Horsley, Gloucestershire

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Horsley is a village and civil parish near the small Cotswold town of Nailsworth. The population at the 2011 census was 820.[1] It is in Gloucestershire in the South West of England. The origins of the name Horsley are much debated, though it is thought that it originates from "Horse in a field" after the large number of horses kept in fields on its rolling hillside.

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.


Horsley has a C of E Primary School, a C of E church, a community shop,[2] a village hall which holds two genres of dance[3] and a toddler group, Ruskin Mill Education Trust, and a newly rebuilt pub (The Hog, formerly the Bell & Castle). St Martin's Church serves not only as the village's parish church but also as the school hall for the Primary School and as a performance space for the community and surrounding area. For this reason it is also referred to as the "3 in 1".


Horsley has two newsletters, 'Over the Wall', which ceased publication in 2016 after 20 years, was quarterly and 'The Horse's Mouth' which is the church's parish magazine and is published monthly.


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


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Coordinates: 51°40′50″N 2°14′5″W / 51.68056°N 2.23472°W / 51.68056; -2.23472