Local History

Chairman (Acting):  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

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.  Later this year there will also be an afternoon talk, to be held at 2.30pm.  Please note that in 2021 we will be holding two morning talks instead (the autumn event to be confirmed nearer the time).  Dues are £12 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.

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 2020 – 2021, subject to Government and Village Hall Covid-19 guidelines. 

PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED (Please contact the Secretary)


Tuesday 24th November The Gloucestershire & Berkeley Plantation of Virginia, Philip Ashford POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2021

Tuesday 15th December Christmas Ghosts: the Tradition of Winter Tales in Gloucestershire & Beyond – Kirsty Hartsiotis POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER 2021


Tuesday 26th January Making a Living on the River Severn – Simon Draper

Tuesday 23rd February Funerary Monuments: Hidden Gems of World-Class Sculpture in Gloucestershire Churches – John Reid

Tuesday 23rd March Militant Women of Gloucestershire: their Fight for the Vote – Dr. Sue Jones

Tuesday 27th April A.G.M. followed by The Cotswold Way: 100 miles of History – Dr. Steven Blake

Tuesday 25th May The Great Train Robbery – Ian Boskett (postponed from September 2020)

In addition to these evening talks there will be the occasional daytime talk (time & venue listed with each talk).  Admission: £3 non-members.  Refreshments included.

Wednesday 10th March 2021, 10.30am Ethelfleda, Lady of the Mercians – Tim Porter, at The Old Chapel

Village events that you might be interested in attending:-

JUST MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING 2021 (exact date to be confirmed)
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.


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

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):

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.