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View of Chedworth from Church Graveyard - - 343679.jpg
View over Chedworth
Grid reference: SP051122
Location: 51°48’27"N, 1°55’31"W
Population: 802  (2011[1])
Post town: Cheltenham
Postcode: GL54
Local Government
The Cotswolds

Chedworth is a village and parish in the Rapsgate hundred of Gloucestershire, in the Cotswolds. It is known as the location of Chedworth Roman Villa, administered since 1924 by the National Trust.

Roman villa

The villa is a 1,700-year-old 'stately home' between Yanworth and Withington and some miles from Chedworth Village by road although it sits to the south of the River Coln and so is within Chedworth Parish and accessible by footpath from the 7 Tuns Inn in Chedworth by the fit and agile. It was discovered by accident in 1864[2] It is the remains of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country featuring several mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts (underfloor heating), a water-shrine and a latrine. The water shrine became very special as the Romans used it to worship the goddess of the natural spring that gives it an endless amount of water. New facilities opened in 2014[3]


The parish church is of twelfth-century Norman origin, but was much rebuilt in the second half of the 15th century. The south doorway has been described as "a most notable piece of rich Perpendicular work" and the south range of five Perpendicular windows has also been admired: "The interior is very charming because these great Perpendicular windows are like a wall of clear tinted glass which reflects the light onto the plastered walls."[4]

Seven Tuns Inn

The Seven Tuns Inn is positioned close to the church at the far western "upper" end of the village. Named after 7 Tuns, variously Chimneys, or Barrels, both of which have featured on the pub sign at different times.[5]

Post Office and Shops

Chedworth had a post office and village store for over 120 years before the final postmistress, Miss Lait, closed her Fields Road establishment in 1993, leaving Chedworth with no retail outlets. Following a vigorous campaign by local residents, Chedworth Farm Shop opened in 2006, using former dairy buildings at Denfurlong Farm on Fields Road. The farm shop also features a cafe, open daily.[6]


  1. "Parish population". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  2. Chedworth - Roman Retreat, Angharad Moran, Supplement to the British Connection, Archant, 2011
  3. Wilts and Glos Standard 03-06-2014
  4. David Verey, Cotswold Churches (B. T. Batsford Ltd., 1976), at pages 88-89
  5. Westlake, Howard (2007). The Chedworth Story. Trafford Publishing. pp. 67–68. ISBN 978-1-4251-2178-5. 
  6. Westlake, Howard (2007). The Chedworth Story. Trafford Publishing. pp. 345/368. ISBN 978-1-4251-2178-5.

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