Swavesey is a small village on the edge of the fens with a population of 2000. It lies 10 miles NW of Cambridge and about the same distance SE of Huntingdon. Until the railway was closed, Swavesey was the hub for produce distribution to all parts of the country.
Farming is still the main industry in Swavesey. But due to mechanisation, employs a fraction of the people it would have done in years gone by. Even further back the waterways around Swavesey were used to bring goods into the middle of the village on barges. After a decline in population, due partly to the railway closure, population is now on the increase.
Buckinghouse Way industrial estate has been built on the edge of Swavesey next to the A14. This has allowed Barwells to move from the centre of the village onto this new site. The other 2 main sources of employment are the MG owners club and Aqua. The MG owners club started of in modest premises in the middle of the village and has now moved to purpose built offices and workshops on the old railway station site. Aqua also started in modest buildings in Market Street before moving to their own site in Rose and Crown Road.
Swavesey's claim to fame - it lies on the zero meridian, which runs through The Royal Greenwich Observatory.