Compton Abdale

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Compton Abdale
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Compton Abdale
Grid reference: SP060166
Location: 51.848309, -1.91292
Population: 125  (2011)
Post town: Cheltenham
Postcode: GL54
Local Government
Council: Cotswold
The Cotswolds

Compton Abdale is a small village in Gloucestershire on the Roman "White Way" which ran North from Cirencester ("Corinium.") The village lies about nine miles north of Cirencester, a mile south of the A40 London road.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Compton Abdale:

COMPTON-ABDALE, a parish in Northleach district, Gloucester; on the river Colne, 3 miles WNW of Northleach, and 9 SE by E of Cheltenham r. station. Post town, Northleach, under Cheltenham. Acres, 2, 215. Real property, £2, 047. Pop., 258. Houses, 49. The property is divided among a few. Part of the surface is heath. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £81. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church was repaired in 1859.[1]

The parish church, St Oswald's, situated at the top of a steep hill, dates back to the 13th century and features unusual gargoyles. At the foot of the church path in the centre of the village a spring-fed brook emerges from a "crocodile" head constructed from stone by a local mason in the mid-19th century. This brook flows through the village before eventually joining the River Coln at Cassey Compton, which in turn joins the Thames near Lechlade.

The remains of a Roman villa to the south of the village, in a wood now called Compton Grove, were known to local people in the 19th century, when some surviving materials were removed. The villa site was excavated in 1931 by a schoolmaster and pupils from Cheltenham Grammar School, but the principal trench left by their excavations was later filled from the brook by the landowner to form a swimming pool.

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  1. Wilson, John Marius: Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (A. Fullerton & Co., 1870)