The church was changing at this time with monasteries being reinvigorated and sloppy practices prevented. The church had suffered from self indulgent luxury and too much land had been bequeathed to local landlords. A new regime was instituted.

It was not clear who owned the parish of Alveston: the local lord or the church. After investigation it was decided that the church owned the land and this was formalised in a treaty in 966 which is the first known written example of the name of Alveston. Incidentally, the first mention of Tiddington was in 969. The first spelling was “Tidinctune”

The suffix of “ton” in the names Alveston and Tiddington means a farmstead or settlement of Saxon origin. Alveston is believed to be named after Aenulf, a Saxon chief and possible the grandfather of Offa. The origins of the name Tiddington are less clear. The Saxon may have been named Tidda or Tilda. The “ing” in the word Tiddington means the family or followers of Tidda/Tilda.

There was also a third village in the parish of Alveston at this time, namely Bridgetown. This covered a cluster of dwellings in the area now occupied by the Alveston Manor Hotel.