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Cottages in Hatherop
Hatherop is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population192 (2011) [1]
OS grid referenceSP1505
Civil parish
  • Hatherop
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCirencester
Postcode districtGL7
Dialling code01285
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°44′42″N 1°46′34″W / 51.745°N 1.776°W / 51.745; -1.776Coordinates: 51°44′42″N 1°46′34″W / 51.745°N 1.776°W / 51.745; -1.776

Hatherop is a village and civil parish in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Fairford in Gloucestershire, England. The River Coln forms part of the western boundary of the parish.[2]


Barrow Elm, which is about 0.75 miles (1.21 km) southeast of the village, is a prehistoric tumulus.

The Domesday Book of 1086 lists Hatherop as Etherope,[3] derived from the Old English hēah and throp meaning "high outlying farmstead".[4]

The village and parish adjoin the parkland of Williamstrip, a 17th-century country house that was the seat of Michael Hicks Beach, the first Earl St Aldwyn.[5][6]

Hatherop Castle School

Hatherop Castle dates from the sixteenth or seventeenth century, but was partly rebuilt by the architect Henry Clutton for Baron de Mauley in 1850–56.[7] The building is now a school. Clutton also rebuilt the Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas for the same client in 1854–55.[7]

The architect and builder Richard Pace built Severalls as a rectory for the parish in 1833.[8] Letchmere, a set of cottages built in 1856, was later converted into a rectory and Severalls became a private house.[8]

The 3,850-acre (1,560 ha) Hatherop Estate was acquired by the trustees of the Ernest Cook Trust in 2002 from the Bazley family, who had owned the estate for more than 130 years.

Following the death of Sir Thomas Bazley in 1996, his children were very keen to retain the community of the estate and avoid breaking it up. They said at the time: "One of the main factors in our decision to sell the estate to the Ernest Cook Trust is our wish to preserve the estate for future generations. We feel that selling to the Ernest Cook Trust is the best way to maintain its special character, as well as retaining the unspoilt nature of the villages of Eastleach and Hatherop, which our father valued so much."[9]


Hatherop is part of the Fairford Ward of the district of Cotswold and is currently represented by Councillor Chris Roberts and Raymond Theodoulou, members of the Conservative Party.[10][11] Hatherop is part of the constituency of Cotswold, represented at parliament by Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.[12] It is part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament.


Hatherop lies in the southern part of the Cotswolds, a range of hills designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is approximately 30 miles (48 km) south-east of Gloucester. It is situated about 9 miles (15 km) east of Cirencester and 3 miles (3.5 km) north of Fairford.[13] Close by are the parishes of Coln St. Aldwyns and Quenington. The three villages lie on the edge of the parkland of 17th-century mansion Williamstrip, home of politician Michael Hicks Beach, the first Earl St Aldwyn.[14][15] Nearby, to the west of Hatherop is the River Coln which flows through the Cotswolds.[13]


Hatherop has a Church of England primary school,[16] which in 2006 had 68 pupils.[17] Hatherop Castle [18] is now an independent co-educational preparatory school.[19][20]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Extract From National Gazetteer, 1868". GENUKI. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Hatherop". Domesday Book. The National Archives. 1086. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
  4. ^ Mills, 1998, page 170
  5. ^ Hall, 1993, page 83
  6. ^ Bentley, 1999, pages 268
  7. ^ a b Verey, 1970, page 270
  8. ^ a b Verey, 1970, page 272
  9. ^ "Hatherop and the Ernest Cook Trust". Ernest Cook Trust. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Hatherop Parish Council". Gloucestershire County Council. 2008-02-21. Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  11. ^ "Cotswold — Find Your Councillor". Cotswold District Council. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  12. ^ "Cotswold — Constituency — Conservative Party". Conservative Party. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  13. ^ a b "Extract From National Gazetteer, 1868". GENUKI. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  14. ^ Hall, Michael (1993). Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Cotswolds. The Pevensey Press. p. 83. ISBN 0-907115-68-3.
  15. ^ Bentley, Michael (1999). Politics Without Democracy, 1815-1914. Blackwell. p. 268. ISBN 0-631-21813-0.
  16. ^ Hatherop Church of England Primary School
  17. ^ "Hatherop Church of England Primary School". Department for Children, Schools and Families. 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  18. ^ Hatherop Castle School
  19. ^ Hatherop Castle School
  20. ^ "Hatherop Castle School, Gloucestershire". ISBI. Retrieved 28 April 2008.

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