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
This is a photographic record of the railways of Gloucestershire during a revolutionary period between 1959 and 1966.
In 1959, steam power was still pre-eminent, branch lines were still operating and stations and halts were legion.
By 1996, diesel power had usurped the steam locomotive, most branch lines were closed and only a small number of stations remained in use.
Over 200 photographs capture this era!
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 .
Jesse Wheeler and Andrew Walsh
Reminiscences of the Forester Training School at Parkend During The Early
By Pete Ralph
The rescue and conservation of the Whitecliff ironworks in the
Forest of Dean. .
The Present State of the Forest.
Thomas Rudge’s History Of the County of Gloucestershire, 1803
Forty Shilling Freeholders? How the Foresters got the Vote. .
Interim report on the Foresters’ Forest Veteran Tree and Archaeology Project at
Brookways Ditch, near Parkend.
Abbots Wood. .
A Commitment to Education: The Westaway Family and the Westaway Medal for
Merit, Drybrook Primary School . . .
Interesting and notable trees of Dean Thirty Years on. Part 3: Sweet Chestnut,
Ash, Holly, Yew and Other trees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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.
By : Richard Tames
By : Alan Sutton
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
By : A.Jarvis
By : John Hannavy
By : Michael Boyes
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)