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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Price Family

The Price Family Family Tree researched by Linda Rodgers  John Price of (12 Mursley Road) is the only living descendant of the Price family of Swanbourne.  His family tree shows that all his paternal ancestors over the last 300 years have come from within 50 miles of Swanbourne, and originating from North Oxfordshire.  However, all of […]

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 […]