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Awre Bailey Close

In the civil parish of Awre.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO709079
Latitude 51.76901° Longitude -2.42311°

Awre Bailey Close has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Postmedieval fieldname 'Bailey Close', recorded to the south of Awre church on the rectified copy of the Awre tithe map and apportionment (1840).
Glos SMR 25344 (also Bailey Close) is not related to any known caste site but is sited c. 350m to the south of Awre church (Glos SMR 8300). Although Awre is one of the settlements mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086 (Moore 1982), this document contains no reference to a castle, although the church reportedly dates to the early 13th century (Verey 1970), and a castle in this area may, therefore postdate the Domesday survey. (Gloucestershire HER)

Gatehouse suspects a field in the demense of the manorial steward or bailiff, although this is not improbable as the site of manorial centre. The manor was a royal holding until 1204 and does not appear to have ever been the site of a high status residence. It seems unlikely a stewards house, even as the centre of a royal manor, would be meaningfully fortified or even much dressed up with any martial symbolism.
The map reference given in the Gloucestershire HER is no more specific than square SO7007 but the description 'south of the church' puts this approximately at the given reference.
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