Swardeston

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Swardeston
St Mary's church - geograph.org.uk - 1353225.jpg
St Mary's church, Swardeston
Swardeston is located in Norfolk
Swardeston
Swardeston
 Swardeston shown within Norfolk
Area  3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi)
Population 540 
   – density  137/km2 (350/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG202028
Civil parish Swardeston
District South Norfolk
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR14
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk

Coordinates: 52°34′44″N 1°14′59″E / 52.57879°N 1.24985°E / 52.57879; 1.24985

Swardeston is a village four miles (6 km) south of Norwich in Norfolk, England, on high ground above the Tas valley. It covers an area of 3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi)[1] and had a population of 540 in 246 households at the 2001 census.[2]

History[edit]

One of the earliest mentions of this place is in the Domesday book where it is mentioned amongst the lands given to Roger Bigod[3] by the King. The manor given to Roger[4] included 45 acres (180,000 m2) of land and 2 acres (8,100 m2) of meadow.

Its church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, has a 15th-century tower, but two arched windows indicate that its origins are Saxon and Norman.

Notable residents[edit]

Swardeston is the birthplace of Edith Cavell, whose father, the Reverend Frederick Cavell, was vicar for 45 years.

Sport[edit]

Swardeston's cricket team were the 2007 champions of the Gibbs Denley ECB East Anglian Premier League.[5] Norwich CEYMS of the Anglian Combination also play in the village.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Swardeston parish information". South Norfolk Council. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council, 2001. Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes.
  3. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. p. 1110 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  4. ^ Roger Bigod held a number of manors including a massive number in Suffolk and here in Norfolk given to him by the King. These included obviously Swardeston, but also included Swainsthorpe, Ketteringham and Colney
  5. ^ Swardeston cricket team

External links[edit]

Media related to Swardeston at Wikimedia Commons