Horsley, Gloucestershire

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Horsley
Horsley Church - geograph.org.uk - 192476.jpg
St Martin's Church, Horsley
Horsley is located in Gloucestershire
Horsley
Horsley
Location within Gloucestershire
Population820 [1]
OS grid referenceST830980
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStroud
Postcode districtGL6
Dialling code01453
PoliceGloucestershire
FireGloucestershire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
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51°40′52″N 2°14′06″W / 51.681°N 2.235°W / 51.681; -2.235Coordinates: 51°40′52″N 2°14′06″W / 51.681°N 2.235°W / 51.681; -2.235

Horsley is a village and civil parish about one and a half miles south-west of the small Cotswold market town of Nailsworth. The origins of the name Horsley are much debated, although it is thought to be derived from the pre-7th century Old English phrase, "horse-lega", meaning "place of horses".[2]

The Parish is situated on part of the Ridgeway, Britain's oldest road.[2] A habitation was record in 1327 at Barton End, named after a barton on the manor estate.[3] The village sprung from cross-roads east of St Martin Church. The Parish is bisected from south to north by the Bath-Gloucester, built in 1780.

History[edit]

Historically Horsley had a prison, part of which is now a house, the exercise yard now a garden.

Horsley Court on Narrowcut Lane dates back to c1690. The house was altered and enlarged c1820, with a central tower added in c1850. It was built for the Webb family of clothiers.

Geography[edit]

In the parish is the hamlet of Newmarket, Gloucestershire.

Facilities[edit]

Horsley has a C of E Primary School and church, a community shop,[4] a playground and sports field, a village hall, Ruskin Mill College (part of Ruskin Mill Trust), and a pub, The Hog (formerly the Bell & Castle). St Martin's Church also serves as the Primary School hall and a performance space for the community and surrounding area.

Publications[edit]

Horsley's monthly newsletter, 'The Horse's Mouth' provides local news and serves as the church's parish magazine.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Baggs, A P (1976). A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 11, Bisley and Longtree Hundreds. London: Victoria County History.
  3. ^ Gloucestershire Subsidy Roll, 1327, 16.
  4. ^ Horsley Community Shop

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