Swannington, Norfolk

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Swannington
St Margeret, Swannington, Norfolk - geograph.org.uk - 321311.jpg
St Margaret, Swannington
Swannington is located in Norfolk
Swannington
Swannington
Swannington shown within Norfolk
Area 5.90 km2 (2.28 sq mi)
Population 366 (2011)
• Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
OS grid reference TG134192
Civil parish
  • Swannington
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORWICH
Postcode district NR9
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
UK
England
Norfolk
52°43′44″N 1°09′33″E / 52.72884°N 1.15929°E / 52.72884; 1.15929Coordinates: 52°43′44″N 1°09′33″E / 52.72884°N 1.15929°E / 52.72884; 1.15929

Swannington is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Location[edit]

The village is located approximately 9 miles (14 km) north of Norwich between the villages of Taverham, Felthorpe, Brandiston and Cawston. It covers an area of 5.90 km2 (2.28 sq mi).

Population[edit]

Swannington had a population of 287 in 120 households at the 2001 census,[1] including Aldeford and increasing to a population of 366 in 149 households at the 2011 Census.[2] For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Broadland.

Buildings and amenities[edit]

As it is a very small village it has very few amenities. There is a farm butchery and garden centre/nursery. The parish church and children's play area complete the facilities.

The parish church of St Margaret has a massive west tower and an extension, built in 1980, on the north side. Features of interest include the 15th century chancel roof, the stained glass of the east window, the Purbeck marble font and a Norman pillar piscina.[3]

Tourism[edit]

A large house by the Swannington village sign

Visitors to the village may be confused by the split nature of the village, some may first arrive in Swannington (Upgate), a collection of larger houses around Upgate Common, but this is separated from the main village by a short stretch of farmland. Swannington itself is spread around a village green split by a small stream (or beck) on which can be found a former pump and the recent addition of a contemporary village sign.

The village holds an open gardens event every two years. Both are well attended and raise money for the church.

The village is crossed by the Norwich Fringe Project footpaths[4] and is within easy reach of Marriott's Way, a path on the former railway line running from Aylsham to Norwich.

RAF Swannington, a World War II air base, now dismantled, was constructed to the north of the village.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Simon Knott St Margaret, Swannington; Norfolk Churches
  4. ^ Norwich fringe project Retrieved 5 March 2009

External links[edit]

Media related to Swannington, Norfolk at Wikimedia Commons