In ancient times it was a settlement at the confluence of the Avening Valley and the Woodchester Valley, on the Nailsworth Stream; among many notable historic buildings of mediæval times in the area notable are Beverston Castle and Owlpen Manor.
In the modern era Nailsworth was a small mill town and centre for brewing. It was connected directly to the national rail network between 1867 and 1947 with a station that was the terminus of the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway.
These days Nailsworth is sleepy and tranquil, visited in the summer by walkers, and holding a farmers' market every fourth Saturday in the month. Local events like the market and the Nailsworth Festival are announced by the town crier.
Over the past decade the small town centre has been reinvigorated and besides numerous restaurants and cafes now boasts a number of unusual and high-quality shops, you will find two bakers, a delicatessen with a fishmonger, one hardware store, two butchers, craft shops, bookshops, art galleries and a gardening shop.
St George's Church was built on the higher ground at the centre of town and dates from 1900.
The Baptist chapel at Shortwood was rebuilt in 1837 and, in spite of the emigration of over 80 members to Adelaide in Australia between 1838 and 1840, the adult congregation was at least 1,000 in 1851. In 1864 a dispute over a new minister led to the secession of some members who built their own chapel, opened in 1868, on Bristol Road, known as the Nailsworth Tabernacle Church. In 1910 the community rejoined the original Baptist church.
In 1967 the Shortwoood congregation united with the Forest Green Congregationalists to form a new church called Christ Church, Nailsworth. Services alternated for a few years with the Lower Forest Green Chapel, but the chapel on Newmarket Road, after modernization, became the permanent place of worship in 1972. In that year Christ Church became a member of the new United Reformed Church, although retaining its links with the Baptist Union. It had a membership of 147 in 1973.
The Nailsworth Festival is held every spring. The town hosts the during which local artists exhibit in the windows of all the high street shops, there are numerous cultural and street events
- Nailstock is a free music festival which takes place on one of the playing fields in the town, showcasing local bands.
Sport and recreation
- Forest Green Rovers FC - the biggest football club playing in Nailsworth, playing at the The New Lawn stadium
- Shortwood United FC
Nailsworth has a King George V Playing Field in memorial to King George V.
- Nailsworth Town Council web site
- Nailsworth Town information site - to be updated
- BBC archive film of Nailsworth from 1985
- Nailsworth Town Webcam