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The Village Websmith - Web Design & Services for Alvington,, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Alvington : One of a series of small hamlets that grew up along the Roman military coast road that led from Newnham to Chepstow, Alvington was a manor by late Saxon times and in the Doomsday Book survey of 1086 it had in Lordship (i.e. under control of the Lord of the Manor) 2 ploughs; 12 villagers with 9 ploughs; they pay 20 looms of iron and 8 sesters of honey'. As with some other places in the Forest, Alvington was originally part of Herefordshire and it only became part of Gloucestershire in the 13th century when it was absorbed into the Bledisloe Hundred and made a separate parish.</p><p>At this time, the manor and much of the parish was owned by Llanthony Priory in Gloucester and Alvington Court, a 16th century Elizabethan house that lies east of the village along Court Lane was probably built on the site of an early grange of the Priory. The oldest building in the village is the Church of St Andrew, built by Llanthony Priory around 1140 at which time it was dedicated to St Mary. Its dedication was changed in 1523 and in 1858; the church was radically restored, losing much of its original stonework apart from one small Norman window in the chancel.</p><p>Alvington is located on the lower slopes of the Severn escarpment, about 5 kilometres south-west of Lydney. It is bisected by the A48 trunk route. The village originally developed in a linear form along the main road. This part of the village is still characterised by older terraced properties along the A48. To the north of the A48, more recent development has taken place off Clanna Lane including an estate of over sixty houses. To the south-east of the main road, development occurred initially in the form of small cottages in large plots. Subsequently, a variety of bungalows and houses have been constructed in this area, although it still retains an open spacious character. The minor roads in this part of the village are generally unsuitable for additional traffic, and their junctions with the A48 are unsatisfactory. The majority of the village lies within a Conservation Area. For more information, please call us on the number shown, or click in the header of any page to email

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<p>It is just three weeks tomorrow before our Website Surgery in Monmouth. If you would like to know how your website is performing, and get free advice on how to make it perform better, get your skates on!<br /><br />Although we like to keep things as informal and simple as possible, we are asking visitors to book their time slot so that everyone gets the time and attention they need to get the full picture.<br /><br />The surgery is free to attend for all members of the Monmouth & District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, so get your booking in by phoning 07703 290243 or email me and I will look forward to seeing you there. </p><p>Putting your website through the WARS will give you information about:<ul><li>Getting found. How your site performs in search engines.</li><li>Getting your message across. How much impact does your message have?</li><li>Message positioning and structure. How easy is it for visitors to see the most important content?</li><li>Use of images. Are they relevant? High quality? Too big? Too small? Do they load quickly?</li><li>Mobile friendliness. How does your site look on a phone? How about a tablet?</li><li>Improvements. Effective recommendations that are either free or very cheap to implement</li><li>The future. Every visitor gets a copy of "Ten things every business can do to improve website performance".</li></ul><br /><br />Bridges Community Centre has great facilities, plenty of parking space and is easy to find at Drybridge House, Wonastow Road, Monmouth NP25 5AS.</p>
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