Local History

In existence since 1982, the Gotherington & Area Local History 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, Gotherington Village Hall, GL52 9ER.  Dues are £15 per year. Non-members are welcome for a visitor’s fee of £3.  All meetings are followed by coffee, biscuits and the opportunity to browse through the Society’s wealth of local history books.

Chairman                   Bridget Bollard        chairperson@galhs.org.uk
Secretary:                  Caroline Meller        secretary@galhs.org.uk
Treasurer:                  Ken Ascroft              treasurer@galhs.org.uk

Committee members:
David Aldred
Jill Collins
Pat Sory
Jacquie Waine
Philip Watson

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

Like us on our Facebook pages, Gotherington & Area Local History and Gotherington History.  You can also follow us on Twitter, @GotheringtonLHS

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PROGRAMME DETAILS 2022-23, subject to Government and Village Hall Covid-19 guidelines. 

The wearing of face masks is now a matter of personal choice.


Tuesday 27th September Gloucestershire & the Atlantic Slave Trade – Tony Conder

Tuesday 25th October Piracy & War in the Bristol Channel – Philip Ashford

Tuesday 22nd November John Bellamy (1808-1893), a Glos. Travelling Showman – Dr. Steven Blake

Tuesday 13th December The Royal Progress through Gloucestershire in 1535 – Alan Pilbeam


Tuesday 24th January Lordship in the Landscape – Dr. Simon Draper

Tuesday 28th February Celtic Goddesses & Ancient Glos. Paganism – Andrew Breeze

Tuesday 28th March Midwife, Herbalist, Surgeon ….. Witch!  Women & Medicine in Tudor England – Kirstie Bingham

Tuesday 25th April A.G.M. followed by Hailes Abbey; Holy Blood & Holy Monks? – David Aldred

Tuesday 23rd May Farms & Farmers: a History of One Farm from Historical Documents – Dr. Alan Wadsworth

Admission: £3 non-members.  Refreshments included.

Village events that you might be interested in attending:-

JUST MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING Saturday 1st October 2022
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.


Saturday 8th October & Sunday 9th October 2022, 10.30am – 4pm, Gotherington Village Hall

Celebrating 40 years of local history.  Discover & explore 40 local objects, telling the story of our local area.  Admission by donation.


In July 2019 the History Society had a stall at the Summer Fete to raise funds for the renovation of the War Memorial.

8th May 2020 was the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.  Due to the Pandemic Lockdown no formal activities could be held but many villagers organised socially distanced celebrations on their front gardens.


Please contact the secretary if you can recommend an outing.


Gloucestershire Local History Association

Gloucestershire Archives

The Friends of Gloucestershire Archives

Victoria County History

Gloucestershire Family History Society

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

2017: Chavenage

2019: Bletchley Park, Alney Island

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.


The ‘Gotherington & Area Local History’ page highlights our meetings and events.

The ‘Gotherington History’ page exhibits old photographs of the area.


The L.H.S. has a village family tree on Ancestry called ‘Gotherington Connections‘.  The ‘home person’ is Tom Long, who was born at Gotherington in 1883 and who died there in 1959.  The profiles on the tree incorporate research undertaken by Hilda Bishop in the 1970s and 80s.  Access to Ancestry is available through Glos. Archives and at county libraries.


There are several local publications which focus on the history of our area.
Local publications can be viewed by visiting Courtyard Books .

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

Workhouses of north Gloucestershire by Jacquie Waine.  Email: jmmwaine@gmail.com

Memories of village cricket by Rob Sharp. Email: rob_sharp100@hotmail.com

Transcription of deeds by Caroline Meller. Email: cmbmeller@gmail.com

World War Two – Please send any local information to Caroline.

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?

If you would like the Society to send research information to you then a donation to Gotherington LHS would be appreciated.  Please contact the treasurer for details.