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A house in Naunton

Naunton is a village in Gloucestershire, England. It is situated in the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB); approximately 6 miles west of Stow-on-the-Wold and 12 miles east of Cheltenham. It stands on the river Windrush.

The population of Naunton in 2000 was 371,[1] reducing to 352 at the 2011 census.[2] There has probably been a settlement here for at least 2000 years. Formerly an agrarian based community[1] with the customary supportive trades[1] the turn of the second millennium witnessed a state of advanced transition into a dormitory type village[1] devoid of shops since 1999 and with spiraling property prices that most local people can no longer afford whilst still enjoying a fairly vibrant community spirit.[1]

The church, which is dedicated to St Andrew,[3] is largely 15th century but replaces an older Saxon church on the same site. It is known for two 18th century sun dials one of which is above a Latin inscription Lux Umbra Dei meaning "light is the shadow of God".

The 1998 Grand National winner, Earth Summit was prepared for the race in the village.


  1. ^ a b c d e Hanks, David (2004). Naunton 2000. Cheltenham: David Hanks. ISBN 0-9546850-0-8. 
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 25 March 2015". 
  3. ^ St Andrew, Naunton - a church near you

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Media related to Naunton at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°54′N 1°50′W / 51.900°N 1.833°W / 51.900; -1.833