Key Dates in the History of Swanbourne

Key dates in the History of Swanbourne  A summary agreed by The Swanbourne History Group, containing links to relevant articles within the Website   792         First mention of ‘Suanaburna’ in a document relating to King Offa’s grant of land to St Albans. 1066         Norman Conquest – Saxon lands taken over by Norman warlords. 1086         The […]

Historic Monuments of Swanbourne 1913 Map

 Maps and Plans An Historic building survey was required by the government for all villages in England and Wales.  This is the survey map used to identify buildings of historic importance. For high quality PDF of this map, CLICK HERE:- 1913 Swanbourne buildings regarded as Monuments map Locations marked on the map Item (1) St. […]

World War 1 Centenary – Soldiers from Swanbourne

Soldiers from Swanbourne Researched by Linda Rodgers and Ken Harris All of those Swanbourne men who are named on the War Memorial opposite St. Swithun’s Church, have been researched.  The results of this research are summarised as PDF’s below.  Click on the soldier’s name for more details. WW1 William Alderman WW1 Nimrod Boughton WW1 Thomas Cox WW1 […]

Myres Family

The Myres Family    By Clive Rodgers One of the most important families from Swanbourne that you are least likely to know anything about! Rev. William Miles Myres (1838 – 1901) originated from Preston, and he married Jane Linton (1842 – 1871) the daughter of a vicar from Oxford.  Unfortunately, his wife died in 1871 […]

Sydney Robert Fremantle – The Fourth Admiral

Sydney Robert Fremantle (1867 – 1958) By Ken Harris Sydney Fremantle was born on 16th November 1867, the eldest son of Captain (later Admiral) Edmund Fremantle. In 1881, he joined the Britannia training ship and in 1883, was promoted to midshipman of the Alexandra, flagship of Lord Alcester Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean. He served in […]

Louisa Palmer – a family survivor

Louisa – the daughter of Charles Palmer By Clive Rodgers  Based on sources of  information kindly provided by LeAnn Vallis Fekjan Charles Palmer, the second son of James and Rachel Palmer, married Ann Cutler Hedges (1838-1863) of Stewkley in 1857 and they raised their children in Swanbourne. Elizabeth Fanny was born in 1858, but died in 1860, and […]

Betsey Wynne

Betsey Wynne 1778 – 1857 By Ken Harris Betsey Wynne was the second of five sisters, born 19th April 1778 to Richard Wynne and his French wife Camille de Royer. Richard Wynne, who was born in Venice, and lived much of his early life on the continent,  had inherited a large estate at Falkingham (now […]

Charles Gurnett – Emigrant to Australia

Charles Gurnett – Emigrant to Australia By Audrey Porter (nee Gurnett) of Australia (with some additions from Neil Rees) Charles Gurnett (1833-1899) of Swanbourne Charles Gurnett was born in Swanbourne, Bucks in 1831, the son of John and Elizabeth (nee Anstee) Gurnett.  On 27th September 1852 he married Elizabeth (known as Betsey) Wilmore, born 1833 […]

Swanbourne Anglican Clergy

The order of the succession of Vicars of St Swithun’s Chuch, Swanbourne Based on information compiled by Ken Harris and additional research by Clive Rodgers List of Vicars starting with the oldest recorded first Name Date of institution Notes Robertus Passelew             1218 (See note 1) Peter Peyvre             1252 William Presbyter   5 Mar […]

Swanbourne Village Schools

Swanbourne Primary Schools First published by Michele Greene in 1995; revised and updated by Judy Hibbard, 2017. In the early 1700’s the vast majority of people had no formal education and few could even read or write. There were very few schools in existence and the education that was available had to be paid for. […]