The village is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-west of Stroud, on the B4008 road to Quedgeley. The parish, which in the 2001 census had a population of 285, also contains the hamlet of Stroud Green, situated south-east of Standish village. The population had reduced to 227 at the 2011 census.
Originally part of the estate of the Barons Sherborne of Gloucestershire, they developed Standish Court as part of their holdings. Abandoned in the 16th century, they then developed Standish House as a country retreat. Having sold Standish Wood to the National Trust, they sold Standish Park and Standish House to Gloucestershire County Council post-World War I, on which they developed Standish Hospital, which was immediately passed to the British Red Cross for treatment of soldiers. In the 1920s it became a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, and a US Army medical facility during World War II. Developed by the National Health Service (NHS) as a specialist hospital, it closed in 2004.
At the end of the 16th century the Lord of the Manor of Standish was Sir Henry Winston. His memorial in Standish's 14th century Church of St Nicholas carries a 20th-century sign:
- "This monument to Sir Henry Winston was restored to commemorate the marriage in 1618 of his daughter Sarah to John Churchill from which union descended Sir Winston Churchill K.G. O.M. C.H. M.P. 1874-1965 Prime Minister 1940-1945. 1951-1955"
This Sarah Winston's grandson became the first Great Duke of Marlborough, ancestor of Sir Winston.
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- "Detailed record: Church of St Nicholas". Images of England. English Heritage. 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
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