Coordinates: 51°44′20″N 2°13′41″W / 51.739°N
2.228°W / 51.739; -2.228
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Rodborough is a civil parish in the district of Stroud,
Gloucestershire, in Southwest England. It is directly south of the
town of Stroud, north of the town of
Nailsworth and north-west of the
village of Minchinhampton. Until 1974 much of the parish was part of
the Stroud Urban District Council and forms part of the Stroud urban
area along with Stroud and Cainscross. The population taken at the
2011 census was 5,334.
An entrance to
Built on a hill,
Rodborough is located near
Rodborough Common, a
public recreation area popular with walkers. Most of the common land
was donated to the National Trust in 1937 by Thomas Bainbrigge
Fletcher (1878–1950), an entomologist. It is little known that this
was dependent on a subscription fund of £700 being raised to pay for
the maintenance and upkeep of the common.
Rodborough Common is a Site of
Special Scientific Interest.
The parish has two primary schools, several public houses, a large
hotel called The Bear of
Rodborough Hotel and a community hall. It is
home to the historic Winstones Ice Cream Factory. It has a large and
active Christian community who attend the Church of England parish
church of St.
Mary Magdalene or
Rodborough Tabernacle United Reformed
Church, and its various clubs and societies include a football club, a
Scout group and a mother and toddler network.
Rodborough is served by
Rodborough Parish Council, Stroud District
Gloucestershire County Council. The local newspaper is the
Stroud News & Journal and the parish council also produces a
quarterly newsletter called The Commoner.
For children there are several playgrounds in
Rodborough and the
community hall hosts a youth club every Friday night. Many activities
are held there are guest speakers and cooking.
2 Notable people
4 External links
An electoral ward in the same name exists. All of this ward is within
the civil parish and a reduced population therefore applies. At the
2011 Census it was 4,543 only.
The Gothic Revival architect
Benjamin Bucknall was born in Rodborough
in 1833. He designed the uncompleted
Woodchester Mansion and a number
of houses and Roman Catholic churches and convents, particularly in
Gloucestershire and South Wales. In later life he worked in Algiers.
Wilbert Awdry who wrote
The Railway Series
The Railway Series that inspired
Thomas & Friends, moved to 30
Rodborough Avenue in 1965 and lived
there until his death on 21 March 1997. 
^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
^ Stroud History website
^ Natural England SSSI information on the citation, map and units of
^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
^ [www.rodboroughparishchurch.org.uk/history/rev-awdry/ Rev. Awdry
Rodborough Parish Church] Retrieved 2018-01-16.
Stroud News & Journal
Rodborough Parish Council
Mary Magdalene Parish Church
Historic photos of
The Old Endowed School in Rodborough
Stroud Voices (
Rodborough filter) -