Our next Meeting is on Wednesday October 25th 2017 at 7.30pm in our usual venue, the Ashcroft Centre in Ashcroft Road Cirencester.

A Spencer Love Affair -

Allan Ledger

Allan Ledger is an Oxfordshire historian with a particular interest in the 18th century. Allan will be telling the true story of a Spencer love affair: the marriage of Lady Charlotte Spencer to an Oxford vicar after acting together in private theatricals at Blenheim Palace. A snapshot of 1790’s society life and scandal

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.

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Volunteers wanted! WW1 Timeline

On this page

GA Newsletter (see left) CAG conference Sapperton Symposium Gloucester History Festival (See left) VCH Newletter July Cotswold AONB Old Memorial Hospital Next Meeting

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2017-8 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
Our 2017-8 Season started on 28th September with an interesting talk on finds in the “green field” on the edge of Cirencester along Siddington Road, now full of houses at “Spire View”. For an empty field it contained finds from prehistory up to Saxon days. For some reason, no one lived there in Roman times. Simon Sworn of Cotswold Archaeology kept us all interested. A report will follow once it is published in the Wilts and Glos. Standard. For future meetings see our Programme page 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. 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. The Council for Archaeology in Gloucestershire is holding its annual conference in Gloucester on 21 October. Two groups will be updating their summer finds near here, with other interesting topics. Booking essential, details here. Gloucestershire Archaeology’s Newsletter is now on-line

 A Century Ago...

1917 October

WILFRED W TAYLOR – Lance Corporal 6/Glosters died on 9 October 1917 in the Ypres Salient. 1917 October 12/November 10 - First and Second Battles of Passchendaele, fought in rain and mud - FRANK MILLS - Private 27 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps was killed on the first day of the battle, aged 20. He had been a cadet in Cirencester Company Church Lads’ Brigade and was son of William and Eliza; the family made and sold saddles and leather goods at the corner of Cricklade Street and Lewis Lane, now rebuilt. THOMAS BRITT CURTIS, 2nd Lieutenant of 11/Cheshire Regiment died on 25 October 1917. His father lived at 6 Grosvenor Villas, Cirencester; WILLIAM MADDOCK - Corporal 5/Glosters died of wounds in hospital at Etaples on the same day. He had enlisted in 1/5 Glosters in the early days of the war, and left a widow, Eda Nellie, at Tarlton. MARK BEACONSFIELD TIMMS - Private 8/Devons was killed on 26 October.  MARK was born in Bladon in Oxfordshire but by 1911 was lodging at 7 Dollar Street whilst working as a gardener. HAROLD R CREESE - Private 50 Battalion Canadian Infantry died on 29 October. FRANK ROSE was the son of Isaac and Emily of 53 Castle Street but had moved to Chippenham with his wife Florence. He was a Private with 4/Bedfords, a battalion of 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, originally made up of Naval Reservists. FRANK was killed on 30 October 1917 in the Second Battle of Passchendaele, together with … WILFRED LAFFORD - Sergeant 28/London in the same Division. He is commemorated in Watermoor Church. CHARLES WILLIAM HALE - Rifleman with the “Post Office Rifles”, 8/London Regiment, son of William C and Emily of 30 Chester Street, was killed in the same action.

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 11 October 2017
VCH July Newsletter with offers (see panel) includes information on the upcoming Cirencester Volume

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. 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 Next Meeting

New on this page

Sapperton Symposium (above) CAG Conference (above) 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 The Beginning of the Society
© CAHS & contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
Our 2017-8 Season started on 28th September with an interesting talk on finds in the “green field” on the edge of Cirencester along Siddington Road, now full of houses at “Spire View”. For an empty field it contained finds from prehistory up to Saxon days. For some reason, no one lived there in Roman times. Simon Sworn of Cotswold Archaeology kept us all interested. A report will follow once it is published in the Wilts and Glos. Standard. For future meetings see our Programme page 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. 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. The Council for Archaeology in Gloucestershire is holding its annual conference in Gloucester on 21 October. Two groups will be updating their summer finds near here, with other interesting topics. Booking essential, details here. Gloucestershire Archaeology’s Newsletter is now on-line

 A Century Ago...

1917 October

WILFRED W TAYLOR – Lance Corporal 6/Glosters died on 9 October 1917 in the Ypres Salient. 1917 October 12/November 10 - First and Second Battles of Passchendaele, fought in rain and mud - FRANK MILLS - Private 27 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps was killed on the first day of the battle, aged 20. He had been a cadet in Cirencester Company Church Lads’ Brigade and was son of William and Eliza; the family made and sold saddles and leather goods at the corner of Cricklade Street and Lewis Lane, now rebuilt. THOMAS BRITT CURTIS, 2nd Lieutenant of 11/Cheshire Regiment died on 25 October 1917. His father lived at 6 Grosvenor Villas, Cirencester; WILLIAM MADDOCK - Corporal 5/Glosters died of wounds in hospital at Etaples on the same day. He had enlisted in 1/5 Glosters in the early days of the war, and left a widow, Eda Nellie, at Tarlton. MARK BEACONSFIELD TIMMS - Private 8/Devons was killed on 26 October.  MARK was born in Bladon in Oxfordshire but by 1911 was lodging at 7 Dollar Street whilst working as a gardener. HAROLD R CREESE - Private 50 Battalion Canadian Infantry died on 29 October. FRANK ROSE was the son of Isaac and Emily of 53 Castle Street but had moved to Chippenham with his wife Florence. He was a Private with 4/Bedfords, a battalion of 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, originally made up of Naval Reservists. FRANK was killed on 30 October 1917 in the Second Battle of Passchendaele, together with … WILFRED LAFFORD - Sergeant 28/London in the same Division. He is commemorated in Watermoor Church. CHARLES WILLIAM HALE - Rifleman with the “Post Office Rifles”, 8/London Regiment, son of William C and Emily of 30 Chester Street, was killed in the same action.

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 11 October 2017
VCH July Newsletter with offers (see panel) includes information on the upcoming Cirencester Volume

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. No skill or knowledge of history required.
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.