Welcome to Swanton Morley
Swanton Morley is a picturesque, rural village and thriving community in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, 15 miles west of Norwich and 3 miles north of the market town of Dereham. It is a large parish of 2,200 villagers (census 2021), build on the south side of the Wensum River.
The name ‘Swanton’ is derived from the Old English for 'herdsman’s enclosure', and ‘Morley’ refers to the fact that the parish was held by 'Robert de Morli' in 1346. The parish is recorded in the Doomsday Book and mention is made of a church. Archaeological surveys have found evidence of a settlement from as early as the Neronian period (54–68 AD), as well as a small number of objects from Roman and medieval times. Although there is no remaining evidence of the Saxon church, All Saints Parish Church is one of the earliest examples of the perpendicular style.
Today, the village benefits from a primary school, a doctor's surgery, the church, 2 public houses, a general store and a butcher's shop with delicatessen. There are numerous clubs, societies and sports operating in the village, using local facilities.
The village is served by a pro-active Parish Council who are responsible for a number of amenities including playgrounds, village hall, common lands and the burial ground. There is a real sense of community, with villagers volunteering and supporting activities.