s and named after retired Swanmore vicar Rev. Ron Paterson and in remembrance of the three members of his family who died while he was serving the parish.

Education[edit]

Swanmore houses the schools Swanmore Primary School (a Church of England aided school) and Swanmore College which is the secondary school for neighbouring towns and villages. The nearest major town is Fareham, six miles south. Swanmore also has two pre-schools, Swanmore Pre-School and the Greenery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish Headcounts, Area: Swanmore CP". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  2. ^ "British Listed Buildings". Retrieved 2011-03-14. 

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