In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wotton under Edge like this:
WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Dursley district, Gloucester. The town stands under the Cotswolds, 2½ miles ENE of Charfield r. station, and 4 S of Dursley; occupied anciently a site in the rear of the present one, and was destroyed there by fire in the time of King John; was rebuilt on its present site, by the Berkeleys; was held by the royalists, in the civil wars of Charles I.; is governed nominally by a mayor, annually chosen at a court leet; is a seat of petty-sessions, and a polling place; carried on once a considerable woollen manufacture, now nearly extinct; and has a head post-office,‡ a telegraph office, a banking office, two chief inns, a literary institution with library and reading room, a handsome church with pinnacled tower, three dissenting chapels, a recently reconstructed tabernacle, originally built in 1775 by Rowland Hill, endowed grammar and blue-coat schools with £377 a year, national and British schools, five suites of alms houses with aggregately £671, other charities £81, a weekly market on Friday, a monthly market on the first Tuesday of the month, and fairs on the Tuesday before 25 March and on 25 Sept.The parish includes six hamlets, and comprises 4,880 acres. ...
Real property, £14,471; of which £127 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 4,224; in 1861, 3,673. Houses, 937. There are numerous good residences. Traces exist of Roman and British camps. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value £112.* Patron, Christchurch, Oxford.The sub-district contains three parishes. Acres, 10,475. Pop., 5,754. Houses, 1,451.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Wotton under Edge has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Stroud. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Wotton under Edge and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wotton under Edge, in Stroud and Gloucestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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