Up Hatherley

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Up Hatherley
Up Hatherley is located in Gloucestershire
Up Hatherley
Up Hatherley
Up Hatherley shown within Gloucestershire
Population 6,072 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SO914204
Civil parish
  • Up Hatherley
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district GL51
Dialling code 01242
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°53′07″N 2°07′28″W / 51.8853°N 2.1245°W / 51.8853; -2.1245Coordinates: 51°53′07″N 2°07′28″W / 51.8853°N 2.1245°W / 51.8853; -2.1245

Up Hatherley is a civil parish and a suburb of the spa town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Formerly a hamlet in the parish of Shurdington, it became a parish in 1887 and became a part of Cheltenham in 1991.[2]


The village was recorded (combined with Down Hatherley) as Hegberleo in 1022.[2] It was listed as Athelai in the Domesday Book of 1086.[3][4] In 1273 it was known as Dunheytherleye and in 1221, Hupheberleg.[4] The name derived from the Old English hagu-thorn + lēah meaning "hawthorn clearing".[4] the distinguishing affixes "Up" and "Down" derived from the Old English upp meaning "higher upstream" and dūne meaning "lower downstream".[4] Down Hatherley is a separate parish three miles (5 km) downstream on the Hatherley Brook.[2]

The parish of Up Hatherley was formed from a small settlement of scattered farms in 1887 and remained little changed until 1945.[2] Prior to that it had been considered a hamlet in the parish of Shurdington. Along with Swindon Village, Leckhampton and Prestbury, the parish was added to the borough of Cheltenham in 1991.[5] Part of the parish was transferred to the parish of Shurdington.[5]


Up Hatherley, with a small part of the parish of Leckhampton, forms the ward of Up Hatherley, represented by two councillors on Cheltenham Borough Council.[6] It is part of the Cheltenham constituency and is represented in parliament by Conservative MP Alex Chalk.


Up Hatherley church of Saint Philip and Saint James

There was a church at Up Hatherley from at least 1022.[7] The original church was destroyed in a fire in about 1640 and Up Hatherley parishioners had to use the north aisle of the church of nearby village Shurdington.[2][7][8] The church of St. Philip and St. James was built between 1885 and 1886. It cost £2,000 and was paid for by Rev. W. H. Gretton and Mrs Gretton.[2] The late Rev. Gretton had donated the land and his widow had intended to have a chapel built since her failing health made it difficult for her to travel as far as Badgeworth to attend church.[7] When residents asked her if they could attend the proposed chapel, she decided to have a village church built.[7] The new church, seating approximately 150 parishioners, was consecrated in 1886 by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.[7] The first vicar of the new parish was Rev. E. L. Jennings.[7]


  • E. L. Jennings 1885–1890
  • William Henry Cotes 1890–1915
  • Richard Williams 1915–1925
  • Charles William Peach 1925–1944
  • W. H. Walsham How 1945–1947
  • Howard Porter 1947–1959
  • Cecil William Smith 1959–1980
  • John Heidt 1980–1996
  • K. Martin Wray 1997–2004
  • Roger Raven 2005–2009

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2015". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Up Hatherley, Warden Hill and Surrounding Areas". Cheltenham4U.co.uk. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire". Domesday Book. The National Archives. 1086. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d Mills, A. D. (1998). Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford University Press. p. 170. ISBN 0-19-280074-4. 
  5. ^ a b "The Gloucestershire (District Boundaries) Order 1991". Government of the United Kingdom. 1991. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Up Hatherley ward". Gloucestershire County Council. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "History of Saints Philip & James". Saints Philip & James Church, Up Hatherley. Archived from the original on 7 May 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Extract From National Gazetteer, 1868". GENUKI. Archived from the original on 4 July 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2010.