Cranham, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates: 51°48′53″N 2°09′08″W / 51.8146°N 2.1522°W / 51.8146; -2.1522

Cranham
Cranham is located in Gloucestershire
Cranham
Cranham
 Cranham shown within Gloucestershire
OS grid reference SO896129
Civil parish Cranham
District Stroud
Shire county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLOUCESTER
Postcode district GL4
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
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Cranham is a village in the English county of Gloucestershire. Forming part of the district of Stroud it is to be found a mile or so east of the A46 road between Stroud and Cheltenham. The Cotswold Way long distance footpath also runs nearby.

Composer Gustav Holst lived in Cranham for a while, and it was there, in the house now called 'Midwinter Cottage' that he wrote what is probably the best known tune for the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti.[1] A Ham class minesweeper, HMS Cranham, was also named after the village.

A Fairport Convention album, Gladys' Leap, is named after local postwoman Gladys Hillier, who would jump over a local stream to avoid a long journey. The Ordnance Survey have renamed that place in her honour.[2]

In 1948, Cranham Scout Centre was opened by the chief scout of the time. Over 2000 people attended the celebration of the opening ceremony.[3] Since then it has developed from a small campsite into an activity centre with indoor accommodation.

In 2010, pop star Lily Allen bought Old Overton House, just outside Cranham, for a reported £3 million.[4][5] Old Overton House is grade II listed with the earliest part of the property dating back to the seventeenth century.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gloucestershire - Places - Shnugget: Carols at Cranham". BBC. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Alan (2005-08-11). "A bridge too late to spare a country postwoman's muddy boots - Times Online". London: timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Cranham Scout Centre - History". Scoutcentre.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  4. ^ ": Smile, you're the proud new owner of £3 million Lily Allen pad". This Is Gloucestershire. Archived from the original on 2010-09-20. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Lily recovers from serious condition | Gloucestershire News". This is Gloucestershire. 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Old Overtown House - Cranham - Gloucestershire - England". British Listed Buildings. 1987-03-24. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 

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