A brief history of Swettenham

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For those of you who don’t know Swettenham, it’s a very pretty place with some interesting buildings.  The entry on the village in the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, a six-volume work by the Reverend John Marius Wilson compiled between 1870 and 1872, reads as follows:

SWETTENHAM, a township and a parish in Congleton district, Cheshire. The township lies on the river Dane, 2 miles E of Holmes-Chapel r. station, and 5 NW by W of Congleton. Acres, 991. Real property, £2,098. Pop., 187. houses, 36. The manor, with S. Hall, belongs to Mrs. Swettenham.—The parish contains also Kermincham township, and comprises 2,200 acres. Post town, Congleton. Pop., 350. Houses, 62. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £330. Patron, the Rev. R. Blincoe. The church is ancient. There are a Roman Catholic chapel, and charities £18.

Well, nowadays we think the property in Swettenham might be worth a bit more than two thousand pounds! The village boasts a number of listed buildings, including Swettenham Mill, which dates back to 1645, Swettenham Hall, which also dates from the 17th century, and, of course, the Swettenham Arms itself.

St. Peter’s church, which stands directly opposite the pub (in fact, the pub was originally a nunnery) has roots going back to the 13th century, and there are still signs of the original building in some of the walls and in the sanctuary. The tower, which dominates the village was built in 1721. The original family vault of the Swettenhams, the principal family of the village, is under the chancel, and all the rectors from 1304, when the incumbent was Wittmus de Swettenham, are listed inside the church.

Clonterbrook House, a former manor house was built in 1697 for Jeffery and Katherine Lockett. Around the house are three former farm buildings that have been converted into other uses.

Other points of interest in and around the village include the Swettenham Meadows Nature Reserve, an 8.6 hectare site which is a haven for water plants, wildflowers and wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. There’s also the Quinta Arboretum right by the pub, created in the 1960s by Professor Sir Bernard Lovell, of Jodrell Bank fame. 

Come and take a walk around Swettenham one weekend, and discover the walks across the Dane valley as well as the village itself. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

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