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Swepstone Church Leicestershire.JPG
Saint Peter's Church, Swepstone
Swepstone is located in Leicestershire
 Swepstone shown within Leicestershire
Population 575 [1]
OS grid reference SK 37083 10771
   – London  172 km 
District North West Leicestershire
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE67
Dialling code 01530
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places

Coordinates: 52°41′36″N 1°27′18″W / 52.693292°N 1.45498°W / 52.693292; -1.45498

Swepstone is a village and civil parish in the North West Leicestershire district of Leicestershire, England, about five miles south of Ashby de la Zouch. The parish includes the villages of Swepstone and Newton Burgoland.[2][3]

The earliest documentation of the village is found in the Domesday Book where it appears as Scopestone.[4] Later documentary appearances are given as Swepeston from around 1130 to 1471, and Swepston from 1234.[5] The name is probably derived from the Old English personal name Sweppes, and the suffix tūn, meaning "Sweppi's farm or village".

Swepstone farmers regularly sold their cattle in local market towns. In 1597 three Swepstone farmers, Richard Dudley, William Chilwell and Thomas Burrows were called to give evidence in an archdeaconry court case. It is recorded that the three were drinking together in an alehouse near the market square while their beasts were tethered outside.[6]

Swepstone's only public house is The Odd House, which serves food.

Nearby, between Measham and Swepstone, UK Coal are extracting coal using open cast mining methods. Proposals to extend the mining area were being considered in 2013.


  1. ^ http://www.leics.gov.uk/swepstone-3.pdf
  2. ^ OS Explorer Map 245: The National Forest : (1:25 000) :ISBN 0 319 24028 2
  3. ^ Map Details retrieved 11 April 2013
  4. ^ G. Martin & A. Williams (2003) Domesday Book: A Complete Translation, Penguin Books Ltd., United Kingdom. ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  5. ^ Watts, Victor et al., (2004) The Cambridge Dictionary of Place Names, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-36209-1
  6. ^ elizabethi.org

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