Naunton & Eyford
"Naunton (i) at the head of the Windrush. D.Niwetone. Later Newenton, Nawenton, Neweton, Newnton : until the XIV. century. A,S. Niwe ; dative, niwan = new: tune = ton: town, or farm-inclosure. The A.S. form was Niwanton. The sense is ' at Newtown." - Gloucestershire - Place Names, Baddeley
"Eyeford. (m. p. & v.) nr. Swell. D. Aiforde. Eyford. Hayford. T.N. Heyford. A.S. gehaeg: hedge. M.E. Hey. The sense is ' at the ford by the Hedge." - Gloucestershire - Place Names, Baddeley
- The mansion-house is delightfully situated on the west
side of the rivulet of ancient date, and formerly the retreat of the Duke of Shrewsbury. King William visited the Duke in this place, and was much pleased with the
sequestered beauties of the situation ; but what gives it a peculiar interest, is the circumstance of Milton's having
written a great part of his Paradise Lost in a summer-house built over a cascade in the garden, but long since fallen
This place is not mentioned in P. N. tax.
Population, -, 25-57. Houses inhab. 11." - History of the County of Gloucestershire 1803
The Naunton Dovecote
The Dovecote is open during daylight hours, and free to visit.
The Naunton Dovecote Trust have an extensive website worth a look.
Ownership of a dovecote was a privilege restricted to lords of the manor and parish priests from the 12th century to 1619. A dovecote was considered to be a visible expression of high economic status related to a luxurious diet. The Naunton Dovecote is relatively large, based on the number of nest-holes, indicating it was associated with somebody of importance in the county, controlling a large area of land.
The age of the Dovecote is unclear. English Heritage lists the building as probably 16th century, possibly earlier”.