Oddington, Gloucestershire

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Lower Oddington and Upper Oddington are a pair of adjoining villages in the English county of Gloucestershire. Together they form the civil parish of Oddington. In 2010 the parish had an estimated population of 477.[1]

The two villages are located to the south of the A436 road east of the town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

The Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas was originally a cell of St Peter’s Benedictine abbey in Gloucester. It was ceded in 1157 to the Diocese of York and exchanged with the Crown in 1547.

In 1780 the estate at Oddington was left to Elizabeth Ann Wilson by Crayle Crayle. Elizabeth who was married to Charles Loraine Smith in 1784 sold this inheritance to Sir John Reade who extended the land by purchasing other lots.[2]

The Norman south aisle probably represents the original nave. The church was all but abandoned among its fields in 1852, and has been little altered since. It has medieval wall paintings of the Doom on the north wall of the nave, dating to the early 15th century. They were whitewashed over in the English Reformation and conserved by Eve Baker from 1969. Scenes depicted include the Acts of Mercy and the Seven Deadly Sins.


  1. ^ Parish Population Estimates for Gloucestershire Gloucestershire County Council
  2. ^ 'Parishes: Oddington', A History of the County of Gloucester: volume 6 (1965), pp. 87-98. Date accessed: 07 June 2014

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