Elkstone (St. John the Evangelist)
ELKSTONE (St. John the Evengelist), a parish, in the union of Cirencester, hundred of Rapsgate, E. division of the county of Gloucester, 7½ miles (N. N. W.) from Cirencester; containing 335 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the old Roman road to Cirencester, comprises by measurement 2034 acres. A part of the population is employed in a manufactory for bone manure; and stone is quarried for building purposes, which is easily cut when first taken from the quarry, but acquires a great degree of hardness by exposure to the air. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £12. 9. 2., and in the gift of the Hon. Keppel Craven: the tithes have been commuted for £340, and the glebe comprises 78 acres. The church is a small edifice, affording good specimens of Norman architecture in the ornamented south porch, the east window, and the interior of the chancel; it has a square embattled tower in the later English style, erected in the reign of Richard II. The remains of a Roman tessellated pavement have been discovered at Cornbend, a hamlet in the parish.