Local History

Chairman:  Pat Sory                            galhistory@btinternet.com
Secretary:  Caroline Meller                 cmbmeller@gmail.com
Treasurer:  Ken Ascroft                       ken@yewtreehouse.me.uk

Committee members:

David Aldred        dhaldred@btinternet.com

Jill Collins              jillcollins674@btinternet.com

Jacquie Waine     awaine@aol.com

Melanie Webb     melliew72@gmail.com

Philip Watson     PkWatson1@aol.com

In existence since 1982, the Society promotes interest in local history (Gotherington, Bishop’s Cleeve, Oxenton, Woolstone, Dixton and Prescott) by arranging speakers at monthly meetings, maintaining a lending library of books and pamphlets of local interest, sponsoring classes, and researching and publishing articles and booklets on local history.
Meetings are from September to May on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at 7.30pm at Gotherington Village Hall, GL52 9ER.  This year there will also be two afternoon talks, to be held at 2.30pm.  Dues are £10 per year.  Non-members are welcome for a visitor’s fee of £2.  All meetings are followed by coffee, biscuits and the opportunity to browse through the Society’s wealth of local history books.

If you would like to become a member please contact Ken, our treasurer.

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NB. Hard copy including a membership form are always available at the village shop


Tuesday 25th September Archaeological Excavations at Huntsman’s Quarry, Kemerton – Robin Jackson

Tuesday 23rd October The History of Alney Island – Tony Conder

Tuesday 27th November Enchanted Cotswold Country with the Arts & Crafts Movement – Kirsty Hartsiotis

Tuesday 11th December English Gypsy Folk Song & Dance – Gwilym Davies


Tuesday 22nd January The Glosters at Waterloo – Andy Meller

Tuesday 26th February The Winchcombe Workhouse – Melanie Webb

Tuesday 26th March West Indian Slavery & the Codrington Connection – John Dixon

Tuesday 23rd April Annual General Meeting followed by St. Kenelm & the Kenelm Way – Barry Simon

Tuesday 28th May The Siege of Gloucester – Andrew Armstrong

In addition to these evening talks there will be two afternoon talks beginning at 2.30pm, Gotherington Village Hall

Wednesday 10th October 2018 The 5th Earl of Berkeley & Mary Cole, A Regency Scandal – David Smith

Wednesday 13th March 2019 Inns & Traffic in the Coaching Age – Nicholas Herbert


If you have a suggestion for an outing in 2019 then please contact the secretary, Caroline Meller.  Prices to be confirmed for each individual outing but we aim to charge less than £10.  Transport is usually by private car.  If you can offer lifts or indeed need one for your chosen outing let Howard know.


Gloucestershire Local History Association

Gloucestershire Archives

The Friends of Gloucestershire Archives

Victoria County History

Gloucestershire Family History Society

Traditionally, we provide cakes from different periods of history.  What about Savoy Cake (19th cen.), Victoria Sandwich (19th cen.), Lemon Cake (19th cen.), Rich Seed Cake (18th cen.), Beetroot Pancakes (18th cen.), Gingerbread (17th cen.), Spice Cake (17th cen.), Shropshire Cake (17th cen.), Marzipan Bacon (17th cen.) …..?

(But maybe give King Alfred’s offering a miss!)

Please contact Caroline if you can offer any other recipes or would like information about those mentioned on the list above.

30th Anniversary 2012

To celebrate this anniversary we compiled a collection of old photographs taken around the villages of Gotherington, Woolstone and Oxenton. Take a look at our Picture Past page and discover more about how our area used to be.


2011 – 12: Civil war sites, Nailsworth mills , Roman Saturnalia Festival, Industrial archaeology of the Forest of Dean, Exploring medieval life at Gloucester Abbey.

2012 – 13: Our 30th anniversary celebrations, Romanesque architecture in Herefordshire: (Shobdon, Eardisley, Castle Frome), Exploring Cirencester, the Battle of Tewkesbury field walk, Marcher castles and churches (Grosmont and Skenfrith).

2014: Berkeley Castle, Medieval Bristol

2015: Prescott Hill Climb Deerhurst Lichfield Cathedral National Memorial Arboretum Cheltenham’s Ornamental Ironwork

2016: Selsley Church

TWITTER @GotheringtonLHS

Why not follow us?  We will be sending ‘On this day in local history’ tweets throughout the year as well as news of local history events.


There are several local publications which focus on the history of our area.
Visit, order, and collect local publications by visiting Courtyard Books (upstairs), Tarling’s Yard, Bishop’s Cleeve.

Research in progress (offers of photographs, newspaper cuttings, or memories gratefully received):

Gotherington’s sporting history by John Stroud. Email: strouds@talktalk.net
Memories of village cricket by Rob Sharp. Email: rob_sharp100@hotmail.com
Transcription of deeds by Caroline Meller. Email: cmbmeller@gmail.com
World War One: Jacquie Waine. Email: awaine@aol.com

Why not undertake an investigation of your own?

Currently, members of the Society are researching the history of water in the area.  There are always many different aspects of local history which could be researched, for example:

– the history of your house (we have notes on all the houses in Gotherington)
– a particular club/society eg. the Tritons?
– Gotherington Cross Garage?
– Longfurlong Mobile Home Park?