by David Viner
The Snapshots of Local History series of articles in CirenScene magazine – an Index & Links.
One of the aims in setting up the WebNotes series is to provide easy links with other publication outlets for the local history of Cirencester and district. These can be in traditional print formats or via the web. So it is a pleasure to welcome the considerable output achieved over the past two years in a dedicated Snapshots of Local History series of articles published in the monthly CirenScene magazine (www.cirenscene.com).
The format is simple, an article on a specific topic, text accompanied by one or two relevant images. Each article is intended to stand alone, and where possible to have some contemporary link with present-day life in the town. Given Cirencester’s depth of history, making such links is never too difficult!
The aim here is to set up a simple link to the articles so far published in this series, from August 2020 to February 2023 inclusive, and thereafter to add new material to this link when it becomes available. This is achieved with the full support of Jan Sparrow, editor & proprietor of CirenScene, who has encouraged Snapshots throughout. Many thanks to her.
The articles are freely contributed or invited from individual writers with an interest and knowledge of their topics, under the auspices and co-ordination of the town’s two principal heritage societies, Cirencester Civic Society [CCS] and Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society [CAHS]. CCS under John Tiffney co-ordinated that role from August 2020 until March 2022, and David and Linda Viner on behalf of CAHS have continued since then. Suggestions for contributions are always welcome, currently via [email protected]
The series was ‘badged’ under the Snapshots title as from the Oct 2020 issue, and an initial pilot in August 2020 is also included here. Of course there have been other reports on local history matters of Cirencester in the pages of CirenScene but they are not individually listed here.
August 2020, p.42 Cirencester Town Station, a Short History John Tiffney [not currently available on the web]
October 2020, pp.42-3 Coxwell Street [Cirencester] William Cooper [not currently available on the web]
November 2020, pp.42-3 The White Rajahs of Sarawak and Vyner’s Close, Chesterton
December 2020, pp.42-3
Rebellion and Mystery – how the church tower was funded
(dramatic events in the town in the early years of the 15th century)
January 2021, p.42
Civic Pride and Battles of the War Memorials in Cirencester
https://cirenscene.com/2020/12/28/ccs-jan-20-war-memorials/(the town has six war memorials; here is part of this fascinating story)
February 2021, p.38 Snippets from ‘The Storming of Cirencester – 2 February 1643’ (new calendar) William Cooper https://cirenscene.com/
March 2021, pp.40-1 Reflections of the Bingham Legacy to Cirencester Helen Timlin (Bingham Library Trust) https://cirenscene.com/
April 2021, p.36 Cirencester Waterways
May 2021, pp.42-3 Dr R. Edgar Hope-Simpson, one of the outstanding general practitioner researchers of the 20th century
June 2021, pp.40-1Sir Peter Maxwell Davies – the Cirencester link
Also available as WebNote2 Here
July 2021, pp.40-1Cirencester Brewery and New Brewery Arts
John Tiffney, David Viner and Beth Alden
August 2021, p.40 Cirencester Almshouses
September 2021, p.40 The [Cirencester] Town Hall or South Porch
John Tiffney & Deirdre Waddel
October 2021, p.40 [Canon Jocelyn], Cirencester’s Medieval Mathematician
Not currently available on the web, but for the wider context see the author’s Scholars not Saints: Alexander Neckham and the community of Canons at the Abbey of St Mary, Cirencester in CAHS Newsletter no 63, 2017, 12pp available on a link
November 2021, p.45
Cirencester’s Norman Arch
December 2021, p.37 Cirencester’s Watermoor Station
Peter Stephenson & John Tiffney
January 2022, p.43The History of Barton Lane Allotments,
Cirencester Kenneth Wallington & John Tiffney
February 2022, p.35 Cirencester’s Canal Branch
March 2022, p.35St Thomas’s Hospital or Weavers’ Hall, Cirencester
April 2022, p.35 Cirencester’s historic street signs
May 2022, p.35Cirencester’s intriguing street names
https://cirenscene.com/2022/05/16/ccs-snapshots-of-local-history-cirencesters-intriguing-street-names/see also :Cirencester street name origins in alphabetical order (A to T inclusive) John Tiffney with Linda Viner
June 2022, p.36 Celebrating Holy-Days or Holidays in Cirencester
Linda & David Viner
July 2022, p.36 Barn Theatre continues a long Cirencester tradition
August 2022, pp.36-7Black Jack Street – what’s in a name?
September 2022, pp.36-7Black Jack Street – Trades & Traders, old & new
David Viner and Rick Martin
October 2022, pp.36-7Cirencester’s Courts of Law
[not currently available on the web]
November 2022, pp.36-7Cirencester’s ‘new’ and colourful Town Crier
David & Linda Viner
December 2022, pp.28-9Constable of Cirencester : carriage and coach builders David Viner https://cirenscene.com/2022/11/30/cahs-snapshots-of-local-history-dec-22/
January 2023, pp.28-9 Edward Jenner FRS (1749-1823) : Pioneer of smallpox vaccine and father of immunology Chris Albury
February 2023, pp.28-9 Cirencester’s Secret and Hidden Places, worth £500! David Viner
Correct to February 2023; meanwhile the series continues ……..