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Coordinates: 51°52′26″N 2°17′53″W / 51.874°N 2.298°W / 51.874; -02.298

Highnam
Highnam is located in Gloucestershire
Highnam

 Highnam shown within Gloucestershire
Population 2,014 
OS grid reference SO795195
Shire county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLOUCESTER
Postcode district GL2
Dialling code 01452
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Tewkesbury
List of places: UK • England • Gloucestershire

Highnam is a village and civil parish on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester. It is three miles northwest of the city on the A40, on its way to Ross, west of Alney Island and Over Bridge. The parish includes the villages of Lassington and Over. In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,014.[1]

Highnam was originally made up of farm land, which explains some of its street names (Brimsome Meadow, Poppy Field, Stoney Field, Long Field, Peters Field, Williams Orchard, et al.). As a village, Highnam is fairly small, containing a few social amenities. Its contents include the Church of the Holy Innocents, a school (Highnam C of E Primary [2]), a village hall, a day nursery, a village shop and a doctor's surgery.

Wealthy artist Thomas Gambier Parry purchased the Highnam Court estate in 1837. He remodelled the Court and laid out landscaped gardens. He built the Holy Innocents Church (1849-51) described by John Betjeman as "The most complete Victorian Church in this country". The grade I listed church forms an ensemble with its listed Church Lodge, Rectory, Memorial Hall and Old Schoolhouse on the edge of the park of Highnam Court.

His son, the composer Hubert Parry, learnt to play the organ in the church.

Highnam has an eighteen hole golf course and a large business park just outside the main village.

Aside from buildings, it is home to both football and cricket teams Highnam Court Cricket Cluband also Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Brownies groups. A new feature in 2007 was the addition of a Youth Café.

Highnam Woods to the west of the village are managed by the RSPB as a nature reserve, and Lassington Woods are to the east of the village.

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