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Longhope is a village in west Gloucestershire, situated within the Forest of Dean, England, United Kingdom. Arthur Bullock, who was born in Longhope in 1899, described its location as follows:

  • The parish occupies the most easterly valley in the group of hills which lie between the Severn and the Wye. The name means long valley. It is about four miles long, running roughly north to south, and it is separated from the Severn valley by a range of hills consisting of May Hill (937 ft), Huntley Hill, Blaisdon Hill and Notwood Hill.'[2]
Longhope
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Longhope is located in Gloucestershire
Longhope
Longhope
Location within Gloucestershire
Population1,489 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSO689189
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLonghope
Postcode districtGL17
PoliceGloucestershire
FireGloucestershire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
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UK
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Gloucestershire
51°52′04″N 2°27′10″W / 51.8678°N 2.4529°W / 51.8678; -2.4529Coordinates: 51°52′04″N 2°27′10″W / 51.8678°N 2.4529°W / 51.8678; -2.4529

The village falls in the 'Blaisdon and Longhope' electoral ward. This ward has Longhope in the north and Blaisdon as its smaller southerly neighbour. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 1,754.[3]

May Hill is a prominent landmark and the ownership of the summit is vested with Longhope Parish Council.

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HistoryEdit

The village was inhabited by the 11th century and the manor of Hope is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village parish church, dedicated to All Saints, dates back to Norman times. The arms of William III hang above the door and lower parts of the four stage west tower are late Norman, as is one window. There exists also, in the north transept, an effigy of a priest which is dated to circa 1300. The porch and several windows are early 14th century. The church was extensively restored during the 1860s when the north vestries were added and the tower was partially rebuilt.

Opposite the church, Court Leet was once the local court with the adjacent half timbered cottage being the gaol. Another house of historic interest is Royal Spring, where Charles I is said to have stopped for refreshment in 1642 after the Battle of Powick Bridge during the English Civil War.

Longhope station opened in 1855 with the line it was located on, being the Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway (part of the Great Western Railway) linking Ross-on-Wye and Grange Court and thence to Gloucester. Longhope station was used in season to export locally produced jam and fruit grown locally. The station had a passing loop[4] on what was a single track. The station has been demolished but the waiting room still remains.

A cameo description of life in Longhope before World War I is given in a memoir by Arthur Bullock. He fondly recalled, 'I could hardly have chosen a better village to be born in than Longhope'. Among the reasons he gave were that the houses were 'sufficiently concentrated to give a sense of community and sufficiently scattered to give the citizens a sense of individuality'.[5] He alluded to the frequent services run by the Great Western Railway, but noted, 'for shopping it was really not necessary to go outside the village as there were two good general stores with three small shops, two bakers, a post office, coal merchant, blacksmith and four public houses'. He also records that later 'Mrs Wright opened another general shop and news agency, and Mr C. Powell built a village hall which he called Latchen Room. There was a cricket team, football team, tennis club and choral society.'[6]

Bullock's memoir provides a detailed account of life in Longhope at that time, including the role of James Constance and Sons as the chief employers in the village (whose workers included Bullock's father George and brother Wallace) and the profusion of other trades that were in operation, including hurdle making and wheelwrighting, and also records that the greatest fruit crop grown there was plums.[7] The Bullocks were a characterful family, very active in village life. Other local families included the Carpenters, the Lanes, and the Halls, who were cartwrights.[8] The village also had more than its fair share of eccentrics, including the churchwarden and builder 'Feyther Field'[9], who apparently used to ride along on a bicycle carrying a ladder.

Bullock notes that there was a council school next to the Zion Baptist Chapel at the top of Hopes Hill,[10] but he and his siblings went to Longhope Church School across the road from the church. Arthur described it as 'one big room with a fire grate at one end'; toilet facilities were primitive and there were 'no washing facilities but a tin bowl and a chunk of red carbolic soap'.[11] The schoolroom was bitterly cold, he recalled: there were times in winter that his feet were so cold that he could not feel them his hands so cold that he could only write with difficulty.[12] However, he was full of admiration for the quality of education the pupils received from the schoolmaster and schoolmistress, Mr and Mrs Hill.[13] The current village school, Hope Brook Church of England Primary School, was formed on 1 September 2001 by the amalgamation of the two earlier schools (Hopes Hill County Primary School and Longhope Church of England School). It is situated next to the recreation ground.

Longhope Football ClubEdit

The village has only one football team in the North Gloucestershire division one. Their home ground is the Recreation Ground in the centre of the village.

BibliographyEdit

Bullock, Arthur (2009). Gloucestershire Between the Wars: A Memoir. The History Press. ISBN 978-0-7524-4793-3. Pages 10-49.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 11
  3. ^ "Blaisdon and Longhope ward 2011". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.longhopevillage.co.uk/history/railways/
  5. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 11
  6. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 11
  7. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 12
  8. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 47
  9. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 13
  10. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 11
  11. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 33
  12. ^ Bullock, 2009, page 33
  13. ^ Bullock, 2009, pages 33-35

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