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.

On this page

Cotswold AONB Old Memorial Hospital Visit a Longbarrow Volunteers wanted! Days Out Next Meeting WW1 Timeline

New on other pages

New Programme Gloucestershire History Reports A Fistfull of Dollars Life in 1890 Cirencester Workhouse Viewpoint
© Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society & Contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity no. 287289
Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit

Welcome

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. Our new programme is now available. Members will receive an enhanced Newsletter this year, with, we hope some colour pages. It will be devoted as you might expect to aspects of Cirencester Abbey. Next Season starts in September with a talk about the finds under the new housing development on Siddington Road.

 A Century Ago...

1917 July

ROBERT WAIT - Signalman HMS Vanguard, aged 19, was killed on 9 July 1917 when a cordite explosion in the ammunition stores destroyed this dreadnought battleship and her crew of over 800 men at the Royal Naval Station at Scapa Flow. SIDNEY FRANK PEARSON - Rifleman 1/Rifle Brigade, died 13 July 1917 in the Arras area. He was son of Edmund John and Emily and husband of Mary Louis of 130 Gloucester Street. ERNEST HENRY CURRAN - Sapper with 475 Field Company Royal Engineers, died of wounds at a base hospital on 24 July, aged 23. He was son of Alfred and Elizabeth, of  Dyer Street, and his brother FRANCIS was a mechanic serving with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. WILLIAM E FERRIMAN - Private 8/Glosters - died in the Ypres area on 28 July 1917 age 40. He was the husband of Alice of  6 Midland Road, Watermoor. ERNEST GEORGE BLACKWELL - Sergeant 13/Glosters, and … FRANK GATLEY - Private 13 Glosters were killed in action on  Pilckem Ridge on 31 July 1917 when their battalion, the “Forest of Dean Pioneers”, had the dangerous duty of rebuilding trenches during the fighting.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

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 15 July 2017

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. Cotswold Archaeology were seeking helpers in a potential dig at South Cerney Castle later on this year. We are now told (May 2017) that the landowner is proceeding commercially, but CA are still exploring if a community dig could take place later. 5. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 6. 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 to other organisations Links to other organisations

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 WW1 Timeline

New on other Pages

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

Welcome

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. Our new programme is now available. Members will receive an enhanced Newsletter this year, with, we hope some colour pages. It will be devoted as you might expect to aspects of Cirencester Abbey. Next Season starts in September with a talk about the finds under the new housing development on Siddington Road.

 A Century Ago...

1917 July

ROBERT WAIT - Signalman HMS Vanguard, aged 19, was killed on 9 July 1917 when a cordite explosion in the ammunition stores destroyed this dreadnought battleship and her crew of over 800 men at the Royal Naval Station at Scapa Flow. SIDNEY FRANK PEARSON - Rifleman 1/Rifle Brigade, died 13 July 1917 in the Arras area. He was son of Edmund John and Emily and husband of Mary Louis of 130 Gloucester Street. ERNEST HENRY CURRAN - Sapper with 475 Field Company Royal Engineers, died of wounds at a base hospital on 24 July, aged 23. He was son of Alfred and Elizabeth, of  Dyer Street, and his brother FRANCIS was a mechanic serving with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. WILLIAM E FERRIMAN - Private 8/Glosters - died in the Ypres area on 28 July 1917 age 40. He was the husband of Alice of  6 Midland Road, Watermoor. ERNEST GEORGE BLACKWELL - Sergeant 13/Glosters, and … FRANK GATLEY - Private 13 Glosters were killed in action on  Pilckem Ridge on 31 July 1917 when their battalion, the “Forest of Dean Pioneers”, had the dangerous duty of rebuilding trenches during the fighting.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

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 15 July 2017

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. Cotswold Archaeology were seeking helpers in a potential dig at South Cerney Castle later on this year. We are now told (May 2017) that the landowner is proceeding commercially, but CA are still exploring if a community dig could take place later. 5. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 6. 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.