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Parish church of St. John the Evangelist
Grid reference: SO740035
Location: 51°43’41"N, 2°22’41"W
Population: 1,107
Post town: Gloucester
Postcode: GL2
Dialling code: 01453
Local Government
Council: Stroud

Slimbridge is a village near Dursley in Gloucestershire.

The village is best known as the home of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's Slimbridge Reserve which was started by Sir Peter Scott.

The canal at Patch Bridge, near the Wildfowl Reserve

The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal runs through the village, and under Patch Bridge which must be crossed to reach the Wildfowl Trust. Damage to the decking of Patch Bridge in October 2007 resulted in a temporary repair being made using steel plates. This had the effect of unbalancing the bridge, which warped and jammed on 23 October 2007. The swing bridge was replaced in early 2009. Nearby there is a caravan park and pub. The name of the bridge is echoed by the locals abandoning the "Tudor Arms" name and merely referring to the pub as "The Patch." On the canal towpath, next the bridge, is the Slimbridge Boat Station, which is a cafe, general store and boating resource centre.

Parish church

The village church of St John the Evangelist dates from the early 13th century and is a grade I listed building.[1]

The Slimbridge Estate

The 2,480-acre Slimbridge Estate is owned by the Ernest Cook Trust based on an original purchase in 1945 by Ernest Cook of 1,109 acres in the parishes of Slimbridge and Gossington out of the sale of outlying portions of the Berkeley Castle Estate.

The Berkeley Estate had for years been a famous sporting estate although the last Earl of Berkeley, who died young, was more interested in the sciences. Ernest Cook extended the estate further by purchasing Breadstone Farm and Wanswell Court from the Berkeley family.

Sport and leisure

  • Football: Slimbridge FC

The village also has a cricket club which operates in the Stroud District Cricket League.

Outside links


  1. National Heritage List 1305799: Church of St John the Evangelist