Hawkesbury Upton

Hawkesbury Upton is a village in South Gloucestershire, England, east of the much smaller Hawkesbury. It lies north of Horton, east of Dunkirk and south of Alderley and Hillesley.

Hawkesbury Upton
Hawkesbury Upton War Memorial.jpg
War Memorial, Hawkesbury Upton
Hawkesbury Upton is located in Gloucestershire
Hawkesbury Upton
Hawkesbury Upton
Location within Gloucestershire
Populationc. 1,200
OS grid referenceST780870
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBadminton
Postcode districtGL9
Dialling code01454
PoliceAvon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
WebsiteParish Council
List of places
51°34′52″N 2°19′08″W / 51.581°N 2.319°W / 51.581; -2.319Coordinates: 51°34′52″N 2°19′08″W / 51.581°N 2.319°W / 51.581; -2.319

Hawkesbury Upton is close to the A46 road. The village lies on the Cotswold Way and exhibits many of the characteristics of a Cotswold village, including use of the local limestone in the majority of the buildings.

The village has two pubs – the Beaufort Arms and the Fox Inn, both on the High Street – a primary school, a village shop, a post office and a hair salon. There is also a village hall with a recreation ground and a cricket club.

On the last Saturday in August, the annual Hawkesbury Horticultural Show takes place at the village hall & recreation ground. The show features a large marquee, where the best fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as home baking, varied crafts, home made wine & beer, original photographs and pictures are exhibited – all produced by the local community. In addition, there is entertainment in the arena, a carnival procession, fairground rides and a wide range of local craft, trade and charity stalls. The show has been running continuously since 1885 - never once cancelled for adverse weather or war - something which villagers are extremely proud of.

Somerset MonumentEdit

The Somerset Monument

The Somerset Monument stands on the Cotswold Edge escarpment, about half a mile from the village on the road towards Hillesley. Built in ashlar and designed by Lewis Vulliamy, it was constructed in 1846 as a memorial to Lord Edward Somerset, who led the British cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.[1] The monument is a slightly tapering square tower, about 100 feet (30 m) high.[2]

The first keeper of the monument was Shadrack Byfield, a one-armed veteran of the Anglo-American War of 1812, whose memoirs of that conflict have achieved a measure of fame. Byfield, a native of Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire, lived in Hawkesbury Upton from 1843 to 1856.

Hawkesbury Upton Literature FestivalEdit

The Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival was founded by local author Debbie Young and has been held annually since 2015.[3][4]


  1. ^ Headley, Gwyn; Meulenkamp, Wim (1999). Follies, grottoes & garden buildings. London: Aurum. p. 241.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Monument to Lord Robert Edward Somerset (1320834)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival". Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "The brand new Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival this April". Cotswold Life. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hawkesbury Upton at Wikimedia Commons