Dating from the early 13th century, probably replacing an existing building, the church of St Margaret stands at the highest point in the village.
Mentioned in the Domesday book the Anglo-Saxon name Sueningatuna denotes Anglo-Saxon origins, and it is thought that today’s population of 290 differs little from earlier times.
As well as the church, Swannington boasts several fine ancient houses:
Swannington Hall, a moated building dating from the 16th century and Swannington Manor, an 18th century structure built on the foundations of an earlier construction.
The Old Rectory was rebuilt in 1635/6 by the Revd. Edmund Duncan. Like many clerics he was removed by the puritans, but restored to his position in 1660.
To the west of the church the timber framed Church Farm House, standing for 400 years, is said to be the oldest house in the village.
The church has undergone a major refurbishment in 2018 and we are thankful to all those awarding and donating bodies that have enabled this to happen.