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St. Bartholomew's Church
Nympsfield is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population382 (2011 Census)
Civil parish
  • Nympsfield
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStonehouse
Postcode districtGL10
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
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51°42′N 2°17′W / 51.700°N 2.283°W / 51.700; -2.283

Nympsfield is a village and civil parish in the English county of Gloucestershire. It is located around four miles south-west of the town of Stroud. As well as Nympsfield village, the parish contains the hamlet of Cockadilly. The population taken at the 2011 census was 382.[1]



Nympsfield is on the path of a former Roman road, which ran from Cirencester to Arlingham.[2] The village has a pub, the Rose and Crown,[3] a working men's club, both Catholic (St Joseph's) and Church of England (St Bartholomew's) churches and a Catholic primary school (St Joseph's).[4]

Nearby Woodchester Mansion, an unfinished gothic mansion, has always been associated with the village, as Nympsfield's history of Catholicism tied it to the Leigh family, who built the mansion.[5] Parking is just outside the village and a free minibus to the mansion is operated by volunteers on days when it is open to the public. A Neolithic burial site known as the Nympsfield Long Barrow[6] is located adjacent to the nearby Coaley Peak picnic site, around half a mile from the village.[7] The Tudor Owlpen Manor,[8] Hetty Pegler's Tump (a neolithic long barrow)[9] and Uley Bury (an iron age hill fort)[10] are also nearby.

Nympsfield is the home of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club.[11]

Peter Hennessy, the constitutional historian, took the title Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield on receiving his peerage in 2010.[12]

Alfred Bird, inventor of egg-free custard and also baking powder, was born in Nympsfield in 1811.



The name 'Nympsfield' is a mix of Celtic and Old English, meaning 'Open land by the holy place'. The Celtic element of the name is nimet (holy place), and the Old English element is feld (field, open space). The earliest known recording of the village was as Nymdesfelda in 862 AD. In the Domesday Book, the settlement was recorded as Nimdesfelde.[13]

In fiction


Nympsfield and the Rose and Crown Inn appear in several scenes in the 2012 novel Caballito[14] by Robin Baker. The author uses the fictional names Pegbury (for Nympsfield) and The Crown (for the inn) but from the description of location and interior it is clearly the Rose and Crown as it was in the early 1980s.[15]

See also



  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ "543 - Easton Grey to Arlingham". Anglo Saxon History. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Rose and Crown". Rose and Crown. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  4. ^ "St Joseph's Catholic Primary School". St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. Archived from the original on 30 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Woodchester Mansion". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  6. ^ "History of Nympsfield long Barrow". English Heritage. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Coaley Peak Picnic Site". Discover Stroud District. Visit Cotswolds. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Owlpen Manor". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Uley Long Barrow". Pastscape. Historic England. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Uley Bury camp, Uley - 1004866 | Historic England". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club". Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club. Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 14 March 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  13. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names. Oxford University Press. p. 346. ISBN 978-0-19-869103-7.
  14. ^ Book Description. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2013
  15. ^ "Visit to Woodchester Mansion inspires novelist". Stroud News and Journal. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2020.

51°42′N 2°17′W / 51.700°N 2.283°W / 51.700; -2.283