Place:Dowdeswell, Gloucestershire, England

Alt namesLower Dowdeswellsource: hamlet in parish
Upper Dowdeswellsource: hamlet in parish
Andoversfordsource: village in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.869°N 2.016°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoBradley Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
Northleach Rural, Gloucestershire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Cotswold District, Gloucestershire, Englandadministrative district of which it is now a part
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Dowdeswell parish

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Dowdeswell is a civil parish in the Cotswold District of the county of Gloucestershire, England. It is separated into Upper and Lower Dowdeswell, the former being south of the latter. It was formerly part of the Northleach Rural District.

About 7.1 km (4.4 mi) to the northwest is Cheltenham, and 19 km (12 mi) to the west is Gloucester. In 2001, the parish had a population of 185.


Andoversford (redirected here) is a village and located geographically within the old parish of Dowdeswell, about six miles east of Cheltenham. It is now considered a separate parish with a population of 668 according to the 2001 census.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Horsley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"DOWDESWELL, a parish in Northleach [registration] district, Gloucester; under the Cotswolds, 4 miles SE by E of Cheltenham [railway] station. It includes the village of Andoversford, which has a post office under Cheltenham. Acres: 2,246. Real property: £3,728. Population: 350. Houses: 59. The property is divided among a few. Dowdeswell House is the seat of R. R. Rogers, Esq. A skirmish occurred here in the wars of Charles I.; and some earth-works exist. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £402. Patron: R. R. Rogers, Esq. The church is of the 16th century, cruciform, and good; has a tower and spire; and contains a brass of 1500."

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  • Dowdeswell from A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 9/Bradley hundred] in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online
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