St Margaret, Swannington
|Area||5.90 km2 (2.28 sq mi)|
|• Density||62/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
The villages name means 'Farm/settlement connected with Swan'.
Swannington had a population of 287 in 120 households at the 2001 census, including Alderford and increasing to a population of 366 in 149 households at the 2011 Census. For the purposes of local government, it falls within the district of Broadland.
Buildings and amenities
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.
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.
- Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Retrieved 20 June 2009.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- Simon Knott St Margaret, Swannington; Norfolk Churches
- Norwich fringe project Retrieved 5 March 2009
Media related to Swannington, Norfolk at Wikimedia Commons