Framilode

Framilode is a village on the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire, England, in the parish of Fretherne with Saul. It consists of two settlements: the larger, Framilode, is at the mouth of the River Frome. The smaller settlement, Framilode Passage, lies about 0.5 mile downstream.

Framilode
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Framilode is located in Gloucestershire
Framilode
Framilode
Location within Gloucestershire
OS grid referenceSO7510
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLOUCESTER
Postcode districtGL2
Dialling code01452
PoliceGloucestershire
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51°47′28″N 2°21′58″W / 51.791°N 2.366°W / 51.791; -2.366Coordinates: 51°47′28″N 2°21′58″W / 51.791°N 2.366°W / 51.791; -2.366

The name, first recorded in the 7th century, means "Frome crossing point", probably signifying a crossing of the Severn by the mouth of the Frome. However by the 16th century the ferry was further downstream at Framilode Passage, and the ferry across the Severn here continued in occasional use until the Second World War.[1]

In 1126 Gloucester Abbey acquired a mill on the Frome at Framilode, and both corn mills and fulling mills continued to operate in the village until the late 18th century. The opening of the Stroudwater Canal in 1779 created water shortages, and by 1786 the mills were used for tinplate manufacture. By 1831 the mills were used as a forge, but were derelict by 1841.[2]

The Stroudwater Canal also entered the Severn at Framilode, and a canal basin was built at Framilode in 1794 and 1795. After the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal opened in 1827 use of the stretch between the junction with the new canal and the Severn declined, and in the 1920s the section was blocked and fell into disuse. The basin was subsequently filled.[1]

Framilode became an ecclesiastical parish in 1855, and the parish church of St Peter was built in 1854.[3] The church is a Grade II listed building.[4] The ecclesiastical parish was merged with the parish of Fretherne in 1949,[5] and is now part of the Severnside group of parishes.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Kathleen Morgan; Brian S Smith (1972). C R Elrington, N M Herbert and R B Pugh (eds.). "Fretherne and Saul: Introduction". Victoria County History. A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 10, Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds. pp. 155–160. Retrieved 17 September 2018.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Kathleen Morgan; Brian S Smith (1972). C R Elrington, N M Herbert and R B Pugh (eds.). "Fretherne and Saul: Economic History". Victoria County History. A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 10, Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds. pp. 162–165. Retrieved 17 September 2018.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  3. ^ Kathleen Morgan; Brian S Smith (1972). C R Elrington, N M Herbert and R B Pugh (eds.). "Fretherne and Saul: Churches". Victoria County History. A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 10, Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds. pp. 165–168. Retrieved 17 September 2018.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1154718)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ Vision of Britain website
  6. ^ Severnside group of parishes website

External linksEdit

  Media related to Framilode at Wikimedia Commons