Gloucester, Gloucestershire

Gloucester is the county town of Gloucestershire. The city was founded by the Romans as Glevis. It was a settlement for retired army officers. Gloucester was a Royal centre in the Dark Ages and possibly the site of an early cathedral. In Saxon times, it was one of the capitals of Mercia and much favoured by King Aethelred and Queen Aethelflaeda, who founded St. Oswald's Abbey and transferred the bones of its patron saint there. The abbey of St. Peter was built nearby as a double monastery with both monks and nuns. It became a cathedral after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. King William the Conqueror issued orders to compile the Domesday Book when he was in Gloucester.

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