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

GA Newsletter CAG conference Sapperton Symposium Volunteers wanted! Gloucester History Festival (See left) WW1 Timeline

On this page

VCH Newletter July Cotswold AONB Old Memorial Hospital 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

Newsletter published

The summer newsletter has now been sent out to members together with the new programme and other information. A brochure has been included for you to pass to friends to invite them to join us. If you have not received the Newsletter, please contact us.

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 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. The Churches Conservation Trust are holding a day-long Symposium in Sapperton 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 September

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. GEORGE FRANCIS THOMPSON, who had served in the Norfolk Regiment and worked as a flour miller, died on 8 September 1917 as a Private with a third-line Territorial battalion of the Queen’s Own [Royal West Kent Regiment]. WILFRED JOSEPH BENNETT, born in Cirencester about 1887 and son of Charles and Edith of 30 Castle Street, had trained with his father as a confectioner and then as a draper before emigrating about 1912 to Australia. WILFRED fought in Gallipoli, was wounded and recuperated in London, and died on 20 September 1917 as a Private with 20th Australian Infantry battalion, then fighting in Polygon Wood, Ypres. EDGAR WILFRED LAMBERT - Lance Corporal 7/King’s Royal Rifle Corps died at home on 24 September aged 23. His wife lived in Tipton and he is buried in West Bromwich. CHARLES WITTS - Private 8 King’s [Liverpool Regiment] died on 24 September of wounds probably from the Battle of the Menin Road. CHARLES is buried in Mendinghem British Cemetery with others who had died in nearby Casualty Clearing Stations. The cemetery name was coined by wounded soldiers imitating the Flemish language to describe the work of the Royal Army Medical Corps staff. “Bandaghem” and “Dozinghem” were similar inventions. WILFRED W TAYLOR – Lance Corporal 6/Glosters died on 9 October 1917 in the Ypres Salient.

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 6 Sept 2017
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. We need volunteers to man a stall in Ashcroft Church on Saturday 9 September at their Heritage Open Day Fair, and also to help visitors at Cirencester Railway Station on Sunday 10th October. Please contact Aileen if you are able to help for a short while at either. 3. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 4. 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. 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 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

Newsletter published

The summer newsletter has now been sent out to members together with the new programme and other information. A brochure has been included for you to pass to friends to invite them to join us. If you have not received the Newsletter, please contact us.

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 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. The Churches Conservation Trust are holding a day-long Symposium in Sapperton 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 September

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. GEORGE FRANCIS THOMPSON, who had served in the Norfolk Regiment and worked as a flour miller, died on 8 September 1917 as a Private with a third-line Territorial battalion of the Queen’s Own [Royal West Kent Regiment]. WILFRED JOSEPH BENNETT, born in Cirencester about 1887 and son of Charles and Edith of 30 Castle Street, had trained with his father as a confectioner and then as a draper before emigrating about 1912 to Australia. WILFRED fought in Gallipoli, was wounded and recuperated in London, and died on 20 September 1917 as a Private with 20th Australian Infantry battalion, then fighting in Polygon Wood, Ypres. EDGAR WILFRED LAMBERT - Lance Corporal 7/King’s Royal Rifle Corps died at home on 24 September aged 23. His wife lived in Tipton and he is buried in West Bromwich. CHARLES WITTS - Private 8 King’s [Liverpool Regiment] died on 24 September of wounds probably from the Battle of the Menin Road. CHARLES is buried in Mendinghem British Cemetery with others who had died in nearby Casualty Clearing Stations. The cemetery name was coined by wounded soldiers imitating the Flemish language to describe the work of the Royal Army Medical Corps staff. “Bandaghem” and “Dozinghem” were similar inventions. WILFRED W TAYLOR – Lance Corporal 6/Glosters died on 9 October 1917 in the Ypres Salient.

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 6 Sept 2017
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. We need volunteers to man a stall in Ashcroft Church on Saturday 9 September at their Heritage Open Day Fair, and also to help visitors at Cirencester Railway Station on Sunday 10th October. Please contact Aileen if you are able to help for a short while at either. 3. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 4. 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. 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.