An ancient area of Gloucester, Hempsted was just outside the City. The fine Norman church of St. Swithun was built and paid for by Norman noblemen. During the Middle Ages a persecuted Augustinian monastic order came out of Wales and settled at Hempsted with the blessing of the City authorities. They founded Llanthony Secunda Priory and Hempsted became an estate of the priory. The church was extended with a new vestry and a west gallery was added as well as new pews and re-roofing to the design of G.V.Maddox of Monmouth in 1839. Maddox died at the rectory in Hempsted on 27 February 1864.
From until 1986 until 2007, Hempsted was home to Gloucester City A.F.C. at the Meadow Park Ground. The club were forced to leave by the 2007 United Kingdom floods and currently play at Cheltenham's Whaddon Road ground.
- 'Hempsted', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp. 420-429. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42325 Date accessed: 19 January 2012.
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