Bedstone

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Coordinates: 52°22′30″N 2°55′41″W / 52.375°N 2.928°W / 52.375; -2.928

Bedstone
Part-timber-frame house at Bedstone - geograph.org.uk - 655111.jpg
Bedstone is located in Shropshire
Bedstone
Bedstone
 Bedstone shown within Shropshire
OS grid reference SO369755
    - London  159 miles (256 km) 
Civil parish Bedstone
Unitary authority Shropshire
Ceremonial county Shropshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CRAVEN ARMS
Postcode district SY7 0
Dialling code 01547 530
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Ludlow
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Shropshire

Bedstone is a small village and civil parish in south Shropshire, England, close to the border with Herefordshire.

The village is approximately 1 12 miles (2.4 km) from the railway stations at Hopton Heath and Bucknell and is situated just off the B4367 road.

Bedstone College[edit]

Bedstone is home to Bedstone College, an independent boarding and day school founded in 1948, which is run by a non-profit educational trust (Bedstone Educational Trust). Famous former pupils include the present Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, now Baron Ludlow, and explorer and TV presenter Monty Halls. The current headmaster is David Gajadharsingh.

Educating around 220 day and boarding students, the College is not selective and does not require pupils to sit an entrance exam. It offers a broad curriculum from nursery through to A Level. Physical education and extra-curricular activities are an integral part of the school week, which includes Saturday morning lessons and five afternoons set aside for sports and a choice of activities.

There are four boarding houses:

  • Bedstone House - for junior girls
  • Wilson House - for senior girls
  • Rutter House - for junior boys
  • Pearson House - for senior boys

Each is run by houseparents who are typically academic staff and their families. Pastoral care is viewed as highly important.

Its campus houses the notable country house that is Bedstone Court. Its founders include the parents of Sir Martin Rees.[1]

Judged by GCSE results, this is the 2nd best non-selective school in Shropshire and 6th overall.

Norman Origin[edit]

St Mary's church[2] dates back to Norman times and features an original Norman font, a timber framed bellcote and a shingled spire, and some of the houses, which include several thatched cottages, are more than 600 years old.

Buildings[edit]

St Mary's Church, the ancient parish church of Bedstone.

Manor Farm house is an example of a timber framed house and was partly stone faced in 1775. Bedstone Court, now the home of Bedstone College, is a more flamboyant black-and-white mansion, built between 1882 and 1884, designed by Thomas Harris for Henry Ripley, MP and is a calendar house reputed to have 365 windows, 52 rooms (on the first two floors)12 chimneys and seven external doors. The central hall has a magnificent 52 panelled stained-glass window depicting the months of the year, signs of the zodiac, birds associated with the month and the agricultural activity of the month. The building was heavily damaged by a fire in 1996 but was fully restored and continues to be the centrepiece of Bedstone College: the independent co-educational boarding and day school for pupils from 3 to 18.

Amenities[edit]

Until the 2000s there was a post office but now there is just a Royal Mail post box in the hamlet.[3]

Parish[edit]

The civil parish covers a small area, with no other settlements than Bedstone itself. With a parish population of just 85 (in 2001), the parish council has now been merged with that of neighbouring Bucknell parish. In ecclesiastical terms, the church is linked with those of Hopton Castle and Clungunford.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FT Magazine Inventory: Martin Rees
  2. ^ St Mary's Bedstone
  3. ^ dracos.co.uk Postboxes in SY7