13 Facts About Stroud


Stroud is a market town and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England.

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Stroud was named La Strode in a document of 1221, though most early records use the spelling Stroud.

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Stroud is known for its involvement in the Industrial Revolution.

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Stroud became known for its production of broadcloth, which was widely known as "Stroud cloth" and traded around the world.

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Stroud was an industrial and trading location in the 19th century, and so needed transport links.

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From 1837 to 1841, Stroud's MP was Lord John Russell of the Whig party, who later became prime minister.

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Stroud has a significant artistic community that dates back to the early 20th century.

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Uplands Post Office branch in Stroud was one of 26 in the county to shut as part of a nationwide programme to cut losses.

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In November 2008 it was confirmed that Stroud has become only the second place in Britain to save one of its Post Offices.

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The Old Town Hall is one of the oldest existing buildings in Stroud: originally referred to as the market house, it was built in 1596 and is still in occasional use today.

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Up to then, Stroud had its own time which was set by a sundial at the top of Gloucester Street.

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Siobhan Baillie is the current Member of Parliament for Stroud, having beaten the sitting Labour MP, David Drew, at the 2019 general election.

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In March 2008, a community radio station, Stroud FM, was launched in the town, broadcasting 24 hours a day on 107.

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