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Swainston Manor lies 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Calbourne, Isle of Wight, England. Now a hotel, Swainston Manor was originally a manor house on a site dating back to 735 CE. Eight hundred years ago it became the location of a palace built by the Bishops of Winchester. It has a 12th-century chapel on its 32 acres (13 ha). Most of the present building was constructed in the 18th century, but an attached hall dates from the 13th century. Warwick the Kingmaker reportedly dined at Swainston Manor. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1]

Swainston Manor
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Swainston Manor Hotel
Swainston Manor is located in Isle of Wight
Swainston Manor
Location on the Isle of Wight
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LocationIsle of Wight, England, UK
Coordinates50°41′17″N 1°22′37″W / 50.688°N 1.377°W / 50.688; -1.377Coordinates: 50°41′17″N 1°22′37″W / 50.688°N 1.377°W / 50.688; -1.377
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Swainston is derived from its original name, "Sweyn's Town". It was founded by king Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark, whose son was King Canute.

The parish of Calbourne was at one time dependent on Swainston Manor.

The house was severely damaged by incendiary bombs during World War II. The church on the site however was untouched.

The poet Alfred Lord Tennyson also visited Swainston a few times. It is claimed that he wrote "Maud" on its grounds. He also wrote "In the Garden at Swainston" after the death of his friend and Swainston's owner, Sir John Simeon.

[See the attached photos from Sir John Simeon Barrington's personal nurse - Sir John relayed this information to her personally, complete with location where he wrote "Maud". My mother, in early stages of dementia, tracked down an heir of Sir John Simeon in Canada somewhere and mailed the original photos to Canada. We only have a photocopy of the original photographs with my mother's transcriptions of the annotations on the back of each photograph. These photos of the gardens at Swainston were taken approximately 15 years after Lord Tennyson's death.]

Swainston also features, as "Swaynestone", in Maxwell Gray's 1886 novel The Silence of Dean Maitland.

Swainstone was one of the locations for King James 1st public school during the 1960s. Other locations for the school included Newport and Cowes.


  1. ^ Historic England. "SWAINSTON MANOR (1209329)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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