Stroud is a fascinating Cotswold market town, built on a hillside at the convergence of five valleys. Into its rich history are woven many strands : the story of the wool trade, the arrival of canals and railways, the construction of fine public buildings and the development of streets, parks and shops. In the past few decades it has also attracted artists and has become strongly associated with green issues. Ninety-four classic old photographs - some never ever published before - are produced in an attractive sepia tone, accompanied by a modern colour photograph with an accompanying caption. The book focuses on the changing scene and highlights how the passage of time has affected the appearance of Stroud, its businesses, places of worship and open spaces.