The Gloucestershire County History Trust started work on the 6 week or so project to research the history of West Littleton as planned on 1st October 2020. Click the picture for more detail.
St James's church will remain open during the new lockdown (January 2021 - duration unknown) but services will be reduced to one a month for the time being.
The annual evening concert and supper with the University of Bristol Madrigal Ensemble will not take place this March (2021)due to the pandemic. We may be able to hold a modified event in the summer.
Providing we are able to and can do so safely our Gardens Open weekend will be held on 12th and 13th June 2021.
The new defibrillatorhas been installed by the telephone box outside Home Farm and is fully operational. A training course explaining its use has been held for residents of West Littleton and Tormarton.
Ultrafast broadband via fibre to the premises has at last been made available to the 6 properties in West Littleton omitted from the main village installation program 18 months ago.
The artefacts of St James's Church have been recorded and photographed by the Severn Valley Arts Society Church Recording Group over the last 2 years. Their report will be available soon.
West Littleton is a small village located to the north west of Marshfield on rising ground. It boasts around 50 inhabitants, with 25 houses, two working farms and St James’s Church. It is located between the M4 and the A420. The closest amenities are to be found in Marshfield and the historical city of Bath is a short distance to the South. The National Trust property, Dryham House situated in Dyrham Park is located a few hundred metres from the village. A Google location map for the village can be found under the menu item above or here.
West Littleton is a beautiful village with many buildings having stone tiled roofs and walls built of Cotswold stone. Dry stone walling in Cotswold stone abounds, defining field and private home boundaries alike.
The central part of the village consists of houses arranged around the Common giving a sense of openness and space. Some houses in the village date back to the 15th century with some possibly even back to the 14th.
The Church of St James is small in scale and originated in the 13th century. It was rebuilt in 1855 after being largely destroyed by fire. The striking bell tower survived and is one of the most historic and finest in the region today.
The church has a collection of 18th and 19th century wall memorials and tombs which were the subject of a considerable programme of conservation work in 2010. There is a dedicated website at www.stjamesmonuments.org giving full details of the work undertaken.
West Littleton and Tormarton are the two villages grouped together to form the Parish of Tormarton for local government. The official Council website is located at http://www.tormarton-pc.gov.uk where Council meeting Minutes and other details can be accessed.
Pictures above show a small number of Hampshire Down sheep on West Littleton Common, a recent resumption of the historical rights of villagers to graze livestock on the Common. Great for the quality of the grass and wildlife on the common and also for enhancing the rural attractions of the village.