Swanbourne Anglican Clergy

The order of the succession of Vicars of St Swithun’s Chuch, Swanbourne Based on information compiled by Ken Harris 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 1264 Died here Ralph de Wenge […]

Geology of Swanbourne

Our underlying Geology By Clive Rodgers The geological structure of North Bucks consists of Jurassic and Cretaceous sedimentary formations dipping gently to the East and unconformably over more steeply dipping older rocks. The Oldest rocks in Swanbourne are the Oxford Clays exposed in Clack Brook, and the hill top is capped by shales known as […]

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 […]

Thomas Francis Fremantle – The First Admiral

Thomas Francis Fremantle (1765 – 1819); with new illustrations By Ken Harris Thomas Fremantle was born in Hampstead, London, the third son of John Fremantle. He went to sea at the age of 11, becoming a Commander in 1790, when he was serving in the Mediterranean. In 1795, whilst commanding the Inconstant, a look-out frigate […]

Archaeological finds in 2016

Archaeological finds in 2016 Reported by Clive Rodgers New archaeological finds are being made all of the time, and the purpose of this article is to record those finds which have been made so far this year (April, 2016), and to add others throughout the rest of the year as more artefacts are found and […]

Battle of Britain 1940 (World War 2)

Battle of Britain (1940) and Anthony Bartley. By Clive Rodgers Squadron Leader Anthony Charles Bartley DFC (28 March 1919 — 18 April 2001) was an RAF Hurricane and Spitfire fighter ace who was awarded the DFC after scoring eight victories against enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain.  He was born in Ireland, the son of Sir Charles […]

Tofield Family

The Tofield family of Swanbourne By Neil Rees The Tofield Surname Tofield is an unusual surname.  Most of the Tofields in the world can trace their lines back to either the Yorkshire Tofields originally from Doncaster, or the Buckinghamshire Tofields originally from Stewkley.  There is a town near Edmonton in Alberta, Canada called Tofield which […]

Listed Buildings of Swanbourne

A Schedule of Listed Buildings of Swanbourne Parish A “listed building” is one which is acknowledged by the Secretary of State to be of special architectural or historic interest. All buildings built before 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition. Most buildings from about about 1700 to 1840 are also included.  Buildings are listed […]

Marriages/Banns, Deaths/Burials, Baptisms 1565-1941

FREE ACCESS to PARISH RECORDS from 1565 to 1941 transcribed by Linda Rodgers (c) Copyright 2017. All downloaded transcriptions may not be reproduced elsewhere without permission. Downloads available in searchable EXCEL 2007.  (Note:- All spread sheets are protected from being changed, copied or illegally reproduced.) To search a surname in EXCEL, click on the box above the surname […]

“Old Timer” Reminiscence Short Stories

Old Timer Reminiscence stories by Jean Dyke (born 1928 – died 2002) Originally written by Jean Dyke who (called herself ‘Old Timer’) for the ‘Swanbourne Newsletter’ from 1999 to 2001.  Jean lived at Spuddlespits (19 Mursley Road), Swanbourne.  Recently transcribed by Linda Rodgers. ‘Looking back’ (1920s – 30s) by Old Timer  (July 1999) There were no […]