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Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

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Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

Minchinhampton is an ancient market town, located on a hilltop 4 miles south-south-east of Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, in the Cotswolds. The town is twinned with Nkokoto, in Tanzania. Nearby is Minchinhampton Common, a recreation area for walkers and golfers, 580 acres of which is managed by the National Trust. The Common is also used as grazing land for the cows of local farmers in the summer. On the Common are long parallel ditches and mounds which formed part of a large Iron Age fort.
DistrictStroud
Post townSTROUD
Administrative CountyGloucestershire
Traditional CountyGloucestershire
OS GridSO8600
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityGloucestershire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGloucestershire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGloucestershire
Ambulance AuthorityGreat Western
 

Other names by which Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire has been known in the past

Minchinghampton ~ Hanton

Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Minchinhampton, town and par., Gloucestershire, near the Thames and Severn Canal, 3½ miles SE. of Stroud, 4791 ac., pop. 4561; P.O., T.O.; woollen cloth mfr. is carried on to some extent, and there are maltings and breweries. Minchinhampton is believed by many to be the site of the battle of Ethandune, in 879. James Bradley (1692-1762), the astronomer, is buried in the churchyard. On Minchinhampton Common the quarries of oolitic and shelly limestone, with their fossil testacea, are interesting to geologists.

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