Swanton Abbot Norfolk Family History Guide

Swanton Abbot is an Ancient Parish in the county of Norfolk.

Alternative names: Swanton Abbott

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Reform.

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Adjacent Parishes

  • Skeyton
  • North Walsham
  • Westwick
  • Scottow

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

SWANTON-ABBOTT (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk, 1 mile (N.) from Scottow; containing 501 inhabitants. It is on the road from Cromer to Norwich.

The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king’s books at £6. 10., and in the gift of the Rev. W. Jex Blake: the tithes have been commuted for £274. 11.; the glebe comprises 19½ acres. The church has a square embattled tower, and contains a brass with the effigy of Stephen Multon, rector in the 15th century, who was interred in the chancel.

There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

A fund arising from bequests is distributed among the poor, to whom, also, 50 acres were allotted at the inclosure for fuel.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records



  • County: Norfolk
  • Civil Registration District: Aylsham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich
  • Diocese: Norwich
  • Rural Deanery: Ingworth
  • Poor Law Union: Aylsham
  • Hundred: South Erpingham
  • Province: Canterbury

This article was updated on March 28, 2023