Seven miles down the old Gloucester to Bristol Roman road, now the A38, is the village of Whitminster from which a twisting lane leads to the church and Whitminster House, sitting on the banks of the River Frome. Known to the Saxons as Wheatenhurst (Hwita = a personal name of the local chieftain; hurst = a clearing), over time the name became corrupted to Whitnester or Whitmister until finally in the 16th or 17th century to Whitminster. However, the use of Wheatenhurst persisted and either or both names were used up to the mid 20th century but in 1945 Whitminster was used as the official name for the hamlet. The settlement around the parish church, manor house and mills pre-dates those by the main road; in 1486 there were 15 cottages at the crossroads increasing to some 30 dwellings by 1591. In 1675 Whitminster was described as a small village with good accommodation for the travellers on the main road. The road was turn-piked from 1726 to 1877 but the stretch through Whitminster was often deep in mud due in part to the lack of stone on the road and to the nature of the low, flat land which is liable to winter flooding. St.Andrew`s is built on the site of a Norman church, the present church dates from the 14th century but was heavily restored in the 19th. The Stroudwater Canal intersects with the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal just north of the church. Water from the River Frome feed the canals via the Whitminster Weir; the scene, in 1833, of an often bloody dispute between mill owners over the amount or water allowed to feed the canals. In 1823 some cottages were pulled down to provide access to a new house called Parklands and others made way for Whitminster Lodge. In the 1960`s the widening of the A38 resulted in the demolition of a number of houses which were replaced to the northwest of the road. The result of the new building was that by 1968 there are few ancient houses in Whitminster.
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Places to Stay near Whitminster
The Stable (0.23 miles)
Whitminster House Cottages (0.78 miles)
Bell Inn (1.46 miles)
Travelodge Stonehouse (1.47 miles)
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