Down Hatherley

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Down Hatherley
St Mary Corpus Christi Down Hatherley.jpg
St Mary Corpus Christi Down Hatherley
Grid reference: SO864226
Location: 51°54’7"N, 2°11’57"W
Post town: Gloucester
Postcode: GL2
Local Government
Council: Tewkesbury

Down Hatherley is a village in Gloucestershire, between Cheltenham and Gloucester. It may be found about three and a half miles north-east of Gloucester city centre.

The village has approximately 165 houses and a recorded population of 419 at the 2011 census.

The village was recorded (combined with Up Hatherley) as Hegberleo in 1022. It is listed as Athelai in the Domesday Book of 1086.[1][2]

In 1273 the village is recorded as Dunheytherleye and in 1221, Hupheberleg.[2] The name derived from the Old English haguþorn 'leah meaning "hawthorn meadow".[2] the distinguishing affixes "Up" and "Down" indivating hamlet upstream and downstream respectively.[2] Up Hatherley is a separate parish three miles upstream on the Hatherley Brook.

The parish church, St Mary's, has a 15th-century tower, but was otherwise rebuilt 1860

The great house of he parish is Hatherley Court, built in the 17th century and now a hotel.


Jemmy Wood, The Gloucester Miser, was a former owner of Hatherley House and estate.[3]


  1. "Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire". Domesday Book. The National Archives. 1086. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Mills, A. D.: 'Dictionary of English Place-Names' (Oxford University Press, 1998), page 170, ISBN 0-19-280074-4
  3. Jemmy Wood. Down Hatherley History, 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.

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