Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Old Rodbourne Cheney

Tucked away at the back of a busy road is the remains of the old village of Rodbourne, originally called Reedy-Bourne after Hreod Burna, the stream that runs through it. In 1242 the Manor was held by Ralf Chanu from whom the villagers added the name Cheney to distinguish it from Rodbourne near Malmesbury.

The old Manor House

The stream - Hreod Burna (part of the river Ray)

Swindon is infamous for its many roundabouts - this one on Cheney Manor Road at the cross-roads of Moredon Road and Cheney Manor Road is rather lovely with some sarsen stones and daffodils about to burst into flower.