Down Hatherley

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The church of St Mary and Corpus Christi

Down Hatherley is a civil parish and village in Tewkesbury (borough) near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. It has approximately 165 houses and a population of 450, reducing to 419 at the 2011 census.[1]

The village was recorded (combined with Up Hatherley) as Hegberleo in 1022.[2] It was listed as Athelai in the Domesday Book of 1086.[3][4] In 1273 it was known as Dunheytherleye and in 1221, Hupheberleg.[4] The name derived from the Old English hagu-thorn + lēah meaning "hawthorn clearing".[4] the distinguishing affixes "Up" and "Down" derived from the Old English upp meaning "higher upstream" and dūne meaning "lower downstream".[4] Up Hatherley is a separate parish three miles upstream on the Hatherley Brook.[2] Historic buildings include St Mary's Church (15th-century tower, otherwise rebuilt 1860) and Hatherley Court (or House) (17th century), now a hotel.

Jemmy Wood, The Gloucester Miser, was a former owner of Hatherley House and estate.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 2 April 2015". 
  2. ^ a b "Up Hatherley, Warden Hill and Surrounding Areas". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire". Domesday Book. The National Archives. 1086. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d Mills, A. D. (1998). Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford University Press. p. 170. ISBN 0-19-280074-4. 
  5. ^ Jemmy Wood. Down Hatherley History, 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.

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Coordinates: 51°54′07″N 2°12′19″W / 51.90194°N 2.20528°W / 51.90194; -2.20528