Place:Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, England


Alt namesHerdeuuicsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
Coordinates51.95°N 2.133°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
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Hardwicke is a village on the A38 road south of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. Despite its proximity to Gloucester, the village comes under Stroud (district) Council.

With its name deriving from the Old English heorde wic, “herd [tending] settlement”, farming is still the major industry of the parish. Hardwicke was once renowned for its cider and cheese , this may have led to its survival during the battle for Gloucester in the Civil War – neither side wanted to damage a source of much appreciated sustenance.

Though there is a typical village green and pond on Green Lane, along with some of the village's oldest cottages, there was never a distinct centre to the village and other parts have a distinct "Victorian" feel. Added to this are the newer developments of the 1970s.

The village has two pubs, 'The Pilot' (on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal) and 'The Starting Gate' (formerly 'The Morning Star', on the Bristol Road (B4008)), a branch of The Royal British Legion, a village hall and two shops, one of which is also a post office. In the centre of the village is the Hardwicke Parochial School, a Church of England school that teaches children from the ages of four to eleven.

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