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Gotherington Village Hall, Malleson Road, Gotherington
Location: 51°57’55"N, 2°3’21"W
Post town: Cheltenham
Postcode: GL52
Dialling code: 01242
Local Government
Council: Tewkesbury

Gotherington is a small village north of Bishop's Cleeve in Gloucestershire. It is surrounded on the north by the villages of Woolstone and Oxenton, and to the south by Woodmancote and Bishop's Cleeve, a very large urban village. Gotherington has a population of around 1,200 while its neighbour Bishops Cleeve, has a population around 15,000.[1] The populations reduced at the 2011 census to 995 for Gotherington.[2]


It is believed that Gotherington was founded in about AD 780. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Godrinton,[3] and was for around six centuries split into Upper Gotherington and Lower Gotherington. It was a strongly agricultural area until the mid-nineteenth century, from which point market gardening increased in its place.[1] Development of the village began in the 1880s when the village was one of the first to have its own rural nurse that had been organised by Elizabeth Malleson.[4] The village school opened in 1881 and a post office in 1894. The local Parish Council was formed in the same year.[1]

Gotherington railway station opened in 1906[1] and closed in 1955. However, it is open on rare occasions and for private hire. It has recently been restored by a private owner, and a halt built on the neighbouring Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway[5] this links to the Cheltenham Racecourse.

Historic buildings

Gotherington contains twenty Grade II listed buildings:[6]

  • The Holt, 18 Cleeve Road
  • Willow Bank, Granna Lane
  • Dormer House, Gretton Road
  • Elm Tree Cottage, Gretton Road
  • Baldwin’s Farm, Gretton Road
  • Stables, Baldwin’s Farm, Gretton Road
  • The Folly and East Folly, Gretton Road
  • Bee Bole Wall, The Folly, Gretton Road
  • Willow Cottage, 53 Gretton Road
  • Woodbine Cottage, 1 Gretton Road
  • The Homestead, Long Furlong Lane
  • Ashmead, Malleson Road
  • Home Farmhouse, Malleson Road
  • Stonehouse, Malleson Road
  • Elm Cottage, 62 Malleson Road
  • Manor Farmhouse, Manor Lane
  • Dovecot at Manor Farm, Manor Lane
  • Truman's Farmhouse, Manor Lane
  • The Malt Shovel, Shutter Lane
  • The Shady Nook, Shutter Lane
  • White’s Farm, Shutter Lane
  • Badger House, Manor Lane


The village has several sports opportunities, with locals fielding cricket and football teams, with Cheltenham North rugby club nearby and playing fields behind the village hall.



As is common in the Church of England, Gotherington is part of a complex structure of rural parishes.

The overall benefice of Bishop's Cleeve and Woolstone with Gotherington and Oxenton is made up of two ecclesiastical parishes - Bishop's Cleeve, and Woolstone with Gotherington and Oxenton.

The parish of Woolstone with Gotherington and Oxenton encompasses the tiny villages of Woolstone and Oxenton as well as Gotherington. There are two church buildings - St Martin de Tours at Woolstone, and St John the Baptist at Oxenton - but there is no Anglican church building in Gotherington even though most of the population live there. To redress this imbalance, services are held from time to time in Gotherington Village Hall (see the link below for details.)

Gotherington Free Church

Prior to 2000 there was a Free Church in Gotherington. The building is still there but at the time of writing its future, and the question of any free church ministry in the village, is uncertain.

Local Services

Despite being a relatively small village Gotherington is served by a local shop, Gotherington Stores, which also has a tea room and carries the village's post office.[7] The village also has a pub, The Shutter Inn. Many houses in the village of Gotherington are old and original, with some new houses being built adjacent to the local pub, and others clad in local stone clustered around the school.

The children's recreation area has been upgraded to meet the needs of all age groups. A gardening club, wine club and community group are also active.

Gotherington railway station is located on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The village is served by bus companies Stagecoach West and Swanbrook.[8]


Further reading

  • Newsum, Geoff (2010). A Walk through the History of Gotherington. Cheltenham Courtyard Books. ISBN 978-0-9565365-0-1. 

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Gotherington)