Gloucestershire (/ˈɡlɒstərʃər/ (listen) /-ʃɪər/ (listen) abbreviated Glos)[1] is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn and the entire Forest of Dean.

Prorsum semper
("Ever forward")
Coordinates: 51°50′N 2°10′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceGloucestershire Constabulary
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantJanet Trotter
High SheriffSir Dusty Miller (2022–23)
Area3,150 km2 (1,220 sq mi)
  Ranked16th of 48
Population (mid-2019 est.)916,202
  Ranked23rd of 48
Density291/km2 (750/sq mi)
Ethnicity91.6% White British
Non-metropolitan county
County councilGloucestershire County Council
Admin HQGloucester
Area2,653 km2 (1,024 sq mi)
  Ranked13th of 26
  Ranked19th of 26
Density240/km2 (620/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-GLS
ONS code23
GSS codeE10000013
Unitary authorities
CouncilsSouth Gloucestershire Council

Districts of Gloucestershire
Unitary County council area
  1. Tewkesbury
  2. Forest of Dean
  3. City of Gloucester
  4. Cheltenham
  5. Stroud
  6. Cotswold
  7. South Gloucestershire

The county town is the city of Gloucester and other principal towns and villages include Cheltenham, Kingswood, Bradley Stoke, Stroud, Thornbury, Cirencester, Yate, Tewkesbury, Bishop's Cleeve, Churchdown, Brockworth, Winchcombe, Dursley, Cam, Berkeley, Wotton-under-Edge, Tetbury, Moreton-in-Marsh, Fairford, Lechlade, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stonehouse, Nailsworth, Minchinhampton, Painswick, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Coleford, Cinderford, Lydney and Rodborough and Cainscross that are within Stroud's urban area.

Gloucestershire borders Herefordshire to the north-west, Worcestershire to the north, Warwickshire to the north-east, Oxfordshire to the east, Wiltshire to the south, Bristol and Somerset to the south-west, and the Welsh county of Monmouthshire to the west.

The current Gloucestershire County Council area does not have the same geographical boundaries as the historic county. Some northern parts of the county, including Long Marston and Welford-on-Avon, were transferred to Warwickshire in 1931. Following the Local Government Act 1972, some southern parts of the county were transferred for administrative purposes to the new county of Avon, which ceased to exist on 1 April 1996. After 1996, the city of Bristol and South Gloucestershire became separate unitary authorities.

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