Stroud District

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Coordinates: 51°44′53″N 2°12′58″W / 51.748°N 2.216°W / 51.748; -2.216

Stroud District
Non-metropolitan district
Stroud shown within Gloucestershire
Stroud shown within Gloucestershire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Non-metropolitan county Gloucestershire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Stroud
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Stroud District Council
 • Leadership Committees[1] (Labour / Green / Liberal Democrat)
 • MPs David Drew
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
 • Total 177.9 sq mi (460.7 km2)
Area rank 97th (of 326)
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 117,400
 • Rank 194th (of 326)
 • Density 660/sq mi (250/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.7% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 23UF (ONS)
E07000082 (GSS)
OS grid reference SO8508905550

Stroud is a local government district in Gloucestershire, England. It is named after its largest town, Stroud, and has its administrative headquarters in Ebley Mill, in the Ebley area on the western outskirts of the town.

The district is mixed and consists of part of the Cotswolds and the Vale of Berkeley, an area of the flat, fertile valley of the River Severn, the town of Stroud 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 Dursley and Wotton-under-Edge.


Stroud District Council was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974, by a merger of Nailsworth and Stroud urban districts, Dursley Rural District, Stroud Rural District, and parts of Gloucester Rural District, Sodbury Rural District and Thornbury Rural District.

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 Down and Nympsfield.


Elections to the district council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election, at the 2016 election, the coalition of Labour, Greens and the Liberal Democrats retained its majority on Stroud District Council.


  1. ^ "Council Meeting 29 November 2012, Minutes" (PDF). Stroud District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. 

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