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Inn Lane, Hartlebury
Grid reference: SO839709
Location: 52°19’60"N, 2°13’60"W
Population: 2,549
Post town: Kidderminster
Postcode: DY11
Dialling code: 01299
Local Government
Council: Wychavon

Hartlebury is a village in Worcestershire, a few miles south of Kidderminster. The village registered a population of 2,549 in the 2001 Census.

The railway station is about half a mile to the east of the village.

Hartlebury Castle

Main article: Hartlebury Castle

Hartlebury Castle was built in the mid-13th century as a fortified manor house. Until 2007 it was the residence of the Bishop of Worcester, with two-thirds of the building leased out to Worcestershire County Council as the Worcestershire County Museum. Hartlebury Castle is a Grade I listed building. It is about a mile to the west of the village and half a mile to the west of the church.


Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School

Hartlebury was formerly the location of Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School. Records of the school date back to a mention in the Domesday Book of William the Conqueror in 1086, but apart from that, other early accounts date back to 1400, centuries before Eton, Harrow and Rugby were founded.

The school was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1557.[1]

Originally a private boys school, it was taken over by the State, and was closed when it was merged in 1977 with King Charles I Grammar School, Kidderminster, and The Kidderminster Girls High School to form King Charles I School. The historic old school was sold off to become a private residence. The magnificent new building, with its commanding views over the countryside, was narrowly rescued from demolition by the Old Boys Association.[2]

New Elizabethan School

A private school, for young boys and girls, operated there until 2007. It was called Bowbrook School for 20 years and was renamed Hartlebury Independent School in 1999. One year later, it was renamed Hartlebury School. In 2007, it became a charitable organisation. In 2008 it was re-launched as The New Elizabethan School (and was featured in a BBC documentary).[3][4][5][6]

None of these later schools has any connection, other than the premises, with the Grammar School.

Worcestershire House

The Worcestershire House is a house originally from Hartlebury, which was dismantled and re-assembled at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia in 1992. The John Smith (Smyth or Smythe) family built in in the 1630s. An example of the Tudor frame or Timber framing construction, it was dismantled in 1970 and stored.[7]

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Hartlebury)


  1. Nicholas Carlisle (1818). "Hartlebury, near Kidderminster". A Concise Description of the Endowed Schools in England and Wales. 2. Baldwin, Craddock and Joy. pp. 757–763. http://books.google.com/books?id=rY-8ceSYvWoC&pg=PA757&lpg=PA757&dq=hartlebury+grammar+school. 
  2. Hartlebury Old Elizabethans Association
  3. David Wilkes (2007-01-28). "Mother buys school to give her son a proper education". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-432085/Mother-buys-school-son-proper-education.html. 
  4. Sally Jones (2007-05-30). "Independent school to feature in BBC shows". Worcester News. http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/search/1433811.Independent_school_to_feature_in_BBC_shows/. 
  5. New Elizabethan School
  6. Wonderland, Series 1: The Woman Who Bought a School For Her Son
  7. American Frontier Culture Foundation. 1998. Traditional Timberframing: The Worcestershire House- A Catalog of the Exhibit Prepared by the Research & Collections Department and Curated by Vivian Lea Stevens to Celebrate the Completion of the Worcestershire House, May 1993. Frontier Museum Heritage Books: Staunton, Virginia. Pages 4-5.