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Horsley, Gloucestershire

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

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]

A habitation was recorded 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.


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.


In the parish is the hamlet of Newmarket, Gloucestershire.


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.


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


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ 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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