Peter Hennessy, the constitutional historian, took the title Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield on receiving his peerage in 2010.
When his father's job led the family to move from London to the Cotswolds in 1948, he attended Marling School in Stroud and lived in the village at Bell Court.
Alfred Bird, the English food manufacturer and chemist, was born in Nympsfield in 1811. He left the village and registered as a pharmacist in Birmingham in 1842. His first major invention was egg-free custard (1837). Alfred Bird used cornflour instead of egg to create an imitation of egg custard. It was originally intended only for his wife Elizabeth who had both egg and yeast allergies.
Soon afterwards he founded 'Alfred Bird and Sons Ltd', which would go on to become the famous Bird's Custard company and brand.
Blessed Dominic Barberi. When William Leigh purchased an estate at Woodchester in 1845, he was keen to have a religious community nearby, and invited the Passionists. He met with Dominic Barberi in 1846 at the George Inn, Frocester and Dominic ministered for a time in Nympsfield. In 1847 he said Mass in a house that is now known as Barberi Cottage and from 1852 Mass was celebrated in the Red Lion, which is now called Chapel House. Barberi was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1963. Barberi is best remembered for his part in Newman's conversion, but is also commemorated for his work in the efforts to return England to the Catholic faith in the 19th century.
Five Public Houses. In the middle of the eighteenth century there were five inns in the village – the Rose and Crown, the Bell, the White Hart, the Red Lion and the Red Bull. The Bell is now Bell Court, the White Hart is White Hart Court, the Red Lion is now Chapel House and the Red Bull was at the junction of David’s Lane and Blackberry Lane. There was a building between the two lanes in 1761 that would have faced you as you approached the junction from the village centre; traces of this building can still be seen today. Only the Rose and Crown survives in it's original state.
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