Published walk guides:
The superbly produced Walks maps can also take you on self-guided exploration of the area providing interesting routes and historical information.
“These booklets of Stroud walks are simply beautiful ‒ how have I missed out on such treasures until now? I love the maps (the tiny magnets are a brainwave) and illustrations ‒ and you have managed to pack so much fascinating information into each neat, sturdy booklet. They are real quality ‒ and at such a reasonable price.” (Penny Gay)
Stroud Town 1: Step into the Picture
invites you to cover the ground depicted in a painting c.1790 of the hamlet of Wallbridge, its mills and the fields behind. It is a beautiful landscape much changed by industrial development but footpaths take you through fields and beside the river in peaceful countryside. The painting, along with others, can be seen in the Stroud Museum in the Park. (£1.50)
Stroud Town 2: The Upp End of Stroud
This walk uses another Museum painting to evoke the artisan suburb at the top of the town, which developed in the late 1600s. This will be a gentle walk round historic but unpretentious streets. (£6)
Stroud Town 3: Royal Stroud
Published in the Jubilee Year there is admittedly not much that can be recorded about royal activities in a country town. However Frederick Prince of Wales made his mark; Queen Mary visited a factory; Prince Philip had his wedding uniform made here; Queen Victoria passed by and Queen Elizabeth II passed through…. And this is an easy walk from the centre of town to the attractive museum along the newly restored canal – an interesting walk full of History. (£1.50)
Nailsworth Mills 1: Streams of Cloth
A walk round the town and up the Horsley brook. Pinpointing a succession of mills it provides a background to the growth of the local woollen cloth industry and the town. It is supported by history boards at each of the mill sites. (£1.50)
Nailsworth Mills 2: Streams of Cloth
This a walk out of the town into the delightful and sunny Shortwood Valley, over the hill and down into the Horsley Valley. It uses mainly well trodden footpaths and passes sites of mills, chapels and quarries that provided stone for Charles Barry’s rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament. (£1.50)
Available from Tourist Information Offices in Stroud and Nailsworth, the Museum in the Park, Stroud bookshops and on Mill Open days. Price from £1.50 (Walk2 – special production and priced at £6)
‘Rivers of Cloth’ DVD:
Price: £10 / STT Members £8.50
Using archive film and the recorded voices of those who worked in the industry this production tells the story of the woollen mills of Stroud and the surrounding area.
Available in bookshops and Tourist Information centres in Stroud and Nailsworth / Museum in the Park, Stroud / ‘Made in Stroud’ shop.
Alternatively order direct by sending a cheque, payable to Stroudwater Textile Trust, to: Nick Brojer, 3 Port Lane, Brimscombe, GL5 2QJ.
Cards / Postcards:
We have a selection of postcards capturing the locales and traditions of the textile industry in the area. All cards approx 15 x 10.5cm.
Generally available at our open mills, exhibitions and events, and at the Museum in the Park, Stroud.
Related (member) publications:
A number of our members are practising historians and writers. Their publications are often of great interest to our visitors and at special events, their sales can generously contribute a little revenue to the work of the trust.
Wool and Water – The Gloucestershire Woollen Industry and its Mills, by Professor Jennifer Tann.
How the unique industrial heritage of Gloucestershire’s woollen industry contributed architecture, stories and skills to the region.
The author’s, much consulted Gloucestershire Woollen Mllls has long been out of print. WooI and Water is a comparative, fresh appraisal of the history of the woollen industry in Gloucestershire, a county with over 200 mills in the industry’s heyday.
Wool and Water traces the origins of the water-powered industry from the late 12ft century to its demise, with two mills remaining in the 20e century. Themes discussed include the organisation of the ‘domestic’ industry until the mid-18ft century; the development the factory from the late 18h century; fluctuations in trade and, finally, competition from Yorkshire. Where did Gloucestershire’s cloth go? To markets all over the world: to Hudson’s Bay, to India besides Europe; to clothe the British Army, as well as speciality cloth for coronations and the Pope’s robes.
Available in bookshops or from book retailers.
Life in the Mill, (A Pitkin Guide) by Anthony Burton.
Available in bookshops or from book retailers.