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A Thousand Laurie Lees

The Centenary Celebration of a Man and a Valley

By : Adam Horovitz

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This is not a book about Laurie Lee, still less a biography. It is about the spirit of the man and the spirit of a place. It is a poetic reassessment of the Slad Valey, a memoir from a different age rooted in the same idyllic landscape that inspired Cider with Rosie.

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By : Twigs Way

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Capturing the Moment

150 years of Photography in Cheltenham

By : Cheltenham Camera Club

Edited by : Sandra Prowse

Cheltenham was one of the first towns in the country to establish a professional photographic studio and has one of the oldest camera clubs. The book, marking the 150th anniversary of Cheltenham Camera Club, looks at how the nature of  Cheltenham society influenced this development. We look at the history of photography in the town and its leading figures. The book outlines technological developments in photography and sets the photographic scene in Cheltenham into the wider social context, ending with a summary of photography in Cheltenham today.

Illustrated, 76 pages. 210 x 148 mm

ISBN: 978-0-9931482-0-0

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Chalford Parish in 42 Stories

By: By Members of the Chalford Parish Local History Group

Edited by Camilla Boon, Hilary Burgess and Roger Carnt

Includes Brownshill, Bussage, Chalford & France Lynch

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Cheltenham Stone

By: Arthur J Price

Cheltenham Stone unravels a fascinating facet of Cheltenham’s architectural record and explores the history of all but forgotten but intriguing aspects of an underground industrial past. The received wisdom is that the superb Regency and Victorian stone fronted building heritage that makes any visit to Cheltenham such a pleasure was constructed entirely from freestone from the Leckhampton quarries. This view is corrected, putting into perspective the major part played by other nearby quarries, quarrymen, stonemasons, architects and builders.  Documentary evidence has been discovered that records for the first time, sometimes in their own words, how Georgian and Victorian people quarried, transported, and prepared the fine white limestone of the district. Finally, studies of archive records and the stone itself links quarries and builders with the many prestigious public and private buildings they erected or were concerned with in Cheltenham and the surrounding countryside. In particular the book concentrates on a previously unknown and to most people surprising aspect of the quarry industry – underground quarrying. At Whittington, a small quiet village just east of Cheltenham, beneath wooded green hillsides are the extensive remains of the Dodwell Hill and Syreford Stone Quarries – hidden from view for nearly 140 years. Personal reminiscences, archive documents and census returns have been collected or examined and this wealth of original material has been used to disclose the pivotal role these quarries had in supplying freestone. The results of many years fieldwork, both above and below ground, are presented with detailed maps, surveys, drawings and photographs.

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Life in Georgian Britain

By : The Pitkin Guide

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Living Back-to-Back

By : Chris Upton

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By Kenneth A. Cole

A brief History of Maismore Park Estate, J.J. Cridian and the champion cattle he produced.

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Pauper Ancestors

By : David T Hawkings

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The New Regard Number 33, 2019






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


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


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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