Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical SocietyWe 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. A recent major activity was the WW1 Exhibition at Corinium Museum from 15 August to 14 September 2014, See the WW1 blogNews items will usually be on this page. Feel free to hover over and click any picture to see what happens. This website has over 50 pages. Have you really looked around!
Page last updated 21 September 2016
Commemorating The First World War16th August – 14th September 2014Corinium Museum, Park Street, CirencesterCirencester Archaeological and Historical Society illustrated the impact of the First World War on Cirencester and residents through this retrospective exhibition. If you visited the exhibition or not, do keep on sending in your family notes if your family had Cirencester connections during that period.Don’t forget that the Timeline in the Parish Church runs until 2018. See “A Century Ago...” below.
Sir Peter died on 14 March 2016. He was music master at Cirencester Grammar School for three years from 1959. Were you there then? His methods were unconventional. He wrote “O Magnum Mysterium” for the school as well as “Five Klee Pieces”. This was his only schoolteaching post; he latterly was Master of the Queen’s MusicTelegraph ObituaryThis report produced a letter from PMD to Cirencester Junior School- see our Facebook page.
If you wish to visit the archives, read this page about changes to their working times and practice first, to avoid a wasted journey.
Our new season is only a few days away. We start off on Wednesday 28th September at 7.30pm in the Ashcroft Centre, Cirencester, with a talk by David Jacques FSASubscriptions are due if you do not have a standing order (over 150 members do, it saves hunting for money as you are rushing out to the meeting!) Guests are welcome to try us out for only £3. See you all there!BGAS/Committee for Archaeology in Gloucestershire have sent details of their October Seminar day. The sheet includes a booking form.Our Summer Newsletter, bigger than before, has now been mailed out to members. Contents are listed in publications and the new programme is now on line.Our last meeting of the season in May was our AGM and a talk on Highwaymen of Gloucestershire by John Putley. The new season starts in September, and will have more meetings, with the upcoming “Abbey 900” commemorations. As Abbey 900 is coming up, we have a page showing some of what members have written and done over the years, about the Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary, starting from almost our first year, and ending with a cautionary tale!Do keep revisiting us, or watch our Facebook page.All last season’s lectures are reviewed online on the Reports Page. An addition to the republication of Newsletter articles is one about Wiggold Aerodrome by Philip Griffiths. David Viner’s Obelisk is now a web page rather than a pdf, with a note on recent change to the area. We intend to republish all the pages that are currently in pdf form, as it makes additions of pictures and editing easier. This will take some time!The latest [and possibly last!] County Newsletter is here. Do read it for the testament of youth. If you have tidbits for facebook contact the webmaster, who can give you direct access to the page.All copies of the History Reports issued by GRCC History Committee, now defunct, have been put on line by the successor organisation GLHA. There are several articles by members. Find them atgloshistory.org.uk/reprints
A Century Ago...1916 September...September 2 - First “Zeppelin” shot down over Britain by Lt Leefe Robinson [who had trained at Chedworth].JOHN FITZHARDINGHE PAUL BUTLER - Captain, attached to Gold Coast Regiment, West African Field Force, had been awarded the Victoria Cross when serving in Flanders with 2nd Battalion the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He also held the Distinguished Service Order. He died of wounds on 5 September 1916 during the British advance into German East Africa [modern Tanzania].The Butler family home was Wyck Hall Gloucestershire and John is remembered also in churches in Berkeley and Bourton on the Water CHARLES ALFRED BISHOP - Private 13 Canadian Infantry age 38, son of William Henry and Margaret of 82 Chester Street, died on 6 September 1916 in the Vimy sector.GILBERT JOHN TOWNSEND, born in Cirencester in September 1872 had married Alice Maud Yates in 1898. He served in South Africa with 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers as Sergeant Major Tailor. He died on 9 September 1916 as Sergeant 4th Royal Irish Regiment at the Cork depot.ALFRED RAYMOND GIBBONS - Private 1/Glosters - his battalion attacked a strong defensive position in High Wood on the Somme on 8/9 September 1916. Only three officers and 96 men returned, and 18 year old ALFRED was not among them. His brother CHARLES had been buried in Cirencester Cemetery less than a month earlier.WILLIAM J ALLAWAY - Private 1/Glosters died of wounds the next day, waiting at the railway sidings at Heilly Station for evacuation to hospital.1916 September 15 - 22: British surprised Germans by first use of tanks to open the Battle of Flers-Courcelette - but the Mark 1 tanks were too few and slow to have substantial effect.WALTER WILLIAM MASSEY - Private 4/Yorkshire was killed on 17 September 1916. His late father Henry Walter and mother Sarah lived at The Barracks;FREDERICK ARTHUR KEENE - Private 5 Canadian Mounted Rifles was also killed that day.FREDERICK GEORGE STRATFORD - Private 4/Grenadier Guards died of wounds in hospital at Etaples on 30 September 1916. The Guards Division had fought the Battle of Morval on the Somme that week. In 1911 he lived at 98 Gloucester Street and worked as a farm labourer.Timeline written by Dale Hjort
If you got this far down , you must be keen. Attached are some recent newsletters from Avon Local History Association. Their editor has a wicked wit, even if you are not a Bristolian. Do give them a try! Several good ideas for your own articles.ALHA January 2016ALHA February 2016ALHA April 2016
Know Your Place West is underway. Do keep following it, as it will cover Gloucestershire one day. If you have an interest in Bristol or South Gloucs. then the maps are up and running. The headline map to several introductory pages is of Somerford Keynes. By chance a copy of this map was presented to the village last year!