Swallowfield, Berkshire Family History Guide

Status: Chapelry in Shinfield Ancient Parish, in the county of Berkshire

Other places in the parish include: East Swallowfield, Farley, West Swallowfield

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1636
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Swallowfield

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SWALLOWFIELD, a parish, with a village, in Wokingham district, Berks; on the river Blackwater, 3¾ miles E of Mortimer r. station, and 6 S by E of Reading. It has a post-office under Reading, and a fair on 9 June. Acres, 3,712. Real property, £6,345. Pop. 1,265. Houses, 266. The manor belongs to H. L. Hunter, Esq. S. Park is the seat of Sir Russell, Bart.; and was the place where Clarendon wrote his "History." Farley-Hill Castle, Farley-Hill House, and Wyvols Court also are good residences. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £180. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Hereford. The church is ancient but good. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel, a parochial school, and charities £8.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Swallowfield, 5 miles S. Reading. P. 1134

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Clark Henry, Swallowfields, Wiltshire, grocer and baker, Nov. 19, 1822.

Parish Records

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County: Berkshire
Civil Registration District: Wokingham
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire
Diocese: Pre-1836 - Salisbury, Post-1835 - Oxford
Rural Deanery: Reading
Poor Law Union: Wokingham
Hundred: Charlton; Reading
Province: Canterbury