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".
The Parish is situated on part of the Ridgeway, Britain's oldest road. A habitation was record in 1327 at Barton End, named after a barton on the manor estate. 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.
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.
Horsley has a C of E Primary School and church, a community shop, a playground and sports field, a village hall, Ruskin Mill Education 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.
Horsley's monthly newsletter, 'The Horse's Mouth' provides local news and serves as the church's parish magazine.
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