A brief history of the settlement of Sződ
The village of Sződ is situated 30 kilometres north of Budapest, 7 kilometres south-east of Vác and 3 kilometres from the Danube in Pest county, Hungary. The name of the settlement originates from the adjective whitish, fair prairie with Hungarian eponymy. The first mention of the village in the charters is in 1255 concerning the granger Sigfrid of Fejér county in Sződ. A certain clergyman named Márton declared 2 marks of income in the tithe register of Pápa. The Tatars devastated the village just as much as Vác and the surrounding settlements. The village later became the property of the Szécsy family. Although the settlement did not completely depopulate during the Turkish thraldom, but it had only 4 poor citizens. The mementos of the Turkish occupation are the Tabán street and the Turkish-well that used to have good drinking water. After the Turkish withdrawal, the inhabitants of Sződ turned Calvinistic. On the course of the Rákóczi War of Independence, Sződ provided the kuruc army with 7 soldiers in 1704. Grassalkovics Antal purchases the village from the Madách family in 1735. The catholic parish of the village is reconstituted in 1740 and the register of the baptised also dates back to this year. The baroque church was built in 1743-1744 probably on the ruins of the old church. The Madonna and Angel statues from the 18th century are of high artistic quality. The plait style parish of the settlement was built in 1778-1781. The church and the parish were erected by the benevolence of count Antal Grassalkovich, the generous advowee of the period. On the course of the reconstruction after the Turkish period, count Grassalkovich settled Tót people from the highlands in 1770, and Székely families also arrived from Transylvania. The people of Sződ resisted the recruitment of the militia during the 1848-1849 War of Independence. The gentilitial families of Szalachy, Gajáry, Nemekéri Kiss and Floch-Reyhersberg built their halls in the territory of the settlement in the second half of the 19th century. World War I and II claimed several victims of the inhabitants. The residents of the village lived on farming until the middle of the 20th century, then worked in the industry in Vác and Újpest. As a result of the citizen exchange agreement in 1946-1948, almost two hundred citizens considering themselves Tót (Slovakian) left the village and emigrated to Czechoslovakia. Göd (Alsógöd, Felsőgöd, i.e. upper and lower Göd), Sződliget and Csörög used to be the part of the settlement. Electricity was introduced in the 1930s, mains water supply in the 1980s, while mains gas supply and the telephone network were constructed in the 1990s. The sewage network and the cable television system were finished in 2002, when the streets of the settlement were also laid in asphalt.
The population of the village was somewhat over 3000 in 2003. In addition to public institutions, employment opportunities in Sződ are only available at companies that emerged from the former agricultural co-operatives.

Sights in the village: World War I memorial (Goddess of Hungary), World War II memorial, kopjafa (carved burial column) of 1848-49, baroque church, baroque statues in the church, rococo pulpit, statue of pope (Saint) Urban, plait parish. The building of the 18th century water-mill has become undistinctive during the reconstructions.
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