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The Ram. top of High St, photo by P Stevens 2010
The Ram. top of High St, photo by P Stevens 2010

New August 2014

Information from the Archives of the Citizen

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!

30 years of Stroud 1984 to 2014

Past meetings & events

We are on Facebook

 

St Laurence Hall, Shambles
St Laurence Hall, Shambles, photo by P Stevens 2010

Stroud Local History Society is the local history society for Stroud in the historic County of Gloucestershire, UK.

Currently we have over 70 members.

Monthly indoors meetings  from September to April, mainly take place at the St Laurence Church Hall in The Shambles, Stroud.

Summer visits are also arranged.11.4.10 photos of Stroud 071

Old Town Hall, Shambles. photo by P Stevens 2010
Old Town Hall, Shambles. photo by P Stevens 2010

 

 

The Ram. top of High St
The Ram. top of High St, photo by P Stevens 2010

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.

Questions, suggestions and submissions are welcome  – please use the contact us page

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