Established 1955 and still going strong
Welcome to CAHS
Cirencester’s History and Archaeology
There is an excellent summary of the Town’s
history on the Town Council’s website Local
bookshops and the Bingham Library will
yield more detail, as will our extensive
publications. The library has a list of books
about Cirencester, and a collection of local
material, but there are still subjects not
well covered, giving you plenty of scope for
exploration. A good starting bibliography, as
well as good guide to the town is in:
CIRENCESTER A History and Guide, Jean
Welsford, 2nd Ed rev Alan Welsford 2010.
This is rumoured to be out of print but Alan
Welsford may be able to supply a copy. It is
available as an e-book for Kindle.
The Corinium Museum on Park Street
displays our past very well.
We hope you like our revamped website
Do let us know if anything does not seem to work,
or if you cannot find what you are looking for. We
have more pages, but differently arranged, so
much of the previous information is still here. If
you get lost there is now a sitemap, which can be
found from all pages.
News items will usually be on this page. Feel free
to hover over and click any picture to see what
Page last updated 28 Feb 2014
We are sad to report the death of Norah Hartland,
who in her younger days was a keen member of the
Turnpikes group with her husband John, who died
some years ago. There are a number of reports of the
turnpikes studies in our publications.
We also report the death of Peter Roberts. Peter
was our treasurer for some years and earlier a
member of the turnpikes group. He was also a keen
cyclist and had recently re-learnt how to ride a
tricycle, as he was having difficulty balancing a bike.
There is a list of other local societies websites on
our Sitemap Page. If you are keen to delve into
some historical research you will find lists of
Primary Sources and Secondary sources, with
justification for these categories on the web pages
of the County Society, Gloucestershire Local History
Society. This website has all sorts of other aids as
well as lists of most societies in the County, whether
or not they are members.
Our own contacts page also contains useful advice.
David Viner will be responsible for the Turnpikes
input to the Victoria County of Gloucestershire
volume for this area, which should encourage him to
bring together our Society Members work in this
area for publication (for which the Society received
a grant from CDC some years ago).
Entertainment / learning Help
You can find links to various local and not
quite so local museums on our Policies page.
This list will change from time to time as
there are many such organisations.
Major Bannatyne and his Memorial
Simon Fielding of Rendcomb has provided detail of
Major E J Bannatyne’s military career before his
death in an aircraft training accident at Rendcomb
airfield during the Great War. He is listed on the
North Cerney War Memorial, although he was from
Croom in Ireland. More>
The Oak staircase in Cirencester Memorial hospital is
a memorial to him, provided by his family. We hear
this week that the local plan proposes that the
hospital site is used for housing. See CDC website for
more information on the local plan.
Simon has also suggestions about two of our “missing
names”. If you can help solve these mysteries do
I had included a picture at the top of a
page, reputed to be of Rebecca Powell, the
benefactor of Powell’s School and much
else besides. At the recent Croome Lecture,
held in Cirencester Parish Church, it was
pointed out that the picture, a photo of a
bust in the church, is not the right bust. My
picture had a ruff, and Rebecca Powell’s in
the Garstang Chapel does not.
It would be quite difficult to get a good
picture of the correct bust as it is high up,
with a screen restricting a long view. Does
any reader have a good picture we could
use? if so contact is here
I have removed the incorrect picture.
Powell’s Educational Foundation has a
description of Rebecca’s life.
Latest Addition to WW1 news - 13 Feb 2014