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Birdlip Primary School
Birdlip is located in Gloucestershire
 Birdlip shown within Gloucestershire
OS grid reference SO9214
Civil parish Cowley
District Cotswold
Shire county Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Gloucester
Postcode district GL4
Dialling code 01452
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Cotswold
List of places

Coordinates: 51°49′01″N 2°06′00″W / 51.817°N 2.100°W / 51.817; -2.100

Birdlip is a village in Cotswold District of Gloucestershire in England,[1] in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Cheltenham and 8 miles (13 km) south east of Gloucester.[2]


Some fine pre-Roman bronze art, including the famous Birdlip Mirror, from around AD 50, was found at Barrow Wake near Birdlip.[3][4]

The village was once on the main road between Gloucester and Cirencester, now the A417. The building of a bypass, which opened in December 1988, moved the main route away from the village.[citation needed]

Black Horse Ridge is a 17th-century building that until 1900 was a public house.[5] A lodge adjacent to Black Horse Ridge was designed by Richard Pace and built in 1822.[5] Birdlip's remaining pub is The Royal George Hotel, which was built in the 19th century.[5]

Birdlip House is a Georgian house built late in the 18th century.[5]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary burned down in 1897, and was replaced in 1957 by a new church designed by the architect Harold Stratton-Davis.[5]


Birdlip has a community primary school.

Birdlip is on the Cotswold Way, a National Trail running along the edge of The Cotswolds AONB. The view from Barrow Wake viewpoint in the village takes in much of the Vale of Gloucester.[6]

Located next to the primary school is Birdlip and Brimpsfield Cricket Club (BBCC). The club has three senior teams, playing on Wednesdays and Saturdays. BBCC is famous for once fielding a team made entirely of members of the Partridge family.

Birdlip had an infamous "Dogging Area" at the Barrow Wake viewpoint.[7]



  1. ^ "Birdlip location and weather". Falling Rain Genomics. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Guide to Birdlip". Information Britain. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  3. ^ "The Birdlip Mirror". Gloucester Museum. Retrieved 2009-04-03. [dead link]
  4. ^ Verey, 1970, page 113
  5. ^ a b c d e Verey, 1970, page 112
  6. ^ "View from Barrow Wake viewpoint". Panoramio. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  7. ^ "Fake sign promotes Cotswold viewpoint as 'dogging' area". BBC News. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Birdlip at Wikimedia Commons