This is a district name of great antiquity, associated with the High Road crossing of Monks Brook, or south ford, and the district to the south of this point bounded by the River Itchen. A small hamlet named Swathelyngford is mentioned in the North Stoneham land charter of 932, later becoming Swatheling Wylle (Swaythling Stream, i.e. Monks’ Brook) and in the 14th century, Swatheling. In the medieval period Swaything gave its name to a hundred and one of two medieval manors called Mansbridge also bore this name and apparently related to this district. The name probably signifies ‘the people living on the track’ and appears to be a very early formation. The Y is a modern intrusion.


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