The name is thought to be derived from the Old English Beorhtwald's tree.
The Convent of Our Lady of Charity & Refuge was founded in 1863 and paid for by Robert Biddulph Phillips of Longworth. Its red-brick building was designed by Edward Pugin south east of the main village. The convent of Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge received girls placed into their care by social services and predecessor organisations and closed in 1992 following withdrawal of referrals by Herefordshire County Council and the consequent loss of income from the on-site laundry, where the girls worked. The property stood empty and became badly vandalised until conversion to residential apartments, now renamed Frome Court. The relocated medieval Longworth Roman Catholic Chapel alongside is in the care of the Historic Chapels Trust.
Bartestree, Hagley and Lugwardine effectively form a continuous linear settlement along the A438 road. A sizeable part of the modern-day village lies in Lugwardine civil parish. Large commercial orchards exist just to the northeast of the village, at Pomona Farm.
There is a public house called the New Inn, converted to a pub in 1954 from the residence of William Godwin, local brick and tile manufacturer who displayed many of his wares in the striking decoration of his house. It also features a cricket club and football club well known across the village.
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