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Staunton, Gloucester

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


Description

The village of Staunton lies midway between Gloucester and Ledbury on the A417. It is within easy reach of the towns of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Newent. Alongside the neighbouring parishes of Lowbands and Corse it was selected by Feargus O'Connor MP as a settlement for "The Chartist Land Company" in 1845. He aimed to bring about reform and improve the living conditions of working people by removing them from industrial towns to agricultural communities in the countryside.

Numerous cottages to O'Connor's specification were built, with outbuildings and sufficient land for the occupants to become self sufficient. A school was also provided in Corse but, as such, was never occupied. Following a Parliamentary investigation into the legality of the Land Company it was dissolved in 1851, and the scheme ended in failure. However, good examples of the cottages still exist throughout the village.

In the west of the parish, next to "The Court" is a fine Norman church (St James). Inside, at the east end of the aisle against the wall is a Renaissance monument to William Horton, who died in 1612, with kneeling figures of himself, wife, three sons and three daughters. The sons kneel behind the father and the daughters behind the mother, all facing in the same direction. His wife is believed to be a close relative of Dick Whittington. A yew tree in the churchyard is certified as being 2000 years old.

Staunton is a thriving community, centred on "The Cross" alongside "The Swan" public house, local shops and a very well stocked Garden Centre with coffee shop and restaurant. 


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Location




O/S Ref: SO 7829

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On the A417 between Gloucester and Ledbury.

  • Newent