Standish, Gloucestershire

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Standish Village Hall, Gloucestershire - geograph-2801528.jpg
The Village Hall, Standish
Grid reference: SO801084
Location: 51°46’26"N, 2°17’28"W
Local Government
Council: Stroud

Standish is a small village in Gloucestershire. It is to be found three miles north-west of Stroud, on the B4008 road to Quedgeley.

The wider parish (which in the 2001 census had a population of 285) also contains the hamlet of Stroud Green, situated south-east of Standish village. The population had reduced to 227 at the 2011 census.

Originally part of the estate of the Barons Sherborne of Gloucestershire, they developed Standish Court as part of their holdings. Abandoned in the 16th century, they then developed Standish House as a country retreat. Having sold Standish Wood to the National Trust, the Sherbourns sold Standish Park and Standish House to Gloucestershire County Council after the First World War,[1] on which the council developed Standish Hospital, which was immediately passed to the British Red Cross for treatment of soldiers. In the 1920s it became a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, and a US Army medical facility during Second World War and was seized by the National Health Service as a specialist hospital after the war. The hospital closed in 2004.

Between Standish and Stroud Green is Standish Junction, a railway junction where the Golden Valley Line joins the Bristol to Birmingham Cross Country Route.

Parish church

St Nicholas, Standish

The parish church is the Church of St Nicholas, built in the 14th century and restored in the 1860s by J P St Aubyn.[2]

Almory Gateway, Standish


At the end of the 16th century the Lord of the Manor of Standish was Sir Henry Winston. His memorial in Standish's 14th century Church of St Nicholas carries a 20th-century sign:

"This monument to Sir Henry Winston was restored to commemorate the marriage in 1618 of his daughter Sarah to John Churchill from which union descended Sir Winston Churchill K.G. O.M. C.H. M.P. 1874-1965 Prime Minister 1940-1945. 1951-1955"

This Sarah Winston's grandson became the first Duke of Marlborough, the hero of Blenheim, and an ancestor of Winston Churchill.

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  1. Standish
  2. National Heritage List 1303221: Church of St Nicholas