Fonds PD 52 - Parish Records of Swaffham

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PD 52


Parish Records of Swaffham


  • 1330-2020 (Creation)

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530 pieces

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Administrative history

In Cranwich Deanery.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 17 November and 4 May 1971 (numbered PD 52/1-406); 11 September 1973 (numbered PD 52/407-473); 3 August 1976 (numbered PD 52/474); 21 March 1977 (numbered PD 52/475); 22 July 1986 (numbered PD 52/476); 19 October 1987 (numbered PD 52/477-503); 19 November 1987 (numbered PD 52/504-514); 9 August 1999 (ACC 1999/84 numbered PD 52/515-522); 6 July 2010 (ACC 2010/86, numbered PD 52/523-527); 13 September 2011 (ACC 2011/145 numbered PD 52/528), and 17 February 2021 (numbered PD 52/529-530). List amended September 2011 (JW) and February 2022 (AB).

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Scope and content

Comprises parish registers, 1559-2011; registration papers, 1915-1960; records of the church and benefice, 1601-2008; records of the churchwardens, vestry and parochial church council, nd [c 1484]-1983; records of the overseers of the poor, 1580-1883; records of the surveyors of the highway, 1819-1822; records of the constables, 1603-1781; records of charities, 1330-1961; records of schools, 1838-1956; records of the Swaffham branch of the Church of England Men's Society, 1909-1932; records of Swaffham H.M. Forces Welfare Fund, 1940-1946; records of other organizations, 1882-1938; records relating to the 1775 fire, 1775-1776; parish magazines, nd [19th century]; printed and historical papers, 1760-1929; and miscellaneous records, 1502-1945.

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Documents are arranged by series; document references are not necessarily in numerical order.

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Most registers and parish chest material are available on microform.

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For 'A Catalogue of Printed Books and Manuscripts' in Swaffham Parish Library by Mary Cecelia Lyons (1987), see DN/BBD 186. The Swaffham Black Book is held at the Cathedral Library, Norwich. For a photocopy and transcript at Norfolk Record Office, see PD 52/399 and 473.

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