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The Forest at War

When war broke out in July 1914, Foresters were in two minds about it.

Most welcomed the news with enthusiastic patriotism and many young

men rushed to sign up for the King’s shilling. Others weren’t sure this

war had anything to do with them, and the powers that be could just get

on with it if that’s what they wanted. But it didn’t take long for the impact

to be felt in all kinds of ways, including even a man’s drinking hours,

and his wife going out to work. •This collection of essays by members of

the Forest of Dean Local History Society ranges from detailed studies of

munitions and Cable Works in the Forest through to the recounting of

family history of soldiers who fought and lived – and died. Collectively,

it provides the reader with an accessible and readable overview of life in

the Forest of Dean during the Great War

 

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The New Regard Number 33, 2019

 

 

 

 

Contents 

Page 4 

The address by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire on the occasion of the Society’s 70th anniversary.

Given to members at a dinner held at Speech House on the 30th June 2018. Mining the Forest’s Secrets: Recent archaeological excavations at Yorkley and Soudley .

Page 6

Jesse Wheeler and Andrew Walsh

Reminiscences of the Forester Training School at Parkend During The Early

1960s

Page 10

By Pete Ralph

The rescue and conservation of the Whitecliff ironworks in the

Forest of Dean. .

Ian Standing

Page 13

The Present State of the Forest.

Thomas Rudge’s History Of the County of Gloucestershire, 1803

Page 23

Forty Shilling Freeholders? How the Foresters got the Vote. .

David Mullin

Page 25

Interim report on the Foresters’ Forest Veteran Tree and Archaeology Project at

Brookways Ditch, near Parkend.

Page 39

Andrew Hoaen

Abbots Wood. .

Page 46

Stan Bosher

A Commitment to Education: The Westaway Family and the Westaway Medal for

Merit, Drybrook Primary School . . .

Page 51

Eric Nicholls

Interesting and notable trees of Dean Thirty Years on. Part 3: Sweet Chestnut,

Ash, Holly, Yew and Other trees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Page 55

Ian Standing

Editorial 

This edition includes accounts of two projects concerning local archaeology and the historic landscape.

They were led by professional experts and undertaken by interested volunteers. The numbers taking

part demonstrate the wide interest in this branch of the local heritage. Projects concerning wildlife and

community history are also underway and equally successful. All are funded through the Foresters’ Forest HLF Landscape Partner Scheme.

 

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The Victorian & Edwardian Sportsman

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The Victorian and Edwardian Cotswolds

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The Victorian and Edwardian Sportsman

Traditional British were informal, spontaneous. regional, brutal and tainted by

gambling, drunkenness and disorder, Victorian Britain made sport •sporting’

respectable. rule-bound and a nationwide obsession. Competitiveness he came codified.

A novel cult of amateurism battled against the emergence of commercialization. Ancient

sports, such as archery and fencing, were revived, New sports. such as tennis and

cycling, were invented. Foreign sports, including polo, judo and lacrosse, were

imported, Scotland curling to Canada and golf to the world. and exported

cricket as New Zealand, New materials and technologies, from rubber to railways,

trams

The first use of the blazer as sportswear (in 1838) was by the Cricket Union

of Mexico,

 

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The Victorian Engineer

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Victorian Photographers at Work

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Victorian Rector & Nine Old Maids

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YATE

By:- Rose Wallis

Yate is a town in South Gloucestershire, north-east of Bristol.  Its ancient parish extended accross a largely flat vale, which until the 13th century lay within Horwood forest.

Contains information on the Manors & Estates, the Economic History, Local Government, Social History, Religious History and much more (photographs maps etc)

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