Petty France, Gloucestershire

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Petty France
Grid reference: ST786855
Location: 51°34’5"N, 2°18’32"W
Postcode: GL9
Local Government
Council: South Gloucestershire

Petty France is a hamlet in Gloucestershire, close to Hawkesbury (with which it shares a parish council). The hamlet is found on the A46 road, which runs from Bath in Somerset, to Nailsworth and Stroud in Gloucestershire. Just to the north is another slightly smaller hamlet, named Dunkirk.

The Manor House in Petty France was built in 1812 for Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister from 1812 to 1827. The house has seen the likes of Lord Wellington (later the Duke of Wellington), and has been in the ownership of the family of William Wordsworth ,the poet, of Lord and Lady Apsley and the Duke of Beaufort. Today it is a hotel.[1]

In literature

In her novel Northanger Abbey (written in 1803, but not published until 1817), Jane Austen mentions Petty France as a dull two-hour rest stop on the road between Bath and the (fictional) eponymous house:

"There was nothing to be done but to eat without being hungry, and to loiter about without anything to see."

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