Cam, Gloucestershire

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Cam from Cam Peak
Cam is located in Gloucestershire
Cam shown within Gloucestershire
Population 8,152 (2011)
OS grid reference ST7499
Civil parish
  • Cam
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Dursley
Postcode district GL11
Dialling code 01453
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
GloucestershireCoordinates: 51°42′N 2°22′W / 51.7°N 2.37°W / 51.7; -2.37
The view from Cam Peak, looking towards Cam Long Down

Cam is a large village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England, situated in the Cotswolds. The Cotswold Way runs less than a mile from the village. Its built-up area is contiguous with that of the town of Dursley.

Cam had 8,160 residents, with 3,575 households in the 2011 census.

Cam actually has a larger population than neighbouring Dursley, which is a town.


There are 2 electoral wards in Cam. Their area and total population equate to that of the parish.


The village has an identifiable centre, with several shops including a pharmacy, a hardware store and funeral directors, three takeaways, a restaurant, a beauty salon, a combined Post Office and card shop, parish council offices, a few pubs including the Berkeley Arms and The Railway Inn and a Tesco supermarket clustered loosely around St Bartholemew's Church. There are more businesses, including a pair of convenience stores and another pub scattered around the rest of the parish. Also a small industrial estate to the west of the village centre.

Cam supports three state sector primary schools located in the Woodfields, Hopton and Everlands districts of the village. The nearest mainstream secondary school is Rednock, just across the parish boundary in Dursley.


Cam Bulldogs FC is Cam's football team and plays in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One. The cricket team is called Cam Cricket Club. Both play at the Shed along Everlands.

There are three public play areas; Woodfield, Cam Green and Jubilee Fields with well maintained play equipment, including swings, carousels, seesaw, spring rockers, skateboard park, supanova, gyro spiral, climbers, climbing wall, slides, fitness equipment, basketball courts and football fields. Some of the facilities are on all weather surfaces. Disabled access and some equipment for disabled use.

There is a swimming pool, indoor gyms, running clubs, cycle clubs in nearby Dursley.

Future development[edit]

The Council's development strategy for the period to 2031 is contained in the 2015 Stroud District Local Plan.[1] This designates a 29.1 hectare site on the North-East edge of the village for a strategic development, to feature:

  • 450 new dwellings (including 135 affordable dwellings).
  • 11.4 Hectares of new B1, B2 and B8 employment land, forecast to attract up to 1500 new jobs.
  • A new landscaped linear park extending along the riverside
  • A new lit cycle and footpath running through the site to link the village to Cam and Dursley railway station


One of the main companies for employment in Cam is Cam Mills which has just under 100 employees. It is a woollen mill and has been creating the cloth for tennis balls since the Tudor era.

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