Our next Meeting: September 26th 2018 Watch this space for details

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

Abbey Grounds talk Old Memorial Hospital (new information) Sisters Longbarrow Kingshill South report WW1 Timeline

On this page

KYPWest WGS 1837-1910 Volunteers wanted! GA Newsletter (see left)

New on other pages

Data Privacy Policy WW1 in Norfolk Newsletter 63 Gloucestershire History Reports
© Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society & Contributors 2016-8 Registered Charity no. 287289
Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
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. Our 2018 Season of talks ended on May 27th with our AGM, followed by a musical entertainment by Martin and Shan Graebe of local songs and tunes. Our next meeting will now be on the fourth Wednesday of September, when subscriptions will be due for those not paying by Standing Order.. The year’s new programme will be published in August. Meanwhile read on for other activities… Cirencester Town Council has arranged a talk by Dr Tim Young of GeoArch on the Archaeology Geophysical Survey of the Abbey grounds on Tuesday 31st July Bingham Gallery at 7pm Please contact brona@cirencester.gov.uk if you intend to attend. Bournemouth University Department of Archaeology will again be excavating the Sisters Longbarrow this August. More> A guided tour for members will be held on the last evening. 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 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) Gloucestershire Archaeology’s Newsletter is now on-line

 A Century Ago...

HARRY PAISH - Private 8/Glosters died of wounds 3 June 1918. 1918 June - July: Continuing German offensives on the Western Front and Austro-Hungarians launched offensive against our Italian allies. But USA troops reinforce the Allies and Germany can no longer replace losses.                     WILLIAM RICHMOND ANGELL - Lance Corporal in 7/King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, son of Ellen of 123 Gloucester Street, died on 7 June aged 19 in hospital. GILBERT THOMAS MATTHEWS - Sergeant 1/6 Glosters was killed in action in Italy on 16 June 1918 age 29. He was the only son of Thomas and Harriet Matthews of Cirencester. He may be the JOE MATHEWS commemorated on the Cirencester Memorials. ALBERT E GUEST - Sergeant 11/ Welsh age 32, son of Frederick and Ann of 4 Park Street, was killed in action 20 June 1918 at Doiran in Salonika [former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia]. FREDERIC HEATHCOTE BROCKLEHURST died on 21 June 1918 aged 27. He was Sergeant in a London Unit of the Royal Army Medical Corps and son of the late Frank Brocklehurst of 14 Purley Road. He is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. WILLIAM FREDERICK POLLARD - Private 15/Royal Warwicks, son of Charles and Annie of 3 Cricklade Street, was killed in action on 28 June in a successful counter- attack by 5th Division. This Division had returned from Italy in April and its battalions were then rebuilt by drafts of young conscripts. WILLIAM was 18 years old and is commemorated in Cirencester Cemetery; THOMAS C FLETCHER - Private 1/Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry in the same Division was killed the following day. GEORGE JOHN DORLING - Corporal 1/KRRC died on 17 July. He left a wife in Andover.

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 4 July 2018
VCH January 2018 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. 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 refurbushment 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.

On this page

Abbey Grounds talk Old Memorial Hospital (new information) Sisters Longbarrow Kingshill South report WW1 Timeline

On this page

KYPWest WGS 1837-1910 Volunteers wanted! GA Newsletter (see left)

New on other Pages

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
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. Our 2018 Season of talks ended on May 27th with our AGM, followed by a musical entertainment by Martin and Shan Graebe of local songs and tunes. Our next meeting will now be on the fourth Wednesday of September, when subscriptions will be due for those not paying by Standing Order.. The year’s new programme will be published in August. Meanwhile read on for other activities… Cirencester Town Council has arranged a talk by Dr Tim Young of GeoArch on the Archaeology Geophysical Survey of the Abbey grounds on Tuesday 31st July Bingham Gallery at 7pm Please contact brona@cirencester.gov.uk if you intend to attend. Bournemouth University Department of Archaeology will again be excavating the Sisters Longbarrow this August. More> A guided tour for members will be held on the last evening. 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 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) Gloucestershire Archaeology’s Newsletter is now on-line

 A Century Ago...

HARRY PAISH - Private 8/Glosters died of wounds 3 June 1918. 1918 June - July: Continuing German offensives on the Western Front and Austro- Hungarians launched offensive against our Italian allies. But USA troops reinforce the Allies and Germany can no longer replace losses.                     WILLIAM RICHMOND ANGELL - Lance Corporal in 7/King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, son of Ellen of 123 Gloucester Street, died on 7 June aged 19 in hospital. GILBERT THOMAS MATTHEWS - Sergeant 1/6 Glosters was killed in action in Italy on 16 June 1918 age 29. He was the only son of Thomas and Harriet Matthews of Cirencester. He may be the JOE MATHEWS commemorated on the Cirencester Memorials. ALBERT E GUEST - Sergeant 11/ Welsh age 32, son of Frederick and Ann of 4 Park Street, was killed in action 20 June 1918 at Doiran in Salonika [former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia]. FREDERIC HEATHCOTE BROCKLEHURST died on 21 June 1918 aged 27. He was Sergeant in a London Unit of the Royal Army Medical Corps and son of the late Frank Brocklehurst of 14 Purley Road. He is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. WILLIAM FREDERICK POLLARD - Private 15/Royal Warwicks, son of Charles and Annie of 3 Cricklade Street, was killed in action on 28 June in a successful counter-attack by 5th Division. This Division had returned from Italy in April and its battalions were then rebuilt by drafts of young conscripts. WILLIAM was 18 years old and is commemorated in Cirencester Cemetery; THOMAS C FLETCHER - Private 1/Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry in the same Division was killed the following day. GEORGE JOHN DORLING - Corporal 1/KRRC died on 17 July. He left a wife in Andover.

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 4 July 2018
VCH January 2018 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. 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 refurbushment 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.