Swainsthorpe shown within Norfolk
|Area||3.38 km2 (1.31 sq mi)|
|– density||107/km2 (280/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
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, the population reducing to 360 at the 2011 Census. The village had two Churches, St.Peter's and St. Mary's, the latter is now in ruins.
Facilities and amenities
St Peter's Church sits at the top of Church Road, the entrance to the village, and is one of 124 existing round-tower churches in Norfolk. It is part of the Tas Valley Team Ministry, alongside churches in Newton Flotman, Tasburgh, Tharston, Saxlingham and Shotesham. In 2012, an £80,000 project to re-order the nave and north aisle of the church, providing more space for community events, began.
Level crossing incidents
At 13.05 on Sunday 13th November, 2005, the 13.00 One Railways service from Norwich to Diss collided with a car, which according to witnesses, had positioned itself in the trains path. The driver was killed and the car broke into flames on impact. Nobody on board the train was killed. The level crossing was found to be in full working order.
At 6:22am on Thursday 1 March 2007, a One Railways service travelling from Colchester in Essex to Norwich, collided with a Vauxhall Astra on the crossing. One person in the car died. The train, however, remained upright, did not derail and there were no injuries on board.
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