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Avening Archive

The Medieval Village of Avening has a rich and varied past - it grew around the Norman Church of the Holy Rood (or Holy Cross), which was built on the site of an earlier Saxon Church. It is said to have been built in 1080, being the only church ever to be built by a Queen of England. During the Second World War, Avening lay on 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. INSTRUCTIONS: When you click the ‘More Info’ button in each section you will be taken to a One Drive site (you don’t need an account) where you will see a collection of folders - you are free to explore the contents and open documents as required. Revisit the sections regularly as new content is being added all the time.

Census information - 1841 to 1911

We have transcribed the census information from 1841 to 1911, so that you are able to search and download all of the records to help with your family trees or general research. You will find guidance notes, a searchable index, and the full record for each census.

Avening in the First World War

In Avening Parish Church, the Roll of Honour shows that the village lost 42 men in the First World War. Many of the family names can still be found among the current inhabitants of Avening. Military records list a total of 87 men serving in the forces during the first year of the war. This was from a total population of 823 in 1914. The hamlet of Nag’s Head alone sent 17 men from only 18 houses. Most of the men served in the Gloucestershire Regiment; some were in other regiments or the Royal Navy. One Baptist minister, the Reverend Edward Fowles, who had been working as a missionary in China, was enlisted as an officer in the Chinese Labour Battalions in France because of his knowledge of Chinese customs and language. Avening men fought in nearly all the theatres of the war, from Flanders to Mesopotamia. Those who died were killed in action or fatally wounded at Ypres, Loos, Cambrai, Arras, the Dardanelles and many other places. Some were decorated for their bravery, with at least three Military Medals and two Distinguished Conduct Medals being awarded to local men. Click on the WW1 Heroes link to read the stories of the 42 men who died in the conflict

Avening people

Looking at the characters and people who have lived in Avening
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Buildings and Places

Historic pictures and views of the village showing the changes that have happened in the development of Avening. Start exploring by clicking the ‘More Info ‘ button >>>
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Copyright Information

Avening Archive

All items in this archive are the property of Avening Parish Council and/or the original owners. The contents cannot be reproduced or published in any medium without written approval from the Parish Clerk or the Curator, but can be downloaded for personal use only.

Groups and Teams

There have been many sports teams and social groups in the village, and this section brings together information and photos from long forgotten and more recent organisations
Coming Soon

Village events

We’re all familiar with the village fetes and the world famous duck racee, but what about It’s a Knockout from only a couple of decades ago, and the Pig Face celebration dating back to Queen Matilda in the 1100’s? This is the place you need!
Coming Soon

Archive Contacts:

Curator: Jean Chatelain email: ajeanchatelain@icloud.com Web administrator: Tony Slater Email: tony@slaters25.com Parish Clerk: email: parishclerk@avening-pc.gov.uk
© Avening Parish Council 2023

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Avening Archive

The Medieval Village of Avening has a rich and varied past - it grew around the Norman Church of the Holy Rood (or Holy Cross), which was built on the site of an earlier Saxon Church. It is said to have been built in 1080, being the only church ever to be built by a Queen of England. During the Second World War, Avening lay on 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. INSTRUCTIONS: When you click the ‘More Info’ button in each section you will be taken to a One Drive site (you don’t need an account) where you will see a collection of folders - you are free to explore the contents and open documents as required. Revisit the sections regularly as new content is being added all the time.
AveningArchive

Census information - 1841 to 1911

We have transcribed the census information from 1841 to 1911, so that you are able to search and download all of the records to help with your family trees or general research. You will find guidance notes, a searchable index, and the full record for each census.

Avening in the First World War

In Avening Parish Church, the Roll of Honour shows that the village lost 42 men in the First World War. Many of the family names can still be found among the current inhabitants of Avening. Military records list a total of 87 men serving in the forces during the first year of the war. This was from a total population of 823 in 1914. The hamlet of Nag’s Head alone sent 17 men from only 18 houses. Most of the men served in the Gloucestershire Regiment; some were in other regiments or the Royal Navy. One Baptist minister, the Reverend Edward Fowles, who had been working as a missionary in China, was enlisted as an officer in the Chinese Labour Battalions in France because of his knowledge of Chinese customs and language. Avening men fought in nearly all the theatres of the war, from Flanders to Mesopotamia. Those who died were killed in action or fatally wounded at Ypres, Loos, Cambrai, Arras, the Dardanelles and many other places. Some were decorated for their bravery, with at least three Military Medals and two Distinguished Conduct Medals being awarded to local men. Click on the WW1 Heroes link to read the stories of the 42 men who died in the conflict

Buildings and Places

Historic pictures and views of the village showing the changes that have happened in the development of Avening. Start exploring by clicking the ‘More Info ‘ button >>>

Avening people

Looking at the characters and people who have lived in Avening
Coming Soon

Copyright Information

Avening Archive

All items in this archive are the property of Avening Parish Council and/or the original owners. The contents cannot be reproduced or published in any medium without written approval from the Parish Clerk or the Curator, but can be downloaded for personal use only.

Groups and Teams

There have been many sports teams and social groups in the village, and this section brings together information and photos from long forgotten and more recent organisations
Coming Soon

Village events

We’re all familiar with the village fetes and the world famous duck racee, but what about It’s a Knockout from only a couple of decades ago, and the Pig Face celebration dating back to Queen Matilda in the 1100’s? This is the place you need!
Coming Soon

Archive Contacts:

Curator: Jean Chatelain email: ajeanchatelain@icloud.com Web administrator: Tony Slater Email: tony@slaters25.com Parish Clerk: email: parishclerk@avening-pc.gov.uk