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Historic village in the north of the Forest of Dean. It is home to Hartpury University and College, Historic Bee Shelter, Tithe Barn and St Mary's Church.

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An historic village in the northern part of the Forest of Dean. Home to Hartpury University and College, Historic Bee Shelter, Tithe Barn and St Mary's Church.  There are several interesting piubs in the village.

Today the village is best known for Hartpury University and Hartpury College, which sit alongside one another on the same 360-hectare campus. The institution was established in the post-World War II 1940s, as an agricultural college with 50 students. The college remained relatively unchanged until 1990, when a rapid expansion programme started with the provision of a large variety of higher education and further education courses specialising in the agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing sectors. 

It is now home to more than 4,000 college and university students studying PhDs, postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas in the areas of sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary nursing, and A-levels.

Students at Hartpury have access to the largest equine educational establishment in the world, cutting-edge sports facilities, an extensive animal collection, an animal therapy centre, science laboratories with industry standard equipment and an on-site commercial farm.

The picture shows the Bee Shelter built in the garden of a house in Nailsworth in the mid 18th century. Threatened with destruction in 1968, it was rescued and restored and given to the Hartpury Historic Buildings Trust who brought it from Hartpury Agricultural College to a spot near Hartpury church. It was built to house and protect 33 straw beehives.

The First World War poet F. W. Harvey, more usually associated with Yorkley, near Lydney, was born at Murrell's End, Hartpury in 1888.


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