A V E N I N G.
PARISH fituate in the hundred ofLongtree, and deanery of Stoneboufe, more than two miles fouth of Minchin Hampton, three miles north of Tetbury, and fourteen fouth of GLOUCESTER. Avon rivulet, rifing from a collection of fprings at Afton Hill, continues a winding courfe through this parifh, to which it forms a boundary; and, paffing from Woodchefter to Rodborough, joins the Stroudwater at Dudbridge. Avening probably owes its name to this ftream; "Ing," in the Danifh language; implies a low, meadow ground, and for that reafon has obtained much as a termination to the names of villages in Lincolnfhire. The greatefs extent of the parish is nearly feven miles, and its greateft breadth, which lies between the towns of Tetbury and Minchin Hampton, does not exceed a mile and a half. A proportion of three fourths of it, is applied to tillage; the remainder confifts of pafturage, with 400 acres of woodland, chiefly beech. The foil is, in general, light. Strata of ftone lie within a foot of the furface in many places, in which great quantities of anomiae, and other foffil fhells, are to be difcovered.
Nearly midway between the church and the village of Afton,
ftands the ancient manor houfe. FRANCIS
the prefent inhabitant. His lady, the eldeft
daughter of the late S.
maternally defcended from JOHN
of Sudley, whofe feventh fon, HENRY
was a refident in this parifh; and of whofe monument
in the church, an engraving is annexed.
A large tumulus, or barrow, in a field adjoining the Gatcombe Park, is faid to have been thrown up during the wars of the Saxons and Danes. On the fummit is placed a huge fragment of rock, evidently a fepulchral monument, which has been known for ages by the name of Tingle Stone.
Of the two hamlets belonging to this parifh, Nailfworth and Afton; the former is a confiderable village, a mile and an half weft of the church. The elliptic arch of a window is there fhewn in a ruinous building, which is reported to have been a chapel for the fervice of this populous deftrict, in which the manufacture of cloth has been long eftablifhed, and is ftill continued by gentlemen of reputation.
Afton, fo called from its eafterly fituation, bears nearly an equal diftance from the village of Avening. This place, with the extenfive farm of Loefmore, was inherited for many generations by the family of DRIVER; a refectable name, now extinct, excepting in very remotely collateral branches. The relict of the laft MR. DRIVER fold thefe eftates to MR. BERESFORD, of whofe executors Afton was purchfed by EDMUND ESTCOURT, Efq. and now poffeffed by THOMAS ESTCOURT, of Shipton Moigne, Efq. and Loefmiore (a reputed manor, the privileges of which have never been allowed) by MR. SLOPER, whofe fon, GEORGE SLOPER, Efq. of Tetbury, fucceeded to this eftate.
The Parfonage-houfe, which, by the non-refidence of former rectors, had fuffered confiderable dilapidations, has been repaired and improved by the prefent incumbent.
late of Afton, in the parifh of Avening, Efq.
gave, for ever, to bind out poor children
apprentices, fifty pounds, vefted in GEORGE
of Tetbuty, Efq.
the annual produce two pounds ten fhillings.
This information on this page was found on the website of, The Church of the Holy Cross, Avening, Glouscestershire, England. To visit this site to learn more, plus see several pictures of the church go here.
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