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Gloucestershire


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Gloucestershire
Geography
StatusCeremonial & (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 (2004 est.
)
- Density
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
Ranked

/ km²
Ranked
Ethnicity:97.3% White
Politics

Gloucestershire County Council
http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/
Executive
Members of Parliament
  • Roger Berry
  • Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
  • Parmjit Dhanda
  • David Drew
  • Mark Harper
  • Martin Horwood
  • Doug Naysmith
  • Dan Norris
  • Laurence Robertson
  • Steve Webb

Districts
  1. Gloucester
  2. Tewkesbury
  3. Cheltenham
  4. Cotswold
  5. Stroud
  6. Forest of Dean
  7. South Gloucestershire (Unitary)

Gloucestershire (pronounced ; 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.

The county town is Gloucester, and other principal towns include Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, and Tewkesbury.

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.

Gloucestershire's county flower is the Wild Daffodil1.

History

Main article: History of Gloucestershire

Historically, Gloucestershire has also included Bristol, but Bristol is not part of the ceremonial or administrative county. 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 returned to Gloucestershire for ceremonial purposes.

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 Added4 Agriculture1 Industry2 Services3
1995 5,771 196 1,877 3,698
2000 8,163 148 2,677 5,338
2003 10,617 166 2,933 7,517

Note 1: includes hunting and forestry

Note 2: includes energy and construction

Note 3: includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Note 4: Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Towns and villages

Main article: list of places in Gloucestershire

Antiquities and Other Places of interest

  • Berkeley Castle, an example of a feudal stronghold.
  • Forest of Dean
  • Hailes Abbey
  • Sudeley Castle
  • Tewkesbury Abbey
  • Tyndale Monument
  • Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Slimbridge


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.

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.

The great Decorated Calcot Barn is an interesting relic of the monastery of Kingswood near Tetbury. Thornbury Castle, in the same district, 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 Hayles 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.

There are several royal residences in Gloucestershire, including Highgrove House, Gatcombe Park, and Nether Lypiatt Manor.

Gloucestershire in Popular Culture

  • In Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet, Colonel White's family estate is in Gloucestershire.

Notes

  1. BBC News, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3684291.stm, 5 May 2004, retrieved 8 April 2006.


This article was copied on 11 July 2006. The current version with history is available on Wikipedia.
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