Maisemore

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Coordinates: 51°53′20″N 2°16′16″W / 51.889°N 02.271°W / 51.889; -02.271

Maisemore
StGilesMaisemore.jpg
St Giles Parish church
Maisemore is located in Gloucestershire
Maisemore
Maisemore
 Maisemore shown within Gloucestershire
Population 488 
OS grid reference SO814212
District Tewkesbury
Shire county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLOUCESTER
Postcode district GL2
Dialling code 01452
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Forest of Dean
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Maisemore is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It lies on the A417 road 2.5 miles northwest of Gloucester, on the west bank of the River Severn. In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 488.[1] There is a church, dedicated to St Giles.[2]

Maisemore Bridge connects the village to Alney Island, and provides a viewpoint for the Severn bore. Maisemore Weir and Lock were built in about 1870.[3] The weir is at the upper limit of the tides on the Severn. The lock is no longer in use.

The name of the village appears to be of Welsh origin, meaning "great field" (Welsh: maes mawr).[4] The northern part of Alney Island, which is within the parish of Maisemore, is known as Maisemore Ham, combining Welsh and Old English words for field or meadow (ham, meaning "meadow"[5]).

The area is prone to flooding, which from time to time closes the A417 between Maisemore and Gloucester, especially in the spring when the swollen River Severn meets high tides coming up the estuary.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ONS Census 2001
  2. ^ Maisemore, St Giles - a church near you
  3. ^ Victoria County History of Gloucestershire: Gloucester Quays and Docks
  4. ^ Mills, A.D. and Room, A, A Dictionary of British Place-Names Oxford University Press
  5. ^ Oxford English Dictionary
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography, Volume 1, John Hannavy, accessed September 2009]

External links[edit]

Media related to Maisemore at Wikimedia Commons