Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical SocietyWe 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. Our major activity last season was the WW1 Exhibition at Corinium Museum from 15 August to 14 September 2014, See the WW1 blogNews items will usually be on this page. Feel free to hover over and click any picture to see what happens.
Page last updated 24 September 2015
Commemorating The First World War16th August – 14th September 2014Corinium Museum, Park Street, CirencesterCirencester Historical and Archaeological Society illustrated the impact of the First World War on Cirencester and residents through this retrospective exhibition. If you visited the exhibition or not, do keep on sending in your family notes if your family had Cirencester connections during that period.Don’t forget that the Timeline in the Parish Church runs until 2018. See “A Century Ago...” below.
Cotswold Archaeology offers free e-booksAs part of its 25th anniversary, CA has made available a number of its publications that are now out of print for free download as photocopy pdf files. You can browse them, and paid-for publications on their website.The most notable might be “Cirencester- Town and Landscape”, 1994 by Tim Darvill & Chris Gerrard.Take a look at their 25 highlights while you are there. There are also job opportunities.
Latest WW1 Project News - 31 Aug 2015All the detailed biography pages of the names on Cirencester’s first world war pages are now released here.
1915 September 25 - October 8: Battle of Loos -FRED HERBERT was son of John & Jane of 80 Tetbury Road but was serving as a Private in 6th Royal Scots Fusiliers, a New Army battalion. He was killed on 26 September 1915 when this battalion was holding a captured trench in the Hohenzollern Redoubt, and is probably the first New Army soldier from Cirencester to be lost. HARRY BRIDGEMAN and EDWARD FLETCHER served with 2/Wiltshires - both were married men and 29 years of age. As a Reservist Harry had been wounded in the first weeks of the war and recovered at a war hospital set up at Trinity College Cambridge. Harry was killed in action on 27 September 1915 whilst Edward died of wounds on 3 October 1915.WALTER GARDINER’s name appears as GARDNER on the Church War memorial. He too was killed on 29 September 1915, when his battalion 2/East Surrey were fighting in the Hohenzollern Redoubt. He had been reported wounded previously, in the early weeks of the war. Walter was the son of Mrs Sarah Gardiner, 16 Watermoor Road.EDWARD J PEART was Lance Corporal, 1/Glosters, killed on 8 October 1915.MAURICE B HAYWARD, Corporal, Canadian Field Artillery and son of the Reverend H B Hayward of Winstone, is remembered on the Watermoor Church Band of Volunteer Bell Ringers plaque. He died on 26 November 1915.SIDNEY GEORGE CRIPPS, Sapper, 3rd Field Company, Canadian Engineers, whose parents George and Ruth lived at Cerney Wick, had emigrated to Canada with three other local men in April 1913. He died on 3 December 1915.From Dale Hjort’s Timeline of World War One
Our next meeting is on 28th October when we hear about the lost railways of the county.Our new season programme is now available. This, and the latest newsletter have now been posted to members.
We held a recruitment drive at the Society’s Fair in Bingham House over lunchtime on Thursday 24th September. About a dozen local organisations took part. Let us see if any new faces join us in October! Thanks to all who helped mount the display, which was almost the largest in the room.