For some five thousand years the Stroud district has experienced more than its fair share of British history.

The earliest recorded visitors were the Neolithic people who moved to the area from the south-west. Well versed in farming techniques, they made the most of the fertile soil and the defensive positions provided by the Cotswold escarpment. Hetty Pegler’s Tump, an ancient barrow named after the seventeen century landowner of the site and dating from 2800 BC, is an excellent example of their presence. Nearby is the vast 32 acre Iron Age of Uley Bury overlooking the Severn Vale. There are also ancient sites from this period at Minchinhampton and Haresfield.

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Museum in the Park  - This Museum displays the history of the Stroud District.

For more information on The Stroud Local History Society, please see the link below:-

Stroud Local History Society

Industrial Heritage

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Ancient Sites

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Pedersen Cycle

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History of Stroud's Railways

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