Cliffords Mesne

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Cliffords Mesne
Clifford's Mesne Village Hall - - 549708.jpg
Clifford's Mesne Village Hall
Grid reference: SO700231
Location: 51°54’23"N, 2°26’14"W
Local Government

Cliffords Mesne is a village in Gloucestershire, two miles south-west of the town of Newent. There is a small church and a single pub, The Yew Tree Inn. Nearby is May Hill, owned by the National Trust, and the International Centre for Birds of Prey.

This village 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]

The combined population of Cliffords Mesne and Gorsley was 1320 in 1876.[2]

Parish church

The small parish 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 war memorial: small tablet to the two local men who died on active service in the Second World War.[3]

An earlier stone church built in Gothic style in 1872 and extended in 1877, became the village school, now closed,[4] and now serves as a non-denominational village hall.

==About the village 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.[5]

The village

Close to Cliffords Mesne is May Hill, which is owned by the National Trust. Also nearby is the International Centre for Birds of Prey.


The Village Hall was refurbished in 2013 and holds regular social and music events.[6]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Cliffords Mesne)


  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. Morris & Co. Commercial Directory & Gazetteer of Newent, 1876: Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  3. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  4. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  5. {{NHLE|@ @Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  6. Cliffords Mesne Village Hall