Gretton, Gloucestershire

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Gretton War Memorial
Gretton Church

Gretton is a small village located at the foot of the western scarp of the Cotswolds, about 9 miles north of Cheltenham in the English county of Gloucestershire. The population taken at the 2011 census was 443.[1]

The place-name 'Gretton' is first attested in 1175, and means 'village or town on gravelly soil'.[2]

The village has a small primary school for children aged 4 to 11 years old, with four classes catering for about eighty children.[3]

The Anglican Church in the village is Christ Church. Its bell tower houses a single bell, weighing four hundredweight (about 200 kg).[4] The War Memorial stands opposite Village Hall.

The village shares the name with the village of Gretton in the county of Northants in the East Midlands. Similarly there is another Gretton in Shropshire.


The village was once served by Gretton Halt railway station which sadly closed in 1960. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway passes the site of the halt en-route.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 2 April 2015". 
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.205.
  3. ^ "Gretton Primary School". 
  4. ^ John Adams (2006). "1 and 2 Bell Towers". University College London personal webpages. Retrieved 2006-09-09. 

Coordinates: 51°58′N 1°59′W / 51.967°N 1.983°W / 51.967; -1.983