Our next Meeting is at the end of January, so as not to intrude on your Christmas activities.

Wednesday 24th January 2018

7.30pm Ashcroft Centre

Cirencester

Tudor Medicine -

Cherry Hubbard

Cherry Hubbard is a local social historian with an extensive knowledge of life in Tudor times, having worked as a period interpreter running a Tudor farmhouse at the Living History Project at the Mary Arden Farm at Stratford-on-Avon. Cherry will be explaining what life was like in the Tudor period and medicines used when sickness threatened.

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

KYPWest WGS 1837-1910 WW1 Timeline October Report

On this page

Volunteers wanted! GA Newsletter (see left) Sapperton Symposium VCH Newletter July Cotswold AONB Old Memorial Hospital Next Meeting

New on other pages

Gloucestershire History Reports A Fistfull of Dollars Life in 1890 Cirencester Workhouse Viewpoint How it all started
© Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society & Contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity no. 287289
Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
We would like to remind readers of our major project to discover the stories behind the World War One names on the War Memorials of Cirencester. December 1917 was deceptively quiet, with only one local death reported. See Timeline below. If you have a story about anyone from Cirencester involved in World War One, whether they survived or not, that you would like tell, do get in touch. Use the email button right or ww1@cirenhistory.org.uk   Read more> Our 2017-8 Season continued on Wednesday 22 November with the history of Stroud Textile industry by Ian Mackintosh. A report will appear once published in the W&G Standard. For future meetings see our Programme page As the Lego season has drawn to a close we feature the CAHS team that volunteered to help visitors every Wednesday during the building of the Abbey. Thank you all very much. Picture > 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 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! The Churches Conservation Trust held a day-long Symposium in Sapperton on  28 September on the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Trust has recently taken over responsibility for Sapperton Church from the Diocese. The church has very interesting pew ends among other delights. Gloucestershire Archaeology’s Newsletter is now on-line

 A Century Ago...

1917 December

The only local death reported for this month was WILLIAM LANE – Lance Serjeant 5/King’s Shropshire Light Infantry died of wounds on 20 December 1917. WILLIAM was not born in Cirencester but lived with an uncle at the Plume of Feathers, Watermoor, and was athletics champion at the Council School. He was one of the earliest wartime volunteers.

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.
Links to other organisations Links to other organisations
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) holds the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It is looking very dilapidated now as CDC has been wanting to knock it down for years. Do you think it should be saved? 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.

Cotswold AONB

Cotswold Conservation Board celebrates 50 years. They are seeking old photographs of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that may show landscape changes, perhaps in only a few years. See their website for details.
Page last updated 5 December 2017
VCH July Newsletter includes information on the upcoming Cirencester Volume. Much about Cirencester is on the VCH website in draft form. Read it now. It will not be there for free when the volume is published!

Volunteers wanted

1. We are  looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 2. David Viner, our Editor, is also looking for someone willing to copy written material onto computer from time to time. We have many years of Newsletters written on typewriters or long-lost word processors that we would like to make more available. 3. Summer Afternoon Visit This year was at Tewkesbury Summer 2018 is our turn. Saturday 23 June. Can you help with arrangements for this? We need up to a dozen people on the afternoon to act as stewards to help with people arriving and on the various walks, or with the teas. No skill or knowledge of history required.

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…

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.

On this page

Volunteers wanted Cotswold AONB Old Memorial Hospital Sapperton Symposium VCH July Newsletter

New on this page

KYPWest Next Meeting WW1 Timeline

New on other Pages

Reports Gloucestershire History A Fistfull of Dollars   Cirencester Workhouse 1724-1837 Life in 1890 Parish Church viewpoint The Beginning of the Society
© CAHS & contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
We would like to remind readers of our major project to discover the stories behind the World War One names on the War Memorials of Cirencester. December 1917 was deceptively quiet, with only one local death reported. See Timeline below. If you have a story about anyone from Cirencester involved in World War One, whether they survived or not, that you would like tell, do get in touch. Use the email button right or ww1@cirenhistory.org.uk   Read more> Our 2017-8 Season continued on Wednesday 22 November with the history of Stroud Textile industry by Ian Mackintosh. A report will appear once published in the W&G Standard. For future meetings see our Programme page As the Lego season has drawn to a close we feature the CAHS team that volunteered to help visitors every Wednesday during the building of the Abbey. Thank you all very much. Picture > 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 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! The Churches Conservation Trust held a day-long Symposium in Sapperton on  28 September on the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Trust has recently taken over responsibility for Sapperton Church from the Diocese. The church has very interesting pew ends among other delights. Gloucestershire Archaeology’s Newsletter is now on-line

 A Century Ago...

1917 December

The only local death reported for this month was WILLIAM LANE – Lance Serjeant 5/King’s Shropshire Light Infantry died of wounds on 20 December 1917. WILLIAM was not born in Cirencester but lived with an uncle at the Plume of Feathers, Watermoor, and was athletics champion at the Council School. He was one of the earliest wartime volunteers.

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.
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) holds the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It is looking very dilapidated now as CDC has been wanting to knock it down for years. Do you think it should be saved? 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.

Cotswold AONB

Cotswold Conservation Board celebrates 50 years. They are seeking old photographs of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that may show landscape changes, perhaps in only a few years. See their website for details.
External Links External Links
Page last updated 5 December 2017
VCH July Newsletter includes information on the upcoming Cirencester Volume. Much about Cirencester is on the VCH website in draft form. Read it now. It will not be there for free when the volume is published!

Volunteers wanted

1. We are  looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 2. David Viner, our Editor, is also looking for someone willing to copy written material onto computer from time to time. We have many years of Newsletters written on typewriters or long-lost word processors that we would like to make more available. 3. Summer Afternoon Visit This year was at Tewkesbury Summer 2018 is our turn. Saturday 23 June. Can you help with arrangements for this? We need up to a dozen people on the afternoon to act as stewards to help with people arriving and on the various walks, or with the teas. No skill or knowledge of history required.
Our next Meeting is on Wednesday 22 November 2017 7.30pm Ashcroft Centre Ashcroft Road Cirencester

400 Years of Stroudwater Textiles

Ian Mackintosh is a retired history teacher and founder member of Stroud Preservation Trust and Stroud Textile Trust. Ian will be giving a hands-on introduction to the history of the cloth industry in the Stroud valleys over several centuries and its many links to Cirencester.