Dumbleton, Glos

The “green man” at Dumbleton church

Dumbleton is a quiet village in the north of Gloucestershire, about half way between Tewkesbury and Evesham, and is so close to the county boundary that it has a Worcestershire postal address. The village lies in an area of arable farming just to the west of the Cotswold Hills, and was in existence at the time of the Domesday Book. About twenty old buildings in the village are listed, due to their architectural or historic interest, and much of the village is a Conservation Area. The church, parts of which date back to the twelfth century, is one of the listed buildings, with the “green man” over the north door being one feature of interest.

Pitman as a surname was only present in the village for about fifty years in the eighteenth century, and then just one man, his wife and daughter. However, the name Pitman lived on there well into the twentieth century as the middle name of some of their descendants.

Dumbleton hall, church and village in the early 18th century (Johannes Kip)