Flag of Gloucestershire
Motto: Prorsum semper
("Ever forward")
Gloucestershire within England
Coordinates: 51°50′N 2°10′W / 51°50′N 2°10′W / 51.833; -2.167England
RegionSouth West
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantJanet Trotter
High SheriffRobert Charles Grantley Berkeley[1]
Area3,150 km2 (1,220 sq mi)
 • Ranked16th of 48
Population (mid-2017 est.)907,200
 • Ranked23rd of 48
Density287/km2 (740/sq mi)
Ethnicity91.6% White British
Non-metropolitan county
County councilCoat of arms of Gloucestershire County CouncilGloucestershire County Council
Admin HQGloucester
Area2,653 km2 (1,024 sq mi)
 • Ranked13th of 27
 • Ranked19th of 27
Density236/km2 (610/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-GLS
ONS code23
GSS codeE10000013
Unitary authorities
CouncilsSouth Gloucestershire Council
Gloucestershire Ceremonial Numbered.png
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 ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceGloucestershire Constabulary
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC)
 • Summer (DST)British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Gloucestershire (ər/ (About this soundlisten), ɪər/ (About this soundlisten); 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, Stroud, Tewkesbury, Cirencester and Dursley.

Gloucestershire borders Herefordshire to the north west, Wiltshire to the south, Bristol and Somerset to the south west, Worcestershire to the north, Oxfordshire to the east, Warwickshire to the north east, 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 peacetime domestic operation in its history to rescue over 120 residents from flood affected areas. The damage was estimated at over £2 billion.[2]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Gloucestershire
العربية: غلوسترشير
aragonés: Gloucestershire
asturianu: 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