Reasons to live in Quedgeley and Hardwicke
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Quedgeley is a town on the southern fringes of Gloucester. Since the 1980s, Quedgeley has become increasingly contiguous with Gloucester and Hardwicke which is in the Stroud District Council. Quedgeley Town also includes neaby Kingsway Village.
Located predominantly between the Gloucester Sharpness Canal and the A38, the town has excellent access to the M5 motorway and well served with local amenities.
Although the parish of Quedgeley was established in 1095 as a roadside settlement along the Roman Road linking Bristol with Gloucester, most of the housing has been built since 1980.
The development consists of a series of Cul-De-Sacs leading from Severnvale Drive and Fieldcourt Drive. They form a horseshoe starting and ending on the Bristol Road, divided roughly down the middle by School Lane.
Each Cul-De-Sac has it own identity depending on the developer at the time and were built by Robert Hitchens and Glevum Builders amongst others.
The day to day amenities in Quedgeley have grown over the years with two main shopping centres. The Severn Vale shopping centre is home to a Tesco supermarket and a variety of adjoining stores including a post office, library, Costa Coffee, pet shop, Barnardos and Coral the bookmakers.
Severn Vale Shopping Centre
More recently Quedgeley District Centre has opened with major brands such as Home Bargains, Domino Pizza, Chinese Takeaway, Matalan, Aldi, Miller & Carter and Boots with midnight pharmacy.
Quedgeley District Centre
Quedgeley has five schools within the parish: Fieldcourt Infant School, Fieldcourt Junior School, Beech Green School, Meadowside Primary School, Clearwater Primary Academy and Severn Vale School. There are also several day nurserys.
Quedgeley is conveniently situated on the A38 and near Junction 12 of the M5 motorway running between Birmingham and Bristol. Stagecoach West serve Quedgeley with regular buses into Gloucester City Centre.
Hardwicke mostly has a rural feel and despite its proximity to Gloucester, the village comes under Stroud Council. Farming is still the major industry in the parish and as such there has never been a distinct village centre. Other parts have a Victorian feel, more recently, however, the northern edge of Hardwicke has been subject to the expansion of Quedgeley.
In the 1970s and 80s the areas adjacent to Overbrook Road were built providing much needed starter homes and apartments. Family homes were also constructed in Hilyard Close and Springfield.
The popular canalside development at Dales Wharf was built in the 2000’s followed by an exclusive Redrow Heritage Range development at Bridge Keepers Way.
The Hunts Grove development started in 2010 and is located on the northern edge of Hardwicke, bordering onto Haresfield. Once completed it will consist of 1750 homes with housebuilders such as Crest Nicholson, David Wilson Homes, Bellway Homes, Linden Homes and Bovis Homes all heavily involved.
Future urban extension of 1200 new homes is also planned to the south of the village and a planning proposal has been put forward to Stroud District Council.
Amenities in Hardwicke include a branch of the Royal British Legion, Hardwicke Parochial School, Saint Nicholas’s Church. The Pilot canalside Inn can be found next to Sellars Swing Bridge. Nearby Hunts Grove Primary Academy was opened in 2019.
Please feel free to read our expert guide on the best places to live in Gloucester.
Last updated 17th July 2023