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Stroud District

Stroud within Gloucestershiremarker

Status: District
Region: South West England
Admin. County: Gloucestershiremarker
- Total
460.65 km²
Admin. HQ: Stroudmarker
ONS code: 23UF
- Total ( )
- Density


/ km²

Ethnicity: 98.7% White
Stroud District Council
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
MPs: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, David Drew
Stroud is a local government district in Gloucestershiremarker, Englandmarker. It is named after its largest town, Stroudmarker, and has its administrative headquarters in Ebley Mill, in the Ebley area on the outskirts of the town.The district is mixed and consists of part of the Cotswoldsmarker and an area of the flat, fertile valley of the River Severn. The town of Stroudmarker is by some way the largest in the area. The southern portion of the district is served mostly by its own market towns, chief among which are Dursleymarker and Wotton-under-Edgemarker. It was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on April 1, 1974, by a merger of Nailsworthmarker and Stroud urban districts, Dursley Rural Districtmarker, Stroud Rural District, and parts of Gloucester Rural Districtmarker, Sodbury Rural District and Thornbury Rural Districtmarker.

The area is rich in Iron Age and Roman remnants and is of particular interest to archaeologists for its Neolithic burial grounds, of which there are over 100. Much of its wealth was built on the cloth industry during the Victorian era, and its many mills, most of which are now listed buildings, survive as testament to this.

Much of the landscape in this area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The esteemed Cotswold Way walk leads through the area. There are gliding clubs at Aston Downmarker and Nympsfieldmarker.

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