Chedworth

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Chedworth
Village
View of Chedworth from Church Graveyard - geograph.org.uk - 343679.jpg
View over Chedworth
Chedworth is located in Gloucestershire
Chedworth
Chedworth
Location within Gloucestershire
Population802 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSP051122
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCheltenham
Postcode districtGL54
PoliceGloucestershire
FireGloucestershire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire
51°48′27″N 1°55′31″W / 51.8075°N 1.9254°W / 51.8075; -1.9254Coordinates: 51°48′27″N 1°55′31″W / 51.8075°N 1.9254°W / 51.8075; -1.9254

Chedworth is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, southwest England, in the Cotswolds and is known as the location of Chedworth Roman Villa, administered since 1924 by the National Trust.

Governance[edit]

Until the 2015 district council elections, an electoral ward in the same name existed. This ward started in the south at Chedworth and stretched north to end at Dowdeswell. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 1,705.[2]

Roman villa[edit]

The villa is a 1,700-year-old 'stately home' between Yanworth and Withington and some miles from Chedworth Village by road although it sits to the south of the River Coln and so is within Chedworth Parish and accessible by footpath from the 7 Tuns Inn in Chedworth by the fit and agile. It was discovered by accident in 1864[3] It is the remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in England featuring several mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts (underfloor heating), a water-shrine and a latrine. The water shrine became very special as the Romans used it to worship the goddess of the natural spring that gives it an endless amount of water. New facilities opened in 2014[4]

History[edit]

The parish church is of twelfth century Norman origin, but was much rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century. The south doorway has been described as "a most notable piece of rich Perpendicular work" and the south range of five Perpendicular windows has also been admired: "The interior is very charming because these great Perpendicular windows are like a wall of clear tinted glass which reflects the light onto the plastered walls."[5]

Chedworth organisations[edit]

Chedworth Parish Council was formed under the Local Government Act of 1894. Its first preliminary meeting was held on 4 December 1894 and the first proper meeting held on 3 January 1895, chaired by the Rev Sackett Hope. Fifteen candidates stood for election to the seven seats available. Subsequently, in 1904 again 15 candidates stood for the seven seats and none of the previous incumbents was re-elected. The last opposed Chedworth Parish Council election was in 2015 when 10 candidates stood for the seven available seats. The council holds monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7.30 at the Village Hall. The Parish Council has its own website which gives contact details.[6][7]

Seven Tuns Inn[edit]

The Seven Tuns Inn is positioned close to the church at the far western "upper" end of the village. Named after 7 Tuns, variously Chimneys, or Barrels, both of which have featured on the pub sign at different times.[8]

Post Office and Shops[edit]

Chedworth had a post office and village store for over 120 years before the final postmistress, Miss Lait, closed her Fields Road establishment in 1993, leaving Chedworth with no retail outlets. Following a vigorous campaign by local residents, Chedworth Farm Shop opened in 2006, using former dairy buildings at Denfurlong Farm on Fields Road. The farm shop also features a cafe, open daily.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  3. ^ Chedworth - Roman Retreat, Angharad Moran, Supplement to the British Connection, Archant, 2011
  4. ^ Wilts and Glos Standard 03-06-2014
  5. ^ David Verey, Cotswold Churches (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 1976), at pages 88-89
  6. ^ Minutes Chedworth Parish Council
  7. ^ Westlake, Howard (2007). The Chedworth Story. Trafford Publishing. pp. 100/1. ISBN 978-1-4251-2178-5.[self-published source]
  8. ^ Westlake, Howard (2007). The Chedworth Story. Trafford Publishing. pp. 67–68. ISBN 978-1-4251-2178-5.[self-published source]
  9. ^ Westlake, Howard (2007). The Chedworth Story. Trafford Publishing. pp. 345/368. ISBN 978-1-4251-2178-5.[self-published source]

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