Swarland is a small modern village in the county of Northumberland, England, situated about 7 miles (11 km) south of the market town of Alnwick and 25 miles (40 km) north of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Swarland's 'village rival' is Felton. Swarland is the highest settlement between London and Edinburgh.
The manor of Swarland was owned from ancient times by the de Haslerigg family of Swarland Old Hall until the 18th century. In 1741 the estate was purchased by Richard Grieve of Swansford. In 1765 his son Davison Richard Grieve commissioned architect John Carr to build a new park and mansion, Swarland Hall. The new house was later the home of Alexander Davison, a friend of Horatio Nelson, who in 1807 erected the Nelson Memorial on the park. Many of the modern local street names are linked with Nelson, including Nelson Drive, Admiral Close and Lady Hamilton Drive.
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