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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 CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishSwainswick St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBath 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.