King's Stanley

The Parish of King's Stanley is 3 miles west of Stroud and one mile east of Stonehouse, which is one mile east of Junction 13 of the M5 motorway. It lies to the south of the A419 which links Stroud and Stonehouse. The Parish consists of 3 villages: King's Stanley, Middleyard and Selsley. King's Stanley has the largest number of houses - approximately 588 Middleyard has about 255 and Selsley some 175. The latest population estimate is about 2600 and the electors number around 2000. Scroll down for more information.

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Parish of King's Stanley

The Parish is pleasantly rural but close to the urban area of Stroud, our local Market Town. There are still a few working farms, cattle grazing and arable. Cattle are still grazed on Selsley Common, which contains 26.8 hectares of unimproved limestone grassland with a commanding view over the Severn Vale & local valleys. However the majority of people leave the villages to work in the nearby towns of the region.


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Residents & visitors appreciate our Parish for its situation included within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It has dramatic views from and to the higher ground of the escarpment of Selsley Common and Penn and Stanley Woods at 600 feet. Selsley Common is 63 hectares in total & is classified as having 26.8 ha of unimproved limestone grassland & the SSSI area is 39.4 ha. It is an ideal recreation area for dogs, humans, horses, remote controlled plane fliers & hang-gliders. Local farmers and landowners still exercise their grazing rights over the Common but there is a conflict of use which hopefully finds a balance - at least we hope the Common will still be grazed which is the best way to manage it for the sake of its important flora. The common does not have a registered owner and under Section 9 of the Commons Registration Act 1965 it falls to Stroud District Council to look after it in conjunction with the Graziers whose rights are still protected.