Our next Meeting:

Wednesday 26th September

2018

Ashcroft Hall, Ashcroft

Road Cirencester 7.30pm

Wot! No Engines?

Horsa, The Silent

Wooden Warrior

James Rendell

James Rendell is a local historian and lecturer whose experiences include architecture, fire defence systems consultancy and RAF police dog handling. Gloucestershire played a major part in WW2 airborne operations; James will talk about the production and role of these vital troop-carrying gliders and their link to local wartime airfields.

Welcome to Cirencester

Archaeological &

Historical Society

We are always happy to see new members. Do browse our site to see what we do. While our main activity is our meetings, we have other interests, such as our projects and the publishing of short articles in our Newsletters or even on line. News items will usually be on this page, though more may be found on our facebook page.

New on this page

Glos History Festival Swindon WW1 commem. Old Memorial Hospital (new information) Sisters Longbarrow Heritage Hub Open Day Kingshill South report VCH Newsletter WW1 Timeline

On this page

KYPWest Volunteers wanted!

New on other pages

New Programme Data Privacy Policy WW1 in Norfolk Newsletter 61, 2015 Gloucestershire History Reports
© Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society & Contributors 2016-8 Registered Charity no. 287289
Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
Bournemouth University Department of Archaeology have again been excavating the Sisters Longbarrow, above, this August. A guided tour was held  on the last day of the dig, Wednesday 22nd August, when Tim Darvill explained all that was new this year. BU intend to be back next year, courtesy of member Will Chester- Master, the landowner. The Newsletter and Programme have now been sent out to paid up members. If you have not received your copy by post or email  please contact us. Our  New Season starts on Wednesday 26th September, when subscriptions will be due for those not paying by Standing Order. The Programme is now available on the Talks page. .Meanwhile read on for other activities… June Summer Meeting for GLHA About 60 visitors from other county societies joined us for an afternoon in Cirencester on June 23rd, where they took a number of walks around the town, church or Cirencester Park, and were given refreshments before dispersing. We would like to thank all those members and non-members that helped this afternoon go so well, and special thanks to Alan Strickland who did the bulk of the organising and booking. You may find the GLHA Chairman’s report for 2018 of interest. Alan Strickland is our representative should you have any comments. If you had Swindon connections during the Great War you may be interested in this commemoration activity. Gloucestershire’s Heritage Hub, the new name for the Archives,  held an Open Day on Sunday 2 September. Gloucester History Festival is holding a lecture by Sir Roy Strong in Cirencester Parish Church on 4th November 2018. Details> This meeting is supported by the Winstone Trust. We have received from Berkeley Homes a copy of the report into the Archaeology of Kingshill south prepared by Oxford Archaeology. Please use the email button (right) if you wish to know more. The Summer Newsletter from the Gloucestershire Victoria County History Team is now available. Always an interesting read. The Old Ciren Facebook Page has alerted us to the Digitised historical copies of the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, made by British Newspaper Archives . There are some gaps but by mid September 2017 the issues from 1837 to 1910 had been uploaded. It will no doubt require a subscription to study in detail, but a free page is displayed each day. Microfiche copies of all issues of the Standard are available in Cirencester library. KnowYourPlaceWest now has mapping for Wilts, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Maps from about 1840 to date can be compared, and, after moderation, you can add historical information. Do watch the video to see how to use it! Have fun! (December- tithe maps added where they exist) We will be opening new online only pages of original writing that have not been published elsewhere, during this autumn. If you have an article on local history or archaeology that you would like to see published here, contact our editor for more information, preferably before you write your piece!

 A Century Ago...

1918 August 8 - Allies Offensive begins - “The Black Day of the German Army” - ALFRED MEDD died on 5 September. He was 37 years old and left a wife, Hilda, in South-West London. He was serving as a Lance Corporal in 10th Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) which had been in Italy during the previous winter. ALFRED is commemorated in the church at NORTH CERNEY, where his father was priest. WILLIAM JAMES CALLOW died on 14 September aged 28, son Clara Annie of 47 Dollar Street and the late James Henry Callow. His battalion, 9/Worcesters, was part of the North Persia Force protecting the Baku oilfields in modern Azerbaijan. ARTHUR JAMES WAITE whose parents lived at 12 Siddington Road died of wounds on 18 September when his battalion 1/Northamptonshires was fighting the Battle of Epehy. He was 19 years old.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

More about some of these men can be found in our WW1 biography section.   Do follow the Timeline in the Parish Church for what else went on a Century ago. It too changes monthly.
Page last updated 11 September 2018

Volunteers wanted

1. We are  looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 2. We are still looking for a minutes secretary to keep us all in trim.

Navigating our site

Not all pages are immediately apparent from the links at the top. The Great War  biographies, covering very many pages, have internal links. and the articles reprinted from our past publications are linked from the relevant Newsletter page. There is a facility to browse these at random at the bottom of most articles.
Links… Links…
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) used to hold the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It has recently been carefully removed and sent to relatives in Ireland, making way for the refurbishment of the car park. Cotswold Archaeology has written a number of studies for CDC that are worth reading. See the downloads for the Parking Project.  Click the picture  above to read David Viner’s notes on the Hospital and the Staircase. The building across Sheep Street, called the Memorial Hospital Annex, is still in NHS use. It has the Great War memorial panels on its side. We have an article  about this building.

Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical

Society

We are always happy to see new members. Do browse our site to see what we do. While our main activity is our meetings, we have other interests, such as our projects and the publishing of short articles in our Newsletters or even on line. News items will usually be on this page.

New on this page

Old Memorial Hospital (new information) Sisters Longbarrow Heritage Hub Open Day Kingshill South report VCH Newsletter WW1 Timeline

On this page

KYPWest Volunteers wanted!

New on other Pages

New Programme 2018-9 Data Privacy Policy WW1 in Norfolk Newsletter 63 Gloucestershire History Reports
© CAHS & contributors 2016-8 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
Bournemouth University Department of Archaeology have again been excavating the Sisters Longbarrow, above, this August. A guided tour was  held  on the last day of the dig, Wednesday 22nd August, when Tim Darvill explained all that was new this year. BU intend to be back next year, courtesy of member Will Chester-Master, the landowner. The Newsletter and Programme have now been sent out to paid up members. If you have not received your copy by post or email  please contact us. Our  New Season starts on Wednesday 26th September, when subscriptions will be due for those not paying by Standing Order. The Programme is now available on the Talks page. .Meanwhile read on for other activities… June Summer Meeting for GLHA About 60 visitors from other county societies joined us for an afternoon in Cirencester on June 23rd, where they took a number of walks around the town, church or Cirencester Park, and were given refreshments before dispersing. We would like to thank all those members and non- members that helped this afternoon go so well, and special thanks to Alan Strickland who did the bulk of the organising and booking. You may find the GLHA Chairman’s report for 2018  of interest. Alan Strickland is our representative should you have any comments. If you had Swindon connections during the Great War you may be interested in this commemoration activity. Gloucestershire’s Heritage Hub, the new name for the Archives,  held an Open Day on Sunday 2 September. Gloucester History Festival is holding a lecture by Sir Roy Strong in Cirencester Parish Church on 4th November 2018. Details> This meeting is supported by the Winstone Trust. We have received from Berkeley Homes a copy of the report into the Archaeology of Kingshill south prepared by Oxford Archaeology. Please use the email button (right) if you wish to know more. The Summer Newsletter from the Gloucestershire Victoria County History Team is now available. Always an interesting read. The Old Ciren Facebook Page has alerted us to the Digitised historical copies of the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, made by British Newspaper Archives . There are some gaps but by mid September 2017 the issues from 1837 to 1910 had been uploaded. It will no doubt require a subscription to study in detail, but a free page is displayed each day. Microfiche copies of all issues of the Standard are available in Cirencester library. KnowYourPlaceWest now has mapping for Wilts, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Maps from about 1840 to date can be compared, and, after moderation, you can add historical information. Do watch the video to see how to use it! Have fun! (December- tithe maps added where they exist) We will be opening new online only pages of original writing that have not been published elsewhere, during this autumn. If you have an article on local history or archaeology that you would like to see published here, contact our editor for more information, preferably before you write your piece!

 A Century Ago...

1918 August 8 - Allies Offensive begins - “The Black Day of the German Army” - ALFRED MEDD died on 5 September. He was 37 years old and left a wife, Hilda, in South- West London. He was serving as a Lance Corporal in 10th Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) which had been in Italy during the previous winter. ALFRED is commemorated in the church at NORTH CERNEY, where his father was priest. WILLIAM JAMES CALLOW died on 14 September aged 28, son Clara Annie of 47 Dollar Street and the late James Henry Callow. His battalion, 9/Worcesters, was part of the North Persia Force protecting the Baku oilfields in modern Azerbaijan. ARTHUR JAMES WAITE whose parents lived at 12 Siddington Road died of wounds on 18 September when his battalion 1/Northamptonshires was fighting the Battle of Epehy. He was 19 years old.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

More about some of these men can be found in our WW1 biography section.   Do follow the Timeline in the Parish Church for what else went on a Century ago. It too changes monthly.
External Links External Links
Page last updated 11 September 2018

Volunteers wanted

1. We are  looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 2. We are still looking for a minutes secretary to keep us all in trim.
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) used to hold the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It has recently been carefully removed and sent to relatives in Ireland, making way for the refurbishment of the car park. Cotswold Archaeology has written a number of studies of the building for CDC that are worth reading. See the downloads for the Parking Project.  Click the picture  above to read David Viner’s notes on the Hospital and the Staircase. The building across Sheep Street, called the Memorial Hospital Annex, is still in NHS use. It has the Great War memorial panels on its side. We have an article about this building.