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From 1837 to 1851 it was the administrative centre of Dursley Registration District which recorded vital records of people living in the parishes of North Nibley, Coaley, Slimbridge, Stinchcombe, Uley, Dursley, Cam, Nympsfield, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge and Owlpen. The original church spire collapsed in January 1699 during a bell-ringing session, causing casualties.
The current belltower, in an imposing Gothic survival style, was built by Thomas Sumsion of Colerne in 1708–09.
The pub was also named as 2007 CAMRA National Pub of the year.
, created as a local history guide to the town of Dursley in Gloucestershire, England in which I now live.
James Parish Church and another showing a collection of old postcards documenting the town from the beginning of the 20th century.
With the warmer weather making an appearance several projects are making good progress.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Dursley was a large-scale manufacturing town, and engines built here by the Lister engine company were used around the world.The town centre also has a traditional ironmonger's, a haberdashery, an old fashioned sweet shop, a florist, a butcher, a baker, a greengrocer, a camera shop, and a vintage clothing shop. A range of markets are held at the Market Place in the centre of the town; a farmers' market is held there on the second Saturday of every month and a craft market on the fourth Saturday of each month.