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Barnwood is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population10,317 (ward, 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSO8618
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGloucester
Postcode districtGL4
Dialling code01452
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°51′50″N 2°12′07″W / 51.864°N 2.202°W / 51.864; -2.202Coordinates: 51°51′50″N 2°12′07″W / 51.864°N 2.202°W / 51.864; -2.202

Barnwood is an eastern suburb of Gloucester, England, lying about 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the centre of the city.

Barnwood was originally a small village on the Roman road that links Gloucester with Hucclecote, Brockworth and Cirencester. The Church of England parish church of St Lawrence[2] is known for The Barnwood Guild of Church Bellringers, inaugurated in 1952. However, bell ringing has a long history in the Gloucester area and Barnwood had long been a part of it when its activities were disrupted by World War II.[3]

Samuel and Anne Bubb, who were grandparents of the inventor Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802–75), lived at Barnwood Manor House.[4] Biographical notes of 1887 say that Sir Charles stated that he was born in the house and lived there as a young child, and this was the scene of some of his earliest experiments.[5] In later years Wheatstone often returned to Barnwood. A local public house is named The Wheatstone Inn after him.

The architect Frederick S. Waller (1822–1905), sometime resident architect at Gloucester Cathedral, lived and died at Barnwood.[6]

The Generation Design and Construction Division of the CEGB became the centre of a new office development when it moved here in the early 1970s.[7] This then became the corporate headquarters of Nuclear Electric, and later the English offices of the (nominally Scottish-based) British Energy, which in 2009 became part of EDF Energy.[8] Other major companies in Barnwood include Claranet, Cheltenham & Gloucester and InterCall. There is also a Holiday Inn, Sainsbury's, Virgin Active and Tenpin Ltd in the area.

Barnwood Park School is a secondary school.[9]


Wotton Brook, which flows past Barnwood Arboretum

Barnwood Arboretum is set on the grounds of the Barnwood House Hospital which was closed in 1968 and finally demolished in 2000.[10] The arboretum consists of an enclosed woodland area that is cared for and conserved by Gloucester City Council in conjunction with the Friends of Barnwood Arboretum (FOBA).[11] The Arboretum's main entrance is off Church Lane, Barnwood. It has with various habitats including grassland and wetland, and is set amongst a collection of mature native and exotic specimen trees.

The Friends of Barnwood Arboretum & Park organise events throughout the year to encourage local citizens to use the area in an educational manner.[12]


  1. ^ "Gloucester ward population 2011". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ "St Lawrence C of E Church". Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Barnwood". The Banwood Guild. Archived from the original on 16 January 2005. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Charles Wheatstone and the Concertina". Concertina History. Archived from the original on 1 July 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ Gloucestershire Records Office reference GAL/N1
  6. ^ Brodie, Antonia; Felstead, Alison; Franklin, Jonathan; Pinfield, Leslie; Oldfield, Jane, eds. (2001). Directory of British Architects 1834–1914, L–Z. London & New York: Continuum. p. 902. ISBN 082645514X.
  7. ^ Cochrane, Rob (1990). "The GECB story" (PDF). AK Waugh. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Edf Energy Nuclear Generation Limited, Barnwood". Cylex. Archived from the original on 24 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Barnwood Park". Barnwood Park. Archived from the original on 29 March 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Gloucester: Hospitals Pages 269-275 A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 4, the City of Gloucester". British History Online. Victoria County History. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Barnwood Arboretum LNR". Woodland Trust. Archived from the original on 24 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Barnwood Arboretum & Park". Friends of Barnwood Arboretum & Park. Archived from the original on 21 February 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.

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