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Stroud Local History Society is the local history society for Stroud in the historic County of Gloucestershire, UK. Our monthly indoors meetings, from September to April, mainly take place at the St Laurence Church Hall in The Shambles, Stroud. In the summer we arrange visits.

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

 

Currently we have over 70 members, and we are on Facebook and Twitter.

The menu links above tell you more about the society, our resources archive, and the wide variety of research carried out over the years by our members. Stroud People and Places Index is a good page to start.

Our programme is here. Past meetings and events are described here.

A new book available in November 2014, price £5Holy Trinity Book Part 1 more info

Added October 2014 – Stroud Home Front 1914-19 – Exhibition in the library

Added August 2014 – Information from the Archives of the Citizen

Added July 2014

Virtual Town Trail with photos, so you can see Stroud and find out about some of it’s history, without walking around!

And we assembled a review of events that had happened in Stroud since our first meeting in 1984.

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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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