Last updated 15/09/2018
Ashchurch Rural Parish lies to the east of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. In addition to the village of Ashchurch it includes six smaller hamlets: Aston Cross, Aston on Carrant, Fiddington, Natton, Pamington and Walton Cardiff. They are connected by a series of quiet and narrow winding lanes, public footpaths, and cycle ways which make the area very popular with dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, and horse riders. The parish is bordered by the Carrant Brook to the north with the Tirle Brook running through the centre of the parish from east to west. These brooks continue to the west and eventually connect with the river Avon and then the Severn.
The parish is served by the Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Railway Station and has good road links including the A46, a major trunk road, which leads to junction 9 on the M5.
The largest density of housing and population is to be found in the north of the Parish surrounding the A46. Although the Parish does not include large scale employment, nearby towns and cities, including Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester do accommodate a wide range of employment, training and education facilities.
The 2011 census data showed that Ashchurch Rural Parish was home to 957 residents, many of these residents having spent much of their lives living in the Parish. The area does prove attractive to commuters who enjoy the peace and tranquility of living within the rural environment whilst still benefiting from quick access to employment, health, services and so on.
In addition to several boundary changes the Parish has gone through many structural changes, often putting strain on its rural identity. Development along the A46 in particular has challenged the rural nature of the area. The addition of the MoD site, started in the 1940s and developing since into the UKs main Central Vehicle Depot, brought about massive change and the site was followed by new housing developments in Ashchurch and Aston Cross.
An interesting and comprehensive history of the area can be found at the British History Online website. This section covers the period from the 10th century to the mid 20th. The ebbs and flows of importance of the hamlets is included here and the ownership of land in the parish by some significant figures in England's history. The parish boundary mentioned in the history is not as it is now since the last revision when Northway was split off as a separate parish...
Five of the parish's hamlets are mentioned in the Doomsday Book written in 1086. Their entries can be seen here...