Place:Aveton Gifford, Devon, England

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NameAveton Gifford
Alt namesAveton-Giffordsource: Family History Library Catalog
Avetonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 76
TypeVillage
Coordinates50.3°N 3.833°W
Located inDevon, England
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Aveton Gifford is a small rural village in the south of the English county of Devon. It lies at the head of the estuary of the River Avon or Aune, at the point where it is crossed by the A379 road. It receives its name from this river and also from the family of Giffard who held the manor. Walter Giffard came across with William the Conqueror and helped with the Domesday Book.

The correct pronunciation of the name is a source of continuing and fruitless debate in the area: the alternatives are 'Awton Jifford', 'Averton Gifford' or varying combinations of the two. Today, it is frequently known locally as 'AG', a simple solution to the problem.

The village is located in the South Hams district of Devon and is bounded by Modbury, Bigbury, Thurlestone, Churchstow and Loddiswell.

In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 772. There is currently a pub, a community village shop/post office, a primary school, a pre-school and a selection of parish organisations.

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