This page uses content from Wikipedia and is licensed under CC BY-SA.


St Mary's church - - 1353225.jpg
St Mary's church, Swardeston
Swardeston is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi)
• Density157/km2 (410/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG202028
Civil parish
  • Swardeston
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORWICH
Postcode districtNR14
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°34′44″N 1°14′59″E / 52.57879°N 1.24985°E / 52.57879; 1.24985

Swardeston is a village four miles (6 km) south of Norwich in Norfolk, England, on high ground above the Tas valley. It covers an area of 3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi)[1] and had a population of 540 in 246 households at the 2001 census,[2] the population increasing at the 2011 census to 619.[3]


One of the earliest mentions of this place is in the Domesday book where it is mentioned amongst the lands given to Roger Bigod[4] by the King. The manor given to Roger[5] included 45 acres (180,000 m2) of land and 2 acres (8,100 m2) of meadow.

Its church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, has a 15th-century tower, but two arched windows indicate that its origins are Saxon and Norman.

Notable residents

Swardeston is the birthplace of Edith Cavell, whose father, the Reverend Frederick Cavell, was vicar for 45 years.


Swardeston's cricket team were the 2007 champions of the Gibbs Denley ECB East Anglian Premier League.[6] Norwich CEYMS of the Anglian Combination also play in the village.


  1. ^ "Swardeston parish information". South Norfolk Council. 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council, 2001. Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  4. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. p. 1110 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  5. ^ Roger Bigod held a number of manors including a massive number in Suffolk and here in Norfolk given to him by the King. These included obviously Swardeston, but also included Swainsthorpe, Ketteringham and Colney
  6. ^ Swardeston cricket team Archived 2012-07-16 at

External links

Media related to Swardeston at Wikimedia Commons