Avenbury was mentioned on the Doomsday Book. The village that was centred around the church of St Mary has now disappeared leaving the parish comprised of a series of farms and hamlets.
In the post-medieval period the village had a barn and several lime kilns as well as houses.
The church was built c. 840 AD and closed in 1931 and is said to be haunted. Many of the Baskerville family are buried in the churchyard. Three of the bells were rehung in St Andrew by the Wardrobe in 1933.
In May 2007 the church, which had been acquired by a pagan in the 1970s was put up for sale and a trust created to buy it for preservation.