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Bartestree Convent

Bartestree is a village and civil parish in Herefordshire, England, 7 km (4.3 mi) east of Hereford on the A438 road.


The name is thought to be derived from the Old English Beorhtwald's tree.

The Convent of Our Lady of Charity & Refuge was founded in 1863 by Robert Biddulph Phillips of Longworth and occupied a large, red-brick building by Edward Pugin. The convent of Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge closed in 1992 and, after standing derelict for some years, was converted for residential use and renamed Frome Court. The Longworth Roman Catholic Chapel is in the care of the Historic Chapels Trust.[1]

In 1984, St Michael's Hospice, the only purpose-built hospice in Herefordshire, was built on land owned by Bartestree Convent.[2]

Present day[edit]

Bartestree, Hagley and Lugwardine effectively form a continuous linear settlement along the A438 road. A sizeable part of the modern-day village lies in Lugwardine civil parish. Large commercial orchards exist just to the northeast of the village, at Pomona Farm.[3]

There is a public house called the New Inn. It also features a cricket club and football club well known across the village.

Parish council[edit]

The parish council covers both Bartestree and the neighbouring parish of Lugwardine.[4]


External links[edit]

Media related to Bartestree at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°04′06″N 2°38′15″W / 52.06834°N 2.63747°W / 52.06834; -2.63747