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War Memorial, Hawkesbury Upton
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Hawkesbury Upton is close to the A46 road. The village lies on the Cotswold Way and exhibits many of the characteristics of a Cotswold village, including use of the local limestone in the majority of the buildings.
The village has two pubs – the Beaufort Arms and the Fox Inn, both on the High Street – a primary school, a village shop, a post office and a hair salon. There is also a village hall with a recreation ground and a cricket club.
On the last Saturday in August, the annual Hawkesbury Horticultural Show takes place at the village hall & recreation ground. The show features a large marquee, where the best fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as home baking, varied crafts, home made wine & beer, original photographs and pictures are exhibited – all produced by the local community. In addition, there is entertainment in the arena, a carnival procession, fairground rides and a wide range of local craft, trade and charity stalls. The show has been running continuously since 1885 - never once cancelled for adverse weather or war - something which villagers are extremely proud of.
The Somerset Monument stands on the Cotswold Edge escarpment, about half a mile from the village on the road towards Hillesley. Built in ashlar and designed by Lewis Vulliamy, it was constructed in 1846 as a memorial to Lord Edward Somerset, who led the British cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. The monument is a slightly tapering square tower, about 100 feet (30 m) high.
The first keeper of the monument was Shadrack Byfield, a one-armed veteran of the Anglo-American War of 1812, whose memoirs of that conflict have achieved a measure of fame. Byfield, a native of Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, lived in Hawkesbury Upton from 1843 to 1856.
- Headley, Gwyn; Meulenkamp, Wim (1999). Follies, grottoes & garden buildings. London: Aurum. p. 241.
- Historic England. "Monument to Lord Robert Edward Somerset (1320834)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
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