Stroud District Council

Whitminster

Whitminster is situated on the A38 five miles West of Stroud and six miles South of Gloucester; the parish is bounded on the east by the M5, on the south by the river Frome and the Stroudwater canal, on the west by the Gloucester to Sharpness canal and by the parish of Moreton Valence to the north.

The present day village has developed from the original settlement of Wheatenhurst, mentioned in the Doomsday Book, situated one mile to the west, where the parish church of St.Andrews is sited alongside Whitminster House, which dates from the Elizabethan period. Traces of the medieval settlement can be seen in the adjoining fields during dry summers.

Although Whitminster is still predominantly a rural parish, the village centre itself has developed from approx 125 dwellings in the early 1970's to in excess of 300 dwellings in 2002, the village proving a popular place to live for commuting owing to the proximity of junction 13 of the M5.

Whitminster boasts a thriving shop and Post Office, two public houses, the Whitminster Hotel and the Old Forge (which before it was a forge was a hostelry called the Swan ), a popular primary school, village hall and playing field.

Major employment in the village is provided by Attwoolls, tent manufactures and camping equipment suppliers and Highfield, nurserymen and garden centre. Other employment includes farming, engineering, furniture restoration and vehicle repairs.

An extensive network of public footpaths can be found in and around the parish allowing easy access to the surrounding countryside.