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Newington Bagpath church (geograph 2915125).jpg
Newington Bagpath church
Bagpath is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population100 [citation needed]
OS grid referenceST8094
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTetbury
Dialling code(01453)
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°39′07″N 2°16′23″W / 51.652°N 2.273°W / 51.652; -2.273Coordinates: 51°39′07″N 2°16′23″W / 51.652°N 2.273°W / 51.652; -2.273

Bagpath is a hamlet in Gloucestershire, England, in the Ozleworth valley south of the village of Kingscote and forming part of Kingscote civil parish. The hamlet consists of two separate settlements of Bagpath and Newington Bagpath, although residents of both frequently refer to both as Bagpath.

The hamlet falls under the authority of Cotswold District Council and is represented by the Conservative MP, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.

The hamlet is sparsely populated with a population of about 100, and a small number of farms. Almost all of the area is pasture or woodland.


A variation in spelling "Neunton & Pagpath" appears in 1418, when William Stoke was the parson of the church.[1]

Although the population is now only about 100, census records from the 1900s show it was once about 1,000. The parish had its own church and school,[2] but the former school house is now a private home and, although in private ownership, the church is now abandoned. The parish of St Bartholomew was united with the neighbouring parish of Owlpen from medieval times to the late 19th century. The west tower is Norman work and the nave is medieval, with a chancel added by Samuel Sanders Teulon in 1858. The church was declared redundant in about 1973.[3]

Near the church is the site of a motte-and-bailey castle dating to the Norman era. The earthworks have an overall diameter of 150 ft. The mound rises to 4 ft above ground level and is surrounded by a ditch 5 ft below which fades out on the scarp side. There were indications of an entrance ramp on the north side. A pit dug into the top displayed rubble and possible vaulting. There is a rectangular building platform immediately to the north of the motte.[4]

The Revd Alan Gardner Cornwall of Ashcroft was rector of Bagpath in the early nineteenth century, and published a standard account of life in this rural area at that time.[5] His sons, Clement Francis Cornwall and Henry Pennant Cornwall emigrated to British Columbia, Canada while it was still a British colony during the gold rush. There they established a ranch and constructed a 'stopping house', Ashcroft Manor, on the Cariboo Gold Trail above the later site of the small town of Ashcroft, British Columbia, built for travellers in search of gold, giving them a place to stay and stable their horses. Photographs and maps of Bagpath and the surrounding area are held in the town's museum.

The nearby Monarch's Way long distance footpath is based on the route taken by King Charles II of England whilst on the run after defeat at the Battle of Worcester.[6]

In 2003 the local community were united in opposition to a PPG7 planning application for a large country house in the valley, which they argued would spoil the unique countryside in the area.[7] Since then a number of community events have taken place, including what are intended to become annual events: the Bagpath street party and a fireworks display for local residents.


  1. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/629; Archived 1 September 2020 at the Wayback Machine; 4th entry. William Stoke, parson, was acting as an Executor, with Thomas Frome, canon of Wells, for John Forstall
  2. ^ "Newington Bagpath, Gloucestershire Family History Guide". Parish Mouse. Archived from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  3. ^ Craig, Ian (16 June 2013). "Redundant St Bartholomew's Church in Newington Bagpath near Kingscote to be converted to home after Cotswold District Council gave planning permission". Wilts and Gloucershire Standard. Archived from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Motte castle 180m south west of Newington Bagpath (1009160)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Owlpen archives: Memoir of Parson Cornwall" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Monarch's Way". Long Distance Walkers Association. Archived from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Brimpscombe Park Bagpath Kingscote Tetbury Erection of a new Country House, garden and associated park". Cotswold Council. Archived from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.