Our next Meeting is on Wednesday 25th January, when Ruth Iliffe, a long standing member, and currently our talks editor, will talk to us about Gertrude Bell, archaeologist, historian, explorer, diplomat and maker of a nation.

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

What’s new Cotswold AONB Volunteers wanted Next Meeting WW1 Timeline Old Memorial Hospital
© Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society & Contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity no. 287289
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Welcome

A New Year, A New Website

What’s New?

This site is responsive to the size of your screen. You can read it on your mega sized computer, or on your phone. There is a limit on the length of a page, the same on both sizes, which means that in some cases the material on the phone is briefer than on the computer. This mainly affects the Great War biographies, where all biographical detail is available, but in some articles the contemporary newspaper cuttings are not included. Otherwise most of the pages we had before are still here, and hopefully more readable. More of our articles will be published over time, and we are always looking for new ones. If you have something you would like published, please in the first place send it to our editor for consideration. You will have noticed that there are three new icons floating to the right. You can click the envelope to immediately comment on what you are reading. The ‘F ‘will take you to our Facebook Page, and the up-pointing blue arrow will return you to the top of the page. The facebook page carries reminders of our activities and all sorts of items that come our way, usually via GLHA,  our county organisation. If you ‘like’ our Facebook page, you will get reminders by email if anything new is posted. [You can easily turn them off if it annoys!] 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. As a new site, there are likely to be things that do not work, or not as you expected. Just click that envelope to let us know, and we will look into it.

 A Century Ago...

1916 December...

ALFRED A KENT - Private 10/Glosters, aged 28 with a wife at 28 Castle Street, died of wounds on 7 December 1916 at Edgehill Casualty Clearing Station at Dernancourt on the Somme. THOMAS A WILKINS - Private 2/Glosters, died on 7 December 1916 near Lake Doiran in Salonika, now the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. At the outbreak of war 2/Glosters were on garrison duty in Tientsin, the British trading post in China. They had been recalled and landed in France shortly before Christmas 1914, and transferred to Salonika in November 1915. THOMAS was 28 and left a widow, Mabel, at Holmwood, Purley Road.

1917 January…

GEORGE JAMES HEAFORD - Private in the same battalion, died of wounds on 27 January 1917. He was 32 and his parents lived at 177 Gloucester Street.

1916 December - 1917 February:

Germany delivered a peace proposal to the Allies but hoped to starve Britain by unrestricted submarine warfare despite the risk of goading the USA to war.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

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? Click the picture 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.

Abbey900 volunteers

See our Abbey 900 page. CAHS has offered to provide volunteers to mind the Lego project. If you are interested in helping for, say, an hour a week do contact our chairman
Page last updated 9 Jan 2017

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.

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

What’s new Next Meeting WW1 Timeline Old Memorial Hospital Volunteers wanted Cotswold AONB
© CAHS & contributors 2016 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit

Welcome

A New Year, A New Website

What’s New?

This site is responsive to the size of your screen. You can read it on your mega sized computer, or on your phone. There is a limit on the length of a page, the same on both sizes, which means that in some cases the material on the phone is briefer than on the computer. This mainly affects the Great War biographies, where all biographical detail is available, but in some articles the contemporary newspaper cuttings are not included. Otherwise most of the pages we had before are still here, and hopefully more readable. More of our articles will be published over time, and we are always looking for new ones. If you have something you would like published, please in the first place send it to our editor for consideration. You will have noticed that there are three new icons floating to the right. You can click the envelope to immediately comment on what you are reading. The F ‘will take you to our Facebook Page, and the up- pointing blue arrow will return you to the top of the page. The facebook page carries reminders of our activities and all sorts of items that come our way, usually via GLHA,  our county organisation. If you ‘like’ our Facebook page, you will get reminders by email if anything new is posted. [You can easily turn them off if it annoys!] 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. As a new site, there are likely to be things that do not work, or not as you expected. Just click that envelope to let us know, and we will look into it.
Our next Meeting is on Wednesday 25th January, when Ruth Iliffe, a long standing member, and currently our talks editor, will talk to us about Gertrude Bell, archaeologist, historian, explorer, diplomat and maker of a nation.

 A Century Ago...

1916 December...

ALFRED A KENT - Private 10/Glosters, aged 28 with a wife at 28 Castle Street, died of wounds on 7 December 1916 at Edgehill Casualty Clearing Station at Dernancourt on the Somme. THOMAS A WILKINS - Private 2/Glosters, died on 7 December 1916 near Lake Doiran in Salonika, now the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. At the outbreak of war 2/Glosters were on garrison duty in Tientsin, the British trading post in China. They had been recalled and landed in France shortly before Christmas 1914, and transferred to Salonika in November 1915. THOMAS was 28 and left a widow, Mabel, at Holmwood, Purley Road.

1917 January…

GEORGE JAMES HEAFORD - Private in the same battalion, died of wounds on 27 January 1917. He was 32 and his parents lived at 177 Gloucester Street.

1916 December - 1917 February:

Germany delivered a peace proposal to the Allies but hoped to starve Britain by unrestricted submarine warfare despite the risk of goading the USA to war.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

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? Click the picture 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.

Abbey900 volunteers

See our Abbey 900 page. CAHS has offered to provide volunteers to mind the Lego project. If you are interested in helping for, say, an hour a week do contact our chairman
External Links External Links
Page last updated 9 Jan 2017

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.