Our next Meeting opens the winter season on Wednesday September 27th 2017 at 7.30pm in our usual venue, the Ashcroft Centre in Ashcroft Road Cirencester.

Living on the Hill

Simon Sworn will be describing what was found under the new houses along Siddington Road.

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

Gloucester History Festival (See left) WW1 Timeline VCH Newletter July

On this page

Cotswold AONB Old Memorial Hospital Visit a Longbarrow Volunteers wanted! Days Out Next Meeting

New on other pages

New Programme 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

Successful end to the Season

Abbey900 - Digging into the Past

We finished our season on Friday June 16th with a free public meeting at the Corn Hall exploring the archaeology of the Abbey and associated Saxon church. Five speakers and a film together with various displays, filled the evening, enjoyed by a capacity audience of 240. We thank Cotswold Archaeology for both their speakers and financial input, and Wildmoor Properties for providing the venue. A report on the evening is now available Our new programme is now available. Members will receive this and an enhanced Newsletter this year, with, we hope some colour pages. It will be devoted as you might expect to aspects of Cirencester Abbey.  These will be posted out at the end of August. Next Season starts on September 27th with a talk about the finds under the new housing development on Siddington Road. The Winstone Trust is sponsoring two talks in the Parish Church, on Weds 4 October and Sunday 19 November, The poster is here. Members are offered a discount on Blackfriars Talks at the Gloucester History Festival. For the brochure visit gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk  or call the box office on Tel: 01452 396 572 . Members have received an email describing how to claim the discount.

 A Century Ago...

1917 August

The Third battle of Ypres started 31 July… JAMES SPARKS - Private 2/Royal Berkshire died on 1 August 1917 of wounds sustained at Pilckem Ridge. FRANK SIMPSON was son of Henry Rudolph and Lucy of 9 Dollar Street but his wife Annie was living in Chester and he was a Private with 8/Border Regiment. This battalion fought at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge when FRANK lost his life, on 3 August. BENJAMIN H BROWN - Private 5/Glosters was born in Stratton and enlisted in Gloucester. He was a member of the battalion band. He was killed on 6 August 1917 in the Ypres area. ALBERT EDWARD POOLE was killed in action on 10 August 1917 in the Capture of Westhoek near Ypres, aged 19. His parents lived at 31 School Lane and his younger brother served with the Royal Navy. ALBERT had worked at Preston’s grocers and was serving as a Private with 11/Lancashire Fusiliers. With the introduction of compulsory military service men were no longer able to choose where to serve but were directed where need was greatest. JOHN HERBERT C WHITE - Corporal 5/Glosters had been awarded the Military Medal; HARRY LEATT was born in Ottery St Mary but had enlisted in 1/5 Glosters at Cirencester - Both men were killed in action on 16 August in the Battle of Langemarck, as was … PERCY TARRANT - Private 8/Royal Dublin Fusiliers. This battalion lost so heavily that in October 1917 it was amalgamated with a sister battalion, and then disbanded in February 1918 because of severe shortage of men. JAMES S. CUTTER - Private 1/7 Worcesters died on 27 August, and … CHESTER PERRY - Lance Corporal 2/6 Gloster, and … ALGERNON JAMES PARSONS - Private 2/6 Glosters on 28 August 1917. CHESTER had a long military career, first as a Bugler with the local militia, then as a Regular soldier in China with 2/Glosters. He had been wounded at Ypres in the winter 1914/15 but returned to Flanders to serve as a stretcher bearer until injured and sent home. He then joined the Second Line Territorials.   ALGERNON was an original member of Cirencester Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade and had enlisted in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. His mother lived at 89A Cricklade Street and he had worked as an assistant at Preston’s grocers. All three died in fighting around St Julien in the Ypres Salient in “… most unfavourable conditions of ground and weather.” Like many of the dead of this period, they have no known grave. RICHARD CHESTER CHESTER-MASTER was Lieutenant- Colonel commanding 13/King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 37th Division, amongst the hardest-worked Divisions during the Ypres Offensive. He had been acting Brigadier-General in mid-August and died at the end of the month age 47. He had lived at Querns Lane House and was Chief Constable of Gloucestershire. He was a member of the Distinguished Service Order.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

More about some of these men can be found in our 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 10 August 2017

New! VCH July Newsletter with offers (see panel)

includes information on the upcoming Cirencester Volume

Volunteers wanted

1. See our Abbey 900 page. CAHS has offered to provide volunteers to mind the Lego project on Wednesday mornings. See the comment by a volunteer on our facebook page [Click icon on right].  If you are interested in helping for, say, an hour or more, do contact our Vice- chairman 2. New Archaeology dig at Bagendon in August 3. We understand that the town council’s planned geophysical survey of the Abbey Grounds has been postponed due to unsuitable weather. 4. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 5. 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. Visit Sisters Longbarrow The dig continues this August and is open daily except Mondays from 9th – 23rd, between 9am and 5pm. Please see The Organic Farm Shop website for details. Summer Afternoon Visit This year was at Tewkesbury Summer 2018 is our turn. Saturday 23 June. Can you help with arrangements for this? Suggestions to Aileen, please. Look forward to September’s Heritage Open Days, when many local places will be open to the public for free. September 9th, a Saturday, is also the annual Churches sponsored ride, so many churches will be open. Check the GHCT website for details.

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 Visit Sisters Longbarrow Days Out Next Meeting

New on this page

VCH July Newsletter WW1 Timeline

New on other Pages

Reports Gloucestershire History A Fistfull of Dollars   Cirencester Workhouse 1724-1837 Life in 1890 Parish Church viewpoint External Links The Beginning of the Society External Links
© CAHS & contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit

Successful end to the Season

Abbey900 - Digging into the

Past

We finished our season on Friday June 16th with a free public meeting at the Corn Hall exploring the archaeology of the Abbey and associated Saxon church. Five speakers and a film together with various displays, filled the evening, enjoyed by a capacity audience of 240. We thank Cotswold Archaeology for both their speakers and financial input, and Wildmoor Properties for providing the venue. A report on the evening is now available Our new programme is now available. Members will receive this and an enhanced Newsletter this year, with, we hope some colour pages. It will be devoted as you might expect to aspects of Cirencester Abbey.  These will be posted out at the end of August. Next Season starts on September 27th with a talk about the finds under the new housing development on Siddington Road. The Winstone Trust is sponsoring two talks in the Parish Church, on Weds 4 October and Sunday 19 November, The poster is here. Members are offered a discount on Blackfriars Talks at the Gloucester History Festival. For the brochure visit gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk  or call the box office on Tel: 01452 396 572 . Members have received an email describing how to claim the discount.

 A Century Ago...

1917 August

The Third battle of Ypres started 31 July… JAMES SPARKS - Private 2/Royal Berkshire died on 1 August 1917 of wounds sustained at Pilckem Ridge. FRANK SIMPSON was son of Henry Rudolph and Lucy of 9 Dollar Street but his wife Annie was living in Chester and he was a Private with 8/Border Regiment. This battalion fought at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge when FRANK lost his life, on 3 August. BENJAMIN H BROWN - Private 5/Glosters was born in Stratton and enlisted in Gloucester. He was a member of the battalion band. He was killed on 6 August 1917 in the Ypres area. ALBERT EDWARD POOLE was killed in action on 10 August 1917 in the Capture of Westhoek near Ypres, aged 19. His parents lived at 31 School Lane and his younger brother served with the Royal Navy. ALBERT had worked at Preston’s grocers and was serving as a Private with 11/Lancashire Fusiliers. With the introduction of compulsory military service men were no longer able to choose where to serve but were directed where need was greatest. JOHN HERBERT C WHITE - Corporal 5/Glosters had been awarded the Military Medal; HARRY LEATT was born in Ottery St Mary but had enlisted in 1/5 Glosters at Cirencester - Both men were killed in action on 16 August in the Battle of Langemarck, as was … PERCY TARRANT - Private 8/Royal Dublin Fusiliers. This battalion lost so heavily that in October 1917 it was amalgamated with a sister battalion, and then disbanded in February 1918 because of severe shortage of men. JAMES S. CUTTER - Private 1/7 Worcesters died on 27 August, and … CHESTER PERRY - Lance Corporal 2/6 Gloster, and … ALGERNON JAMES PARSONS - Private 2/6 Glosters on 28 August 1917. CHESTER had a long military career, first as a Bugler with the local militia, then as a Regular soldier in China with 2/Glosters. He had been wounded at Ypres in the winter 1914/15 but returned to Flanders to serve as a stretcher bearer until injured and sent home. He then joined the Second Line Territorials.   ALGERNON was an original member of Cirencester Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade and had enlisted in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. His mother lived at 89A Cricklade Street and he had worked as an assistant at Preston’s grocers. All three died in fighting around St Julien in the Ypres Salient in “… most unfavourable conditions of ground and weather.” Like many of the dead of this period, they have no known grave. RICHARD CHESTER CHESTER-MASTER was Lieutenant-Colonel commanding 13/King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 37th Division, amongst the hardest-worked Divisions during the Ypres Offensive. He had been acting Brigadier- General in mid-August and died at the end of the month age 47. He had lived at Querns Lane House and was Chief Constable of Gloucestershire. He was a member of the Distinguished Service Order.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

More about some of these men can be found in our 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 10 August 2017

New! VCH July Newsletter with offers

(see panel)

includes information on the upcoming Cirencester Volume

Volunteers wanted

1. See our Abbey 900 page. CAHS has offered to provide volunteers to mind the Lego project on Wednesday mornings. See the comment by a volunteer on our facebook page [Click icon on right].  If you are interested in helping for, say, an hour or more, do contact our Vice-chairman 2. New Archaeology dig at Bagendon in August 3. We understand that the town council’s planned geophysical survey of the Abbey Grounds has been postponed due to unsuitable weather. 4. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 5. 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. Visit Sisters Longbarrow The dig continues this August and is open daily except Mondays from 9th – 23rd, between 9am and 5pm. Please see The Organic Farm Shop website for details. Summer Afternoon Visit This year was at Tewkesbury Summer 2018 is our turn. Saturday 23 June. Can you help with arrangements for this? Suggestions to Aileen, please. Look forward to September’s Heritage Open Days, when many local places will be open to the public for free. September 9th, a Saturday, is also the annual Churches sponsored ride, so many churches will be open. Check the GHCT website for details.
Our next Meeting opens the winter season on Wednesday September 27th 2017 at 7.30pm in our usual venue, the Ashcroft Centre in Ashcroft Road Cirencester.

Living on the Hill

Simon Sworn will be describing what was found under the new houses along Siddington Road.