Randwick, Gloucestershire

Coordinates: 51°46′N 2°15′W / 51.767°N 2.250°W / 51.767; -2.250
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Randwick's Parish Church and Churchyard
Randwick is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population1,423 (2011 Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStroud
Postcode districtGL6
AmbulanceSouth Western
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51°46′N 2°15′W / 51.767°N 2.250°W / 51.767; -2.250

Randwick is a village bordering the market town of Stroud in Gloucestershire, England, the United Kingdom. It is known locally for its folk traditions such as the Randwick Wap, a celebration of May Day, and its annual pantomime.

The population at the 2011 census was 1,423.[1]


The village falls part of the 'Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe' electoral ward. This ward stretches from Randwick north easterly to Whiteshill. The total ward population at the 2011 census was 1,747.[2]

Randwick Wap[edit]

The Wap is an annual series of events during spring which culminates in a traditional procession and festival dating back to the Middle Ages. Various theories exist on how it began, although most villagers believe it was a celebration that followed the completion of building Randwick's parish church.

The Wap was traditionally held on Low Sunday and Monday, the first Sunday and Monday after Easter. On the Sunday, the bells of the village church would be rung, a special service was held and a collection taken. On the Mon evening, a 'Mayor' was elected and he would be carried by chair to an ancient pool where he was immersed. Hordes would gather from far and wide including fiddle-playing and fortune-telling gipsies.[3] By the late 19th century, however, the Wap was becoming better known for its drunken revelry rather than as an ancient spectacle and it was evident that something had to be done.[4] In 1892, the church officials refused to ring the bells or hold a special collection to mark 'Wap Sunday' and although a mayor was elected, the Wap in its then form had run its course.[5]

The Randwick Wap was eventually revived in 1971 by the vicar Rev Niall Morrison (son of William Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil) and now the festivities take place in the month of May.[6]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Randwick,Whiteshill and Randwick ward 2011". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "A Respected Randwickian Writes". Stroud News & Gloucestershire Advertiser. 11 April 1890. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Wap". Stroud News & Gloucestershire Advertiser. 2 May 1868. p. 2.
  5. ^ "Randwick". Stroud News & Gloucestershire Advertiser. 29 April 1892. p. 6.
  6. ^ "It's Roll Out the Cheeses". Western Daily Press. 5 May 1975. p. 1.

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