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

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 £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.

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


Tuesday 24th September A Week’s Holiday in the Forest of Dean, 1880 – Alan Pilbeam

Tuesday 22nd October Prehistoric & Roman Settlement & Farming in the Severn Vale: Excavations at Cleevelands (north of Bishop’s Cleeve), 2014-16 – Jon Hart of Cotswold Archaeology

Tuesday 26th November Mistletoe – History, Legend, Myth & Harvesting – Jonathan Briggs

Tuesday 10th December Token Pub Crawl – Dave Smith, followed by mulled local cider and mince pies to celebrate the Christmas season.


Tuesday 28th January Music, Friendship & the Cotswold Hills: a life of Gustav Holst – Angela Applegate

Tuesday 25th February The Anglo-Saxon Dene – Alex Knight

Tuesday 24th March Poppies amongst the Daffodils: the Lives & Works of the Dymock Poets – Andy Meller

Tuesday 28th April AGM followed by Hailes Abbey: Holy Monks & Holy Blood? – David Aldred

Tuesday 26th May Three bitesize talks by members followed by a social evening

In addition to these evening talks there will be two afternoon talks beginning at 2.30pm, Gotherington Village Hall.  Admission: £2 for members, £3 non-members.  Refreshments included.

Friday 11th October 2019 Within Walled Gardens: Continuity & Change over 350 years – Dr. Cherry Ann Knott

Friday 13th March 2020 1950s Artefacts – Virginia & David Adsett

Village events that you might be interested in attending:-

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

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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):

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?