New August 2014
Stroud People and Places Index – a good page to start on
New July 2014
Virtual Town Trail with photos, so you can see Stroud and find out about some of it’s history, without walking around!
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Stroud Local History Society is the local history society for Stroud in the historic County of Gloucestershire, UK.
Currently we have over 80 members.
Monthly indoors meetings from September to April, normally take place at the St Laurence Church Hall in The Shambles, Stroud.
The Town of Stroud officially dates from 1304, prior to that it was part of the parish of Bisley. Stroud was granted a market charter in 1594 and the Old Town Hall in The Shambles dates from that time.
Stroud became an important centre for the woollen industry using local and imported wool, producing fine quality cloth, known internationally as ‘Strouds’. Billiard cloth and the cloth for tennis balls are still produced.
The development of the industry resulted from the purity and availability of water in the network of streams from the local hills. Mills were built along the streams to utilise the water power, many of these buildings remain today, one of which still produces cloth.
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