Hawkesbury Upton

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Hawkesbury Upton
War Memorial in Hawkesbury Upton - geograph.org.uk - 312214.jpg
War Memorial, Hawkesbury Upton
Hawkesbury Upton is located in Gloucestershire
Hawkesbury Upton
Hawkesbury Upton
Hawkesbury Upton shown within Gloucestershire
Population c. 1,200
OS grid reference ST780870
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Badminton
Postcode district GL9
Dialling code 01454
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
Website Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire
51°34′52″N 2°19′08″W / 51.581°N 2.319°W / 51.581; -2.319Coordinates: 51°34′52″N 2°19′08″W / 51.581°N 2.319°W / 51.581; -2.319

Hawkesbury Upton is a village in South Gloucestershire, England, east of the much smaller Hawkesbury. It lies north of Horton, east of Dunkirk and south of Alderley and Hillesley.

Hawkesbury Upton is close to the A46 road. The village lies on the Cotswold Way and exhibits many of the characteristics of a Cotswold village, including use of the local limestone in the majority of the buildings.

The village has two pubs – the Beaufort Arms and the Fox Inn, both on the High Street – a primary school, a village shop, a post office and a hair salon. There is also a village hall with a recreation ground and a cricket club.

The village was also home to world-renowned football club, the Hawkesbury Stallions. Notable alumni of the Stallions' Recreation Ground include the likes of Bill Stephens - not to be mistaken for his more talented brother, former Barnet F.C. star Jamie Stephens - and Ben Stiles. The club played in the Stroud and District League Division 6.

Somerset Monument

The Somerset Monument

The Somerset Monument stands on the Cotswold Edge escarpment, about half a mile from the village on the road towards Hillesley. Built in ashlar and designed by Lewis Vulliamy, it was constructed in 1846 as a memorial to Lord Edward Somerset, who led the British cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.[1] The monument is a slightly tapering square tower, about 100 feet (30 m) high.[2]

The first keeper of the monument was Shadrack Byfield, a one-armed veteran of the Anglo-American War of 1812, whose memoirs of that conflict have achieved a measure of fame. Byfield, a native of Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, lived in Hawkesbury Upton from 1843 to 1856.

References

  1. ^ Headley, Gwyn; Meulenkamp, Wim (1999). Follies, grottoes & garden buildings. London: Aurum. p. 241. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Monument to Lord Robert Edward Somerset (1320834)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 

External links

Media related to Hawkesbury Upton at Wikimedia Commons

  • Hawkesbury Parish Council
  • Village website


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