Withington, Gloucestershire

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Withington Church

Withington is a Cotswold village in Gloucestershire, England, about eight miles south-east of Cheltenham, and nine miles north of Cirencester. The River Coln runs through the village. The population taken at the 2011 census was 532.[1]

The parish church is St Michael and All Angels. The origin of the name Withington is unclear but it is found in records as early as 737 AD (Wudiandun, which would mean the hill of Wudia: Wudia may be a real settler or the legendary Germanic hero Witege). The other English places called Withington may have different origins. In his 1955 work, Finberg argued for continuity between Anglo-Saxon Withington and an earlier Roman settlement.[2] During Saxon times there was an important monastery at Withington.

A televised archaeological dig in the village was done by the Time Team programme in an episode first broadcast in early 2006.[3]

From 1891 to 1961 Withington had a railway station on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway which ran between Cirencester and Cheltenham.

The Mill Inn, one of two public houses in Withington, is credited with creating the popular fried chicken and chips meal served in a basket in the 1960s.[4]

The 2000 Trees music festival is held annually at Upcote farm located within Withington.


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Coordinates: 51°50′20″N 1°57′30″W / 51.83889°N 1.95833°W / 51.83889; -1.95833