Cirencester Archaeological and Historical Society

Alfred Williams and the Folk Songs of the Upper Thames

Wednesday 22nd May 2024 at 7:30pm

at the Ashcroft Church, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester GL7 1RA  

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We shall also be holding our brief Annual General Meeting before the talk and will be covering one or two administrative issues such as the proposed new society rules that can be viewed here. This should take no more than 15 minutes

Here we are in action at the ‘Lunch in the Park’ celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III in the Abbey Grounds on 18th May. We were offering people the opportunity to identify businesses and their locations in the town centre at the time of the last coronation. A fun conversation starter!’

Credit- M Graebe

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The demolition and rebuilding of flats off The Avenue, Cirencester, brought an article in our Newsletter 49 of 2009 on public art to the fore. The planning assessment shows much archaeology under the site, believed to be the original Roman town centre. The site has now been rebuilt.


Gloucestershire Archives are always keen to hear about any old documents, maps etc that are coming up for sale by auction in order to bring them to public access. Sometimes they are able to raise money to buy them for the archives before auctions push the price up. Claire Collins is Head of Collections and can be contacted by anyone with any information.


We are still receiving updates and enquiries about our information on those who died and even survived World War I. If you have more information than we have published about any of the people on the Cirencester monuments, do drop us a note.


Know Your Place West now has mapping for Wiltshire, 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! Tithe maps have been added where they exist.