The SLHS Collection of Books & Items

SLHS have a collection of books and other items that can be viewed by members of the public – please use the contact form on this website to say which books/items you would like to see. You will be contacted and arrangements will be made for you to view them at a public building in Stroud.

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BOOKS

TITLE AUTHOR P.B./H.B. PUBLISHER DATEPUBLISHED ISBN
1 A literary Tour Of Gloucestershire and Bristol  David Carroll P.B. Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1994 0-7509-0228-0
Explores the literary connections of Glos. Including. W.E Henley & L. Lee 
2 Battlefield Walks: The Midlands David Clark P.B Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1993 0-7509-0258-2
A comprehensive collection of walks around the battlefield sites of middle England, concentrating on the Wars of the Roses & the English Civil War. 
3 Collotype in a Cotswold Town Donald Emes P.B Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1995 0-9526345-0-3
A history of the Cotswold Publishing Co. & its special process of collotype printing used for picture postcards, lettercards, view books, catalogues & limited edition books. 
4 South Gloucestershire at war Peter Gill P.B Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1995 0-7509-1133-6
A collection of personal, official & professional photographs offering a glimpse of wartime life around Gloucestershire. 
5 The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds Mary Greenstead P.B Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1996 0-7509-1165-4
An informative & well illustrated book examining the workshops, design & techniques of Gimson, the Bamsleys, Alfred & Louise Powell, William & Eve Simmonds, etc. Also the influence on local architecture & “the Simple Life” 
6 The Cotswolds At War June R Lewis H.B. Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1992 0-7509-0048-2
A detailed account of the impact of the 2″” WW based on personal reminiscences & contemporary newspaper accounts. Includes: the role of the Home Guard & the Women’s Land Army. 
8 Britain in Old Photographs: Gloucestershire At Work  Stephen Mills P.B. Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1997 0-7509-1552-8
A pictorial record of the county’s industrial & commercial past including Stroud’s woollen cloth mills, Gloucester’s pin & steam engine manufacture & the Forest of Dean coal mining, iron working & quarrying. 
9 Gloucestershire Past: A Guide to Historic Places and People Ann Moore P.B. Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1995 0-7509-0945-5
A fully illustrated guidebook cataloguing follies, churches, historic homes, mills, memorials, dovecotes, stocks & other curious relics & memorable sites. 
10 Destruction in the English Civil Wars Stephen Porter H.B. Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1994 0-7509-0516-6
An illustrated & detailed account of the material, damage & destruction wrought by offensive & defensive action in the mid 17′” century civil wars including Gloucestershire. 
11 Forest People and Places’ Bob Smyth P.B. Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1998 0-7509-1933-7
Vivid portraits of the people & places of the Forest of Dean in particular the farmers, woodsmen & miners as well as descriptions of mines & iron mills, villages, towns & buildings of the Forest area. 
12 Cotswold Churches David Verey P.B. Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1″ published 1982. Thisedition: 1991 0-904387-78-x
The 1stpart of the book consists of short essays on most aspects of the regional church architecture, but the greater part deals with individual churches as works of art. Includes detailed photographs. 
13 Towns and Villages of England: Stroud Philip Walmsley P.B. Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1994  0-7509-0589-1
Relates the story of the district from the medieval period and the dramatic growth of the cloth industry to the expansion that took place during the Napoleonic wars & the reign of Queen Victoria. Throughout the book, the architecture, the traditional trades & industries, the people & the way of life in Stroud are seen against a background of great national events & local trends. 
14 Britain in Old Photographs: The Women’s Land Army 1939 – 1950 BobNigel Powell Westacott P.B Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1997 0-7509-1672-9
A wealth of b&w photographs recording the operations of the WLA & the countryside. Drawn from the worldwide albums ofmany ex-land girls at a time when film was rationed & photography monitored, this collection offers a fascinating insight into the people & places associated with the WLA

 

15 Poverty & the Workhouse in Victorian Britain Peter Wood H.B Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. Phoenix Mill. Stroud 1991 0-86299-701-1
A highly illustrated book, using a wealth of contemporary engravings, cartoons & photographs, it makes an important contribution to the debate on Victorian attitudes to poverty and its relief. 
16 Gloucestershire 1889-1989, 100 years in words and pictures H.B Art & Design, Alexandra Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester 1989 0-9515035-0-2
Celebrating Gloucestershire C.C centenary. Includes  Gloucestershire Life, Town & City, Trade & industry, Sports & Leisure and Arts 
17 The Gloucestershire Rural Community Council 1923 – 1998: A Record Bryanp Jerrap P.B. The Gloucestershire Rural Community Council 

 

1998 0 9501789  5 0 
A record of support for rural communities since 1923

OTHER ITEMS

DESCRIPTION
18 Withey documents The Withey family occupied 55 High Street for nearly all of the 19th century. The first to trade there was a ‘chymist and druggist’. The son, however, changed to groceries, and his son carried on the tradition. The Shop became the major grocery store in the town. It was stationed close to the historic market place and at a junction with Kendrick Street, one of the fashionable new 19th century streets. It was only around 1920 that the shop was sold to the International Tea Company and the name disappeared. The International used only the ground floor of the building. In the 1930′s the first and second floors, the family rooms, were leased to a neighbouring shop. This cleared out a great assortment of papers into a back attic. There they lay undisturbed, except by the re–roofing of the attic, until they were found fifty years later. The Stroud Preservation Trust had bought the building to renovate it. The builders lovingly collected all the documents, despite the thick layer of dirt which coated them. Fortunately, the Witheys, in keeping their accounts had neatly folded each piece of paper, so they sprang to life on cleaning. It is a microcosm of the life of the local Grocer at a time when such trades prospered. It is also a reminder of the old adage: One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure! ‘Chymist and druggist’ and grocery bills from the 19th” century

Ordered alphabetically as follows:

1. A (envelope)

2. B (paper bag)

3. D & E (envelope)

4. F & G (envelope)

5. H & I & J & K (envelope)

6. L (envelope)

7. M N & 0 & P & Q (envelope)

8. R (envelope)

9. S (envelope)

10. T & U V & V (envelope)

11. U (envelope)

12. Misc/ unknown (envelope)

Some of the items are in 31

19 38 old photographs and copied prints of old Stroud and district
20 Stroud Local History Society Photographs of Visits 1987- 1989 32 photographs
21 1x print of St. Luke’s Chapel, Frampton circa 1845/1860
22 1x photograph of Boys Scouts Parade circa 1930′s/40′s
23 Photographs of visit to Monmouth 1993 Small display, words and pictures
24 Photographs from Sister Wulstan 4x photographs in small album: Trinity Hospital, Castle Rising, Sue Harrison, Visit to Rockingham Castle, Acre Street Stroud
25 Photographs of the building project/ development of Union Street, John Street and Cornhill Market 1989 – 1991 12 packs in Metrocolor wallets1. Demolition of John Street 1989 (10 photographs plus negatives)

2. Union Street 1989-90-91 (11 photographs)

3. Union Street 08/01/1990 (4 photographs)

4. Union Street Feb. 1990 (18 photographs)

5. Union Street, Kendrick St, John St. March 1990 (4 photographs)

6. Cornhill Development April 1990 (18 photographs)

7. Union Street June 1990 (7 photographs)

8. Union Street July 1990 (10 photographs)

9. Union Street 3′” December 1990 (20 photographs)

10. Union Street 04/02/1991 (16 photographs)

11. Wool market, Stroud 04/03/1991 (19 photographs)

12. Union Street (no date) (30 photographs)

26 Photographs of the building project/ development of Union Street, John Street and Cornhill Market 1989 – 1991 17x Konica Color Albums of photographs charting the development
27 Items donated by Ms. A. Freeman April 1992 1. Tappers bill heads 1920′s 27 items2. Various accounts late 1800′s 14 items

3. Various photographs: 1x 1922 opening of the new wing at Stroud Hospital, 1x 1953 Coronation street party in Rodborough Avenue, 3x Stroud 1985

4. 1 item from Gloucestershire Life 1971 (Jilly Cooper)

5. Various newspaper cuttings x4

6. Old postcard of Stroud x1

7. Photocopy of Mr Tapper and wife Emily

28 Items donated by Baroness von Kuhne, The Grange, Folly Lane 1. Concert programmes of Miss Elsie Chambers 1917 -1927 x82. Gloucestershire Chronicle 1925 x1

3 Miss Marie Philpott’s Grand Concert programme 1919 x1

4. Postcard of the memorial tablet in Stroud Parish Church “in

- grateful memory 1914 – 1919″ x1

29 6x A4 sheets on the Rock and Steel Bandcirca 1850
30 Stroud Brewery Company records and sale papers 1933 – 1935
31 Letterheads used in displaySee also 18 33 items from local businesses from the 1800′s 
32 “A Remarkable and Romantic Story” (story of Geoffrey and John Randell) Photocopies of a story from the Stroud News and Journal 1875              4 copies
33 “New Wesleyan Chapel and Schools”; (mentions James Hollis Randell) Photocopies of a story from the Stroud News and Journal 1875              4 copies
34 “A Cotswold Diary” by Alfred Luke Randell A transcription of Alfred Luke Randell of Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire. Master cabinet maker, linguist and European traveller 1869 – 1876, by his grandson, Alfred Hollis Randell
35 “A Cotswold Diary” by Alfred Luke Randell (B) A transcription of Alfred Luke Randell of Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire. Master cabinet maker, linguist and European traveller 1869 – 1876, by his grandson, Alfred Hollis Randell
36 “A Cotswold Diary” by Alfred Luke Randell © A transcription of Alfred Luke Randell of Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire. Master cabinet maker, linguist and European traveller 1869 – 1876, by his grandson, Alfred Hollis Randell
37 “Hampshire – Isle of Wight 1831″ A tale of Alfred Luke Randell’s time there, by his grandson, Alfred Hollis Randell
38 “Hampshire – Isle of Wight 1831″ A tale of Alfred Luke Randell’s time there, by his grandson, Alfred Hollis Randell
39 “Hampshire – Isle of Wight 1831″ A tale of Alfred Luke Randell’s time there, by his grandson, Alfred Hollis Randell
40 “Hampshire – Isle of Wight 1831″ A tale of Alfred Luke Randell’s time there, by his grandson, Alfred Hollis Randell
41 Various estate agents sale particulars for local houses Late 1980’s early 1990′s. 24 items
42 Estate agents details for local houses and developments Bank House, Fotheringay, Severn Cottage, Longford Mill, Fromebridge Mill, Castle Court,, Castle St, Cainscross House 1989,1990,1991.7 items
43 List of businesses and trades Street list of businesses (partial) of King Street 1931, photocopy of trade descriptions (date not known), extract from Town and County Directorate. (1936/37) 13 sheets A4 paper
44 The Memoirs of John Garlick Ball 1792 – 1878 With a post script by his daughter, Mary Frances Johnson. Made available and transcribed by his great-granddaughters, Mrs. J. Pleydell of Oxford and Mrs H. Russell of Sussex
45 The Box, Minchinhampton by Thomas Tanner 1 sheet poem
46 1883/4  6″ – mile map of Rodborough Large roll map
47 1883/4  6″ – mile map of Stroud Large roll map
48 Plan of Grigshott and premises situated in Rodborough and Mill and lands in Woodchester A4 plan, old, but date unknown
49 Map of Gloucestershire (Eastern Division) A3 partial map showing Cainscross, Dudbridge, Rodborough, Selsley and Worchester. Old, but date unknown.
50 General ephemera -booklets A4 Including: “Town talk from Victorian Stroud”, Newark Park, Stroud Preservation Trust leaflets, Public Record Office information booklets,”Places to visit in the Stroud District 1988″ Including details of particular interest, press release “The History of the City of Gloucester: Victoria History of Gloucestershire, Vol. 4″, Gloucestershire History 1987
51 General ephemera -booklets – A5-and A6 Including: 38th Stroud Festival 1984, Holy Trinity Church 150thanniversary 1989 The Trow 1987, Stroud Local History SocietyYearbook 1990 and various copies of the Stroud and District Gazette
52 Various newspaper cuttings 1984 – 1990, magazine articles and 2 copies of  ‘The Stroud Defector’ Christmas 1989
53 John Keegan’s History of The Second World War 4 part history series from The Daily Telegraph
54 Government order allowing the “Abandonment of the lower portion of the Thames & Severn Canal” by Gloucestershire Council, 1933
55 A brief history of Stroud Cemetery Pictures and general information on ‘interesting and significant people buried in Stroud Hill Cemetery’. 13 laminated items in blue plastic document wallet used for display
56 “Topics of the Week” by Jonathan 1963 – 1991 A4 Folder containing Stroud News and Journal newspaper cuttings. Subjects include the Berkeley hunt, Tom Long, Council news and the Clutterbuck family 
57 “Jottings” 1961 – 1967 and “Here and There” 1966 – 1980 by Jonathan A4 folder containing Stroud News and Journal newspaper cuttings.
58 Stroud Local History Society Press Cuttings of Events in the 1950′s A4 Folder containing Stroud News and Journal newspaper cuttings ” 1953-1959. Arranged in date order
59 The Stroud Fraud Case of 1957  A4 Folder containing newspaper cuttings and a write-up of the case”one of the most sensational cases ever to be heard in Stroud Magistrates Court” by Jack Sollars
60 Stroud Local History Society Press Cuttings of Events in the 1960′s  A4 Folder containing Stroud News and Journal newspaper cuttings1961 – 1965. 70 sheets arranged in alphabetical order
61 Stroud Local History Society photographs. Photograph album containing pictures of the 15/07/1986 trip toWoodchester, 07/07/1987 trip to Sheepscombe and 15/07/1986 trip to Whitley Court
62 Stroud Local History Society photographs. Photograph album containing pictures of the 1989 study holiday in Derbyshire
63 “Stroud Town Gossip in Victoria’s Day” Ring bound article compiled by J. C. Sollars
64 “Enquiry which shocked Victorian Stroud: Veil lifted from town’s murky secrets Ring bound article by Jack Sollars
65 “To Serve The Waterman” A study of the inns along the canals in the Stroud area
66 “To Serve The Waterman” A study of the inns along the canals in the Stroud area
67 Randwick Methodist Chapel and Sunday School Ring bound article by the Randwick Historical Association
68 “The Train Arrives at Stroud” Ring bound article on the history of the railways in Stroud, by Stroud Local History Society
69 “The Train Arrives at Stroud” Ring bound article on the history of the railways in Stroud, by Stroud Local History Society
70 “Excavation of a Romano-British Villa at Wortley Gloucestershire” Ring bound interim report by University of Keele, 1993
71 Dissent in Nailsworth”. Photocopy from The Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society, Vol 4 no. 10 May 1992
72 Local adverts 1950 to 1990 A4 folder -cuttings from local newspapers
73 Local press photos  1950 to 1990 A4 folder -cuttings from local newspapers
74 Time Flies in Lansdown S Deproost. Booklet History of Lansdown, Stroud. 2005
75 Map of Stroud Town centre 1974
76 P H Fisher Notes and Recollections of Stroud Book 2nd edition 1891
77 Cainscross Rugby Club – The first 60 years (from 1894) J F Evans 1955
78 The Ragged and Dangerous. The story of 100 years of Cainscross Rugby Club. 1894  – 1994 N Hall & B Tocknell 1995
79 Stroud District Official Guide Date unknown D Bragg
80 Stroud Gloucestershire 1974/5 Stroud & District Chamber of Trade
81 Stroud Gloucestershire (date unknown, but after 1974/5) Stroud & District Chamber of Trade
82 Stroud Sings. The history of Stroud Choral Society 1834 – 2000. S Freck
83 200th Anniversary. A history of Playne of Longford’s Mill A T Playne & A L Long 1952
84 Excavations: The Chessalls, Kingscote 1975-76 Kingscote Archaeological Association
85 1976 – Centenary Year Stroud Methodist Church A short history of Methodism in Stroud
86 A Desirable Object. The Story of the first 150 years of Stroud Baptist Church W O Wicks
87 The World of Netlam Bigg (Stroud Festival/Scouting/Stroud Hospital) Book – J Gardiner 1999
88 1st Historical Bus Running Day Types of vehicles. Stroud RE Group
89 English Parish Churches Book – G Hutton & E Smith 1952
90 The Dursley Lantern – 2004 – 1st issue of the Journal of the Dursley & Cam Society Contains articles about Dursley’s History
91 Proposals for a Rail Road from Frampton to Brimscombe Port 1824/25
92 Weavers Croft, Field Rd, Stroud 1988  3 photos