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This DVD explores the unique history of Stroud and the Five Valleys through the surviving remnants of their illustrious past.
It provides an intriguing glimpse into the lives of our distant ancestors; looks back at the coming of the Anglo Saxons who founded our towns and villages; the rise of the wool trade which bestowed great wealth on towns like Painswick, Nailsworth and Minchinhampton; recalls life in weaving villages like Chalford and their struggle to deal with changing times; remembers the days when stagecoaches rattled across Rodborough Common; explores the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the emergence of Stroud as the ‘cloth capital’ of the region; explains the dramatic impact of the railway; and finally, it looks at the legacy of the regions extraordinary history, and reveals plans to make it a vital part of an exciting future.
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