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Norfolk: Swainsthorpe

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Swainsthorpe is about 5 miles S. of Norwich.


See Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

Church Directories

Church History

Church of St Peter
Minister, services, description, history, pictures, etc.
Church of St Peter
Description and pictures.
Church of St Peter
Services, etc.

Church Records

These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
They are not included in Phillimore's Marriage Registers.
Ellwood, C.A.
Churchwardens' Accounts. Swainsthorpe.
Excerpts from Swainsthorpe Town Books (1783-1805, 1805-1831) and Overseers' Book (1831-1835).
[Photocopy in Norwich Local Studies Library, 1960s]
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Swainsthorpe was in Henstead Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

Description and Travel

Swainsthorpe Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, etc.
See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel


See also Norfolk Parish Links: Directories

Historical Geography

Swainsthorpe is in Humbleyard Hundred.
Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Humbleyard Hundred
Description of Humbleyard Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

Land and Property

See Norfolk Parish Links: Land and Property


Modern and Historical Maps
Maps of the parish.

Military Records

See Norfolk Parish Links: Military Records

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc

After 1834 Swainsthorpe became part of the Henstead Union, and the workhouse was in this parish.

Henstead Union
Parishes in the union, their arrangements for the poor before 1834, etc.
Henstead Union and Workhouse
Description from White's Directory of Norfolk, 1845.
Henstead Union and Workhouse
Description and pictures.


These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

Year   Inhabited
Families Population
Year   Inhabited
Families Population

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1841 and 1851 Censuses
"The Return for Swainsthorpe Parish includes 93 persons in 1841, and 109 in 1851, in the Henstead and Humbleyard Union Workhouse."
1901 Census
"A considerable proportion of the population of Swainsthorpe Civil Parish was enumerated in the Henstead Union Workhouse."
1911 Census
Out of the population of 284, 106 were in the workhouse.

Voting Registers

See Norfolk Parish Links: Voting Registers

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December 2008