Avening is a village and civil parish in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England, about three miles (5 km) north of Tetbury. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,094, decreasing to 1,031 at the 2011 census. Nearby is Gatcombe Park, the home of the Princess Royal.

Avening is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population1,031 (2011 Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTetbury
Postcode districtGL8
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°41′N 2°10′W / 51.683°N 2.167°W / 51.683; -2.167


During the Second World War, Avening lay on the GHQ Line. Extensive anti-tank ditches were constructed to the south and southeast, and were overlooked by a number of pillboxes. The defences were constructed as a part of British anti-invasion preparations.[1]


Avening has a Parish Council consisting of nine elected or co-opted members.[2]

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches from Avening in the west to Long Newnton in the south east. The total population of this ward taken at the 2011 census was 1,930.[3]

Religious sitesEdit

The Anglican Church of the Holy Cross was built in late 11th century. It is a grade I listed building.[4]

Famous residentsEdit

  • Michael Powell (1905–1990). Film director, producer, screenwriter, actor. Buried in Holy Cross Church. The gravestone was designed by his son Columba who appeared in some of his films [1].
  • Pamela Brown (1917–1975). Enigmatic RADA trained actor, Pamela spent her last days with Michael Powell at the cottage in Avening which they both loved. Also buried in Holy Cross Church
  • Lindsey Merrison (born 1959). Anglo-burmese film director and producer has a cottage.[]
  • Arthur Lee, 1st Viscount Lee of Fareham and Lady Lee lived at Old Quarries, a grade II listed building.
  • The now disbanded Clogging dance group Roughshod Appalachian Cloggers and their band The Cotswold Mountain Boys originated from Avening.[2] They were well known around the local area and in the UK folk festival circuit. They appeared on The Michael Barrymore show in 1993 [3][4].
  • John Sirgood (1822–1885). Christian fundamentalist lay preacher, and founder of the Society of Dependants was born in Avening.
  • Caroline Playne (1857-1948), historian and anti-war activist, was born in Avening.[5]

Related place namesEdit

Avening is also the name of a rural community immediately south of Creemore, Ontario, Canada, on the Mad River. One of its pioneers was Frederick C. Thornbury, who built a grist mill and a sawmill in the Ontario community in 1860, and named the settlement "after his native place in England".[6]



  1. ^ Foot, 2006, p 291-296.
  2. ^ "Avening Parish Council Website". Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Church of the Holy Cross". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  5. ^ Sybil Oldfield (2004), "'Playne, Caroline Elizabeth (1857–1948)'", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/38530
  6. ^ Places in Ontario: Their Name Origins and History, Part I, by Nick and Helma Mika, Mika Publishing Company, Belleville, Ontario, 1977, p 111.

General referencesEdit

  • Foot, William (2006). Beaches, fields, streets, and hills ... the anti-invasion landscapes of England, 1940. Council for British Archaeology. ISBN 1-902771-53-2.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°41′N 2°10′W / 51.683°N 2.167°W / 51.683; -2.167