Swaffham Prior Churches
There are now two churches here because the lands were divided into more than one lordships. The monastery of Ely had lands in Swaffham and it was for this reason that the village became known as Swaffham Prior. Sy Cyriac’s is believed to be the older of the two churches because it grabbed the higher ground and is more centrally located within the churchyard. It was traditionally a richer church, but today it is St Mary’s that still functions as a parish church while St Cyriac’s is within the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.