South Littleton is located midway between Evesham and Bidford-on-Avon. South Littleton is the largest of The Littletons, with North and Middle Littleton being smaller. At the 2001 census it had 1,775 inhabitants, while North and Middle Littleton had a population of 906.
Though Neolithic human activity has been documented in the area, it is thought the first permanent settlements were constructed during Romano-British times (the important Roman road of Ryknild Street runs by the area). Other nearby Romano-British at Ullington, Blakes Hill and Littleton Pastures have been documented, and all were thought to be in continuous occupation until the late 4th century. Archeological evidence suggests the area was completely abandoned after the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.
The area had been repopulated to an extent by the time of the Domesday Book, which documents the Littletons twice. Later stone buildings remain in the villages today. The parish remained largely as an agricultural area until the late 1940s. Today, very few of the inhabitants of the parish are employed in agriculture.
South Littleton today
The village is served by South Littleton Parish Council. The Littletons First School is in South Littleton which also has a large recreation ground. There are also allotments and bowling and tennis clubs. There is a shop and post office and a fish and chip shop located on the village High Street. There is also a Church of England church and a Quaker chapel located in the village.
South Littleton is also the location of HMP Long Lartin, a maximum security prison for adult males.
- "Parish Headcounts: Wychavon". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/viewFullDataset.do?instanceSelection=03070&productId=779&$ph=60_61&datasetInstanceId=3070&startColumn=1&numberOfColumns=8&containerAreaId=790557. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
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