Coln St Aldwyns

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Coln St Aldwyns
Malt House, Coln St Aldwyns, Gloucestershire (geograph 4630422).jpg
The Malt House
Grid reference: SP145053
Location: 51°44’46"N, 1°47’29"W
Population: 271  (2011)
Post town: Cirencester
Postcode: GL7
Dialling code: 01285
Local Government
Council: Cotswold
The Cotswolds

Coln St Aldwyns (sometimes Coln St Aldwyn) is a village in Gloucestershire, amongst the Cotswolds.

The designation "St Aldwyns" (Culna Sancti Aylwini) is attested from the 12th century, and differentiates the village from Coln Rogers and Coln St Dennis, situated further along the River Coln.[1][2] In 1086 in the Domesday book only a single undifferentiated "Culne" is recorded.[3] The name presumably indicates that the church in the village was originally dedicated to St Aylwin,[4] taken to be a form of the name of St Æthelwin[5] which later became St Aldwyn. At some point between 1535 and 1700 the dedication of the church was changed to St John the Baptist.[6]

Parish church

The church, in the very south of the parish, was mostly built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries with extensive 19th-century renovations, and is protected as a Grade II* listed building.[7]

The parish is now in the charge of a team ministry alongside neighbouring parishes.

Outside links


  1. A. D. Mills (2011), A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press
  2. Smith, A.H.: 'Place-Names of Gloucestershire , Part 1' (English Place-Names Society, 1964)
  3. Coln (St Aldwyns), Open Domesday
  4. 13th century charter, in William H. Hart (1863), Historia et cartularium Monasterii Sancti Petri Gloucestriae, Volume 1, p. 257
  5. A History of the County of Gloucester - Volume 7 : {{{2}}} (Victoria County History)
  6. St John the Baptist, Coln St Aldwyn
  7. National Heritage List 1089209: Church of St John the Baptist, Coln St Aldwyns