Redmarley D'Abitot

Coordinates: 51°58′50″N 2°21′37″W / 51.980532°N 2.3604°W / 51.980532; -2.3604
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Redmarley D'Abitot
Village and civil parish
Hyde Park Corner, Redmarley D'Abitot
Redmarley D'Abitot is located in Gloucestershire
Redmarley D'Abitot
Redmarley D'Abitot
Location within Gloucestershire
Population756 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSO752314
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGloucester
Postcode districtGL19
Dialling code01531/01452
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°58′50″N 2°21′37″W / 51.980532°N 2.3604°W / 51.980532; -2.3604
Church House, close to the tower of St Bartholomew's Church, Redmarley D'Abitot

Redmarley D'Abitot is a civil parish and village in the Forest of Dean district, Gloucestershire, South West England. In addition to the village of Redmarley, the civil parish also includes the settlements of Lowbands, Haw Cross, Playley Green, Kings Green and Durbridge.[2] At the 2001 census the parish had a population of 705,[3] increasing to 756 at the 2011 census.

Although now in Gloucestershire, Redmarley was in Worcestershire until 1931.[4]


The name Redmarley comes from 'woodland clearing with a reedy pond', from the Old English words hrëod and lëah.[5] An alternative cod-derivation has been suggested as from the local red heavy clay or marl.[6] The difficulty with this explanation is that the word marl entered the language many centuries later. D'Abitot is thought to come from Urse d'Abetot, who was Sheriff of Worcestershire and who held the manor in 1086.[7]

Sometimes a circumflex is placed on the 'o' of d'Abitot, but this usage has been criticised. As Eric Smith says: "It is to be regretted that the Gloucestershire County Council placed a circumflex in the signs on the A417. This is emphatically incorrect, both historically and linguistically, Abitot is a word of (Germanic) Anglo-Saxon origin."[8]

Great Domesday[edit]

The King, William the Conqueror, received a report on Redmarley D'Abitot in the Domesday Book of 1086 though it would have been a very small part of his nationwide review of tax assessments. People mentioned include: Aethelric; Alvred; Alweard; Ansgot; Azur; Beorhtric son of Aelfgar; Beorhtwine; Cyneweard daughter of Sigrefr; Dodda; Durand; Ealdraed, etc.

Battle of Redmarley[edit]

Redmarley's fields were the site of a battle in 1644 during the Civil War. About 2000 to 3000 troops were involved and Royalist leader General Mynn was killed.


The village falls in the 'Redmarley' electoral ward. This ward stretches south to Pauntley. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 1,856.[9]

Famous residents[edit]

Distances from Redmarley[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ Welcome to Redmarley D'Abitot
  3. ^ "Redmarley D'abitot CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  4. ^ Youngs, Frederic A Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 184. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  5. ^ Mills, A. D. (1991): A Dictionary of English Place-Names, Oxford University Press.
  6. ^ Redmarley D'Abitot at
  7. ^ Domesday Book
  8. ^ Warde, Eric (2007): Prosperity to this Parish, A History of Redmarley D'Abitot
  9. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  10. ^ John Pearson (Henry Cloud), Barbara Cartland: Crusader in Pink, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1979

External links[edit]

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