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Cliffords Mesne

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Cliffords Mesne Village Hall
Cliffords Mesne Village Hall

Cliffords Mesne is an English village in Gloucestershire, two miles (3.2 km) south-west of the town of Newent. It was the home of author Winifred Foley from the mid-1970s, after the success of her first book of reminiscences, A Child in the Forest.[1]


Cliffords Mesne contains a public house, the Yew Tree Inn. It is close to May Hill, which is owned by the National Trust, and to the International Centre for Birds of Prey.[2] The Village Hall was refurbished in 2013 and holds regular social and music events.[3] There is a single weekly bus journey to Ross-on-Wye on Thursdays, but daily bus services between Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye pass through nearby Kilcot (4 km).[4] The nearest railway station is Gloucester (20 km).


The small Anglican church is dedicated to St Peter. Designed by E. S. Harris, it was built in 1882 of stone, with a central bellcote, a nave, a chancel, a south porch, and a south vestry. It has contemporary stained glass dedicated to a local falconer and a memorial tablet to two local men who died on active service in the Second World War.[5] The church parish is merged with Gorsley. It shares clergy with Newent and lies in the Diocese of Gloucester.[6] An earlier stone church built in Gothic style in 1872 and extended in 1877, became the village school, now closed,[7] and now serves as a non-denominational village hall.[8] The single listed historic building in Cliffords Mesne is the outlying Ravenshill Farmhouse, north of the village, most of which dates from the late 17th and early 18th centuries.[9] The combined population of Cliffords Mesne and Gorsley was 1320 in 1876.[10]


  1. ^ Foley, Winifred: A Child in the Forest (London: BBC, 1974). ISBN 0-563-12605-1; ibid: Back in the Forest (London: Macdonald, 1981). ISBN 0-354-04354-4.
  2. ^ Guardian obituary Retrieved 19 October 2010.; National Trust: Retrieved 22 August 2011. Archived 16 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Cliffords Mesne Village Hall website
  4. ^ Stagecoach Co. timetable: Retrieved 22 August 2011. Archived 3 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  6. ^ A Church Near You: Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  7. ^ Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  8. ^ Retrieved 22 August 2011. Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ English Heritage site: Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  10. ^ Morris & Co. Commercial Directory & Gazetteer of Newent, 1876: Retrieved 22 August 2011.

Coordinates: 51°54′N 2°26′W / 51.900°N 2.433°W / 51.900; -2.433

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