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The local area guide to living in Stroud

Stroud is an attractive market town located in Gloucestershire made famous for its importance during the industrial revolution, when it was an important centre for the textile industry. The many rivers that flow through its valleys were perfect for powering the mills, many of which still stand today. A very small part of this textile heritage still remains in the factory that continues to produce green baize for snooker tables and tennis balls.

The arrival of the canals provided early transport links and helped to establish Stroud as a key trading location, and only fell into disuse at the beginning of the 20th century. The canals are well-loved within the town and the Thames and Severn Canal and the Stroudwater Navigation are currently being restored. Stroud District Council and the Cotswold Canal Trust hope this new lease of life will turn the canals into a popular leisure facility for the town, as well as being a great tourist attraction.

Stroud sits at the meeting point of five beautiful valleys and is a picturesque gathering of quaint honey-coloured Cotswold Stone buildings set on steep streets, which demonstrate the town’s location on the western escarpment of the Cotswold Hills. The town is the main focal point for the many smaller villages dotted throughout the valleys, and has a strong café culture, as well as an award-winning farmers market.

Despite its location, Stroud is very different from its Cotswold counterparts such as Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold and has a strong artistic community that dates back to the early twentieth century. It annually hosts both an arts and a textile festival, as well as a fringe festival that takes over the town for a weekend every September. It has a strong culture of organic and sustainable living and is home to the UK’s first completely organic café.

Information about the local residents

The urban area of Stroud has a population of more than 47,500 and is a fairly young town, with an average age of 39 years. The rate of economic activity is improving and the number of people between the ages of 16 and 74 is growing. The town is home to a large number of professionals and senior managers and is a popular location for arts graduates.

Nearby schools

Stroud town centre has six primary schools, with another six in the surrounding areas. Within the town itself there are three secondary schools: selective academies Stroud High School and Marling School, and Archway Comprehensive School. The former two schools share a sixth form, which works in a three-way consortium with Archway’s sixth form and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

The town is also well-served in less traditional forms of education. The Waldorf College is an independent school which follows the Steiner education philosophy and provides experiential educational options at a further education level. Hawkwood College is an adult education centre that specialises in creative and spiritual courses.

Getting around

Stroud has a decent bus service that runs throughout the town and to surrounding villages, though the town centre itself is easily navigable on foot. Located at the edge of the town centre is a railway station, with regular services eastwards to Swindon, Reading and London, and to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Wales to the north and west. Despite the punishing hills, cycling is popular in the town and there is a traffic-free section of the National Cycle Network that goes through the town.

The A46 runs along the edge of the town, which offers easy access to the M4, and the A419 links Stroud to the M5 via a 15-minute drive.

Local shops

Stroud has a small amount of the usual high street shops, but mainly benefits from a large amount of independent shops, selling everything from toys, clothes and shoes to kitchenware, books and deli food. There are a large amount of cafes in Stroud – a couple of chains, but mostly they are small, independents, with a particular emphasis on fresh, healthy food. Stroud is also home to an incredibly successful and popular Farmer’s Market, which has won numerous awards and provides a large range of food and drink from local suppliers.

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