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Coordinates: 51°42′21″N 2°11′10″W / 51.70578333°N 2.185980556°W / 51.70578333; -2.185980556

Minchinhampton
Minch market square.JPG
Market Square, Minchinhampton
Minchinhampton is located in Gloucestershire
Minchinhampton

 Minchinhampton shown within Gloucestershire
OS grid reference SO871008
Parish Stroud
District Stroud
Shire county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STROUD
Postcode district GL6
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Stroud
List of places: UK • England • Gloucestershire

Minchinhampton is an ancient market town, located on a hilltop 4 miles (6.4 km) south-south-east of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, in the Cotswolds. The town is twinned with Nkokoto, in Tanzania.[1]

Nearby is Minchinhampton Common, a recreation area for walkers and golfers, 580 acres of which is owned by the National Trust. The Common is also used as grazing land for the cows of local farmers in the summer. On the Common are long parallel ditches and mounds which formed part of a large Iron Age fort. There are good views from the Common, west over the Severn estuary into Wales, and east to the Golden Valley and further into the Cotswolds.

Minchinhampton Market House and War Memorial

The town's shops are clustered in and around the High Street and comprise a general store, two hairdressers, Boots the Chemist, a ladies' boutique, a butcher's shop, a local organic dairy outlet, two restaurants, a cafe, a Post Office, an electrical retailers, an antiques shop, an estate agency and several charity shops, together with The Crown Inn. There is also a doctors' surgery, library, dentist, school, youth club and sports facilities.

The main square has a War Memorial and an early Market House, where a market is held every Thursday.[2] The 17th-century Market House was given to the town in 1919 by the Lord of the Manor Lt. Col. H. G. Ricardo. It was restored in 1944.

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Churches

The parish church, Minchinhampton, with its unusual "coronet" tower

There are two churches in Minchinhampton – Holy Trinity (Anglican) and Minchinhampton Baptist Church. The spire of the parish church of the Holy Trinity was pulled down for safety reasons in 1863 and now the stub has been completed with a "coronet" structure.

Aston Down

Minchinhampton is close to the former Ministry of Defence airfield, Aston Down, formerly a large employer in the area, now closed down and used for gliding. In 2005, following a Freedom of Information request, the local newspaper revealed that Aston Down is contaminated with arsenic, hydrocarbons and radium.[3] Since the site is located above a vulnerable aquifer, local residents have formed a pressure group, the Aston Down Action Group, in an effort to persuade local government and central government agencies to implement more stringent safety regulations.

Residents

Minchinhampton is close to Gatcombe Estate, the home of the Princess Royal, which hosts the Gatcombe Horse Trials in late summer each year. There is a twice-yearly craft fair at Gatcombe, and a summer visit by Gifford's Circus.[4]

Minchinhampton was both the birthplace and country residence of novelist Joanna Trollope. The actor Keith Allen lives within the parish.[5] Musician Lily Allen has also purchased a house close to the town.[6]

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Minchinhampton is in the Cotswolds, England, on a hill about 5 miles south east of Stroud. The market town dates back to the 14th century as do many of the buildings, such as the Market House.

Get in

There is one bus an hour (ish) from Stroud.

Alternatively you can drive in. From Cirencester follow the main road, the A419 towards Stroud, once past a cross roads and through some trees, you should come to the airfield, on your left. Turn left just after the airfield (opposite a parking area with a cafe). Following this road will get you into Minchinhampton. You'll be crossing a cattle grid when you enter Minchinhampton. Warning Mind the cows! They are likely to be on the road.

Get around

The village is quite small, and the centre is compact. It's easy to see the whole village on foot.

  • The main high street in Minchinhampton has a few small, family run shops and cafes.
  • The parish church is open during the day time.
  • The market house.

(not really that interesting, honest).

  • Sometimes there is a small market, under the market house.
  • Walk, play ultimate frisbee against the local teams, the biggest being the 'Greebs' and 'Jocks". Usually spinning a disc on the nearby common, or power kite there as well (just to the West of the village).
  • Some shops sell local produce. Most of the shops are pretty utilitarian (two Butchers, a chemist, a green grocer). There's one or two antique shops on the main road too

Le Midi, 20 High Street. 01453 889910 Open Tues-Sat 9AM-3PM French Shop situated at the back of Sophie's Restaurant. its nice and cosy and a great day out!

  • Crown Inn, High Street (opposite the market house), 01453 882357, Serves meals all day. Local pub. Meals quite expensive and a bit "manky".
  • Ragged Cot, Cirencester Road (actually in Hyde, not Minchinhampton, just to the East of Minchinhampton, along main road, over the cattle grid, at the cross roads, 15 minute walk from top of Butt Street: Some of road's not nice to walk along: Advise driving), 01453 884643, Much nicer food than Crown Inn, but less 'local' atmosphere. Very good restaurant, but pricey. Apparently haunted. Is a pub, restaurant and hotel.
  • Sophie's Restaurant, 20 High Street. 01453 885188 [1] Tuesday -Friday 9AM-2PM Coffee and Lunch , Saturday 9.30AM -12.30 Coffee and Patisserie. Selected Saturday Evenings, Restaurant in the centre of town,Winner of Cotswold Life Restaurant of The Year 2005,As recommended within the Good Food Guide 2006.
  • The Kitchen 7 High Street (40 yards down hill from the Crown Inn, town centre), 01453 882655, Taste of the West Gold Award winning Cafe, Best cafe and tea room in Gloucestershire 2008 & 2009.
  • The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton (West of Minchinhampton, middle of the common), 01453 832047, pub with good beer, reports suggest good food need reviews.

"The Black Horse", Littleworth, Amberly, located just on the edge of the common. Very Popular pub with fantastic panoramic views over the Nailsworth Valley. Excellent Range of Beers and Ciders, with a great menu and good service. 01453 872556.

  • See the pubs above
  • The Halfway House Box, Box Village Minchinhampton, 01453 832631, [2]. 11am to 11pm. Sunday Roast Carved at your table , Great Bar Food, A La Carte Menu, 10 minute walk to Minchinhampton, Great Views of the Common. Dog and Children friendly.  edit
  • Hunters Lodge, 31 Dr Browns Road Minchinhampton, Stroud, Gloucestershire (From minchinhampton, drive West, across common. First left (Dr Browns Road) at a cross roads. It will be on your right as you drive towards village. (01453 883588) [3]. double is £50! One report that it was very good.
  • No cheap accommodation. Maybe could get away with camping on common, if you're sneaky. (Watch out for cows and horses on common if you do).
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

MINCHINHAMPTON, a town in the Stroud parliamentary division of Gloucestershire, England, 4 m. S.E. of Stroud. Pop. (1901), 3737 It lies high on a slope of the Cotswold Hills; Minchinhampton Common being a fine open upland. The church of Holy Trinity, largely reconstructed, contains many brasses and memorials. The manufacture of woollen cloth is the longestablished staple of Minchinhampton. Prehistoric remains have been discovered on the common, and earthworks are also seen; while the name of Woeful Dane Bottom, a neighbouring valley, perhaps indicates the scene of a defeat of the Danes (c. 918).


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