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Áth na Sráide
Stratford-on-Slaney is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°59′18″N 6°40′06″W / 52.988352°N 6.668389°W / 52.988352; -6.668389Coordinates: 52°59′18″N 6°40′06″W / 52.988352°N 6.668389°W / 52.988352; -6.668389
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Wicklow
Elevation 183 m (600 ft)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Urban 241
Time zone UTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid Reference S890937

Stratford-on-Slaney (Irish: Áth na Sráide, meaning "Ford of the Street"), also known as Stratford or Stratford-upon-Slaney, is a small village on the River Slaney in west County Wicklow in Ireland. According to the latest Census, conducted in 2016, the town has a population of 241.[2]


Stratford-on-Slaney was founded by the House of Stratford in 1775 (and specifically by Edward Stratford, 2nd Earl of Aldborough), as a model cotton-producing town. As well as the cotton mill the town included a hospital, Catholic, Protestant and Presbyterian churches and 14 taverns. Despite huge investment, the industrial venture failed and Stratford practically disappeared following the demise of the cotton industry. In 1837, before the Great Famine, the now-town had a population of 3,000.

Since the collapse of its industrial base the population has remained constant at approximately 200. Its streets are wide in a cross-shaped layout. The village has panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains from its hillside elevation 600 ft above sea level. The village has been Wicklow’s most tidy village on numerous occasions over the years and represented Ireland in a Europe-wide floral competition.[citation needed]

Samuel Lewis' description[edit]

According to Samuel Lewis' 1837 Topographical Directory of Ireland Stratford was


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  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Stratford". Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  2. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Stratford". Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 2018-03-29.

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