Little Sodbury

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Little Sodbury
Little Sodbury (Glos) St Adeline's Church - - 67875.jpg
The church of St Adeline, Little Sodbury
Grid reference: ST726822
Location: 51°32’52"N, 2°20’55"W
Population: 101  (2001)
Post town: Bristol
Postcode: BS37
Dialling code: 01454
Local Government
Council: South Gloucestershire

Little Sodbury is a village in Gloucestershire, standing between Chipping Sodbury, to the west, Old Sodbury to the south, Badminton, and the A46 road to the east and Horton and Hawkesbury Upton, to the north.

The "manor of Sodbury" comprises the nearby Chipping Sodbury and Old Sodbury: it is distinct from that of Little Sodbury.

St Adeline's Church was built in 1859 by William James.

Little Sodbury Manor is originally 15th century, the home of Sir John Walsh who employed William Tyndale as chaplain and tutor to his grandchildren in 1522-3; by tradition he began his translation of the Bible in his bedroom here. The manor retains the porch and Great Hall, with a timber roof resting on corbels carved as shield-bearing angels, of the fifteenth-century courtyard house. The house fell into disrepair in the nineteenth century, but was restored by architect Sir Harold Brakspear for Lord Grosvenor and later Baron de Tuyll.

Little Sodbury is one of three Thankful Villages in Gloucestershire - those rare places that suffered no fatalities during the Great War of 1914 to 1918.

Little Sodbury hill fort

Little Sodbury has an Iron Age hill fort, reshaped by the Romans.

The fort is accessible from the village by the Cotswold Way at ST760826. Of a more modern military theme, there is an Royal Observer Corps post at ST766838.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Little Sodbury)


  • David Verey, Gloucestershire: the Cotswolds, The Buildings of England edited by Nikolaus Pevsner, 2nd ed. (1979) ISBN 0-14-071040-X, pp. 303–304
  • Anthony Emery, "Greater Mediæval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500: Southern England", Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-521-58132-X, p. 115