A Brief History of Dursley Railway (1854-1970)

Dursley Station in late 1960s

Dursley is a small market town located in the Cotswold Hills of South Gloucestershire, South-West England. Today it is a quiet suburban off-shoot of its near city neighbours Gloucester and Bristol but for over two centuries it was an independent township with its own rural customs, rich community celebrations and highly successful woollen trade. With the coming of the railways to Bristol and Birmingham in the 1820s the town’s dominance in the cloth industry began to wane as other towns and cities in the UK were able to take advantage…

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