Surrounded by tranquil meadows this is the biggest village in Gloucestershire with a population nearing 3,500. It was founded in 999 by Saxon settlers, with a charter by King Aethelred II and was a key settlement on the River Churn.
The village of South Cerney has prospered throughout the ages with links to farming, cloth production and more recently gravel extraction. lies
The village has a range of buildings from small artisan cottages, farm buildings and manor houses all built in the natural Cotswold stone and in the centre of the village you will see the Medieval cross.
All Hallows is the village church which has Norman origins before being altered in the medieval period. In 1857 the church spire was struck by lightning and never reconstructed. The active village church was thoroughly restored in 1862. Inside the church you will find a number of important marble wall monuments.
While exploring the village make sure you walk along the quaintly named Bow Wow. This small tree lined lane leads out of the village with the River Churn running down one side and the mill stream on the other side.
South Cerney has a range of local amenities including a Post Office and newsagents, convenience store and takeaways. There are even three public houses in the village, The Old George, The Oak and The Eliot Arms. With other eating places not far away you will be spoilt for choice.
The village is located within The Cotswold Water Park, an area made up of 150 lakes, mostly formed by gravel extraction. Many of the lakes are now used for leisure activities including fishing, watersports and even rallying. To learn more about the Cotswold Water Park call into the Gateway Centre to learn more about this unique area and get out on foot to discover walking trails and nature reserves all offering peace and quiet too.
Towns & Villages
- Village shop
Located off the main A419 Swindon to Cirencester road
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station Kemble