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River Churn near Baunton - - 696881.jpg
The River Churn near Baunton
Grid reference: SP022045
Location: 51°44’24"N, 1°58’7"W
Postcode: GL7
Local Government
Council: Cotswold
The Cotswolds

Baunton is a village in the Cotswolds, in Gloucestershire, located about two miles north of Cirencester. The village stands by the River Churn.

The village is the Cotswolds 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and much of the village itself is classified a conservation area.

The 2011 census recorded a population of 299.


There is archaeological evidence of habitation around the village in Prehistoric and Roman times. The village is recorded in Domesday Book in 1086 under the name of Baudintone[1] which is believed to be a rendering of the Old English Bældan tun, meaning 'Bælda's estate'.[2]

The Norman church of St Mary Magdalene was built by the Augustinian monks of Cirencester Abbey as a Chapel of Ease in about 1150. Inside there is large wall painting, probably dating from the 14th century, which depicts St Christopher carrying the Christ Child across a stream. It became the parish church in 1551.

The Manor of Baunton belonged to a succession of families including the George and Chester Master families. John George of Baunton was Member of Parliament for Cirencester at the time of the Civil War: he was initially a Parliamentarian, but when his life was spared by the Royalists who had captured him, he joined the King's side.[3]

About the village

The village contains a number of Grade II listed buildings including the 16th century Manor House,[4] and Baunton Mill.[5]

Outside links

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