|Winslow Road B4032,|
Aylesbury Vale District
Postal Code: MK17 0SR
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Swanbourne is a village and also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England. It is located about two miles east of Winslow, three miles west of Stewkley, on the secondary road B4032. It nestles in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside, close to Milton Keynes, Buckingham, Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard. The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and possibly means 'swan stream'. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 792 the village was recorded as Suanaburna.
The manor of Swanbourne once belonged to Woburn Abbey. Swanbourne House was bought in 1798 by Thomas Fremantle. The Fremantle family, originally from Aston Abbotts, had strong naval connections. Their eldest son Sir Thomas Francis Fremantle became a prominent Tory politician.and their second son Charles followed his father into the British Royal Navy and was instrumental in founding the Swan River Colony in Western Australia. This accounts for the place names Fremantle, Swanbourne and Cottesloe in the Perth area of Western Australia.
Currently there are two places of worship in the village; St Swithun's Anglican Church which is located on Mursley Road and the Methodist Chapel in the hamlet of Nearton End. Until 1972, there was a Baptist Church, in Mursley Road.
Swanbourne Cemetery is to be found directly opposite the Methodist Chapel and there is one wargrave from the Great War there.
St Swithun's Church (Anglican), a Grade II* listed historic building, stands at the east end of the village, opposite Swanbourne House. The nave, chancel and tower date from the first half of the 13th century. The north aisle was added in the second half of the 15th century and the tower rebuilt half a century later. The church is in remarkably good repair, and contains some charming stained glass and a fine wooden ceiling, both probably dating from the 19th century. There are also some medieval carvings and the remains of three remarkable medieval murals in the north aisle. The tower contains six bells and a sanctus. There are monumental brasses on the south and north sides of the chancel. The latter, showing Thomas Adams (died 1626) and his family, bears the baneful inscription, "Who in prime of youth by bloudy theves was slain, / In Liscombe ground his bloud ye grass did staine."