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Flag of Gloucestershire
|Status||Ceremonial and (smaller) non-metropolitan county|
|Region||South West England|
- Admin. council
- Admin. area
3,150 km2 (1,220 sq mi)
2,653 km2 (1,024 sq mi)
- Total (2011 est.)
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
274 /km2 (710 /sq mi)
Gloucestershire County Council
|Members of Parliament|
Gloucestershire (i// GLOSS-tər-shər; abbreviated Glos.) 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.
When considered as a ceremonial county, Gloucestershire borders the preserved county of Gwent in Wales (now Monmouthshire), and in England the ceremonial counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Bristol and Somerset. Ceremonially, it includes the area covered by the South Gloucestershire unitary authority.
Gloucestershire is a historic county mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the 10th century, though the areas of Winchcombe and the Forest of Dean were not added until the late 11th century. Gloucestershire originally included Bristol, then a small town. The "local" rural community moved to the port city, (as Bristol was to become) and Bristol's population growth accelerated during the industrial revolution. Bristol became a county in its own right, separate from Gloucestershire and Somerset in 1373. It later became part of the administrative County of Avon from 1974-1996.
The official former postal county abbreviation was "Glos.", rather than the frequently used but erroneous "Gloucs." or "Glouc.".
In July 2007, Gloucestershire suffered 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 was estimated at over £2 billion.
The county recovered rapidly from the disaster, investing in attracting tourists to visit the many sites and diverse range of shops in the area.
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.
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Secondary schools 
Gloucestershire has mainly comprehensive schools with seven selective schools; two are in Stroud (Stroud High School for girls and Marling School for boys), one in Cheltenham (Pate's Grammar) and four in Gloucester (Sir Thomas Rich's and The Crypt for boys and The High School and Ribston Hall for girls). There are 42 state secondary schools, not including sixth form colleges, and 12 independent schools, including the renowned Cheltenham Ladies' College, Cheltenham College, Wycliffe College (Gloucestershire), and Dean Close School. All but about two schools in each district have a sixth form, but the Forest of Dean only has two schools with sixth forms. All schools in South Gloucestershire have sixth forms.
Higher and further education 
Gloucestershire has two universities, the University of Gloucestershire and the Royal Agricultural University, and four higher and further education colleges, Gloucestershire College, Cirencester College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and the Royal Forest of Dean College. Each has campuses at multiple locations throughout the county.
Towns and cities 
The towns in Gloucestershire are:
- Chipping Campden
Towns in South Gloucestershire (historically part of Gloucestershire) are:
Town in Monmouthshire with suburbs in Gloucestershire:
The cathedral of Gloucester, 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 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.
Calcot Barn is an interesting relic of Kingswood Abbey. Thornbury Castle is a Tudor country house, 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.
Places of interest 
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Places of interest in Gloucestershire include:
- Badminton House, residence of the Dukes of Beaufort.
- Berkeley Castle, an example of a feudal stronghold.
- Beverston Castle
- Chavenage House
- Dean Forest Railway
- Dyrham Park
- Edward Jenner's House
- Gloucester Cathedral
- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
- Hailes Abbey
- Newark Park
- Owlpen Manor
- Snowshill Manor
- Sudeley Castle, burial place of Queen Catherine Parr, 6th wife and consort of King Henry VIII.
- Stanway House
- River Thames
- Rodmarton Manor
- Tewkesbury Abbey
- Tyndale Monument
- Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Slimbridge
- Westbury Court Garden
- Woodchester Mansion
Areas of countryside in Gloucestershire include:
Scenic Railway Line:
Gloucestershire's daily newspapers are The Citizen, which covers Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean, and the Gloucestershire Echo, which covers Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds. The two daily papers, along with free weeklies The Forester, Stroud Life, The Gloucester News and The Cheltenham and Tewkesbury News, are all published by Northcliffe Media. The Stroud News & Journal is a weekly paid-for newspaper based in Stroud. It is published in a tabloid format by Newsquest. Newsquest also produces the weekly Wilts and Glos Standard newspaper, which covers the southern and eastern parts of the county.
Radio stations in Gloucestershire include BBC Radio Gloucestershire and Heart Gloucestershire, and Total Star Gloucestershire. There are also several community radio stations including Gloucester FM, Radio Winchcombe, Forest of Dean Radio, and North Cotswold Community Radio.
In popular culture 
There are two well-known accounts of childhood in rural Gloucestershire in the early 20th century, Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie and Winifred Foley's A Child in the Forest. Part of Mrs. Craik's novel John Halifax, Gentleman is set in Enderley, a thinly disguised Amberley, where she lived at the time of writing. Most of the book is set in Nortonbury, easily recognisable as Tewkesbury.
The county has also been the setting for a number of high profile movies and TV series, including Die Another Day, Harry Potter and BBC TV series Butterflies. The film Hot Fuzz was set in Gloucestershire where Simon Pegg, who co-wrote and starred in the film, grew up.
See also 
- Category:Grade I listed buildings in Gloucestershire
- Custos Rotulorum of Gloucestershire - Keepers of the Rolls
- Diocese of Gloucester
- High Sheriff of Gloucestershire
- Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire
- Gloucestershire (UK Parliament constituency) - Historical list of MPs for Gloucestershire constituency
- Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
- Gloucestershire Regiment
- List of people from Gloucestershire
- Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
- West Country dialects
- Kirby, Alex (2004-05-05). "Science/Nature | UK counties choose floral emblems". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- "Flood crisis grows as rivers rise". BBC News. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
- includes hunting and forestry
- includes energy and construction
- includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
- Gloucestershire Media Group's portfolio – Northcliffe Media subsidiary which publishes local papers in Gloucestershire
- "Minchinhampton - Introduction | A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 11 (pp. 184-190)". British-history.ac.uk. 2003-06-22. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- 'Gloucestershire TV and Movie Locations' at Gloucestershire On Screen
- "Doctor Who Locations Guide: K9 and Company". Doctorwholocations.net. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- K-9 and Company
- "The Eleventh Hour"
- "The Eleventh Hour", "The Big Bang", "Let's Kill Hitler"
Further reading 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Gloucestershire|
- Gloucestershire County Council Local government web site
- Gloucestershire at the Open Directory Project
- Images of Gloucestershire at the National Monuments Record, English Heritage