Naunton 2000

(Published September 2004 at £25. ISBN: 9 780954 685003)

The story, written by David Hanks, who grew up in Naunton, commences in Iron Age Salmonsbury (modern Bourton-on-the-Water) around two thousand years ago and concludes in AD2000 in modern Naunton.  This quintessential English village lies in the Windrush Vale , some four miles west of Bourton . Both villages are contained within one of the most beautiful parts of rural England - an accredited Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) known as The   Cotswolds.

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There are now only a few copies of 'Naunton 2000' left. It will never be reprinted,so if you want a copy you should not delay. If you or your forbears lived in Naunton, or went to school there, your details will almost certainly be in the book which draws upon numerous sources, including archived School Registers. If you lived in Naunton after the school closed in 1969, attending one of the four neighboring [displacement] primary schools between 1970 and 2000, your details will be included. Amongst other things, the appendices contain: The Norman Domesday Survey (1086), School Registers (1865-1969), the latest 'open' Census (1901), Financial Domesday Survey (1914), Victoria County History (1965), Trade Directories (1856-1939) and a section on the fast fading  Cotswold Dialect. It includes other notable records of 1712 and 1779 and some condensed Farm Diaries  (1920s-1977) describing the rise and fall of just one more family farm, at a time when some two thousand years of local farming appear to be drawing to a close. In addition there are hundreds of pictures and several historic maps. But arguably the most important chapter relates to the Village Residents of AD2000 . For the first time ever, this book puts an end to some 2000 years of anonymous habitation and occupation here, each family being included with photographs, pen-pictures and the meaning of their family names. It is only the second book ever that attempts to offer some account of this fascinating place and it has already enabled a number of people to make some surprising genealogical discoveries about their family roots there.

 

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