The Redlers industrial estate is the site of the original Dudbridge Mills, located directly beside the River Frome. From the mid-18th century onwards it housed the three mills of Daniel Chance, who sold it in the mid 18th century: one corn; one gig and a dyehouse with eight drying racks. It was acquired in 1794 by John Apperley, whose family used the site for wool and cloth making for the next 140 years. In 1801 an industrial accident killed a young worker.

In 2008 the donkey delivery service was resumed thanks to Anna Usbourne and her four and eight-year-olds. Chester and Teddy are Anna’s donkeys and together they run the Chalford Community Store’s weekly delivery service.

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The Bird and Deer Park is situated in a beautiful Cotswold valley offering wonderful views,

Read why Tracy Spiers is 'Proud of Stroud' and its dramatic landscapes, unique arts and crafts, independent shops and fabulous festivals. Find out more about the 100th anniversary celebrations of famous author, Laurie Lee, and renowned sculptor Lynn Chadwick.

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BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine recently visited Stroud, Nailsworth and Painswick to unearth some hidden treasures. In the February 2015 issue, Eleanor O'Kane visits this alternative Cotswold destination and discovers award-winning markets, antique shops and a newly vibrant vintage shopping trail.

Damien Hirst owns the 'Science' facility in Stroud which produces his art.[31]

Drawing from Lee’s poetry and prose, this photo–laden homage to that verdant landscape offers us a uniquely personal view of the Cotswolds between the wars. Paul Barker and James Birdsall previously collaborated on The World of the Brontës.

The A46 road links Stroud to Gloucester in the north and Bath to the south, with the A419 connecting Stroud to Cirencester in one direction and the M5 motorway at Junction 13 in the other.

The Save Stroud Hospitals Taskforce has been campaigning since spring 2006 against a range of cuts to health services in and around Stroud, with thousands of people taking part in street demonstrations. Stroud Maternity Hospital was saved in September 2006.[27]

Stroud Swimming Club was officially formed in 1978, but can trace its origins back to 1905 when it was known as Stroud Swimming and Water Polo Club. In 2006 and 2007 club members made up two-thirds of the County team that finished in silver and bronze places respectively in the National Open Water Championships.[citation needed]

Stroud Hockey Club was founded in 1928 and has produced some top-class hockey players including Simon Mason. The club has three men's teams, two women's teams and a boys Badgers and a girls Vixens team for rising club stars. The club's home ground is at Stratford Park Leisure Centre, with training on Tuesday evenings during the season.

Stroud is well-known for its industrial heritage and visitors can spot the former textile mills along the valleys. Attractions in Stroud include former working mills open for guided tours at certain times of year.  Wimbledon tennis ball cloth and championship snooker baize are still made here today.

Stroud's award-winning Farmers' Market and the unfinished gothic masterpiece, Woodchester Mansion, have been voted by the public as two of the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds.

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Stroud acts as a centre for surrounding villages and small market towns including Amberley, Bisley, Chalford, Dudbridge, Dursley, Minchinhampton, Nailsworth, Oakridge, Painswick, Sheepscombe, Slad, Stonehouse, Thrupp and Woodchester.

With its dramatic Cotswolds landscape, unique arts and crafts heritage, fabulous festivals and independent shops, the Stroud District is the least commercialised and unexplored area for a holiday in the Cotswolds.

Freehouse offering real ales, home cooked food and modern purpose built en suite accommodation.Families and dogs welcome.

The town was one of the birthplaces of the Organic food movement and was home to Britain's first fully organic café, Woodruffs.[19] The Biodynamic Agricultural Association is based in the town.[20]

In 2008 Stroud Town Council comprised 11 Green Party councillors, with 5 independents, 1 Conservative and 1 Liberal Democrat.[40] At the 2016 local elections, the District council comprised 23 Conservative councillors, 14 Labour, 8 Green, 2 Lib. Dem and 4 Labour and Co-Operative.

This beautiful Royal Geographical Society walk, along the canal towpath from Stroud to Stonehouse, tells the story of the Stroud Valley (in both audio and visual format). With plenty to observe along the way including mills, locks, bridges, warehouses, beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Public bus transport in Stroud is run by Stagecoach, operating from its depot on London Road, and Cotswold Green.

"There was a school at Stroud in 1576 but the schoolmaster, who did not have a licence and failed to teach the catechism, was then dismissed..."[37]

Discover Stroud Festival with our official app. Explore this year’s line up, including artists, events and attractions. Familiarise yourself with stage and activity times, and plan your own schedule through the 'My Fringe' feature. Notifications will ensure you are up to date with what’s on next.

Come inside, rest your head in our stylish bedrooms and fall asleep in Cotswold comfort. High ceilings and exposed beams are a key feature of these spacious en-suite luxurious rooms.

There are three local newspapers covering the town, the daily Gloucester Citizen and the Weekly Stroud Life published by Gloucestershire Media (part of the Northcliffe Group) and the Stroud News & Journal and is published by Newsquest Media (Southern) Limited, part of the American Gannett Company.

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A 15th century wool merchants house with themed rooms located in the beautiful Cotswold Village of Painswick. This is a romantic and quirky location.

Just over a mile from Stroud, Rodborough Fort is situated 600 ft above sea level.

Selsley Common isn't all archaeology however. Its open grassland is also awash with wildlife. Bird's Foot Trefoil, Kidney Vetch and Ox-Eye Daisy are among its flowers; Marbled Whites and Common Blues its butterflies, and if you hunt carefully enough, you may find the Common Spotted and Early Purple Orchids.

Although not formally part of the town, the parishes of Rodborough and Cainscross are contiguous with Stroud and are often considered as official suburbs.

Stroud was connected to the canal system when the Stroudwater Navigation opened in 1779. It then became part of a through canal route from Bristol to London when the Thames and Severn Canal added a route over the Cotswolds in 1789. The canal closed in 1954 but the Cotswold Canals Trust is leading a project to reopen the entire length of the trans Cotswold route. A visitor centre and restored lock are located in the town.

The Yew Tree is central to the hamlet called Walls Quarry and is surrounded by National Trust common land. The twin-bedded room has far reaching views across valleys to Stroud.

Whitminster House Self-Catering Cottages are open all year round for groups of famly and/or friends to relax together or celebrate a special occasion in a lovely countryside setting.

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Figures from the local police force and the local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership[citation needed] indicate that Stroud has a significantly lower level of crime per head of population than the national average.[clarification needed]

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This unique garden restoration, situated in a hidden valley, dates from a period when 18th century gentle folk were creating flamboyant pleasure grounds in which to entertain their guests.