Stroud has a long history of artists and artisans that has strengthened in recent years. Damien Hirst has two studios here alongside scores of independent artists. There’s an alternative air to Stroud that stands in defiant contrast to chic Cheltenham. Take a look at Stroud Fringe festival and you’ll see what we mean.
Foodies find inspiration in the form of award-winning Stroud Farmers’ Market. The backdrop to its 60 stalls is magnificent: lift your eyes above the high street and you’ll see a long stretch of the Cotswold hills. Surrounding villages, such as Slad and Frampton Mansell, contain culinary gems The Woolpack and The Crown. They’re great choices if you’re planning a walk in the countryside to earn that pint and ploughman’s.
Fancy a stroll without leaving town? Head to Stratford Park where you’ll find the Museum in the Park, which organises guided walks. Inside you’ll find displays celebrating the area’s history and heritage.
Stroud of yesteryear
Stroud’s origins are medieval, born from the manor houses of
Paganhill, Over Lypiatt and Nether Lypiatt. Its ancient name, ‘la
Strode’, refers to a stretch of marshland where Slad brook met the river
The town’s fortunes were woven in Gloucestershire’s wool
and textile trade and remained so into the 20th century. The West Tower
of Stroud’s original wool church – funded by wealthy wool merchants –
still forms part of the parish church of St Lawrence. Seen the area’s canals
and mills? Well, they’re spun from the cloth industry too.