Town Trail

Click here for the Virtual Town Trail

If you would like to learn more about Stroud, while you walk around town, try the

I Spy Stroud Town History Trail.

  •     You can start at Stratford Park, or Merrywalks footbridge.
  •     You can do it in one go, or in parts on different days.
  •     Read the History Boards that you find on the way round
  •     Look up at the buildings
  •     Follow the clues and look around – you might be surprised at what you have found
  •     Paper copies available from The Museum In The Park, Stratford Park, Stroud.

Click here to download the Trail in printable PDF format

Tip – if the printed version does not have the correct symbols ie arrows and a picture of an eye:

  • Right click on the link, ‘Save link as’ and save it on your desktop.
  • Right click on the icon on the desk top and open with Adobe reader.

NOW YOU CAN DO THE VIRTUAL TOWN TRAIL AT HOME

Click on the pictures to enlarge.           Click on the links for further information

For a Stroud Town Map click here

I Spy Stroud Town History Trail – Starts at The Museum In The Park

Museum in the Park
Museum in the Park

From the lake, leave Stratford Park, and cross the road.
With Stratford Lodge, now called Old Nelson, on your right, walk up the slope and turn right passing St.Roses.

Old Nelson

St Roses
St Roses

Walk down & onto the footbridge.

This was Badbrook . In the early 1800s there was a ford and stepping stones to cross the stream.
To your left is the Old Police Station 1858.

Old Police Station
Old Police Station

Badbrook House was located on the corner of Merrywalks and Beeches Green and was demolished to allow for road widening in 1967. Badbrook Mill stood partly on the site of the multi-storey car park in Merrywalks.

At the other side of the bridge go down the slope and turn left. Find swags & flowers at the old pub.

Old Painswick Inn
Old Painswick Inn

When was it re-built? Look for faces.

 

Turn right and walk up hill, past the longest serving monarch.

Queen Vic
Queen Vic

 

5 b Glos St c1910
Gloucester St c1910 Cowle Museum postcard, courtesy of Museum in the Park

 

At the Racing Dog (rebuilt 1903) – Where is the Godsell brewery trademark ‘Labore et Honor’ malt shovel clasped in hand?

Greyhound
Greyhound

The Museum in the Park’s reception area has a Godsell sign with their trademark and a leaping salmon – the brewery was at Salmon Springs.

Turn left into Lansdown (previously this was the carriage drive to the vicarage (where the library is now).

Library
Library

At the next junction – Look for famous Victorian scientists and artists. Also find Victoria and an engine.
The School of Art & Sciences (1890-99) housed the original Stroud Museum.

Old School of Art & Science
Old School of Art & Science

 

Faraday, Huxley, and Kelvin
Faraday, Huxley, and Kelvin

 

Barry & Rossetti
Barry & Rossetti
 Leighton and Turner
Leighton and Turner
A Severn trow, Queen Victoria & an engine
A Severn trow, Queen Victoria & an engine

 

 

Return along Lansdown to a local newspaper office and take the steps opposite, by Lansdown Hall (Temperance Hall, built in 1879, later the Stroud High School for Girls started here), to enter Bank Gardens (the gardens to Bank House ).

Stroud News & Journal office
Stroud News & Journal office
Lansdown Hall & Gallery
Lansdown Hall & Gallery

 

Bank House, High St
Bank House, High St

Walk up to St Laurence. At the church porch turn right.

There was a chapel before 1279. The current church was rebuilt in 1866, but the 14th century tower and spire survive. Richard Whittington acquired the manor of Upper Lypiatt (which included Stroud) in 1395, to settle a debt of £500. A relative of his was buried in the old chapel.

St Laurence from The Shambles
St Laurence from The Shambles

Go into The Shambles. When did John Wesley preach a sermon here?

Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall (1590s with additions) was originally freestanding in the centre of the market area, which was known in the 17th century as ‘the Pitching’. Later this became ‘The Shambles’, where the butchers sold their meat on tables that dropped down from the wall.

 

The Shambles
The Shambles
Butchers table
Butchers table

When was John Canton born?

Continue through to The High St.

 

No 57 – then Coley Chemist, now Boots – was the first premises in the town centre to have electricity (from a gas engine)

No 57 now Boots
No 57 now Boots

Walk uphill towards 1931 cleaning, to the sculpture representing the Stroud area.

Old Coop
Old Coop

 

The Ram represents the woollen industry
The Ram represents the woollen industry

 

Here was The Cross, the old centre of town, with the town well (later converted to a drinking fountain) & the stocks.

The Cross Stroud prior to 1900
The Cross Stroud prior to 1900, Cowle Museum postcard, courtesy of Museum in the Park
Medieval Hall restored by Stroud Preservation Trust
Medieval Hall restored by Stroud Preservation Trust

What sort of market was held here?

Go back down the High St to Woodruffs.

Turn left here and find the White Bird

 

Turn right, into the street where sewing machines were used to produce ready-made clothes.

Site of Old George Inn
Site of Old George Inn

Turn left at the end. This used to be Kendrick’s orchard until 1872.

 

Walk towards the pretty birds.

Peacocks
Peacocks

Do you remember when Peckhams was on the left (World Foods) and The International Stores was on right (Peacocks)? Previously it was Wycliffe garage, before it moved to Cainscross.

Find 4 faces that tell you what time it is. This was given to the town by Stroud wine merchant William Sims, in 1921.

The Four Clocks
The Four Clocks

London Rd was built in 1815. Previously the way to Chalford was via Nelson St, Castle St, Lower St, Bowbridge Lane & Thrupp Lane

Take ‘Lord John Russell’s St’. He was a Liberal MP for Stroud, 1835-41 and Prime Minster twice.
Pass his pub, which was the General Post Office 1886, and turn left to where you can catch a train.

Lord John Pub
Lord John Pub
Stroud Station. Photo P Stevens Aug 2014
Stroud Station. Photo P Stevens Aug 2014

Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Goods Shed was built in 1845 (the station was rebuilt in 1914).

Good Shed
Goods Shed
Goods Shed from opposite side of the railway line
Goods Shed from opposite side of the railway line

The tree on the platform was saved by people-power. It  belonged to a house that was demolished to build the station.

Tree on Stroud Station platform. Photo P Stevens Sept 2014
Tree on Stroud Station platform. Photo P Stevens Sept 2014

 

Old Station Master's House
Old Station Master’s House

Return, passing the hostelry, built 1870, then cross Russell St and turn left.

Imperial Hotel

Carefully cross to the black horse

Lloyds Bank
Lloyds Bank

and find George, who stands in front of Stroud House 1894-96.

George Holloway (MP for Stroud 1886-92) was a leading industrialist and politician, who pioneered the manufacture of ready-made clothing and introduced a number of social reforms to Stroud

George Holloway
George Holloway

 

Stroud House
Stroud House

 

With the black horse on your left, go straight on until you reach Coventry.

This used to be The  Green Dragon. To see old pictures click here and use quick the search for ‘Green Dragon Hotel’

High up you will find faces

April 2010

 

Back track and go through the happy shopping centre (which had its 40th birthday in 2013)

Merrywalks entrance
Merrywalks entrance

Near Wilkinsons, find Stroud landmarks – which have you seen today?

 

More information about the Stroud area

The Town Trail was prepared by Pauline & Dave Stevens for the 2013 Stroud Local History Society exhibition.

All photographs by Pauline Stevens April 2010 or July 2014

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