Hucclecote

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Hucclecote is a village in Gloucestershire (part of the Cotswolds), England situated on the outskirts of Gloucester on the old Roman road connecting Gloucester with Barnwood, Brockworth, Cirencester and Cheltenham.

History and Background[edit]

Hucclecote was originally a small village that began development prior to the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Development was halted during the war and the area was bombed by the Luftwaffe due to the aircraft factories and other industrial facilities in the area which were originally within the boundary of Brockworth. Due to redistricting, the airfield from which the world's first jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor,[1] took off for test flights is now within the boundary of Hucclecote. The area which borders Brockworth is currently undergoing redevelopment, with the derelict land that formerly housed the airfield and factory, now making way for Coopers Edge, a housing development of 1,900 homes as well as shops and a school.[2] Currently Gloucester Business Park there is a Tesco Supermarket, a Premier Inn, and many office buildings, with restaurants and other retail facilities currently being added.[3]

Hucclecote is split into two parts; with the dividing line being the M5 Motorway bridge. The part to the west of the bridge, and thus closest to Gloucester, is the largest part, and falls under Gloucester City Council, while to the east of the bridge, the Parish of Hucclecote is part of Tewkesbury Borough Council. The Parish of Hucclecote has considered changing its name in recent times, to reflect its identity as a separate part of Hucclecote. Possible names for this "new" village have included Whittlesfield, after Frank Whittle, who invented the jet engine that powered the aeroplane that took off from the airfield, and Pineholt, which had been used to describe a small part of the area before a housing estate more than doubled the Parish's size in the late 1990s. As of 2011 interest has started to build to change the name formerly to Pineholt, to separate the more desirable area from Hucclecote.

A Roman Villa dating from the second or third century AD has been found at Hucclecote.[4]

Origin of the Name 'Hucclecote'[edit]

Hucclecote Court

Possibly, though very doubtfully, Hucclecote derives from Welsh: 'Uchel'+'coed' = high wood (cf Wotton & Barnwood).

The Celtic meaning for the name 'Hucclecote' is 'tall trees, lofty woods'.

A "cote" is: A small shed or shelter for sheep or birds. [Middle English, from Old English.] cote

2 (k t). tr.v. cot·ed, cot·ing, cotes Obsolete. To go around by the side of; skirt.

Floods of Summer 2007[edit]

During the floods of Summer 2007, Hucclecote escaped the damage on the scale that afflicted other parts of Gloucester, however on Friday 20 July 2007, a few roads were submerged, which prevented access to many homes, and were blocked off by the Police. During the period many homes were without water for two weeks, whilst some were without electricity as well.

Dinglewell was badly affected, however. One house receiving 18" of Brook Water throughout the lower floors. It was nearly a year before the damage was finally repaired and the house could be lived in properly again.

Amenities[edit]

Hucclecote has many locally owned shops and two pubs; The Royal Oak and The Wagon & Horses, both operated by national chains. National brands such as The Co-operative and Lloyds Pharmacy have branches in the village. There is also an independent green-grocer, deli and butcher.

Property and Income[edit]

Hucclecote is an affluent area with most homes being privately owned. The average 3 bedroom semi-detached home was said to be[citation needed] £201,000 in 2010 and the average four-bedroom detached home was said to be £290,000 - both above the national average.

The average household income was £27,040 - above the South West average.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Gloster Meteor". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Coopers Edge". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Whittle Square Development". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Geoff Adams (2005). Romano-Celtic Elites and Their Religion. Caeros Pty Ltd. pp. 45–. ISBN 978-0-9758445-1-9. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Office for National Statistics". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 

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Coordinates: 51°51′N 2°11′W / 51.850°N 2.183°W / 51.850; -2.183