Dursley Location Information....
... and a look at the Town
in the Past, Present and Future
compiled by local Architect John Wilkes
For 3D models of Dursley buildings,
Or view on Google Earth with '3D Buildings' tick-box enabled
and with the underlying background imagery set to the 2006 version.
For brief video click
Also see 'BBC Gloucestershire'
'Bristol University Alumni' article;
and 'Dursley Gazette'
Dursley model image
D.o.E. Schedule of Dursley's
'Listed Buildings' (Grades I, II* and II)
- Historical Images of Dursley
- Contemporary Images of Dursley
- The Future
Location in U.K.
is the second largest town in the
Stroud District of
Gloucestershire; and is
located at the South-West edge of the
It is not just an industrial centre
but a town of charm and
tradition, surrounded by beautiful
Dursley had Borough status from 1471 until 1883.
The Market House, with its
statue of Queen Anne,
is dated 1738. The upper part
of the building is
supported by pillars and has a bell turret.
Church of St. James the Great dates from the 13th century.
It is, however, largely of 14th and 15th century construction.
The church originally had a spire but this collapsed in January 1699
during a bell-ringing session. There were casualties.
Following that disaster, an imposing 'Gothic Survival'
was built by Thomas Sumsion of Colerne in the years 1708 - 09.
underwent further 'restoration' in the 19th century.
The Dursley Tabernacle
United Reform Church was built in 1808.
An early painting
shows the Tabernacle and, at far left, a crenellated gatehouse
that belonged to
This castle was built by Roger de Berkeley in 1153
using tufa stone from the Chestal quarry.
It was an enlargement of his earlier stronghold on the site
which had been constructed in the late 11th Century.
All traces of the moated castle
and the gatehouse have disappeared.
In the early 19th Century, Edwin Budding, from Dursley, invented
the lawnmower. Later, Mikael Pedersen, who was a Danish engineer,
devised the safety bicycle while living in the town.
Dursley was the home of the engineering firm
The Cotswold Way, for walkers,
follows the edge of the Cotswold escarpment
and passes through the centre of Dursley.
The local golf course
is on Stinchcombe Hill.
Fine views of the Severn Vale can
be enjoyed from this vantage point.
Back in the centre of Dursley, the view along
Castle Street shows the
part of the Supermarket; and, as a backdrop,
the wooded flanks of Stinchcombe Hill.
The Dursley Pool
is a very popular local facility.
St. James' Church and
the Methodist Chapel
are prominent features of the townscape near the Market Place.
Sainsbury's supermarket occupies a site adjacent to Castle Street.
The historic Jacob's House appears
adjacent to the new Heritage Centre.
A wide variety of architectural styles
can be seen in the town.
The former Post Office building
is in Parsonage Street.
The surgery is in May Lane.
The "Old Spot Inn",
situated in Hill Road,
is one of the many good public houses in Dursley.
"Ye Olde Dursley Hotel" is in Long Street.
The Priory, at the foot Long Street, is nowadays used as a commercial property.
Kingshill House was originally a
but is now an Arts Centre.
A new fire station has been built at Kingshill.
Rednock School has grand new buildings.
Parish Church of 'St. James the Great'
here for a full montage presentation.
2. Historical Images of Dursley
Dursley as seen from the Hermitage Wood area in 1850
Dursley town centre in 1905
The changing face of the Market Place area over the years:
The Priory, Long Street
The 'Garden Suburb' in Kingshill Road
3. Contemporary Images of Dursley
The 'Wilkes' site following demolition of the shop
During the October 1998 demolition, discoveries included
a decorative mosaic
The former 'Wilkes' site today
The Crescent in Parsonage Street
Dursley's Principal Streets and Features
Parsonage Street - views 1,
Long Street - views 4,
9 and 10;
Silver Street - views 11 and
Castle Street - views 13,
and Bull Pitch - view 16.
Dursley from the roof of the
Church tower ... views
"Lister Petter" former site;
"Drake House" offices; and
Millennium Dawn: 1 and
4. The Future
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To reach DURSLEY by Car > > >
Exit Southbound M5 at Junction 13 or
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Exit Northbound M5 at Junction 14 or
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Exit M4 at Junction 17;
take A429 and B4014 to Tetbury;
then A4135 to Dursley
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To reach DURSLEY by Train > > >
Disembark at the Cam/Dursley station on the
Gloucester/Bristol main line
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for Uley interactive map.
John Wilkes' design for the World Trade Centre
John Wilkes' design for Dursley's supermarket
Home Page last revised: April 5th, 2016.