Littleton-upon-Severn
Littleton-upon-Severn
Littleton-upon-Severn
Location within Gloucestershire
OS grid referenceST595899
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBristol
Postcode districtBS35
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireAvon
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire
51°36′28″N 2°35′06″W / 51.6077°N 2.5851°W / 51.6077; -2.5851Coordinates: 51°36′28″N 2°35′06″W / 51.6077°N 2.5851°W / 51.6077; -2.5851

Littleton-upon-Severn is a village and civil parish in South Gloucestershire near the mouth of the River Severn and is located to the west of Thornbury. Historically it belonged to the Hundred of Langley and Swinehead. In 1831 it had a population of 179 people.[1]

A church was first mentioned as being in the village when the abbot of Malmesbury held a court leet here each year under a licence from king Edward the Martyr (975-979), and in the Domesday Book it was listed as being in the Langley hundred, and having a priest and thirty acres of pasture. In the twelfth century, the wooden church was replaced with a stone building, and the font and piscine are also twelfth century.[2][3]

The present parish church of St Mary's of Malmesbury is a Grade II* listed building, having been registered on 30 March 1960. It dates from the fourteenth century but was largely rebuilt in 1878. It is built out of rubble stone in the Decorated style, with a roof of fish-scale tiles. The plan consists of a nave, south porch and aisle, chancel, north vestry, and tower at the west end.[4]

The village contains a popular 17th century pub called The White Hart.[5]

Littleton Brick Pits are an artificial lagoon, once the site of clay extraction for brick making, where the Avon Wildlife Trust have reintroduced reedbeds close to the Severn Estuary as a feeding and resting place for migrating birds.[6]

References

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1833). A Topographical Dictionary of England: With Historical and Statistical Descriptions. S. Lewis and Company. p. 111.
  2. ^ "St Mary of Malmesbury, Littleton-on-Severn". The Church of England. Retrieved 29 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "The History of St Mary's, Littleton". Alveston.org. Retrieved 29 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Church of St Mary of Malmesbury, Aust". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Aird, Alisdair; Stapley, Fiona (4 September 2014). The Good Pub Guide 2015. Ebury Publishing. p. 902. ISBN 978-1-4735-0186-7.
  6. ^ "Littleton Brick Pits". Reserves. Avon Wildlife Trust. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)