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Chalford Parish in 42 Stories

Covers 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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Frampton remembers WW1

A story of a Gloucestershire village during the First World War, and how its inhabitants individually and collectively contributed towards victory.

This book is fully indexed with many photographs.

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Londoners’ Occupations – A Geanealogical Guide second edition

By : S A Raymond

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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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My Ancestor was an Anglican Clergyman

By : Peter Towey

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Rural District Nursing in Gloucestershire

By : Carrie Howse

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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






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


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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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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,


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

of Mexico,


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