At the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, Swanmore was a tiny hamlet with a population of less than 100, too small to have its own entry it and was included as part of Droxford.

For centuries the village stood in the middle of a great forest that spread from the border with Sussex to Winchester, the Forest of Bere. Swanmore grew rapidly in the 19th century to accommodate workers from the local brickworks, initially giving rise to a landscape dominated by early and mid-Victorian brick buildings.

The hamlet of Upper Swanmore, merely a quarter-mile north, boasts even older residences, adding layers to the village’s historical fabric.