Andoversford Village near Cheltenham
Andoversford Village is situated seven miles from Cheltenham Town Centre and can be accessed via the A40, The Parish is within the Sandywell ward/electoral division, which is in the constituency of The Cotswolds. The village has a diverse mixture of housing and facilities available. Over the last few years the village has seen a number of changes with new housing developments replacing agriculture businesses.
Andoversford hamlet, named from the crossing of the river Coln by the Stow–Gloucester road at the east end of the parish, is mainly of 19th- and 20th-century growth, though there were a few dwellings in that area by the 13th century when several inhabitants of Dowdeswell were surnamed ‘of Andoversford’. In the early modern period the place-name usually took the form Anford or Anfords ford. From the Gloucester road a short way west of the ford an old lane led northwards to join an old Cheltenham–London road in Whittington parish west of Syreford, and in the early 17th century an inn (from the mid 19th century called the Royal Oak) was built on the Gloucester road opposite the entrance to the lane.