Alvington, Gloucestershire

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Not to be confused with the village of Alvington, Somerset
Alvington
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A48 road through Alvington
Alvington is located in Gloucestershire
Alvington
Alvington
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Post townLydney
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51°42′19″N 2°34′32″W / 51.70515°N 2.57562°W / 51.70515; -2.57562Coordinates: 51°42′19″N 2°34′32″W / 51.70515°N 2.57562°W / 51.70515; -2.57562

Alvington is a village and civil parish in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England, situated on the A48 road, six miles north-east of Chepstow in Wales. The parish had a total population of 506 at the 2011 census.[1]

History of Alvington[edit]

Alvington was one of a number of hamlets dotted along the River Severn, following the former Roman road leading from Newnham on Severn to Chepstow; the manor of Alvington is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 under the name ‘Alwintune’, then part of the Herefordshire hundred of Bromsash,[2] held by Turstin FitzRolf.[3] During the 12th century, Alvington joined Gloucestershire as part of the Bledisloe hundred, and became a separate parish. During the late Middle Ages Alvington parish and manor were under the ownership of Llanthony Priory (in Gloucester) which was dissolved in 1539; the lord of the manor's seat was situated in Clanna Falls around one mile from the village. In its history Alvington, has variously boasted two smithies, a small brewery, a small engineering works and several shops.[4]

Society and amenities[edit]

Alvington's population had varied somewhere between 300 and 500 since the mid-19th century. During the 1960s the development of a council estate increased the size of the village; the village lies at the edge of the Forest of Dean, which was once an important coal-producing area. There is a strong agricultural influence in the village today, although historically this would have been more evident and many of the population now work outside of the village and its immediate surroundings.

There used to be a village school in Alvington dating back to around 1850, however the last remnants of what became Alvington Church of England School closed in 1958.

Today, Alvington has little in the way of shops and villagers have to travel to the nearby town of Lydney for most services beyond those served by the local petrol station, which acts as the village shop. There are three public houses in Alvington: The Blacksmith's Arms; The Globe Inn (which reopened in November 2014); and The Swan Inn (currently closed but having renovations); the Globe Inn dates back to around 1805. The Blacksmith's Arms dates back the late nineteenth-century in a building that was formerly a smithy (hence the pub's current name); the Swan Inn lies on the border of Alvington and neighbouring Woolaston (also classed as Colne Valley), and once contained a mill in its early days.

St. Andrew’s church[edit]

Built by Llanthony Priory around 1140, the church was originally named St. Mary's, until it took its current name of St. Andrew’s in 1523. In 1858 the church underwent substantial restoration leaving only one small Norman architecture window to reveal its Norman origins. St. Andrew's, Alvington is in the Parish of Woolaston and Alvington, in the Deanery of Forest South under the Diocese of Gloucester. St. Andrew's, Alvington is found on Church Lane and a village hall was built nearby in 1924.

Transport[edit]

Alvington lies on the A48 road, which runs from Chepstow in Monmouthshire, Wales, to Gloucester, England; the nearest railway stations can also be found in Lydney (on local trains from Gloucester) and Chepstow on more regular national routes.

Politics[edit]

Alvington is represented by the county councillor for Tidenham division and the two district councillors for Alvington, Aylburton and West Lydney ward in the Forest of Dean District Council; the Forest of Dean is represented in Parliament by Mark Harper MP (Conservative Party).[5]

Sport[edit]

Alvington and Woolaston Cricket Club was founded in 1983, originally playing at Woolaston Primary School, they now play their home fixtures in Alvington; the club competes in the K. W. Bell Forest League and the Forest Mid-Week League...Alvington football team reformed in 2016 after 40 years Alvington Star football club ended the year unbeaten 7 wins out of 7 the team have had problems with the parish council and play most of there games away which is a shame

Paranormal activity[edit]

The village has been at the centre of a number of paranormal claims in recent years. In 2009 local resident David Crook claimed to have spotted bright lights in the sky above the playing fields; the lights burned brightly in the sky to such an extent that David rushed into the village, knocking on doors, to warn local residents. The lights turned out to be a child up a tree with a torch, but David to this day still claims it was aliens.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ VCH, Alvington', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 5: Bledisloe Hundred, St. Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp. 5-14.
  3. ^ http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk
  4. ^ British History Online
  5. ^ Mark Harper's Conservative Party Website profile
  6. ^ Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review

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