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St Matthew's Church
Cainscross is located in Gloucestershire
Cainscross shown within Gloucestershire
Population 6,479 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SO8305
Civil parish
  • Cainscross
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stroud
Postcode district GL5
Dialling code 01453
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°44′N 2°14′W / 51.74°N 02.24°W / 51.74; -02.24Coordinates: 51°44′N 2°14′W / 51.74°N 02.24°W / 51.74; -02.24

Cainscross is a suburban community in Gloucestershire, England, on the western outskirts of Stroud.[2][3]

It is well served with local amenities, including a Post Office and a large supermarket. It is well connected to Stroud (only a twenty-minute walk away), Cheltenham and Gloucester with frequent bus services. The Stroudwater Canal is easily accessible, as is Selsley Common.

The population of Cainscross was 6,680 (in 2001) of which 14.6% are in the 5–14 age group. The area is predominantly white (98.4%) with a high proportion of lone parent households with dependent children in comparison to the Stroud and county averages. 18.8% of the household rent from a social landlord, 6.2% of household are claiming housing benefit, and 22.4% of households have no car – again all much higher than the county or Stroud profiles. Lone pensioner households are also high at 18.2% with smaller proportions of people providing unpaid care, and higher social service referrals for the over 75s than elsewhere.

Low levels of burglary, theft of motor vehicles, the numbers of serious and fatal road traffic accidents than the county average. The percentage of young offenders resident in the area and of children with low scores at key stages 1–3, are also below the Stroud and county averages.

The Parish Council is hoping to improve provision of community and youth facilities; these, along with levels of open space, were identified in the 2006 Parish Plan as key issues along with library, post office and evening bus services. The site of a former hospital is being redeveloped with community consultation involving a Bristol-based company with a strong regeneration record. A new Children’s Centre is being developed on the nearby Cashes Green Primary school site.


An electoral ward in the same name exists. Much of this ward is in the parish of Cainscross but the ward stretches to Randwick. The total ward population taken at the 2011 census was 7,316.[4]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 28 March 2015". 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 162 Gloucester & Forest of Dean (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2011. ISBN 9780319229118. 
  3. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011.Retrieved 28 March 2015". 

External links[edit]

Media related to Cainscross at Wikimedia Commons