Family History Notebook

Tonge, Leicestershire
Tung, Tongue, Tong, Toung

Tonge is a hamlet one mile east of Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire, close to the Derbyshire border. It should not be confused with the Parish of Tong in Shropshire, or the villages in Yorkshire, Kent and on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland or Tongue in Caithness, Scotland.

The Swindells were associated with Tong over a long period:-

1580    Will of John Swindell of Tonge
1710    Will of Nicholas Swindell of Tong
1714    Marriage licence for Dorothy Swindell of  Tong
1727   Mortgage of a property in Wilne to Henry Swindell of Tong
1736    Covenant involving Henry Swindell of Tonge
1740    Will of Henry Swindell of Tong

It is probable that most of the Swindells baptised and married at Breedon Church  1565 - 1726 lived at Tong. There are no Swindell entries in the Breedon registers after 1725. Henry Swindell's elder son George died with no recorded children, making his younger brother the Reverend Henry Swindell of Ockbrooke his heir. That Henry also died childless and the estate passed to more and more distant connections. It is probable that George Swindell (1721-1788) lived at Tong but was the last Swindell to do so.

"Bredon is an extensive parish ; Staunton Harold, Tongue, Worthington, Bredon-Brand, Wilson, and part of Cole-Aughton-moor, a third part of Launt, and a part of the village of Diseworth, belong to it. Most of these places bury at Breedon. "
The supplementary volume to the Leicestershire views: containing a series of excursions in the year 1790, to the villages and places of note in the county. By John Throsby. To which are added, in notes, the most valuable parts of Burton, Nichols, and other antecedent writers on Leicestershire

Andreschurch - (Cached) An article arguing that the supposed deserted mediaeval village of Andreschuch is actually Breedon on the Hill.

Studies of field systems in the British Isles by Alan R. H. Baker, Robin Alan Butlin, published by Cambridge University Press 1973  contains a description of the field systems of Breedon and Tonge, with field maps from c1758. (Cached)