near Slad, Gloucestershire                                                            Photos by Hetty

22nd March 2020

We walked from Slad Road though New Mills and up to Summer Street. This becomes Slad Lane and was the way from Stroud to Slad before Slad Road was built in 1800. Why is anything called “new”, old?

At the Vatch we looked at the windows. These houses were built about 1870 (a lady told us)

This 17th C house was once The Rifleman’s Arms public hosue


There was once a huge mill at the Vatch. It is difficult to imagine it now.

Vatch Milll picture

We then took a steep track up to Wickridge Hill and then down Folly Lane. There was once a folly that belonged to The Grove (now Hawkwood College).

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