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Swaby, Manor House
Swaby, Manor House
Swaby, Manor House

The Manor House (viewed here from the east) is a mid-eighteenth-century house of painted red brick with a pantile roof.

The larger window in the gable end has a side-sliding (Yorkshire) sash.

The house is Grade II listed.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1063602

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Manor House
Swaby, Manor House
Swaby, Manor House
Swaby, Manor House

The south-facing aspect of the Manor House shows it to be three bays wide.

The lower windows are vertical sashes those on the upper floor are Yorkshire sliding sashes.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Manor House
Swaby, Methodist Chapel
Swaby, Methodist Chapel
Swaby, Methodist Chapel

On the main road, the A16, and in a part of the parish still known as White Pit, is the rump of the Wesleyan Chapel, later used as the village hall.

The original building projected towards the camera.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Village Hall, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, village hall
Swaby, Methodist Chapel
Swaby, Methodist Chapel
Swaby, Methodist Chapel

The plaque on the wall of the former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, opened in 1866, close in 1980.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, wesleyan Methodist chapel school
Swaby, St Nicholas
Swaby, St Nicholas
Swaby, St Nicholas

This small church was built in 1828.  The gabled porch has a pointed arch surmounted by a sandstone cross.

Above a roundel, is the bellcote, with louvred sides and a flat top, which until recently was battlemented. (Pevsner said the bellcote had teeth rather than battlements)

September 2015

Swaby, St Nicholas church, bellcote
Swaby, St Nicholas
Swaby, St Nicholas
Swaby, St Nicholas

The bellcote at St Nicholas' church has been recently rebuilt - hence the loss of the 'teeth'.

September 2015

Swaby, St Nicholas church, bellcote
Swaby, St Nicholas
Swaby, St Nicholas
Swaby, St Nicholas

St Nicholas is built of red brick - laid in Flemish bond - with painted ashlar dressings.

The windows are in Gothic style throughout, and there is a tiny facetted chancel at the east end.

September 2015

Swaby, St Nicholas church
Swaby, St Nicholas, Boot Scraper
Swaby, St Nicholas, Boot Scraper
Swaby, St Nicholas, Boot Scraper

Wrought iron boot-scraper made to fit into the brickwork around the west door.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, boot scraper
Swaby, St Nicholas, Boot Scrapers
Swaby, St Nicholas, Boot Scrapers
Swaby, St Nicholas, Boot Scrapers

One wonders whether the pair of scrapers was supplied for symmetry or a hoped-for influx of booted farmers for Harvest Festival.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, boot scraper
Swaby, St Nicholas, Cholmeley Memorial
Swaby, St Nicholas, Cholmeley Memorial
Swaby, St Nicholas, Cholmeley Memorial

A decorative and charming memorial to a former priest. His daughter was the painter of the portrait in the vestry.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, image, James Cholmeley
Swaby, St Nicholas, Decoration
Swaby, St Nicholas, Decoration
Swaby, St Nicholas, Decoration

Two recessed quatrefoils are a small decorative detail at the west end of the nave above the entrance.

The bell-rope is causing wear to the arch.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, quatrefoil decoration
Swaby, St Nicholas, Font
Swaby, St Nicholas, Font
Swaby, St Nicholas, Font

A plain and practical font.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, font
Swaby, St Nicholas, Interior
Swaby, St Nicholas, Interior
Swaby, St Nicholas, Interior

At the east end, the simple chancel arch has smaller blank arches to each side.

The plastered walls are lined to resemble ashlar.

September 2015

Swaby, St Nicholas church, interior
Swaby, St Nicholas, Interior
Swaby, St Nicholas, Interior
Swaby, St Nicholas, Interior

Looking back towards the western doors, showing the handsome organ on the right and the curtained vestry area to the left.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church,
Swaby, St Nicholas, Lectern
Swaby, St Nicholas, Lectern
Swaby, St Nicholas, Lectern

A handsome piece of carving incorporating a monogram of ‘IHS’, the first three letters of Jesus in Greek, within foliage along the front edge, and the Star of David at the side.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, lectern
Swaby, St Nicholas, Marshall Gravestone
Swaby, St Nicholas, Marshall Gravestone
Swaby, St Nicholas, Marshall Gravestone

The gravestone of Woodthorpe Marshall has been placed on the brick plinth of the church and fastened to the wall with two iron clasps.

He died 4 May 1819. Perhaps reaching 94 years of age should be rewarded with an elevated position!

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, Woodthorpe Marshall Gravestone
Swaby, St Nicholas, Old Church
Swaby, St Nicholas, Old Church
Swaby, St Nicholas, Old Church

This is a reproduction of a drawing of the church which was the predecessor to the one here today.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, drawing
Swaby, St Nicholas, Organ
Swaby, St Nicholas, Organ
Swaby, St Nicholas, Organ

A small plaque affixed to the organ says it was originally in Haugh Manor.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, organ, Haugh Manor
Swaby, St Nicholas, Painting
Swaby, St Nicholas, Painting
Swaby, St Nicholas, Painting

This glazed and framed painting is displayed in the vestry. A label at the top corner reads:

‘Mr William Clark was one of three shoemakers in Swaby, and Parish Clerk’.

The artist was Miss Cholmeley, daughter of the Rector.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, painting, William Clark, Miss Cholmeley
Swaby, St Nicholas, Pulpit
Swaby, St Nicholas, Pulpit
Swaby, St Nicholas, Pulpit

The pulpit is contemporary with the other nineteenth century furnishings.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, pulpit
Swaby, St Nicholas, Roll of Honour
Swaby, St Nicholas, Roll of Honour
Swaby, St Nicholas, Roll of Honour

The War Memorial is on the north wall of the nave and opposite to it is this calligraphy roll of those who served and returned.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, roll of honour
Swaby, St Nicholas, war memorial
Swaby, St Nicholas, war memorial
Swaby, St Nicholas, war memorial

The First World War memorial.

Mark Acton, 2017

Swaby, St Nicholas, war memorial
Swaby, St Nicholas, Window
Swaby, St Nicholas, Window
Swaby, St Nicholas, Window

The tracery of this nave window is wood, not stone.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, Saint Nicholas church, window
Swaby, War Memorial
Swaby, War Memorial
Swaby, War Memorial

The white Carrara marble plaque displayed at the main crossroads below the notice board is an unexpected design. It was originally mounted inside the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel until that closed.

It was re-sited initially on the Sunday Schoolroom but when doubts were raised about the future of that building, the plaque was moved here.

Since it was not designed to be exposed to the weather the text has washed off. However, it is a replica of the memorial in St Nicholas church.

Jean Howard, 17 March 2021

Swaby, war memorial