Innsworth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Innsworth is a suburb of Gloucester, it is a civil parish and forms part of the borough of Tewkesbury.

It contains Imjin Barracks, the home of Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, which moved from Germany in 2010. Until 2008, it was best known for RAF Innsworth, the home of the RAF Personnel and Training Command, before its move to RAF High Wycombe to co-locate with RAF Strike Command, forming RAF Air Command.

Innsworth like its neighbouring village, Churchdown, is split into two halves: the military housing side which ends at the junction of Ward Avenue and Swallow Crescent and also Thompson Way again with Swallow Crescent.

Community Hall[edit]

The village now has its own Community Hall on Rookery Road next to the Junior School, which is home to the village youth club and also to the bingo club which is held every Sunday evening and also many Severnvale Housing Association drop-in clinics. The village campaigned for many years to the local H/A and Borough Council for the Hall.

History[edit]

Many of the housing association homes in Innsworth were either prefabricated, or rapidly built "no fines" structures, as was common in the mid- to late 1940s after the Second World War. The former were only intended to remain standing for two decades,[citation needed] they have now been up for close to 70 years. The majority have had an outer layer of brick added (presumably to mitigate concerns about insulation effectiveness) however the distinctive Wimpey and prefab designs are still apparent. Also in common with many developments at this time,[1] these houses and bungalows are all on roads named according to a theme, in this case they are after birds. New housing developments in the village have followed the tradition with Tern Court at the north of Rockery Road and also Falcon Close 100 yards down the Rockery Road.

Innsworth also used to be home to a local pub called The Bullfinch, known locally as "The Bully". The Bully was closed in late 2004 and knocked down in 2010/2011, to be replaced with social housing by the Severn Vale Housing Society. The old sign for the pub can still be found standing in pride of place at the top of Bullfinch Way and its junction with Innsworth Lane.

References[edit]

  1. ^ See for example Rowanfield or Hesters Way in Cheltenham

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°53′15″N 2°12′17″W / 51.88738°N 2.20482°W / 51.88738; -2.20482