This site has been set up and will develop, over time, to provide a point of reference for anything to do with Stroud and the surrounding valley areas. It will be a continual ‘work in progress’ as I find the time and inclination.
First, a very brief history.
Stroud was originally part of the parish of Bisley and did not become a town in its own right until the beginning of the 14th century when the first church was assigned parochial rights. This did not come with any income so Stroud was still regarded as an offshoot of Bisley church, in the mid 15th century there were less than a dozen houses in the ‘town’. The early 18th century saw it rapidly grow to become an important town due to the woollen industry and its location close to main trading routes.