More on Stroud
Stroud has been a village for hundreds of years before it began to develop rapidly during the 17th century. This was when woolen mills were built here, turning the village into a textile manufacturing town. In the 17th century the town received an influx of Huguenot immigrants fleeing religious persecution in Catholic France. They were followed by Jews in the 19th century.
To support the industrial growth of Stroud, a number of canals were built, connecting the town to major waterways such as the Thames. The canals were the main mode of transport until the early part of the 20th century, when road transport became dominant.
Today Stroud is a quiet town with a number of well-preserved historic sights. Some of its old canals are undergoing restoration and are being readapted for recreational purposes.
Sights & Attractions to visit in Stroud
- Beverston Castle
Medieval stone fortress founded by Maurice de Gaunt in 1229.
- Frocester Roman Ruins
Ruins of a Roman settlement on a Roman road in Frocester, a civil parish in Stroud district.
- Newark Park
Country house of Tudor origin, now a Grade I listed building.
- Owlpen Manor
Tudor manor house, now a Grade I listed building.
- Uley Long Barrow
Neolithic burial mound in Uley, near Stroud. It is believed to date to 3,000 BC or before.
- Woodchester Mansion
An unfinished mansion in the Gothic revival style, first constructed in 1858. Construction stopped in the 1870s.