Gloucester Rural District
|• 1911||30,680 acres (124.2 km2)|
|• 1961||70,817 acres (286.59 km2)|
|• Succeeded by||Forest of Dean, Stroud, Tewkesbury|
Gloucester was, from 1894 to 1974, a rural district in the administrative county of Gloucestershire, England. The district did not include the City of Gloucester, which was a separate county borough. In 1935 Gloucester RD was more than doubled in size.
The rural district was created by the Local Government Act 1894 as successor to Gloucester Rural Sanitary District. The rural district was governed by a directly elected rural district council (RDC), which replaced the rural sanitary authority that had comprised the poor law guardians for the area.
Under the Local Government Act 1929 county councils were given the duty of reviewing all urban and rural districts within their area. In Gloucestershire there were a number of very small districts, and under the County of Gloucester Review Order 1935, Gloucester RD was enlarged by the transfer of the whole or parts of five abolished districts.
Between 1951 and 1967 a number of areas suburban to Gloucester were removed from the rural district when the city boundaries were extended.
|Arlingham||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.|
|Barnwood||Abolished in 1967 with most of area passing to Gloucester County Borough|
|Brookthorpe, renamed Brookthorpe with Whaddon 1956||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.|
|Chaceley||Transferred from abolished Tewkesbury Rural District 1935.|
|Eastington||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.|
|Forthampton||Transferred from abolished Tewkesbury Rural District 1935.|
|Frampton on Severn||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.|
|Fretherne with Saul||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.|
|Frocester||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District in 1935.|
|Hardwicke||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.|
|Harescombe||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.|
|Haresfield||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.|
|Hasfield||Transferred from abolished Tewkesbury Rural District 1935.|
|Hempsted||Absorbed by Gloucester County Borough 1967.|
|Highnam||Formed 1935 by union of Highnam Over, Lassington parishes.|
|Highnam Over||Became part of Highnam parish 1935.|
|Innsworth: renamed from Longlevens 1967|
|Lassington||Became part of Highnam parish 1935.|
|Longford||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.|
|Longlevens: renamed Innsworth 1967||Created 1935 from part of Wotton St Mary Without|
|Matson||Absorbed by Gloucester County Borough 1935.|
|Minsterworth||Transferred from abolished East Dean and United Parishes Rural District 1935|
|Moreton Valence||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.|
|Newnham||Formerly an urban district, abolished 1935|
|Prinknash Park||Absorbed by Upton St Leonards parish 1935|
|Standish||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.|
|Tirley||Transferred from abolished Tewkesbury Rural District 1935.|
|Upton St Leonards||Absorbed Prinknash Park parish 1935|
|Westbury on Severn||Formerly an urban district, abolished 1935|
|Whaddon||Abolished 1935: split between Gloucester County Borough and Brookthorpe parish|
|Wheatenhurst: renamed Whitminster 1945||Transferred from abolished Wheatenhurst Rural District 1935.|
|Wotton St Mary Without||Abolished 1935, part to create Longlevens parish, part to Gloucester County Borough.|
|Wotton Vill||Absorbed by Gloucester County Borough 1951.|
The rural district was abolished in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. Its area was redistributed between three non-metropolitan districts: Tewkesbury (17 parishes), Stroud (16 parishes) and Forest of Dean (Newnham and Westbury-on-Severn).
- Youngs, Frederic A, Jr. (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol.I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. p. 611. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
- "Relationships / unit history of Gloucester RD". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. pp. 51–52. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.