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Falfield

Falfield
Falfield is located in Gloucestershire
Falfield
 Falfield shown within Gloucestershire
Population 762 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference
Civil parish Falfield
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wotton-Under-Edge
Postcode district GL12
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament The Cotswolds
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire

Falfield is a village, located near the northern border of the South Gloucestershire district of Gloucestershire, England on the southern edge of the Berkeley Vale, to the east of the River Severn and just falling into the boundary of the Cotswolds. It is the last parish on the northern boundary of South Gloucestershire. The area has a Wotton-under-Edge (GL12) post code and so is often incorrectly listed as being in the Stroud district of Gloucestershire. Falfield is one of the longest villages in England, alongside local village Cromhall.

There are approximately 200 houses in the village with a population of some 500, increasing to 762 at the 2011 census.

The nearest town to the village is Thornbury approximately 7 miles to the south. The nearest major cities are Bristol 16 miles to the South and Gloucester 18 miles to the North, and is often referred to as the midpoint between the two.

Falfield is clustered mainly along the Scout Association who are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013 and include a branch of the Girl Guides.

Falfield St George's Church is famous for being the burial place of Conservative Politician Sir George Jenkinson, who died in 1892.

Politically, Falfield comes under the constituency of Yate & Thornbury which is currently a Liberal Democrat seat held by Steve Webb MP, who is also Minister of State for Pensions.

Contents

  • Sport 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Sport

Falfield was once home to successful cricket and football teams, however both of those have now been discontinued with members now playing at local sides such as Tortworth Musketeers CC. The village is home to 'The Fielders' skittles team. In terms of professional sport, the village is a stronghold for Bristol Rovers F.C. fans due to its South Gloucestershire location, and is an overwhelmingly favoured towards Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, although rugby support tends to be split fairly equally between Gloucester R.F.C. and Bristol R.F.C..

Falfield Church, near the A38

History

A Charles Harford Lloyd served in the village in his youth. Registers containing marriages, baptisms and burials at Falfield Parish Church are in existence from 1860. Prior to this date they are included under Thornbury Parish records.

Anciently a settlement called "Mars" was associated with Falfield. However it has not been determined where this settlement existed, despite research.

A large part of the village is Eastwood Park, anciently a deer park belonging to Thornbury Castle in the 16th century. Later names associated with owners of Eastwood were Tyndale, Ashfield, Rogers, Jenkinson and Watts. More recently it came into the ownership of the Ministry of Defence followed by the Department of Health and is now run as a Conference and Training Centre.

Other older constructions in the village are: Green Farm whose origins are medieval, Heneage Farm - 16th century, Sundayshill Farm probably 17th century, Oakhall Farm, Moorslade Farm where a more modern building has now replaced the older farmhouse mentioned in 16th century documents. Whitfield House and Pool Farm in Whitfield are also worthy of mention. Brinkmarsh Farm, now (quite recently) demolished was a fine Elizabethan building with ball finials. In what is known as Mill Lane is a mill which has been on the present site for four or five hundred years, probably longer.

A women's prison, HM Prison Eastwood Park, is located in the Falfield area.

The village appears to lack a manor house, possibly Heneage Court could have been such, but little of its history is known. Cannonballs found in the roof suggest its existence in the 16th century. Names connected with Heneage Court are: Skey, Hale, Montague Williams and Russell Thomas. Edward Warren laid out the gardens, pleasure grounds and woodland for Russell Thomas in 1913.

References

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2015". 
  2. ^ John Smyth (1908) [1608] Men & Armour for Gloucestershire in 1608, A. Sutton, Gloucester ISBN 978-0-90438-749-0

External links

  • Falfield.org.uk
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