Sunday, 28th August 2016

The group parish of Bartestree with Lugwardine is situated in a pleasant rural location three miles east of Hereford. In the Hagley Ward and Hereford locality, and surrounded by the parishes of Weston Beggard, Dormington and Withington, it covers 2530 acres [1012 hectares], straddles the busy A438 Hereford to Ledbury road and is bounded by the River Lugg along its western and southern sides. Both villages have a thriving community, local amenities and popular schools. As well as a church and a chapel, there is a modern village hall, sited amidst an extensive area of playing field, two purpose-built children's play areas and a new sports pavilion.

Lugwardine consists of a mixture of older buildings, some timber framed and listed, and newer developments of bungalows and houses from the 1970's onwards. Bartestree is mostly a recently developed community, with the conversion of the convent to residential apartments together with additional adjacent housing, being the most recent. There is also a village shop with off licence, a hair dressing salon and bespoke furniture showroom.
The joint village still sits among fields and woods. There is pasture and arable land, corn and hops, even vines.

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