Redmarley D'Abitot

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Redmarley D'Abitot
Phone box on Hyde Park Corner, Redmarley D'Abitot - - 850484.jpg
Hyde Park Corner, Redmarley D'Abitot
Grid reference: SO752314
Location: 51°58’50"N, 2°21’37"W
Population: 705  (2001)
Post town: Gloucester
Postcode: GL19
Dialling code: 01531/01452
Local Government
Council: Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean

Redmarley D'Abitot is a village and parish in south-west Worcestershire. In addition to the village of Redmarley, the civil parish also includes the settlements of Lowbands, Haw Cross, Playley Green, Kings Green and Durbridge.[1] At the 2001 census the parish had a population of 705.

The name Redmarley comes from 'woodland clearing with a reedy pond', from the Old English words hrëod and lëah.[2] An alternative cod-derivation has been suggested as from the local red heavy clay or marl.[3] The difficulty with this explanation is that the word marl entered the language many centuries later. D'Abitot is thought to come from Urse d'Abetot, who was Sheriff of Worcestershire and who held the manor in 1086.[4]

Sometimes a circumflex is placed on the 'o' of d'Abitot, but this usage has been criticised. As Eric Smith says: "It is to be regretted that the Gloucestershire County Council placed a circumflex in the signs on the A417. This is emphatically incorrect, both historically and linguistically, Abitot is a word of (Germanic) Anglo-Saxon origin."[5]

In 1886, at the time of her engagement to the composer Edward Elgar, Alice Roberts was living with her widowed mother Julia, at Hazeldine House in Redmarley.

Distances from Redmarley

  • 3 miles north of Newent
  • 5 miles south of Ledbury
  • 10 miles north west of Gloucester
  • 16 miles south-east of Hereford


  1. Welcome to Redmarley D'Abitot
  2. Mills, A. D. (1991): A Dictionary of English Place-Names, Oxford University Press.
  3. Redmarley D'Abitot at
  4. Domesday Book
  5. Warde, Eric (2007): Prosperity to this Parish, A History of Redmarley D'Abitot

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