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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]

Facilities

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).

Heritage

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]

References

  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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