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Shepperdine is located in Gloucestershire
Shepperdine shown within Gloucestershire
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Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bristol
Postcode district BS35
Dialling code 01454
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51°39′N 2°33′W / 51.65°N 2.55°W / 51.65; -2.55Coordinates: 51°39′N 2°33′W / 51.65°N 2.55°W / 51.65; -2.55

Shepperdine is a small village in the parish of Oldbury-on-Severn in South Gloucestershire, England, with a border with Stroud District. The land lies wholly on the flood plain of the River Severn.

The name, first recorded in 1215 as Shepewardin, means "sheep enclosure", from the Old English sceāp "sheep" and worthiġn "enclosure or farm".[1]


Shepperdine was well-known as the location of a pub on the banks of the Severn, known as the Windbound (once formally known as the New Inn). The Windbound closed in 2004 and became a residential home, which itself closed. The building was demolished in 2015.[2]

Shepperdine has a Church of England chapel of ease (small church) dedicated to St Mary next to Manor Farm in Nupdown Road. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1897, and contains several Grade II listed tombs.[3] The ecclesiastical parish is Oldbury on Severn, whose cleric is the vicar of Thornbury and that small town was its medieval (ancient) parish; it is centred 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east.[4]

Shepperdine House features an early C19 facade, and has "three bays, with cornice and parapet, and square-columned porch".[5]

In a field to the northeast of the hamlet items of Roman and early medieval pottery have been unearthed.[6]

Nuclear power plant project[edit]

In the summer 2009 the German power company E.ON started to acquire land from local farmers with the intention of constructing of a 3,300 megawatt nuclear power station on the banks of the River Severn.[7] They formed a joint venture with German power company RWE. The two companies bought the existing Oldbury and Wylfa Magnox Nuclear Power Stations from the NDA for the sum of £500 million. RWE and Eon formed a company called Horizon to proceed with the development. In March 2012 it was announced that they had decided not to go ahead with the construction,[8] but in 2014 Horizon bought the former pub, the Windbound, for demolition to make way for the new power station.[2]


  1. ^ Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Shepperdine", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521168557 
  2. ^ a b "Former pub to be demolished to make way for new nuclear power station". Gazette. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "St Arilda, Oldbury-on-Severn". The Church of England. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Samuel Lewis (editor) (1848). "Ogbourn - Oldham". A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (2002). The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire: The Vale and the Forest of Dream. Penguin Books. p. 668. 
  6. ^ Transactions - Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. 1992. p. 89. 
  7. ^ "Environmental impact assessment" (PDF). Horizon Nuclear Power. November 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "RWE and E.On halt UK nuclear plans at Wylfa and Oldbury". BBC. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

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