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Gloucestershire
Image:EnglandGloucestershire.png
Geography
Status Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Origin Historic
Region: South West England
Area
- Total
- Admin. council
- Admin. area
Ranked 16th
3,150 km²
Ranked 17th
2,653 km²
Admin HQ: Gloucester
ISO 3166-2: GB-GLS
ONS code: 23
NUTS 3: UKK13
Demographics
Population
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
Ranked 25th
823,500
261 / km²
Ranked 21st
575,400
Ethnicity: 97.3% White
Politics
Arms of Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucestershire County Council
http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/
Executive Conservative
Members of Parliament
Districts
Image:Gloucestershire Ceremonial Numbered.png
  1. Gloucester
  2. Tewkesbury
  3. Cheltenham
  4. Cotswold
  5. Stroud
  6. Forest of Dean
  7. South Gloucestershire (Unitary)

Gloucestershire (pronounced [ˈglɒstəʃə]; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean. map of admin county File links The following pages link to this file: Gloucestershire Category:Gloucestershire Categories: GFDL images ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of English administrative division used for the purposes of local government. ... The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... Area is the measure of how much exposed area any two dimensional object has. ... This is a List of Ceremonial counties of England by Area. ... 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The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) is a geocode standard for referencing the administrative division of countries for statistical purposes. ... In physics, density is mass m per unit volume V. For the common case of a homogeneous substance, it is expressed as: where, in SI units: ρ (rho) is the density of the substance, measured in kg·m-3 m is the mass of the substance, measured in kg V is... This is a List of Ceremonial counties of England by Population - 2002 mid-year estimates from the Office for National Statistics, unrounded figures published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the Entitlement Notification Reports for Revenue Support Grants [1]. See also: List of Administrative shire counties of... This is a list of non-metropolitan counties of England by population. ... Image File history File links Gloucestershirearms. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of MPs elected in the UK general election, 2005 to the House of Commons for the Fifty-Fourth Parliament of the United Kingdom at the United Kingdom general election, 2005, arranged by constituency. ... Dr Roger Leslie Berry (born July 4, 1948, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire) is a British politician, and Labour member of Parliament for Kingswood. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown (born March 23, 1953) British politician and farmer. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Parmjit Singh Dhanda (born September 17, 1971) is a British Labour Party politician. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... David Elliott Drew (born 13 April 1952) is a politician in the United Kingdom, and Labour and Co-operative member of Parliament for Stroud. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the British political party. ... Mark James Harper (born June 26, 1970) is the Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Martin Charles Horwood (born 12 October 1962, Cheltenham) is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for the Cheltenham constituency. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... John Douglas Naysmith (born April 1, 1941) is the Labour and Co-operative member of Parliament for Bristol North West. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the British political party. ... Daniel Norris (born January 28, 1960) is the Labour Member of Parliament for Wansdyke in England. ... The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom. ... Laurence Anthony Robertson (born 29 March 1958, Bolton) is a British politician. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Steven John Webb MP (born 18 July 1965) is a United Kingdom politician and Member of Parliament for Northavon for the Liberal Democrats, and was first elected in 1997. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Districts in the Ceremonial County of Gloucestershire. ... Gloucester (pronounced ) is a city and district in the English county of Gloucestershire, close to the Welsh border. ... Tewkesbury is a local government district and borough in Gloucestershire, south-west England. ... For the parliamentary constituency, see Cheltenham (UK Parliament constituency). ... Cotswold is a local government district in Gloucestershire in England. ... Stroud District is a local government district in Gloucestershire, England. ... Forest of Dean is a local government district in Gloucestershire, England, named for the Forest of Dean. ... South Gloucestershire is a local government area in South West England. ... The traditional counties as usually portrayed. ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... The Cotswolds are a range of hills in central England, sometimes called the heart of England, a hilly area reaching nearly 300 m or 1000 feet. ... “Severn” redirects here. ... The Forest of Dean is a geographical, historical and cultural region in the county of Gloucestershire, England. ...


The county town is the city of Gloucester, and other principal towns include Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, and Tewkesbury. A county town is the capital of a county in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. ... Historically, city status in England and Wales was associated with the presence of a cathedral, such as York Minster. ... Gloucester (pronounced ) is a city and district in the English county of Gloucestershire, close to the Welsh border. ... For the parliamentary constituency, see Cheltenham (UK Parliament constituency). ... Stroud is a town in the county of Gloucestershire, England. ... Cirencester is a market town in Gloucestershire, England, 93 miles (150 km) west northwest of London. ... The Tewkesbury War Memorial, locally known as the Cross Tewkesbury is a historic town in Gloucestershire, England. ...


When considered as a ceremonial county, Gloucestershire borders the preserved county of Gwent in Wales, and in England the ceremonial counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Bristol. The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... The Preserved counties of Wales are the current areas used in Wales for ceremonial purposes such as Lieutenancy. ... Gwent as a preserved county since 2003. ... This article is about the country. ... Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county and unitary district (known as County of Herefordshire) in the West Midlands region of England. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ... A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced // or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... This article is about the English city. ...


According to a 2002 marketing campaign by the charity Plantlife, the county flower of Gloucestershire is the Wild Daffodil[1]. Plantlife is a U.K. plant conservation charity. ... A county flower is a flowering plant chosen to symbolise a county. ... Binomial name Narcissus pseudonarcissus L. Narcissus pseudonarcissus (known as the Wild daffodil) is a perennial flowering plant of the family Amaryllidaceae which grows from a bulb. ...

Contents

History

Main article: History of Gloucestershire

Historically, Gloucestershire, until 1373, included Bristol. The area of South Gloucestershire was made part of the administrative County of Avon in 1974. Upon the abolition of Avon in 1996, it became a unitary authority, and is now part of the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire. This article describes the History of Gloucestershire The English conquest of the Severn valley began in 577 with the victory of Ceawlin at Deorham, followed by the capture of Cirencester, Gloucester and Bath. ... This article is about the English city. ... South Gloucestershire is a local government area in South West England. ... Northavon Bristol Kingswood Woodspring Wansdyke Bath The County of Avon was a short-lived administrative county in the west of England, named after the River Avon which ran through it. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to administrative counties of England. ...


The official former postal county abbreviation was "Glos.", rather than the frequently used but erroneous "Gloucs." or "Glouc.".


Economy

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Gloucestershire at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[2] Agriculture[3] Industry[4] Services[5]
1995 5,771 196 1,877 3,698
2000 8,163 148 2,677 5,338
2003 10,617 166 2,933 7,517
  1. ^ BBC News, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3684291.stm, 5 May 2004, retrieved 8 April 2006.
  2. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  3. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  4. ^ includes energy and construction
  5. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Towns and villages

This is a list of cities, towns and villages in the county of Gloucestershire, England. ...

Antiquities and other places of interest

The cathedrals of Gloucester and Bristol, the magnificent abbey church of Tewkesbury, and the church of Cirencester with its great Perpendicular porch, are described under their separate headings. Of the abbey of Hailes near Winchcombe, founded by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, in 1246, little more than the foundations are left, but these have been excavated with great care, and interesting fragments have been brought to light. Berkeley Castle in 1712. ... Beverston Castle south tower of western range Beverston Castle, also known as Beverstone Castle, was originally constructed as a medieval stone fortress and is situated in the village of Beverston, Gloucestershire, England. ... The Forest of Dean is a geographical, historical and cultural region in the county of Gloucestershire, England. ... Hailes Abbey is two miles northeast of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The knot garden of Sudeley Castle Sudeley Castle is near Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England. ... The Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, one of the finest Norman buildings in England, is the second largest parish church in England, having become so at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. ... The Tyndale Monument is a tower built on a hill at North Nibley, Gloucestershire, England. ... WWT Slimbridge is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (a UK charity) at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. ... Gloucester Cathedral from the north east in 1828. ... The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is the Anglican cathedral in the English city of Bristol and is commonly known as Bristol Cathedral. ... The Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, one of the finest Norman buildings in England, is the second largest parish church in England, having become so at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. ... The Tewkesbury War Memorial, locally known as the Cross Tewkesbury is a historic town in Gloucestershire, England. ... Cirencester is a market town in Gloucestershire, England, 93 miles (150 km) west northwest of London. ... Winchester Cathedral Sherborne Abbey The Perpendicular Gothic period (or simply Perpendicular) is the third historical division of English Gothic architecture, and is so-called because it is characterised by an emphasis on vertical lines; it is also known as the Rectilinear style, or Late Gothic. ... // Hailes is a Scottish ball game dating back to the eighteenth century and gaining in popularity during the nineteenth. ... Location within the British Isles The busy main street Winchcombe is a Cotswold town in the Local Authority District of Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire, England. ... Richard (5 January 1209 - 2 April 1272) was Count of Poitou (bef. ...


Most of the old market towns have fine parish churches. At Deerhurst near Tewkesbury, and Bishop's Cleeve near Cheltenham, there are churches of special interest on account of the pre-Norman work they retain. The Perpendicular church at Lechlade is unusually perfect; and that at Fairford was built (c. 1500), according to tradition, to contain the remarkable series of stained-glass windows which are said to have been brought from the Netherlands. These are, however, adjudged to be of English workmanship, and are one of the finest series in the country. Location within the British Isles. ... Bishops Cleeve is a large village in the Local Authority District of Tewkesbury, [Gloucestershire]], England, near Cheltenham. ... For the parliamentary constituency, see Cheltenham (UK Parliament constituency). ... Location within the British Isles Lechlade is a town in Gloucestershire, England, and is the highest navigable point on the River Thames. ... Location within the British Isles Fairford is a small town in Gloucestershire, England. ...


Calcot Barn is an interesting relic of the abbey of Kingswood. Thornbury Castle is a fine Tudor ruin, the pretensions of which evoked the jealousy of Cardinal Wolsey against its builder, Edward Stafford, duke of Buckingham, who was beheaded in 1521. Near Cheltenham is the fine 15th-century mansion of Southam de la Bere, of timber and stone. Memorials of the de la Bere family appear in the church at Cleeve. The mansion contains a tiled floor from Hailes Abbey. At Great Badminton is the mansion and vast domain of the Beauforts (formerly of the Botelers and others), on the south-eastern boundary of the county. At Owlpen is one of the most picturesque Tudor manor houses set in a densely-wooded valley. Calcot is a suburb of Reading, near to Junction 12 of the M4 motorway, in the English county of Berkshire. ... Kingswood is a common place name around the world. ... Categories: Historical stubs | Castles in England ... The Tudor dynasty or House of Tudor (Welsh: ) was a series of five monarchs who ruled England and Ireland from 1485 until 1603. ... A cardinal is a senior ecclesiastical official, usually a bishop, of the Roman Catholic Church, a member of the College of Cardinals which as a body elects a new pope. ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c. ... Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham (February 3, 1478 – May 17, 1521) was an English nobleman. ... Decapitation (from Latin, caput, capitis, meaning head), or beheading, is the removal of a living organisms head. ... Hailes Abbey is two miles northeast of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ...


There are several royal residences in Gloucestershire, including Highgrove House, Gatcombe Park, and (formerly) Nether Lypiatt Manor. The quintessential medieval European palace: Palais de la Cité, in Paris, the royal palace of France. ... Highgrove is the country home of HRH The Prince of Wales, in Gloucestershire. ... Gatcombe Park is the private country home of Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, situated between the Gloucestershire villages of Minchinhampton and Avening, five miles south of Stroud. ... Situated at the village of Bisley, near Stroud in Gloucestershire, Nether Lypiatt Manor is the country home of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. ...


2007 Flooding

In July of 2007, Gloucestershire had the worst flooding in recorded British history, with tens of thousands of residents affected. The RAF conducted the largest peace time domestic operation in its history to rescue over 120 residents from flood affected areas. The damage has been estimated at over 2 billion pounds. [6] Two kayakers make their way through a street in Yorkshire. ... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ...


Gloucestershire in popular culture

This article is about the computer animated series from 2005. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Cider With Rosie is a 1959 book by Laurie Lee. ... The Children of the Dust (ISBN 0-06-023739-2) is an apocalyptic fiction, written by Louise Lawrence, published 1985. ... Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British police action/comedy film written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... Wells is a small cathedral city and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England, nestling in the Mendip Hills. ...

See also

This article is about the British river. ... Cheese rolling is an annual event held in May at Coopers Hill near Gloucester. ... The West Country dialects and West Country accents are generic terms applied to any of several English dialects and accents used by much of the indigenous population of the southwestern part of England, the area popularly known as the West Country. ... Gloucester old spots The Gloucester Old Spot (or Gloucestershire Old Spot) is an English breed of pig which is predominantly white with black spots. ... The Gloucestershire Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army. ... Gloucestershire County Cricket Club is an English domestic first-class cricket club based at County Cricket Ground, Bristol. ... Raised in 1795 following William Pitts 1794 order to raise volunteer bodies of men to defend Great Britain, through various re-organisations, the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (RGH) remain today on the establishment of the Territorial Army as C (RGH) Sqn Royal Wessex Yeomanry. ... This is a list of topics related to the United Kingdom. ...

External links

  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Projects Network — A network of community and neighbourhood projects throughout the county.
  • The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
  • Archaeological Handbook of Gloucestershire by George Witts
  • BBC Gloucestershire news and features
  • ThisIsGloucestershire - Website of local newspapers the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and The Forester
  • SoGlos.com — Online magazine for Gloucestershire including events, features, reviews and listings
  • Gloucestershire College
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Gloucestershire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (490 words)
Gloucestershire (pronounced [ˈglɒstəʃə]; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England.
When considered as a ceremonial county, Gloucestershire borders the preserved county of Gwent in Wales, and in England the ceremonial counties of Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Somerset and Wiltshire (including Swindon).
The area of South Gloucestershire was made part of the administrative County of Avon in 1974.
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One famous son of Gloucestershire is Edward Jenner, the pioneer of Vaccinations.
Gloucestershire County Council and the six district councils of Cotswold, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury provide services for the north.
The South Gloucestershire unitary council and that part of the City of Bristol unitary authority north of the River Avon administer the south of the County.
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