Our next Meeting: Th first meeting of the new season will be on the fourth Wednesday of September. Wednesday 25th September 2019

From gold to sweets:

the problem of small

change

Dr Richard Reece

An intriguing amble through time from Roman to the present. It is a privilege to open our season with this talk, specially created for us by Dr Reece, Cirencester resident and world-renowned numismatist and archaeologist. Would you like to receive a reminder about each meeting? Whether a member or not, send your email address to cahs @ cirenhistory.org.uk  (without the spaces!)

Welcome to Cirencester

Archaeological &

Historical Society

We are always happy to see new members. Do browse our site to see what we do. While our main activity is our meetings, we have other interests, such as our projects and the publishing of short articles in our Newsletters or even on line. News items will usually be on this page, though more may be found on our facebook page.

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WW1 Timeline KYPWest Memorial Hospital

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Croome Lecture 2018 Abbey Library from NL17 Reports New contacts
© Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society & Contributors 2016-9 Registered Charity no. 287289
Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
Do read down… The news is updated to 10 August 2019 Sisters Long Barrow (pictured above) Bournemouth University are again digging this local site from 7-21 August. A leaflet with more information is here. Please note that it is now too late to volunteer, but visitors will be welcome while the work is open. There will be an open evening on 21st when you will get the chance to hear what may have newly been found. Gloucester History Festival runs through September More> Black Jack Project. Cirencester Church intends to add new statues to the empty plinths on the tower. The proposals will be on display during Heritage Open Days (13-15 September) More Information here. Do you have any pictures of what used to be there? If so, let us know. (Email button on the right).. Cirencester Winner! Louise Ryland-Epton, who published an article in our Newsletter 62 on the Cirencester Workhouse,  also contributed a more detailed article on this subject entitled ’Cirencester Workhouse under the Old Poor Law’ which was published in the Transactions of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, vol 135 for 2017, pp.225-236. In May 2019, Louise won the Bryan Jerrard Award for 2018 for this latter study which is presented annually by the Gloucestershire Local History Association [GLHA] for the article which in the judges’ view presents the best study of an aspect of Gloucestershire’s history published in the past year. There were ten finalists – so, congratulations, Louise; it’s good to have a Cirencester winner! Our new season programme is now available. It will be sent out to members with the new Newsletter in mid-August. Those who volunteered to receive the Newsletter by email will receive both items at about the same time. Richard Reece will be our September speaker - see panel on the right.  Annual subscriptions fall due on 1st September. Most members pay by standing order (slightly cheaper!). If you would like to convert to a standing order, contact us using the email button on the right, and we will provide details. Otherwise please pay at your first meeting, cash or cheque only!. The Newsletter for 2018, containing the Croome Lecture by Christopher Catling is now available online. We expect to be publishing more of our back collection of articles on line over the summer, so come back soon and see! If you would like to receive a reminder about future meetings write to us at cahs @ cirenhistory.org.uk (without the spaces!) Meanwhile read on for other activities… The centenary of the WW1 Armistice has been and gone, but we are still receiving updates to our information on those who died during the war…     Our Newsletter this year takes up the story after the war ended. Mike Tovey of Chedworth has written to introduce us to the work that villagers have produced about their Great War dead.  Between them they have found out enough to fill a two hundred page book. If you have relatives from there, or are merely interested in how others have researched the period, the book is freely available on https://chedworth.org.uk If you have more information than we have published about any of the people on the Cirencester monuments, do drop us a note. VCH Gloucestershire have published their latest Newsletter at http://www.vchglosacademy.org/newsletter.pdf Ray Wilson has sent an article about local historical maps available online at the National Library of Scotland. Yes, local to here! Gloucestershire Family History Society are again offering  a coach trip to The National Archives at Kew, on  Thursday 19th September.  Information about TNA and Kew Gardens. Booking form. June 2018 Summer Meeting for GLHA About 60 visitors from other county societies joined us for an afternoon in Cirencester on June 23rd, where they took a number of walks around the town, church or Cirencester Park, and were given refreshments before dispersing. We would like to thank all those members and non-members that helped this afternoon go so well, and special thanks to Alan Strickland who did the bulk of the organising and booking. This year’s Summer Meeting, was at Tidenham The Old Ciren Facebook Page has alerted us to the Digitised historical copies of the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, made by British Newspaper Archives . There are some gaps but by mid September 2017 the issues from 1837 to 1910 had been uploaded. It will no doubt require a subscription to study in detail, but a free page is displayed each day. Microfiche copies of all issues of the Standard are available in Cirencester library. KnowYourPlaceWest now has mapping for Wilts, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Maps from about 1840 to date can be compared, and, after moderation, you can add historical information. Do watch the video to see how to use it! Have fun! Tithe maps have been added where they exist.

 A Century Ago...

With the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice  now passed, we record those who died later… RALPH MORTIMER WRIGLEY whose parents lived at The Barton died in hospital on 6 November aged 21, a Lieutenant with 3rd Railway Company, Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers. He is commemorated on their memorial in the Priory Church at Monmouth. 1918 November 11: Armistice Day - ceasefire on the Western Front. 1918-1919: A world-wide influenza pandemic continued throughout the winter. WILLIAM SHILL died on 22 November, age 26, a Private in A Company 11/OBLI. His parents Richard and Louisa Helen of Field Barn Ewen had lost a younger son HOWARD in 1916. FREDERICK GEORGE ALLEN or ALLAN died in December 1918 having been discharged that April as unfit for further military service. In 1911 he had lived at 30 Victoria Road with a wife and small daughter. As a married man of 40 he could have claimed exemption from conscription but enlisted at Bath in February 1916 in the Somerset Light Infantry. FREDERICK WILLIAM RICHINGS was born in 1877, son of Alfred and Roseanna of 77 City Bank Road. He had 24 years service with the Glosters including the Siege of Ladysmith, and had been wounded in 1917. He had been promoted to Sergeant Major and awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. FREDERICK died at home on leave whilst awaiting demobilization, shortly before his intended marriage. He is buried in Cirencester Cemetery CYRIL LAWSON COLE - Captain 2/5 Glosters and Transport Officer 184 Infantry Brigade died on 14 March 1919. He was the third son of William Henry and Catherine of  Bourne House Brimscombe to die. MARK A WRIGHT died the next day, aged 39. He served as Sapper in 54 Division Signals Company. He was son of Alfred Benjamin of Cirencester and husband of Agnes, living in Burton on Trent. Both men are buried in Etaples, a base area in Northern France where there were several hospitals. Their names are not on the St John’s Church memorial erected in November 1918. 1919 June 28: Treaty of Versailles signed, declaring Germany guilty of causing the war and liable to pay reparations. PERCY GEYTON’s name was added after his death on 29 July 1919. He had served as Second Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps. PERCY had attended Cirencester Grammar School and became a bank clerk working in Devizes. His father lived at 6 Cricklade Street and was a wine merchant’s manager. JOHN KENT is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. He died on 26 October 1919 aged 46. He had served as Staff Sergeant Farrier in 19 Hussars and left a wife, Gertrude Mary ARTHUR CHARLES HAINES had served as a Sergeant in the Royal Marines Light Infantry, on HMS Cornwallis in the Dardanelles and then in HMS Lord Nelson. He died at home, 10 Whiteway Road Spitalgate, of illness resulting from service, on 15 February 1920. CHARLES HENRY NEWELL’s name was added to St John’s Church memorial following his death on 1 September 1920 of injuries received in the war. He had served as a Corporal and is buried in Cirencester Cemetery JULIA HERBERT is the only woman commemorated on Cirencester war memorials. She was a volunteer nurse at Bingham Hall. Three Cirencester men who died after the war as a result of  wounds or illness are buried in Cirencester Cemetery; all three left widows living in the town - W GARDINER - Corporal 25/Middlesex died on 13 May 1921 aged 37; C HOOPER - Sergeant 5/Glosters died 19 June 1921 aged 60. JESSE BENJAMIN WRIGHT - Private 3/Rifle Brigade died on 25 August 1921 aged 37.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

More about some of these men can be found in our WW1 biography section.  We hope to republish the whole of this timeline, but there will be some delay while it is revised.
Page last updated 10 August 2019

Navigating our site

Not all pages are immediately apparent from the links at the top. The Great War  biographies, covering very many pages, have internal links. and the articles reprinted from our past publications are linked from the relevant Newsletter page. There is a facility to browse these at random at the bottom of most articles.
Links… Links…
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) used to hold the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It has recently been carefully removed and sent to relatives in Ireland, making way for the refurbishment of the car park. Cotswold Archaeology has written a number of studies for CDC that are worth reading. See the downloads for the Parking Project.  Click the picture  above to read David Viner’s notes on the Hospital and the Staircase. The building across Sheep Street, called the Memorial Hospital Annex, is still in NHS use. It has the Great War memorial panels on its side. We have an article  about this building.
Can’t find it? See Navigating our site

Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical

Society

We are always happy to see new members. Do browse our site to see what we do. While our main activity is our meetings, we have other interests, such as our projects and the publishing of short articles in our Newsletters or even on line. News items will usually be on this page.
© CAHS & contributors 2016-9 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
Do read down… The news is updated to 10 August 2019 Sisters Long Barrow (pictured above) Bournemouth University are again digging this local site from 7-21 August. A leaflet with more information is here. Please note that it is now too late to volunteer, but visitors will be welcome while the work is open. There will be an open evening on 21st when you will get the chance to hear what may have newly been found. Gloucester History Festival runs through September More> Black Jack Project. Cirencester Church intends to add new statues to the empty plinths on the tower. The proposals will be on display during Heritage Open Days (13-15 September) More Information here. Do you have any pictures of what used to be there? If so, let us know. (Email button on the right).. Cirencester Winner! Louise Ryland-Epton, who published an article in our Newsletter 62 on the Cirencester Workhouse,  also contributed a more detailed article on this subject entitled ’Cirencester Workhouse under the Old Poor Law’ which was published in the Transactions of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, vol 135 for 2017, pp.225-236. In May 2019, Louise won the Bryan Jerrard Award for 2018 for this latter study which is presented annually by the Gloucestershire Local History Association [GLHA] for the article which in the judges’ view presents the best study of an aspect of Gloucestershire’s history published in the past year. There were ten finalists – so, congratulations, Louise; it’s good to have a Cirencester winner! Our new season programme is now available. It will be sent out to members with the new Newsletter in mid-August. Those who volunteered to receive the Newsletter by email will receive both items at about the same time. Richard Reece will be our September speaker - see panel on the right.  Annual subscriptions fall due on 1st September. Most members pay by standing order (slightly cheaper!). If you would like to convert to a standing order, contact us using the email button on the right, and we will provide details. Otherwise please pay at your first meeting, cash or cheque only!. The Newsletter for 2018, containing the Croome Lecture by Christopher Catling is now available online. We expect to be publishing more of our back collection of articles on line over the summer, so come back soon and see! If you would like to receive a reminder about future meetings write to us at cahs @ cirenhistory.org.uk  (without the spaces!) Meanwhile read on for other activities… The centenary of the WW1 Armistice has been and gone, but we are still receiving updates to our information on those who died during the war…     Our Newsletter this year takes up the story after the war ended. Mike Tovey of Chedworth has written to introduce us to the work that villagers have produced about their Great War dead.  Between them they have found out enough to fill a two hundred page book. If you have relatives from there, or are merely interested in how others have researched the period, the book is freely available on https://chedworth.org.uk If you have more information than we have published about any of the people on the Cirencester monuments, do drop us a note. VCH Gloucestershire have published their latest Newsletter at http://www.vchglosacademy.org/newsletter.pdf Ray Wilson has sent an article about local historical maps available online at the National Library of Scotland. Yes, local to here! Gloucestershire Family History Society are again offering  a coach trip to The National Archives at Kew, on  Thursday 19th September.  Information about TNA and Kew Gardens. Booking form. June 2018 Summer Meeting for GLHA About 60 visitors from other county societies joined us for an afternoon in Cirencester on June 23rd, where they took a number of walks around the town, church or Cirencester Park, and were given refreshments before dispersing. We would like to thank all those members and non- members that helped this afternoon go so well, and special thanks to Alan Strickland who did the bulk of the organising and booking. This year’s Summer Meeting, was at Tidenham The Old Ciren Facebook Page has alerted us to the Digitised historical copies of the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, made by British Newspaper Archives . There are some gaps but by mid September 2017 the issues from 1837 to 1910 had been uploaded. It will no doubt require a subscription to study in detail, but a free page is displayed each day. Microfiche copies of all issues of the Standard are available in Cirencester library. KnowYourPlaceWest now has mapping for Wilts, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Maps from about 1840 to date can be compared, and, after moderation, you can add historical information. Do watch the video to see how to use it! Have fun! Tithe maps have been added where they exist.

 A Century Ago...

With the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice  now passed, we record those who died later… RALPH MORTIMER WRIGLEY whose parents lived at The Barton died in hospital on 6 November aged 21, a Lieutenant with 3rd Railway Company, Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers. He is commemorated on their memorial in the Priory Church at Monmouth. 1918 November 11: Armistice Day - ceasefire on the Western Front. 1918-1919: A world-wide influenza pandemic continued throughout the winter. WILLIAM SHILL died on 22 November, age 26, a Private in A Company 11/OBLI. His parents Richard and Louisa Helen of Field Barn Ewen had lost a younger son HOWARD in 1916. FREDERICK GEORGE ALLEN or ALLAN died in December 1918 having been discharged that April as unfit for further military service. In 1911 he had lived at 30 Victoria Road with a wife and small daughter. As a married man of 40 he could have claimed exemption from conscription but enlisted at Bath in February 1916 in the Somerset Light Infantry. FREDERICK WILLIAM RICHINGS was born in 1877, son of Alfred and Roseanna of 77 City Bank Road. He had 24 years service with the Glosters including the Siege of Ladysmith, and had been wounded in 1917. He had been promoted to Sergeant Major and awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. FREDERICK died at home on leave whilst awaiting demobilization, shortly before his intended marriage. He is buried in Cirencester Cemetery CYRIL LAWSON COLE - Captain 2/5 Glosters and Transport Officer 184 Infantry Brigade died on 14 March 1919. He was the third son of William Henry and Catherine of  Bourne House Brimscombe to die. MARK A WRIGHT died the next day, aged 39. He served as Sapper in 54 Division Signals Company. He was son of Alfred Benjamin of Cirencester and husband of Agnes, living in Burton on Trent. Both men are buried in Etaples, a base area in Northern France where there were several hospitals. Their names are not on the St John’s Church memorial erected in November 1918. 1919 June 28: Treaty of Versailles signed, declaring Germany guilty of causing the war and liable to pay reparations. PERCY GEYTON’s name was added after his death on 29 July 1919. He had served as Second Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps. PERCY had attended Cirencester Grammar School and became a bank clerk working in Devizes. His father lived at 6 Cricklade Street and was a wine merchant’s manager. JOHN KENT is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. He died on 26 October 1919 aged 46. He had served as Staff Sergeant Farrier in 19 Hussars and left a wife, Gertrude Mary ARTHUR CHARLES HAINES had served as a Sergeant in the Royal Marines Light Infantry, on HMS Cornwallis in the Dardanelles and then in HMS Lord Nelson. He died at home, 10 Whiteway Road Spitalgate, of illness resulting from service, on 15 February 1920. CHARLES HENRY NEWELL’s name was added to St John’s Church memorial following his death on 1 September 1920 of injuries received in the war. He had served as a Corporal and is buried in Cirencester Cemetery JULIA HERBERT is the only woman commemorated on Cirencester war memorials. She was a volunteer nurse at Bingham Hall. Three Cirencester men who died after the war as a result of  wounds or illness are buried in Cirencester Cemetery; all three left widows living in the town - W GARDINER - Corporal 25/Middlesex died on 13 May 1921 aged 37; C HOOPER - Sergeant 5/Glosters died 19 June 1921 aged 60. JESSE BENJAMIN WRIGHT - Private 3/Rifle Brigade died on 25 August 1921 aged 37.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

More about some of these men can be found in our WW1 biography section.  We hope to republish the whole of this timeline, but there will be some delay while it is revised.
Page last updated 10 August 2019