Whitminster is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, on the A38 trunk road about six miles south of Gloucester. It was formerly known as Wheatenhurst, the name being changed officially in 1945. Wheatenhurst manor, with Whitminster House and the parish church of St Andrew, lies about a mile to the west of the modern village.
The village was originally known as Wheatenhurst, recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Witenherst. The name means "white wooded hill", or possibly "wooded hill of a man named Hwita". The name was corrupted to Whitnester and then Whitmister, and by the 17th century evolved by popular etymology to Whitminster. There was never a minster here. Either or both names were used of the parish until the 20th century, but the village on the A38 came to be known as Whitminster, whereas the smaller group of houses west of the main road in the centre of the parish came to be known as Wheatenhurst.
Whitminster is the location used in the short ghost story by M.R. James titled The Residence at Whitminster published in his third collection of ghost stories A thin Ghost and Others in 1919
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- Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Whitminster", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press
- C R Elrington, N M Herbert, R B Pugh (Editors), Kathleen Morgan, Brian S Smith (1972). "Wheatenhurst or Whitminster: Introduction". Victoria County History. A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- Great Domesday, Wheatenhurst, Gloucestershire
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