|Area (1891)||3220.22125 km2|
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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-15. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-24.
The Historic Counties Trust describes Gloucestershire as follows:
Gloucester is a large county stretching, west to east, from the Welsh border to Berkshire and, south to north, from Somerset to Warwickshire. It is split by the Severn on which sits the City of Gloucester. Gloucestershire has three distinct parts. The best known part is the Cotswold Hills, which cover the east of the county, and spread also into Oxfordshire. The Cotswolds are famed for the beauty of their villages and the landscape. The Cotswolds remain a wealthy sheep-farming region. Locally quarried Cotswold stone is used ubiquitously throughout the Cotswolds, producing picture-postcard, honey coloured towns and villages. The Severn Vale by contrast is flat and shaped by the great river. Gloucester though apparantly inland is a port relying on the river, while further north is historic Tewkesbury, on a slight rise in the flat Vale from which it has looked down on the cruel Severn floods. The Severn is dotted with picturesque villages. West of the Severn is the Forest of Dean, reaching out as far as the exquisite Wye valley on the borders of Herefordshire and Monmouthshire. Bristol lies astride the Avon (which forms the border with Somerset). It is the great city of the Southwest, spreading with its suburbs in each direction.
Main Towns: Bristol, Cheltenham, Chipping Campden, Cirencester, Lydney, Nailsworth, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud, Tewkesbury.
Main Rivers: Avon, Severn, Windrush, Coln, Leadon, Wye.
Highlights: Badminton; Berkeley Castle; Cabot Tower, Bristol; Cotswolds; Forest of Dean; Source of the Thames; Offa's Dyke.
Highest Point: Cleeve Hill, 330.1 m.
Area: 2913.74 km2.
17th Century1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 17th century.
19th Century1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 19th century.
All localities3 Place-names and localities.
Lists and gazetteers
- Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), p. 298
- Smith, A.H., ed. The Place-Names of Gloucestershire (English Place-Name Society, vols. XXXVIII-XLI) (Cambridge, 1964-65).
- British History Online: Victoria County History – Gloucestershire
- The Historic Counties Trust: Historic Counties Descriptions
- Wikipedia: Gloucestershire.
- Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website: Population. Administrative counties, England and Wales. Vol. I, 1891 – Page vi (University of Essex).
- Wikipedia: List of ancient counties of England by area in 1891 (adapted from 1891 census).
- The Historic Counties Trust has kindly allowed me to quote its county descriptions in toto. I have converted square miles to km2 and feet to meters.