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The Cotswolds - Stroud

Stroud claims the title of the oldest market town in the Cotswolds having recently celebrated its 700th birthday. Stroud started life as a hamlet.

As with other towns in the Cotswolds, Stroud growth during mediaeval times centered around the wool trade. Stroud is also well known for its breweries, boat building, quarrying of local limestone, iron founding and carpet weaving.

The name Stroud derives from "Strode".

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Cotswolds towns and villages

Bibury   Home to the famous and picturesque Arlington Row
Bourton on the Water   Bourton on the Water is sometimes known as "The Venice of the Cotswolds"
Broadway   One of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds, and probably England
Burford   Burford is a beautiful town on the river Windrush
Chipping Campden   An historic town with impressive buildings such as one of the finest wool churches
Chipping Norton   The highest town in Oxfordshire and sometimes known as "The Gateway To The Cotswolds"
Cirencester   One of the oldest and most beautiful market towns in the country
Fairford   Gloucestershire town, probably most famous for being the home of RAF Fairford
Lechlade   Lechlade is a small market town on the southern borders of the Cotswolds
Moreton in Marsh   Moreton-in-Marsh is in the heart of the Cotswolds, located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode valley<
Nailsworth   Situated about 4 miles from Stroud, Nailsworth is a charming town with winding streets and a plentiful supply of nooks and crannies to explore
Northleach   A charming, under-developed Cotswold village
South Cerney   One of the largest villages in the Cotswolds
Stow-on-the-Wold   Stands along the old Roman Fosse Way on a 700 foot high hill
Stroud   The oldest market town in Gloucestershire
Tetbury   A centre for antique shops and home to The Market House built in 1655
Westonbirt   Home to the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum
Witney   Famous for Witney blankets
Woodstock   Home to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill
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Stroud Blog
Phill Jupitus – performs his poetry at legendary venue The Convent
Phill Jupitus, one of the UK’s most successful stand-ups, will be performing poetry at The Convent in Stroud on September 3rd as a special guest of the Panic Brothers. It is part of a series of shows... [more]
Posted : 31/08/2015 19:24:23

Bromford launch Café Ark – volunteers wanted!
Residents at Ark House, supported housing for homeless young people in Stroud, are joining forces to open a new café on Wednesday, 8 January. The café will run every Wednesday 10-1pm and 6-8.30pm a... [more]
Posted : 04/01/2014 12:22:41

Pop Star Welcome For Colin The Crocodile Copper as he Visits Stroud School
Posted : 14/09/2013 08:59:37

Two fish to feed 5,000?
Posted : 19/06/2012 15:18:13

Stroud's First Ever Potato Day
Posted : 17/01/2011 09:51:47

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