Withington, Gloucestershire

Withington Church

Withington is a Cotswold village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England, about 6 12 miles (10 km) southeast of Cheltenham and 8 miles (13 km) north of Cirencester. The River Coln runs through the village. The parish includes the hamlets of Hilcot, Foxcote and Cassey Compton. The parish population taken at the 2011 census was 532.[1]

The site of a Roman villa lies to the south of the village. Remains of the villa were rediscovered in 1811, and investigations by the Time Team television programme for an episode first broadcast in 2006 found further Romano-British buildings east of the villa, towards the river.[2][3]

The origin of the name is unclear but it is found in records as early as 737 AD (Wudiandun, which would mean the hill of Wudia: Wudia may be a real settler or the legendary Germanic hero Witege). The other English places called Withington may have different origins. In his 1955 work, H. P. R. Finberg argued for continuity between Anglo-Saxon Withington and an earlier Roman settlement.[4] During Saxon times there was an important monastery at Withington.

The parish church of St Michael and All Angels dates from the 12th century and is a Grade I listed building.[5] The church was altered in the 15th century when the Perpendicular clerestory and higher tower were added, and has been described as "a typical example of an important Cotswold church".[6]

From 1891 to 1961, Withington had a railway station on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway which ran between Cirencester and Cheltenham.

The Mill Inn, now the only public house in Withington, is credited with creating the popular fried chicken and chips meal, served in a basket, in the 1960s.[7]

The 2000 Trees music festival is held annually at Upcote Farm, near the village.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Romano-British villa at Withington, Romano-British building at Manor Court Field and associated features (1003345)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Time Team - Episode Guide - Series 13". Channel Four Television. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ Finberg, H.P.R. (1955). Roman and Saxon Withington: a study in continuity. Leicester: University College, Leicester.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Michael (1302954)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  6. ^ David Verey (1976). Cotswold churches. B.T. Batsford. p. 86.
  7. ^ "Feathers fly over pub meal's exit". BBC New: Gloucestershire. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2017.

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Coordinates: 51°50′20″N 1°57′30″W / 51.83889°N 1.95833°W / 51.83889; -1.95833