The Book of Staverton - An Ancient West Wiltshire Parish, by Pete Lavis

The Book of Staverton - An Ancient West Wiltshire Parish, by Pete Lavis

Published by Halsgrove in 2002, 160 pages. Large A4 size Hardback with Dust Jacket (N6880)

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From the front inside fly leaf: Staverton's foundations go back over 1,000 years to the first Anglo-Saxon farmstead established on the banks of the River Avon. By the tenth century a prominent corn mill and eel fishery were operating by the river and the village's milling tradition has continued on the site right through to the present day. Staverton was heavily involved in the local woollen cloth trade between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries and throughout the 1800s housed the biggest cloth factory in the district.

The arrival of the canal and railway through the parish in the first half of the nineteenth century created new opportunities for villagers who, throughout the Victorian era, had to cope with the many social, structural and cultural changes thrust upon them. Staverton experienced very little outward growth until the late-twentieth century when new housing developments in the 1980s and '90s doubled the size of the village and trebled its population.

Plans to further increase its housing stock over the next few decades will present the village with many new challenges and will, inevitably, change its long-established unique style and culture. A tiny rural community for many centuries, Staverton has a complex and fascinating history that is beautifully illustrated and narrated in this unique volume, which it is hoped will be treasured by generations to come.