Welcome to the Brompton on Swale Web Site where you will find a wealth of information about the Village for both residents and visitors.
The Village is located to the east of Richmond, attractively placed, as the name implies, along the northern bank of the River Swale, reputedly the fastest flowing river in the country. The village is named in the ‘Domesday Book’ and the name is believed to be derived from ‘broom’ (the Shrub) and ‘tun’ an old English word for farmstead or village. The old Village is medieval, a wide street with rows of houses either side, originally of timber and thatch, but from the 17th Century constructed of stone and river cobbles.
With a resident population of 1879 (2011 Census), the Village lies between Richmond and the A1 trunk road giving excellent transport links recognised by the many companies that have set up their businesses in the new industrial estates. The Village has expanded in recent years with a number of new housing developments but still retains its traditional centre and character.
There are a number of pleasant walks around the Village and along the riverside with opportunities for picnics and fishing. The Village also boasts an excellent Sports field and sports hall, a number of very good Inns serving food, together with a busy general store and Post Office.
Come along and enjoy.
Entry in the Doomsday Book reads (Translated from the abbreviated Latin):
In Brompton-on-Swale are 6 carucates to the geld and there could be 10 ploughs. Thor had I manor there. Now Enisant has 2 ploughs there and 14 villans and 2 bordars with 5 ploughs and 1 mill, there are 8 acres of meadow. The whole is 1 league long and 1 broad. TRE worth 40s; now 32s
The Domesday Book was commissioned by William the Conqueror in December 1085. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees, which was then the border with Scotland.
If you have any items you wish to publicise on this website please email the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
(acknowledgements to David and June Hall and Brompton on Swale WEA for historic detail)
(Slideshow photos courtesy of Ben Whitaker-Sharpe)
(Original site concept Susie Broughton)