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Up Hatherley

Coordinates: 51°53′07″N 2°07′28″W / 51.8853°N 2.1245°W / 51.8853; -2.1245
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Up Hatherley
Up Hatherley is located in Gloucestershire
Up Hatherley
Up Hatherley
Location within Gloucestershire
Population6,072 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSO914204
Civil parish
  • Up Hatherley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtGL51
Dialling code01242
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
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 the nearby village of 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]

Notable residents



  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.