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Daylesford, Gloucestershire

Coordinates: 51°55′52″N 1°38′50″W / 51.9312°N 1.64736°W / 51.9312; -1.64736


St Peters Church
OS grid reference SP243259
Civil parish Adlestrop
District Cotswold
Shire county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district GL56
Dialling code 01451
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Cotswold
List of places

Daylesford is a small village in Gloucestershire, England, on the border with Oxfordshire. It is situated off the A436 near Stow-on-the-Wold and five miles west of Chipping Norton. The village is on the north bank of the small River Evenlode. The landscape falls within the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so designated in 1966.

In the medieval period the manor was held by the Hastings family. Until 1931 Daylesford was a detached part of Worcestershire, but in that year it was transferred to Gloucestershire. It was a separate civil parish until 1935, when it was absorbed into the civil parish of Adlestrop.[1]

Daylesford House

In 1788 it was acquired by Warren Hastings, Governor-General of India, a descendant of its medieval owners. In the following years, he remodelled the mansion, Daylesford House, to the designs of Samuel Pepys Cockerell, with magnificent classical and Indian decoration (a style later developed successfully at Sezincote House nearby). The gardens were landscaped by John Davenport.

Warren Hastings also rebuilt the Norman Church of St Peter in 1816, where he was buried two years later. The church was again rebuilt to the designs of J. L. Pearson in 1859-63.

In the 20th century, the house and estate has been the property of Viscount Rothermere, who restored the house with the help of the interior decorator John Fowler, and Baron Heinrich Thyssen. It is currently the Gloucestershire home of Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford, major shareholders in the J. C. Bamford excavator company. Viscount Linley and his family rent a cottage on the estate.[2]

The lakeside gardens with wooded walks and unusual trees and shrubs are open to the public in the summer months. There is a popular farm shop on the estate, which sells organic food under the Daylesford Organic brand.[3]


External links

  • 'Parishes: Daylesford', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913) British History Online
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