Bisley, Gloucestershire

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Bisley, Gloucestershire, a village in the Cotswolds.jpg
A view over Bisley
Bisley is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population2,142 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSO905065
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStroud
Postcode districtGL6
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
51°45′13″N 2°08′26″W / 51.75351°N 2.14047°W / 51.75351; -2.14047Coordinates: 51°45′13″N 2°08′26″W / 51.75351°N 2.14047°W / 51.75351; -2.14047

Bisley is a village in Gloucestershire, England, about 4 miles (6 km) east of Stroud. The parish is combined with adjoining Lypiatt, the two being styled Bisley-with-Lypiatt. The once-extensive manor included Stroud and Chalford, Thrupp, Oakridge, Bussage, Througham and Eastcombe.


An electoral ward in the name Bisley exists. This ward has the same area and population as the civil parish.

History and architecture[edit]

The area is noted for the wealth of its Cotswold stone houses of architectural and historic interest.[2] They include Lypiatt Park, formerly the home of Judge H. B. D. Woodcock and then of the late Modernist sculptor Lynn Chadwick;[3] Nether Lypiatt Manor, formerly the home of Violet Gordon-Woodhouse and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent;[4] Daneway (near Sapperton, but within the parish of Bisley); Over Court; Througham Court (repaired in 1929 for the novelist Sir Michael Sadleir by Norman Jewson);[5] and Jaynes Court, formerly the private residence of Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading (born 1942).

Bisley lockup

Througham Slad Manor is believed to date from the mid-16th century with 18th century additions, the manor was altered in the 1930s by Norman Jewson for W. A. Cadbury. In the 1970s, the house was owned by Mike Oldfield, who installed a recording studio in the barn.

The village prison, which had originally been located in the churchyard, was replaced in 1824 by a two-cell lock-up, where drunks were kept overnight,[6] and petty criminals were detained before appearing before the magistrate. This was often followed by a spell in the stocks or pillory. This building still stands, minus its heavy oak doors.

Bisley has a structure on Wells Road, containing seven spouts forming a public water supply from the Seven Springs and is known for its well dressing.[7]

There is a Saxon wayside cross on the wide verge of Bisley Road, south-west of Stancombe Toll House.

Church history[edit]

The church of All Saints; it was mostly rebuilt in the early 1860s

The parish church of All Saints may originally have been an Anglo-Saxon minster. Between 1827 and 1857 the Vicar was Thomas Keble, a Tractarian and a pioneer in parish ministry. Thomas Keble was the younger brother of John Keble. His son Thomas Keble succeeded him as Vicar.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Denis Parsons Burkitt, surgeon and cancer researcher, lived latterly in Bisley and was buried there in 1993.[8]
  • Bisley since 1982 has been the home of Jilly Cooper,[9] a prolific contemporary novelist, and was that of her husband, the publisher Leo Cooper, until his death in 2013.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ Stroud Council Conservation Area No. 6 Bisley Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "British Council". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  4. ^ "BBC - Gloucestershire The Royal County - Nether Lypiatt Manor". Archived from the original on 2 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Bisley: Introduction - British History Online". Archived from the original on 22 August 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  6. ^ GlosGen - Bisley Archived 4 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "GlosGen - Bisley Genealogy". Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  8. ^ Anthony Epstein, "Burkitt, Denis Parsons (1911–1993)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2017, pay-walled.
  9. ^ Clarke, Jeremy (26 March 2006). "'Jillywood' tours target Cotswolds' reluctant celebrities". Archived from the original on 3 April 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018 – via

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