Flag of Gloucestershire
Motto: Prorsum semper
("Ever forward")
Gloucestershire within England
Gloucestershire in England
Coordinates: 51°50′N 2°10′W / 51°50′N 2°10′W / 51.833; -2.167
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country England
Region South West
Established Ancient
Ceremonial county
Lord Lieutenant Janet Trotter
High Sheriff Lt Colonel Andrew J Tabor [1](2017-18)
Area 3,150 km2 (1,220 sq mi)
 • Ranked 16th of 48
Population (mid-2016 est.) 900,800
 • Ranked 23rd of 48
Density 285/km2 (740/sq mi)
Ethnicity 91.6% White British
Non-metropolitan county
County council Coat of arms of Gloucestershire County Council Gloucestershire County Council
Executive Conservative
Admin HQ Gloucester
Area 2,653 km2 (1,024 sq mi)
 • Ranked 13th of 27
Population 623,100
 • Ranked 19th of 27
Density 234/km2 (610/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2 GB-GLS
ONS code 23
GSS code E10000013
Unitary authorities
Councils South Gloucestershire Council
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Districts of Gloucestershire
Unitary County council area
  1. City of Gloucester
  2. Tewkesbury
  3. Cheltenham
  4. Cotswold
  5. Stroud
  6. Forest of Dean
  7. South Gloucestershire
Members of Parliament List of MPs
Police Gloucestershire Constabulary
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time ( UTC)
 • Summer ( DST) British Summer Time ( UTC+1)

Gloucestershire ( ər/ ( About this sound  listen), ɪər/ ( About this sound  listen); formerly abbreviated as Gloucs. in print but now often as Glos.) 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.

The county town is the city of Gloucester, and other principal towns include Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud, Tewkesbury and Dursley.

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


Gloucestershire is a historic county mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the 10th century, though the areas of Winchcombe and the Forest of Dean were not added until the late 11th century. Gloucestershire originally included Bristol, then a small town. The local rural community moved to the port city (as Bristol was to become), and Bristol's population growth accelerated during the industrial revolution. Bristol became a county in its own right, separate from Gloucestershire and Somerset in 1373. It later became part of the administrative County of Avon from 1974 to 1996.

Upon the abolition of Avon in 1996, the region north of Bristol became a unitary authority area of South Gloucestershire and is now part of the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire.

The official former postal county abbreviation was "Glos.", rather than the frequently used but erroneous "Gloucs." or "Glouc.".

In July 2007, Gloucestershire suffered the worst flooding in recorded British history, with tens of thousands of residents affected. The RAF conducted the largest peace time domestic operation in its history to rescue over 120 residents from flood affected areas. The damage was estimated at over £2 billion. [2]

The county recovered rapidly from the disaster, investing in attracting tourists to visit the many sites and diverse range of shops in the area.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Gloucestershire
العربية: غلوسترشير
aragonés: Gloucestershire
Bân-lâm-gú: Gloucestershire
беларуская: Глостэршыр
български: Глостършър
Boarisch: Gloucestershire
brezhoneg: Gloucestershire
čeština: Gloucestershire
español: Gloucestershire
Esperanto: Gloucestershire
فارسی: گلاسترشر
français: Gloucestershire
Bahasa Indonesia: Gloucestershire
interlingua: Gloucestershire
íslenska: Gloucestershire
italiano: Gloucestershire
kernowek: Gloucestershire
latviešu: Glosteršīra
Lëtzebuergesch: Gloucestershire
lietuvių: Glosteršyras
Mirandés: Gloucestershire
Nederlands: Gloucestershire
Nordfriisk: Gloucestershire
norsk nynorsk: Gloucestershire
português: Gloucestershire
română: Gloucestershire
русский: Глостершир
Simple English: Gloucestershire
slovenčina: Gloucestershire
српски / srpski: Глостершир
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Gloucestershire
Türkçe: Gloucestershire
українська: Глостершир
Tiếng Việt: Gloucestershire
Volapük: Gloucestershire
ייִדיש: גלאסטערשיר