Hartpury is a rural parish in Gloucestershire of 3,500 acres with a population of about 700.
It is about five miles north of the city of Gloucester, and whilst the main village straddles the A417, many of the older buildings including the Church lie close to the River Leadon, about 1.5 miles away. It is often described as a village with 5 ends (Blackwells End, Buttersend, Corsend, Moorend, Murrells End) and no centre! The church is in a lovely setting with the Tithe Barn and Watermill (both private) nearby.
Hartpury & Perry
The village name ‘Hartpury’ is derived from the Saxon word for the pear: Hardepirige – a hard pear tree that is one with hard fruit like the wilding or perry pear. There is a perry pear known as the Hartpury Green recorded as early as 1662.
The Trust owns the national perry pear collection at Hartpury Orchard Centre, where perry is once again being made.
Church and Old Chapel Hall
Clustered around Hartpury church is a fine group of ancient buildings lovingly maintained over the centuries by the parishioners. Many of these need the careful attention of experts and volunteers, to continue to keep them in good order.