The War Memorial at Awre
|Population||1,714 (Civil parish, 2011)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Website||Awre Parish Council home page|
Both the parish and the electoral ward include Blakeney, Etloe, Gatcombe, Viney Hill, and Two Bridges.
The manor of Awre is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Together with Lydney and Alvington, the parish of Awre comprised Bledisloe Hundred. Awre was a large parish which included the tithings of Blakeney, Bledisloe, Hagloe, and Etloe. The manors were often in royal hands or in possession of great medieval magnates. The whole of Awre parish was included within the jurisdiction of the Forest of Dean before 1228.
The village was once larger, though probably always scattered in plan. In the 17th century, shipbuilding was established in nearby Gatcombe, once an important anchorage on the Severn. By the early 19th century, the industrial and trading village of Blakeney had replaced Awre as the principal centre.
A church is mentioned in Domesday Book, and by the mid 12th century it was dedicated to St. Andrew. It was rebuilt in the mid-13th century as a large building with a long chancel and a nave and north aisle of six bays. The porch was added in the 14th century and the upper part of the tower was reconstructed in the 15th century.
The church is a Victorian restoration of the 19th century with a 15th-century font and a 15th-century oak rood screen. A medieval dugout chest stands under the tower. The graveyard contains many burials of those drowned in the Severn as a result of shipwreck or other accident.
- Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Awre", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521168557
- "Parish & electoral ward 2011". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
- Bledisloe Hundred, A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 5. Victoria County History
- Awre A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 5. Victoria County History.
- Mike Oakley (2003). Gloucestershire Railway Stations. Wimborne: Dovecote Press. pp. 16–17. ISBN 1-904349-24-2.