Swainswick, Somerset

Historical Description

Swainswick, a parish, with a village, in Somerset, 8 miles NNE of Bath station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Bath; money order and telegraph office, Bath. Acreage, 835; population, 629. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor-house was the birthplace of Prynne, whose ears were cut off by Laud. Solsbury British camp, 600 feet above sea-level, is near the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £250 with residence. Patron, Oriel College, Oxford. The church is Norman and good.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Somersetshire
Ecclesiastical parish Swainswick St. Mary
Hundred Bath-Forum
Poor Law union Bath

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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