Cotswold (district)

Cotswold (district)

Coordinates: 51°43′08″N 1°58′05″W / 51.719°N 1.968°W / 51.719; -1.968

Cotswold District
—  Non-metropolitan district  —
Cotswold shown within Gloucestershire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Non-metropolitan county Gloucestershire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Cirencester
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 - Type Non-metropolitan district council
 - Body Cotswold District Council
 - Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
 - MPs Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
 - Total 449.6 sq mi (1,164.5 km2)
Area rank 20th (of 326)
Population (2010 est.)
 - Total 83,500
 - Rank 278th (of 326)
 - Density 185.7/sq mi (71.7/km2)
 - Ethnicity 98.8% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 23UC
OS grid reference SP0221002304

Cotswold is a local government district in Gloucestershire in England. It is named after the wider Cotswolds region. Its main town is Cirencester.

It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the urban district of Cirencester with Cirencester Rural District, North Cotswold Rural District, Northleach Rural District and Tetbury Rural District.

Eighty per cent of the district lies within the River Thames catchment area, with the Thames itself and several tributaries including the River Windrush and River Leach running through the district. Lechlade in an important point on the river as the upstream limit of navigation. In the 2007 floods in the UK, rivers were the source of flooding of 53 per cent of the locations affected and the Thames at Lechlade reached record levels with over 100 reports of flooding.[1]


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