Swanton Novers

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Swanton Novers
St Edmund, Swanton Novers, Norfolk.jpg
St Edmund's Parish Church, Swanton Novers
Swanton Novers is located in Norfolk
Swanton Novers
Swanton Novers
Location within Norfolk
Area5.45 km2 (2.10 sq mi)
Population229 (2011 census)[1]
• Density42/km2 (110/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG016317
• London123 miles (198 km)
Civil parish
  • Swanton Novers
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR24
Dialling code01263
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°51′02″N 1°00′00″E / 52.85055°N 1.0001°E / 52.85055; 1.0001Coordinates: 52°51′02″N 1°00′00″E / 52.85055°N 1.0001°E / 52.85055; 1.0001

Swanton Novers is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[2] The village is 15.1 miles (24.3 km) west-south-west of Cromer, 23.1 miles (37.2 km) north-north-west of Norwich and 123 kilometres (76 mi) north-north-east of London. The village lies 6 miles (9.7 km) south-west of the town of Holt. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.


Swanton Novers has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086,[3] in which the village is recorded by the name Suanetuna. The main tenant was Bishop William. The survey also notes that there were 200 sheep. The name Suanetuna means 'town or settlement of the swine-herds'. The land was held by Milo de Nuiers in 1200. This name derives from Noyers-Bocage in Normandy.[4]

St Edmund's Church[edit]

St Edmund's parish church is a little remote from the village. The church has been heavily restored in recent times as it was in a very poor state of repair. The church's tower was rebuilt in 1821.[5] Much of the restoration work has been carried out using old building materials from the original church buildings which dates from Norman times.[6]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  2. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4.
  3. ^ The Domesday Book, England's Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde, Norfolk, page 195, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  4. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.456.
  5. ^ The Popular Guide to Norfolk Churches, 1: North-East Norfolk, by D.P. Mortlock & C.V. Roberts, 1981, Pub: Acorn Editions, page 20, Briston All Saints, ISBN 0-906554-04-7
  6. ^ Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson, Swanton Novers entry. ISBN 0-300-09607-0

External links[edit]

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