Enquiry archive

Since we launched our website in 2010 we have received a number of enquiries. These are circulated to members and now, when we receive specific consent, added here (in batches).

Here is a selection from the enquiries (latest on top; edited) with the answers our members have offered.

  • [Comments like this, in italics, are from our SLHS backroom. Unattributed answers are also from our backroom]
  • Some of the questions are STILL OPEN.

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Lendon family and coach works – Enquiry 213 from Eric (Oct 2015)

Q: My great grandfather was John Lendon (1832-1910) and his father was William Lendon, blacksmith and coach smith (1806-1875). I have found their joint gravestone in Slad Church yard. John lived at London Villa, Slad Road where he had retired after being noted as ‘a clever gardener’ in Surrey. His brother was Isaac Lendon and his obituary was in The Stroud Journal 1821. It seems that he was quite a prominent man in Stroud, having a coach works for many years sited on the junction of John Street with London Road in the centre of Stroud and he lived in London Road. I wondered if you knew anything more about any of these men, possibly Isaac. Does anyone in your society have access to any archives, or local newspapers where Isaac and his business might appear? Any articles or photographs would be really appreciated.
A:  (MH) Your Lendon coach-builders appear in a number of Stroud trade directories, as you will already know. Unfortunately they did not include trade adverts in those days. However, Isaac Lendon’s advert appeared in the Stroud Valley Illustrated published by Burrows in 1902 (the complete directory’s pages are scanned here). In the 1960s  it was Steel’s motor showroom.  The corner was demolished and rebuilt in modern times, which is a great pity. I wonder what happened to the coach wheel? You will find a mention of Steels’ 1960s motor showroom (but no later photo) in Stroud’s Streets and Shops by Wilf Merrett, published by History Press in 2004.


Badbrook House/Badbrook Hall – Enquiry 210 from Kathy (Sep 2015)

Q: I believe my ancestor, Thomas Holbrow, built Badbrook Hall. I understand that this is now demolished. Do you happen to have any photographs of Thomas Holbrow and/or Badbrook Hall please?
A:  Badbrook Hall, at the bottom of Gloucester Street has recently been made into flats  I think you mean Badbrook House, which is on this aerial photo  At one time part of St Rose’s School, it was demolished for road-widening. There is some information in Notes and Recollections of Stroud (Paul Hawkins Fisher, 1871), on the Digital Stroud website and a photo in Stroud Through Time by Howard Beard. Thomas Holborow was also connected with Badbrook Mill, but there are lots of hits about that online.


James Clutterbuck, Builders – Enquiry 209 from Andy (Sep 2015)

Q: I am looking for additional information about James Clutterbuck Builders – I have already found them in local trade directories. My distant Grandfather Joseph Griffin, worked there as a carpenter for 40 years.
A:  STILL OPEN


Chalford Stick Mill – Enquiry 208 from Andy (Sep 2015)

Q: I am looking for information about the Chalford Stick Company (William Dangerfield), Alfred Griffin worked for Dangerfield as Foreman for over 30 years and his son Joseph Alfred also worked there as a manager.
A: The current Chalford Stick Company are Morris Dancers!  but Dangerfield’s was not the Chalford Stick Company – it was a separate business. You will find information about Chalford Stick Co online in the Victoria County History, the Glos Society for Industrial Archaeology, and Dr Wilson’s own website at coaley.net


Wimberley Mill – Enquiry 191 from Colin  (Aug 2015)

Q: I’m looking for information or history of Wimberley Mill and who it was named after or if Wimberley was a local name.

A: It dates from the 1300s. You will find a description in the Victoria County History of Glos and in this Glos Society for Industrial Archaeology paper: www.gsia.org.uk/reprints/1995/gi199537.pdf

A: (ARM) Dr Jennifer Tann’s the ‘Gloucestershire Woollen Industry and its Mills’ (new edition 2012 called ‘Wool and Water’) has a paragraph about the Mill on page 212


Little London, Rodborough – Enquiry from Louisa at the Summer Exhibition (July 2015)

Q: What is the origin of the name Little London?
A: There are lots of places called Little London all over the country. They are sites created by the Welsh Cattle drovers as early as the Medieval Period – it is where they stayed when they were in our area.
More information at: www.llundainfach.co.uk/


Prince Rupert and the Civil War wool trade – Enquiry 194 at our summer exhibition (July 2015)

Q: What happened to the letter about Prince Rupert’s agents coming to buy cloth? Which mill owner had the letter?

A: We have found a few clues: Digital Stroud website says: “Ham Mill is recorded as a cloth mill from 1608, and in 1634 was sold to Samuel Webb, who received grants of protection against the plundering of his goods in the Civil War from Prince Maurice in 1642 and Prince Rupert in 1643 – a measure of the importance attached to supplies of Stroud scarlets by the Royalists.”
Grace’s Guide online says: “The firm [Strachan’s]  preserves an interesting letter from King Charles to Prince Rupert, written during the Civil War, authorising him to commandeer all the cloth in the Stroud Valley for the use of his troops.”
Covering both these sources, a research note published by Gloucestershire Archives says that the archive includes a photograph of the letter from Charles 1 to Prince Rupert in 1643 concerning supplies of cloth from the Stroud area for the troops. And that  in 1643 Samuel Webb, clothier of Lyppiatt, was given safe conduct by Prince Rupert and Prince Maurice. Interesting times, and clearly more than one mill was involved.


Hillside House, The Bourne – Enquiry by Ali (July 2015)

Q: We have recently moved into Hillside at The Bourne, Brimscombe. It’s a red brick Victorian built in 1893. I am interested in knowing who built it and what family lived here. Was it linked to the Manager of the Bourne Mill?

A (PE):   Sorry, I do not recognise Hillside as being connected with Lewiston Mill – Grist’s where my father was managing director in the 1940s and 50s.  We lived in Lewiston House, associated with the mill.

A (JB): There was a brickworks between there and the Victoria pub (now an Indian restaurant). The Glos Soc for Industrial Archaelogy  has good location maps and might be able to help.

STILL OPEN


Hortag at Brimscombe – Inquiry 189 by Charlie (July 2015)

Q: Having just found an advert in The Smallholder magazine of June 1953, I am interested to find out about the company called Hortag.
A (HB): There is a book written by A.S.Bullock who, if I remember correctly, was the founder of the firm that produced Hortag products at Brimscombe, near Stroud. The full title of the book is: Gloucestershire between the wars. A Memoir. I don’t know who published it, but there is currently a copy for sale on ebay!


Hope Mill Lane – Enquiry 186 by Dan (July 2015)

Q: I have a question regarding a building that once stood on Hope Mill lane in Thrupp. It stood on the opposite side of the Phoenix works inside a gate just before the bridge that led to the mobile home site. I used to cut the grass for what was the school field back in the early 2000’s and access was through this gate. I remember peering inside the building and it being full of old machinery. Does anyone have any information on who’s building this was? I believe it has been demolished since.

A: (VW May 2016) I was born and lived in Thrupp and the building was a paper mill owned and operated by Stroud council as part of the rubbish tip in Thrupp. This was the site of what is now the grassed area between Hope Mill Lane and the football meadow. Newspapers were sorted and bundled in the building and put onto a huge conveyor belt to load onto lorries. So, under the grass is basically landfill!


Fidges Lane, Eastcombe – Enquiry No 183 from Tasmania, via Pam (July 2015)

Q: How did this lane get its name?

A: This enquiry provoked some fast and deep research by two Eastcombe researchers (MB and JS), but the outcome is that it is most likely to be named after a person. The 1842 Tithe Map shows a very large field called Fidges Piece, and there is a reference in a book about Eastcombe’s history to a John Major who was digging a quarry on the road to Kitlye from Fidges lane and had to go to the Court Baron to agree to fence it in. The date was 1732.


Roxborough House – Enquiry 182 by Sallyanne (July 2015)

Q: I was a resident of this children’s home from about 1955 to 1959 and would love to know more about it.

A number of members replied to this enquiry; here is a summary of their answers:

(CT) Rox House became a poor law (later county council) children’s home (meaning children moved out of workhouse) and opened as such in 1910. I think the building was a conversion of a Victorian building. The history of the purchase etc should be in the Stroud Poor Law Board minute books and other records. It was converted to a welfare home for homeless families in 1950’s (‘cathy come home’ style accommodation) then demolished to make way for Youth Centre in 1970’s (now itself shut and demolished as part of stroud valleys school redevelopment 2/3yrs ago. You should be able to get copy of planning file for welfare accommodation in District Council’s planning records. This is unlikely to include a photo but should give you an idea what the building looked like. Glos Archives document D1405/5/9 includes an undated auctioneer particulars that include “Carlton House”, London Road; “Roxburgh House”, cottages, etc. and plan(s).

And on the Digital Stroud website is this: “…. In 1869, his son, Sidney Biddell, sold the house to Miss R.S. Isacke, the headmistress of a school at Roxborough House, Nelson Street, Stroud. She moved the school to Stratford Abbey and renamed it Stratford Abbey College.” (So Miss Cranstoun – see next – must have taken it over).

(MH) In the 1903 edition of Stroud Valley Illustrated on p124 is an advertisement for Abbotsford College, Stroud. Below the name it says (Roxburgh House) Boarding and Day School for Girls. The photograph (by Burrow) shows a large and splendid three-storey stone? white-painted? building with a central porch, outside which are standing three people. The text below says the Principal was Miss Cranstoun, and goes on to describe the classes available.

(PS) During WW1, Roxborough House accommodated soldiers for the Red Cross hospital based at the Trinity Rooms.

(JB) It had been replaced by the Youth Club building by the late 1970s.


Charity Bed Push – Enquiry 178 by Jack (July 2015)

Does anyone remember anything about this 1950s fund-raising Bed Push from Gloucester to Stroud and back?

A: STILL OPEN


Old chapel at Badbrook – Enquiry 176 (July 2015)

As a result of noticing the mention of a chapel near Mr Dangerfield’s stables in the 1911 census, we quickly discovered that the Brethren’s Chapel is still there, a survivor of the development of the cinema and bus station. It is the single-storey white-painted workshop on Bath Street, just below the flyover footpath that crosses Merrywalks.


Brownshill old stones – Tanglewood House and St Mary of the Angels – Enquiry 174 from Stephen (June 2015)

Q: The site of St Mary of the Angels in Brownshill may have been built on an earlier foundation perhaps of Anglo-Saxon origin. There are several stones built into walls locally that suggest they have been taken from a church of some kind if not Saxon. Then there is the ruined Templewood House formerly Tanglewood House occupied once by two ladies who founded the present church in 1937. I should like to learn more regarding the origin of the stones mentioned and also find some photographs of Templewood House before it was destroyed by a Lancaster crashing in 1946. There is a large stone in Vine Farm close by that may have been the base of a medieval wine press, does anyone in the society have knowledge in this area? I believe that the old London road passes the church and the farm.

A: STILL OPEN


Fawkes & Co – Enquiry 172 sent to our Facebook page (May 2015)

Q: Found a bottle poking out of a stream in Stroud. It says Fawkes and sons wines and spirits. If anyone could give me any info, it would be great.

A (MH): Fawkes & Son had been grocers and corn dealers in Kendrick Street since the 1870s (with a mill at one side of what is now called Fawkes Place in the town centre). In 1902 they (or maybe the next generation) opened a wine merchant’s briefly in the High Street, though by 1906 it had moved back to Kendrick St.


Who was John Harper? – Enquiry 166 by Pauline (May 2015)

Q: John Harper Close is a new development off Cainscross Road. Who was he?

A (MA): John Harper, usually known as Jack, was a well-known builder who owned land off Cainscross Road which included gravel pits between that road and the railway line. His property bordered the grounds of the Girls’ Tech. when I was at school in the early 1950’s. He was the President of Cainscross Rugby Club and later a member of the SLHS.

(Pauline’s research was put into a display of Stroud Street Names at our 2015 Summer Exhibition)


Sqdn Ldr Lewis, born South Africa, farmed at Whiteshill – Enquiry 165 from the Battle of Britain Historical society (May 2015)

This enquiry about WW2 Squadron Leader Albert Gerald Lewis, who had married and settled in Whiteshill, resulted in an illustrated story on a CD that we deposited at Stroud Museum. A copy is also stored in the SLHS backroom.


Who was Captain Barton? – Enquiry 164 by Andy (Apr 2015)

Q: My great-grandfather George Jones from Slad (1879-1960s) was batman to Capt Barton of the Army Service Corps, and served at Gallipoli. Now I see there is a small road off Slad Road called Captain Barton Close. I think Capt Barton lived near the old Star Inn at Slad and he bequeathed a couple of fields to my GGF.  Please can you tell me more?

A (MA): My husband remembers Captain Barton as a local character from the Slad area who was usually seen in Stroud on his horse every Friday!

A (BH): Captain Barton lived in Lower Woodlands in Slad Rd and used to ride his horse along Slad Road in the 1930s.

Captain Barton and his horse

A (MH) Capt Barton Close is built on the old Woodlands Mill site. One local map shows that it is built on top of what was the rope walk for a ropeworks. Wilf Merrett mentions Capt Barton in his Streets and Shops of Stroud p108: “The Foresters Arms has long gone, and older residents will recall Captain Barton sporting a brown bowler and tweeds with a red carnation in the button hole, hitching his horse in the pub yard before seeking liquid refreshment in the bar.”

A (CH): My grandmother lived at Pine Cottage, Slad Road, Stroud for many years.  Her landlord was Captain Barton, who lived in “the big house”.  She had Land Army Girls lodging with her during the War and my cousin and I, when on holiday at Grandma’s, used to help them on Captain Barton’s farm and in the walled garden.  The housing estate now adjoining Pine Cottage was a field used by Captain Barton when he trotted off to Stroud with his shopping basket on his horse.  I have a nice photo taken with me sitting on Captain Barton’s horse, and Captain Barton is standing alongside. It was taken in his farmyard which was then behind his house.  There was an entrance into Folly Lane


Employment in Stroud 1890s – Enquiry 161 by Susan (Apr 2015)

Q: My grandmother was born in Stroud in 1892 although her family were Londoners and all her siblings were born there. For some reason they were living in Spider Lane in the 1891 census; her father was a brass finisher or Ferrule maker. Other children were born in London in 1890 and 1894. Can you think of anything in Stroud’s history which might have made them move to Stroud for a short period?

A (MH): From the census entries, I think that your grandmother’s family lived in one of the tiny cottages of Daisy Bank – up at the top of Spider Lane. At least ten other nearby households in 1891 had moved to this same part of Stroud (a new suburb with many terraced houses) from London – though your grandmother was not there ten years later. One of them was another brass ferrule maker called Sydney Whatley, who had been born in Walworth, and there were others from the East End. The nearby umbrella works in Thrupp employed a huge number of men (over 1,000), and the local wholesale tailoring factories employed a huge number of women (again, over 1,000).
By the 1890s people seem to have been used to moving where the work was, often because a previous neighbour or family member had paved the way, and the railways made it easy to travel. Most houses were rented, too, in those days, which made mobility easier for those wanting work.


Nailsworth-Stroud omnibus service 1840s – Enquiry 159 by Alexia (Mar 2015)

Q: Does anyone know anything about this omnibus route? It might have been connected to the postal service. There was a John Bradford who ran a similar route from George Street later.

A: STILL OPEN


Bath Road Chip Machine – Enquiry 152 by Stuart (Feb 2015)

Q: Customers in the Albert were trying to recall a chip-selling machine, somewhere near Frome Hall Lane? about 1964. Can anyone help?

A (JB): We remember a similar one in Fairford at Busby’s garage – they were cooked then heated up.
STILL OPEN


Stroud Boys Tech School – Enquiry 149 by Robert (Jan 2015)

Q: Please can anyone send me digital versions of photographs or ephemera connected with the Tech School, for the Old Boys Association’s website?

A: STILL OPEN


Josephine Victoria Rowe/Crawford – Enquiry 148 by Tom (Jan 2015)

Q: Please can anyone tell me about this Irish poet/lyrics writer who lived in Stroud for some of her life?  She was born in 1861 in Ireland but in 1923 was using an address in France Lynch to sell her books.

A: STILL OPEN


Oldbury House, Eastington – Enquiry 147 by Richard (Nov 2014)

Q: I am trying to trace some information on the above property and its use in 1942 – 1943. I have been researching an Australian Pilot Thomas Kevin Hurley who had enlisted in the RAF (1938). In 1943 he relinquished his commission in the RAF due to ill health and apparently committed suicide whilst at Oldbury House. I am still trying to trace where he is buried (I would assume a local church). I am hoping that information as to the use of the house may help me understand the medical condition of this brave pilot.

A(MS): I asked a friend who lives in Eastington. Apparently Oldbury House is now Eastington Grange the Nursing Home. Before that it was a Hotel and apparently when they moved there it was home to Church of England Nuns, so perhaps they had it as a hospital. Hope Stonehouse History Group can be more helpful, or you will find some mentions if you search the internet – for example, it is on the Listed Buildings website.


Vesper Hymn by Jack Smith – Enquiry 136 from Lizzie (Oct 2014)

Q: I am trying to identify a Cadet John Smith who was treated in a Cambridge hospital in 1917, and whose home address was Stroud. He composed the music for a hymn and wrote it in the scrapbook of the nurse in charge of the ward. I think he might be John Sydney Smith, son of the Smith & Lee shop owner. His hymn will be performed for the first time since 1917 at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Choir Christmas Concert in eight weeks time!

A: This enquiry provoked a flurry of activity from SLHS members and we were delighted to confirm not only the cadet’s identity, but also locate his grandson, who attended the concert. The story is on our website here: Vesper Hymn


Burials at St Laurence’s Church – Enquiry 135 from Margaret (Oct 2014)

Q: I am looking for the grave of my 6xgreat grandfather Daniel Gough (clothier) who I believe was buried at St Laurence Church in Feb 1766. He was born in Minchinhampton in 1681. Do you know if any gravestones have survived from that date? I realise they would probably be unreadable.

A: The church was rebuilt in the 1860s, and Stroud Cemetery opened in 1856. Here are some of the Memorial Inscriptions from the previous church: http://www.glosgen.co.uk/records/stroudmi.htm#lawrence and St Laurence’s does have its own website, here: http://www.stroudparishchurch.org.uk/


The Empire Theatre Stroud – Enquiry 134 from Gerry (Sept 2014)

Q: I discovered some pages from a Stroud paper that had been placed behind some tiles on a wash stand that had belonged to my Grandparents. The piece of furniture dates to around 1920’s or 30’s unfortunately there is no date on the pages to identify the exact year. I have identified one of the adverts from a Kelly’s dated 1915 C B Gardner of Kings Street (Hatter, Hosier, Glover). What has puzzled me is that there is a poster advertising the showing of a film called “Silver Blaze” a picture of two reels at the Empire, Russell Street, Stroud. I have only been able to find reference to an “Empire Theatre” in London Road, would this be one of the same?

A1: (M&GA) According to “Google” the Empire theatre was built on the south side of London Road in 1913. From 1927 it was called The Palace and also used as a cinema (by 1940’s in my young days, it was known as The Gaumont Cinema and variety shows took place on stage on Sundays).

A2: (MH) Russell Street leads into London Road and the cinema was near the join, which probably explains the two street names. According to Wikipedia, the film was released in 1937 so it is likely that it came to Stroud shortly after that date.


Albany villa, Horns Rd – Enquiry 133 by Tony (Sep 2014)

Q: I am trying to find Albany Villa, Horns Rd, Stroud. The address no longer exists but my mother remembers visiting grandparents there during the 40’s and 50’s.

A1: (JB) The 1932 Directory for Stroud shows that Nos 1 and 2 Albany Villas were next to 1-2 Vernon View.

A2: (MH) The houses are still there and their modern street number is Nos 105 and 107 Horns Road. You can find the history of these houses in the FEWC Archive, which you will find on Marion Hearfield’s own website at http://johnhearfield.com/FEWC/FEWC_top.htm If you click the last item in the middle column you will see the the page that puts the research into context for you and offers a clickable link to the 2014 FEWC ARCHIVE out there in the cloud. You need to look for Lot 19 – which is where Albany Villa was built. If you know anything we don’t, please do get in touch.


Stratford Abbey School – Enquiry 131 by William (Aug 2014)

Q: I am interested to know about Stratford Abbey School and in particular a one time member of staff. It appears as a Boarding School on the 1871 census. I was hoping that you could assist in me trying to locate a member of staff [3rd line of the census return: Charlotte H. J. C. le Cronier, 29 years, French Governess b Countance, France]. Perhaps you could help me in finding records on her [how long she remained at Stratford Abbey School and where she went to after she left].

A1: (ARM) sent various website links found using Google (not repeated here)

A2: I have found this information and websites: From 1869 to 1955 Stratford Abbey College was a private school for girls. It was founded Miss Rosa Isacke and run by several of her younger female relatives after her retirement The building was demolished in the 1960s (and the site is now a petrol station) but if you would like to see what it looked like, there is a picture of an oil painting of Stratford Abbey on the museum website; it is image 19. Digital Stroud has this and on this website we have a photo

STILL OPEN


Dudbridge/Stroud branch line – Enquiry 130 by Roger (Aug 2014)

Q: Please can you put me in touch with someone who can tell me how this branch line crossed the A46 and Dudbridge Road. At the moment I am left at the top of a flight of steps staring across the rooftops in the meadow looking towards the point where it branched from the Stonehouse/Nailsworth line at Dudbridge.

A: There was a bridge across Dudbridge Rd (not A46). I can remember the line was on top of an embankment – that has been removed. On the Dudbridge side were allotments – now Dudbridge Meadow estate. On the Lightpill side was Erinoid’s sports & social club – tenpin bowling, bar, stage, billiard room and tennis courts + pitches (hockey in winter, cricket in summer – Gloucestershire County cricket team have played there). Here are links to old aerial photos: 1920 you can see the railway line, with a tunnel through; 1947 – old railway in foreground, with sports club above Dudbridge Hill going up left, Dudbridge Rd going up centre Bath Rd left to right – 1947 similar view.


Old Pearce – Enquiry 129 by MarionH (Aug 2014)

Q: Yesterday, Jenny Bailey gave the Society a set of (dressing?) table mats from an auction about three years ago. They are made of knotted and tied embroidery silk in pale blue and crimson and threaded with white ribbon. The Paradry Cleaner’s shirt box in which they were wrapped in blue tissue paper had this handwritten on the outside: “Wedding Present 1949 / Old Pearce / mats he made himself after 1914-18 war, in hospital”. I checked Death registrations in Stroud between 1949 and 1960 and found a number that could have been for Old Pearce, although I cannot find a local match in the WW1 army records and do not know that he was a local man. I would like to display them in our WW1 exhibition at Pate’s in October. Please can anyone tell me any more about them, or him? [Pamela Tawse, Red Cross and VAD Hospital historian, wonders if he might have been treated at Standish for TB. She says it is very likely that the mats were an occupational therapy project but they would have taken some weeks, and a steady hand and eye, to complete]

A: (MA) There was a lovely old chap called George Pearce in Kingscourt in 1940s who was a stone-waller….don’t know anything about him. Your man sounds like an old retainer, gardener perhaps at a big house, there are quite a sprinkling of Pearces listed as serving in WW1 under various villages   in “Lest Ye Forget”. STILL OPEN


French Episcopal Chapel – Enquiry 128 by Ron (Aug 2014)

Q: Family research has thrown up a family of Huguenot weaver immigrants ( post revocation of the Edict of Nantes) using the French Chapel in Bristol but one baptism entry ( 1692) for the family appears in the registers of ” the French Epsicopal Chapel, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire”. I wonder whether you could confirm the existence of that chapel/ meeting house at that time?

A: I have found in a book about Stonehouse that the Clutterbucks are descendants of Cloterbooke who were Huguenots – try this link    William Clotterbooke, of Stonehouse, born 13 January 1658. Other local clothiers families were also descendents of Huguenots. But you will probably get more from Stonehouse History Group. STILL OPEN


Polish Resettlement camps – Enquiry 127 by Pat (Aug 2014)

Q: A friend of mine says that she saw a publication in a shop in Stroud some time ago. The publication was about Eastern Europeans who came to work in places like Listers. She can’t remember the name of the book. Does this mean anything to you? Can you help at all in suggesting where she can look for it.

A: (JennyB) The title is Polish Resettlement Camps in England and Wales 1946 – 69 by Zosia and Jurek Biegus. It is the book I am using for my Local History Soc research project. Do you know of any other people who would be willing to share their memories?


The Heavens – Enquiry 125 by Neil (Jul 2014)

Following earlier contacts with the SLHS I have loads of info about the Heavens (my research is ongoing) but far too much to post online as yet. I am however, willing to answer any questions anyone has about the Heavens if any come your way! Neil Baker <[email protected]>


Whiteshill – Enquiry 124 by Jo (Jul 2014)

Q: At your exhibition today I noticed that you are researching Whiteshill, and that it is Keith Davitte conducting the research. My late husband’s ancestors came from Whiteshill, so I do have a little information on them [Knight /Pitt] which you may find useful in your research.

A: passed the offer on to Keith


Acre St ROUND HOUSE – Enquiry 123 by Janey (Jul 2014)

Q: The librarian at Stroud college gave me your contact details as I am trying to research the octagonal church in Acre street. The salvation army are selling it as they cannot afford to up-keep the building.

A: (MH): Fisher’s Notes & Recollections has this: (describing visits to Stroud by John Wesley, who stayed with his friend Ezekiel King in Middle St) “On such occasions Mr Wesley rose at five o’clock in the morning to conduct the early prayers at the Round-house, as his chapel in Acre-edge was then called. It is even now remembered by that name, having been, originally, a small octagonal building of equal sides. On one of Mr Wesley’s visits, about the year 1786, the writer, but a little boy, heard him preach; and remembers his reproving some women of his congregation for their excessive snuff-taking in the chapel.” STILL OPEN


Slad census 1911 – Enquiry 121 by Stuart (Mar 2014)

Q: Archway’s Year 7 and 8 students are reading Cider with Rosie. I thought it would be interesting for them to see the Lee family in the census returns. Does anyone already have copies?

A (BH): You might find ‘Sheepscombe – One thousand years in this Gloucestershire Valley’ by Elisabeth Skinner useful. Published in 2005 it has extensive census material in it.

A (MH) The 1911 census is not the same as all the previous ones, in that every household’s completed form makes up the published record. No quick skimming down a list, like before. The 1911 Census Summary book does give an overview, street by street, and it handily also identifies shops and other unoccupied buildings, but it only identifies the Head of Household.


Summer St Police Station – Enquiry 119 by Brian (Jul 2014)

Q: I am researching the old police station at the end of Summer Street at the junction of Bisley Road. Do you have any pictures, maps or any information. I have established that prior to the building NOUNCELLS CROSS flats, the Police Station was situated on the now grassed area at the junction of Summer St and Bisley Rd. It was used for some time used as a ladies Hair Dressers shop. Ideally a picture would be fantastic.

A: STILL OPEN


Pigeon/Pidgeon Cottage – Enquiry 118 by Michael (Jul 2014)

Q: Can anyone please help me determine where the above named cottage is or was situate at Middleyard Kings Stanley. My Great Aunts Spinsters Beatrice Mary and Jessica May Lane resided there up to Beatrice’s death in 1958. They formerly resided at The Retreat Middleyard.

A: STILL OPEN


Thrupp in WW1 – Enquiry 117 by Rachel (Jul 2014)

Q: I am the Year5/6 teacher at Thrupp Primary School and am doing a topic about WW1 this coming Autumn term. We are focusing our topic around the Brimscombe and Thrupp memorial and looking at what happened to the men on the memorial, as well as what life was like in Stroud during the war. I was wondering if you had any information about any of the men on the memorial or the local area which would be of help to me. I have already found some things out about the Cole family who lived in Bourne House, Brimscombe – 3 of their sons are listed on the memorial.

A (MH): SLHS is not researching the names on the memorials because other groups are already doing so. But you do know about the Thrupp memorial in Holy Trinity church, next to Stroud Hospital, don’t you? There is a special board on the left as you go in.


Gingko tree in Stroud – Enquiry 116 by PeterH (Aug 2014)

Q: In Stroud, immediately outside the 99p sho there is a Gingko Biloba tree, a rarity because of its age. How old is it, Why is it there? Does it celebrate part of Stroud’s history? Who/when was it planted. It originated in China/Japan and such a tree survived the Atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima.

A (ARM): Try the SDC’s Tree Officer.


Stroud during WW1 – Enquiry 115 by Peter Berry GLHA (Oct 2013)

Q: Our GFHS Stroud Branch are gathering local un-recorded experiences of local people to commemorate WW1. We are appealing for recollections from descendants how their family was affected and how those returning from the front adapted to civilian life. Also those at home what war work they did or jobs they took over and any other changes altered every day life.

A (CT) I have identified records of 9 people who sought exemption from military service on pacifist/conscience grounds (3 were Whiteway colonists – a Tolstoyan community outside Stroud). Only one of the nine went as far as resisting conscription to the extent of being arrested by the military authorities (but the court report gives the impression there were plenty more avoiding conscription). The best source for more information would be the official records of men applying to avoid conscription. Sadly the efficient council authorities in Stroud destroyed the documentation as they were told to do by the Government in the 1920’s. Which means there is not much more research to do in Stroud.


National Trust, Newark Park and WW1 – Enquiry 114 by Susie (Oct 2013)

Q: I wondered if it might be possible for one of your members to get in touch I’m currently doing some research for a First World War project in connection with Newark Park. The project is focused on the informal art of the ordinary rank and file soldier of the First World War, drawings and sketches that might be found in letters back home to outpourings of poetry and verse. As part of the project, we’re very   keen to link up with local history societies and develop potential project collaborations. At this stage I’m just doing some background research.

A: STILL OPEN Enquiry also passed to MiP.


Exchange Buildings/Gresham House – Enquiry 113 by MarionH (Nov 2012)

Q: I now know the location of William Cowle’s Exchange Buildings up at the top of the High St (one half was replaced by Lewis’s, now a charity shop). Howard found a 1910-ish photograph of the Corn Exchange commercial hotel, on the same site. On the railings into the hotel yard is a sign saying: “Gresham House/3rd door on right/No 6/tourists and commercial”, with CTC at bottom left and the signature of ?Marriott at the right. Can anyone tell me more about Gresham House or Mr Marriott?   I have just sent off an enquiry to the Cyclists Touring Club to see if they had a hostel there [they replied sorry but no], and a Mrs Marriott (newsagent nearby 1930-1960s) gave Joan Tucker a very early photograph of The Cross that I now know showed the original Exchange Buildings.

A (CT): Chas sent this explanation, from the CTC’s own website: “Long before Michelin started handing out stars, CTC’s emblem on your business was the ultimate accolade. And it is still a mark that you are something special as you can welcome cyclists to your premises and provide the extra facilities they may need such as secure cycle parking, for example. During the original cycling boom of the late nineteenth century, the gentry were out touring the country and abroad on their bikes. Proprietors of every kind added ‘CTC’ to their hoardings to encourage a pedalling populace to patronise their hotels, cafes and shops. By 1888, CTC was dispensing its official endorsements in the form of a Winged Wheel, a huge circular sign two feet across.”


Edward THORNTON of Rowcroft – Enquiry 112 by MarionH (Jul 2014)

Q: A direct descendant of Edward Thornton, in Maryland USA, found Dr Thornton in the Old Glos Diary transcript I put online recently. He is interested in DNA testing for genealogical links and Dr Thornton’s children were all born in Stroud – one of them was Henry (possibly the grocer/fruiterer here in the 1850s). I have pointed the researcher – Charles (Chuck) Thornton at the GlosFamHistSoc but just in case anyone here thinks they might be related and would like to get in touch, do contact me and I will pass you on.


STROUD CATTLE MARKET in 1870s – Enquiry 111 by MarionH (Apr 2013)

Q: Tony Macer and I are having great difficulty finding out exactly where Stroud cattle/sheep market was held in the 1870s. We think it had moved from the Shambles and/or the High Street, to somewhere nearer the church, or Brick Row. It was between the backs of Brick Row and Belle Vue Road by the 1880s but where was it in the previous ten years? It was described in various sources as being within sight of Uplands school playground, near the Fountain, near the School of Art …

A: (CT) Various bits of evidence, and suggestions from members, point to the piece of land between Lansdown and Slad Road that was much later the British Telecom repair depot and is now housing. We still (Sept 2014) have not found it marked on any map.


Stroud display venue – Enquiry 108, Nov 2012, Nigel Croft

We have just taken over what was Bar 9, John St, Stroud. We are currently refurbishing, turning it into a traditional style real ale pub, that also offers good food, to be known as The Ale House. We have plenty of wall space which we would like to make available to artists to display their works. I would be thinking of traditional works related to the history and environs of Stroud. Should you know of any interested parties, please could they contact me on 01453 755447.

NB – this is the building that was originally used by the Board of Guardians for its meetings and payments of relief under the Poor Law. A stone plaque is still on the wall of one of the bars.


BURIALS – Enquiry 107 (various)

We occasionally receive requests for help in locating burial sites. Here are some, in case the names are of interest to our members:

Greg, Australia, Mar 2012 – death of Isaac WILLIAMS, greengrocer, B abt 1809 D abt 1881

Penny, New Zealand, June 2013 – Hilda and Joseph COX 1960s (and ancestors in Stroud, Horsley and Kingswood)

Sarah, Apr 2014 – 1881 death in Stroud Union workhouse – where to look?

Stroud Cemetery records (from 1856) are held by Stroud Town Council and the staff there are very helpful. Earlier than that, burials were recorded in the parish registers. There are copies in Stroud Library’s Local Studies room and at Gloucestershire Archives. The Glos Family History Association may also have information.


MILES Report 1839 – Enquiry 106.3 by StuartB (Mar 2012)

Q: There existed, about 30 years ago, an excellent local history SIGNAL series, including one on the 1839 Miles Report. Does anyone have anything on the Report that I might briefly borrow for the book I am writing on Stroud’s Radical Past?

A: STILL OPEN


STROUD WEAVERS – Enquiry 106.2 by Heather (Sep 2011)

Q: My ancestors (Neale) were weavers in Stroud before moving to Tewkesbury in the 1830s. Do you know where I can get a copy of the book Stroudwater Riots 1825 please?

A: second-hand copies are available online.


ANOTHER WAY HOME – Enquiry 106.1 by Diane, New Zealand (undated)

Q: I am writing to you from New Zealand. A dear friend is moving to Stroud in the next Month and I would like to try to purchase, as a gift, a copy of the book Another Way Home 978-1-906662-07-3. I have tried Book Depository and Amazon to no avail. Could you possibly recommend someone locally that I could purchase a copy from?

A: This was a limited edition book to raise money, by local people with a local publisher. Sent website details our local second-hand bookshops.


Church group 1924 – Enquiry 103 by Kay, Australia (Jul 2014)

Q: I am trying to identify a group of about 15 women plus 3 children and a CofE minister that was taken on the porch of a building, not unlike the design of the School of Arts at Stroud, in 1924. I believe two of the children, a girl and younger boy, belong to the rector and one of the women is his wife. I also have their studio wedding photo, postcard size. And one of them with the little girl when she was a toddler. The local librarian referred me to you. Could you advise who was the anglican rector around 1924, and whether there was an Anglican weatherboard building associated with the church? The doors of the porch entrance are double doors with top forming an arch.   Would appreciate any information you could give me. Maybe you already have a copy of this group photo in your archives? Thank you.

A: STILL OPEN


BOY SCOUTS 1940s – Enquiry 102 by Katie, Scotland (Mar 2013)

Q: I wondered whether the society held any information or photographs of the Stroud Scouts’ band, which would march through the town on high days and holidays. This would be around the middle-to-late 1940s, when my father-in-law was a member, as a flautist.

A (BH and JB): The best place to look is in ‘The World of Netlam Bigg’, It should be available in the Library but we have a copy if you cannot find one. Netlam Bigg was the Scoutmaster at the time. and in the book are several photos of the Scout Band and at least one of the people named in the photos is still alive. You may know of them.

and a PostScript from Katie: Great excitement in Scotland! I purchased the book you so kindly recommended and had it sent directly to my father-in-law – who wrote back to say he’d found a photograph of himself from 1942, standing in front of a flag pole. He’s really thrilled. I can’t thank you enough for being so helpful.


RESTALL family – Enquiry 101 by Jane (Jan 2014)

Q: I have many many photos of my family who have lived in Stroud for several generations. They include my great great grandfather who was the sexton of Stroud Churchyard and the Butchers Arms pub which my grandfather ran in the 40’s and 50’s, now pulled down; and him as a choir boy at Holy Trinity and later in the football team of 1928. I wondered if anyone would be interested in looking at them and possibly copying them for research/records.

A1: (BH) We are in touch directly with Jane since a lot of her pictures are connected with Uplands and Slad areas, and plan to meet her soon.

A2: (MH) One of Jane’s photographs is of the Holy Trinity football team in 1929 – I have put a copy in our backroom files. It shows: H CARTER, Rev C COLE (President), J W COOPER, P CERESSWELL, J CROSBY (Asst Treasurer), R FLUCK, C J HAWKINS, Canon E H HAWKINS, G HAWKINS (Capt), H F KNIGHT, S J KNIGHT (Secretary), P MILES, A PEARCE, S PULLEN, A RESTALL (Treasurer), W RUSSELL, C SHIPWAY, L SHIPWAY, R TURNER, J WATTS, F WEAREN.


HOBBS – Enquiry 100.4 by Kerrie Hobbs, New Zealand (Sep 2011)

Q: Kerrie wrote to ask for help tracing the death of a 12-year-old boy in Stroud in 1909. His brother was adopted as a newborn – presumably in the workhouse – and she is trying to trace descendants. Unfortunately she never gave us a name.


STROUD surname – Enquiry 100.3 by Lawrence, Arizona (undated)

Q: My family has roots in England as the Lawrences married the Strouds. My grandmother’s father’s name was Harrison E. Stroud and he was a medical doctor in the late 1890’s and had a large practice in Phoenix Arizona.

A: STILL OPEN


HEAVEN surname – Enquiry 100.2 by Bill (undated)

Q: I have been told that my ancestor came from the area around Stroud. Where can I research the name Heaven in the district?

A: STILL OPEN


PARISH RECORDS – Enquiry 100.1 by Harry (undated)

Q: Are the Stroud parish records online or on CD please?

A: STILL OPEN


HAY MARYON WATER TURBINE FACTORY – Enquiry 96 (undated)

Q: I am the Senior Archivist of the South Western Electricity Historical Society and we have been advised by Kew Records that Hay Maryon Co. Ltd had a manufacturing unit in Stroud in the 1920’s. Have you any info on this?

A: Nothing like this at all in the 1920s trade directories STILL OPEN


QUARRIES on Stroud Hill – Enquiry 95 by MarionH (Oct 2012)

Please does anyone know of any existing publications that talk about the many small quarries up on Stroud Hill, between Bisley Old Road and Bisley Road? I am investigating the urban myth that there was a tunnel from the Workhouse to the Cemetery across the road! Our local Junior school pupils are convinced there was one but possible truer versions might be connected with wells, or with quarrying tunnels nearby.

A: STILL OPEN


RED ROW – Enquiry 94 from Gill (June 2011)

Q: I’m researching my family hstory, and have found that many of the one side once lived in Red Row, Brookthorpe/Wheatenhurst. I have not been able to find this, probably the houses are no longer in existance, but it would be interesting to know roughly where it was. Some censuses mention Stroud Road.

A: STILL OPEN


CASHES GREEN HOSPITAL – Enquiry 93 from JennyB (Mar 2012)

Q: I am looking for information about G P MILNE who was the local architect for the above.

A: STILL OPEN


LIGHTPILL MILL SITE – Enquiry 97 by Thomas (July 2014)

Q: I recently meet some of your members at the museum in the park with their display of local photos of Stroud and asked them if they had any information as regards to the old mill of the Bath road next to Stroud auctions in the trading estate. I would be very interested if you have any more information for when the mill was water powered, reading the text it once had three wheels, plenty of power there for the machinery. Any paperwork from the early days (or when it was a cotton mill) would be of great interest to me!

A: Have a look at the Digital Stroud website and the Nailsworth website. You will find more on the Stroudwater Textile Trust website and in the VCH.


BURCHELL Thomas – Enquiry 91 by Louise (June 2014)

Q: I am currently working on a BBC2 Documentary on missionaries and I am looking at the story of Thomas Burchell. I have found an article written by Philip Walmsley about Stroud and Slavery. I would also be interested in talking to anyone at the SLHS who has an interest or knowledge of Thomas Burchell.

A: We have spoken to Philip, but due to his poor health, he is not able to help. He sends his apologies and wishes you well. STILL OPEN


WATER POWER – Enquiry 90 by Alice (May 2014)

Q: I am student and Stroud High School and am planning an A level project prior to studying a combined History/Geography degree. I would like to find out how water power shaped the development of the Stroud valley around the 18th and19th centuries. I was just wondering if there are any members of The Stroud Local History Society with a particular interest in this area of local history.

A: we recommended a number of books and websites already listed on our own website pages. STILL OPEN


EARLY FOSTERING? – Enquiry 89 by MarionH (July? 2013)

Q: The 1911 census shows that widow Annie Munt and her single daughter Blanche (who had her own daughter), of 1 Upper Lyppiatt Terrace (now 125 Horns Road) gave a home to four adopted children. At least two neighbours also had child ‘boarders’ living with them. Only one of the children was local. Does anyone know the story? Might it be an early form of fostering, or connected with a children’s home? This is part of our research into The Field Estate of William Cowle.

A: (CT) It was not unusual for workhouse children to be boarded out although I don’t know what the practice of the Stroud guardians. Additionally the 1908 children act provided for registration, inspection etc of people providing accom which were not their children. This suggests it was fairly common place and there were neglect/abuse issues. As far as the adoptions – this is likely to be a private arranngement agreed between families as the adoption arrangements we know today arise from the mid war period.

A2: (MH) I discovered later that about this time govt legislation encouraged workhouses to place young orphaned children with families in a fostering arrangement.


ROSS – Minister? – Enquiry 88 by MarionH (July? 2013)

Q: The 1901 census has Mrs Rhoda ROSS living in Bisley Road. Her 7-year-old son was born in Amoy, China. Her husband is absent. Does anyone know if a Mr ROSS was a minister in Stroud around then? I have found a Richard (minister) + Rhoda ROSS sailing from Canada to Plymouth in 1913 (she was b. Plymouth) and wonder if it was the same chap. There are quite a few non-Conf ministers lodging in Bisley Road in 1901!

A: STILL OPEN


GRANVILLEs in Bisley Rd – Enquiry 87 by MarionH (July? 2013)

Q: I have recently been lent the title deeds for Granville Cottages – the two lovely stone houses at the bottom of Bisley Road. I now know they were built in the 1820s probably by/for Robert KEENE who had to sell them on. When Bisley Road was developed after 1873, a pair of villas up at the top was named Granville Villas. Please can anyone suggest a good reason for these houses being called Granville, fifty years apart?

A: STILL OPEN


 STONE EAGLE on Bisley Rd – Enquiry 86 by MarionH (July? 2013)

Q: The present owner of the house (No 32), and of the large stone eagle on the gable, does not know why it is there. I thought it could have resulted from an unpaid funeral bill because his family used to be builders/undertakers there, but he has never heard any family story of where the eagle came from. He can only think of a name link to the Eagle Mill (down the hill on the River Frome), or the old Spread Eagle pub in Bisley Old Road. Please does any SLHS member know the story?

A: STILL OPEN


GRIFFIN Gabriel George – Enq 83 by Philip, Netherlands (June 2014)

Q: I am trying to find out more about the following airman, is there anyway you can help me out with this, for example how to trace any possible relatives?  Flight Sergeant, Navigator/Radar Operator, Service No: 1401177, Date of Death: 17/09/1944; Age: 23; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; buried at Arnhem Oosterbeek war cemetery. Son of Ernest James Griffin and Elizabeth Wilhelmina Griffin, of Brownshill, Gloucestershire.

A: suggested asking local newspapers; first name not familiar locally; also many websites now offer searchable records for WW2. STILL OPEN  


STROUD CHURCHES AND CHAPELS – Enq 82 by Alan (May 2014)

Q: I am currently working on the text of a book on the 1851 Religious Census (to be published next year) and wonder if any members could help me with any of the following.  Some directly relate to Stroud or nearby:

a)       George Proctor the incumbent of St Lawrence 1845-58(?)

b)       Are both St Pauls and Holy Trinity in the Whiteshill area?

c)       Primitive Methodist chapel (1836) when did it close and when did it re-open as the Playhouse theatre (1999?)

d)       Christian Brethren worshipped in a room in Davidbridge Mills (was there such a place?)

Nearby areas:

e)       Slad – Consecration day of Holy Trinity Slad … October 1834.

f)         Rodborough Tabernacle – the name (and ideally the dates when he started and ended his ministry) of the minister in March 1851. It could be Samuel Thodeg? or Eliezer Jones (died 1867)

g)       Randwick – The name of the minister of the parish church of Randwick in the 1730s and 1740s (during the visits of Whitefield and Wesley)

Help with any of these points would be much appreciated!

Af) (MA) Samuel Thodey was the Minister at Rodborough Tabernacle from 1849 – 1858.

Ab) We have St Paul’s, Whiteshill; Holy Trinity, Slad; Holy Trinity, Stroud (by the hospital); Church of the Holy Spirit (Paganhill) – see our local churches website

Ac) The Cotswold Players bought the playhouse in 1951 see their website. Someone at the Cotswold Playhouse may be able to help you if you want to know more.


LIGHTPILL to BIRDLIP TURNPIKE – Enq 81 by Jonathan (May 2014)

Q: I wonder if anyone has any information on the whereabouts of the MINUTE BOOK FOR THE LIGHTPILL TO BIRDLIP TURNPIKE, this will be dated from 1800 to something like 1810. Others exist from this time, for example the Nailsworth Minute Book which formed the basis for Christopher Cox’s research for his doctoral thesis.

A1: (ARM) With reference to your enquiry made to the SLHS, I found a copy of  Nicholas Herbert’s “Road travel and transport in Georgian Gloucestershire” at the Oxfam shop a short while ago. As you appear to have an interest in turnpikes, I guess that you have seen this book already. If not, you may like to borrow it.

A2 (CT): Whether turnpike trust records survived is usually a matter of luck as trusts were private bodies and they ceased to operate before the collection of archives by counties began. I regularly walk in area of Uplands, Slad and Vatch and have some theories about where roads previously went and happy to share these with you.


STROUDWATER – Enq 78 by Greg (May 2014)

Q: In the 1860’s did the name Stroudwater apply to a specific area within Stroud or was it only a reference to the canal system?

A: The Victoria County History says: ‘The name Stroudwater, besides being used as an alternative name for the river Frome and to designate the whole of the Stroud Valley region, was also sometimes applied to the town.”  It mentions the Stroudwater Flying coach as well as the Stroudwater canal.


WOODCHESTER HOUSE/TOWER HOUSE – Enq 77 by Christopher (May 2014)

Q: Would your Society know anything about the history of the above from 1940 – 1945? I am interested in its WW2 history as both my mother and father were each stationed there whilst serving in the army. I believe Woodchester House served as an intelligence base and thought you may have had some info\photos.

A: (from Woodchester Historical Soc) I have replied with information about the film company at Tower House in WW2 but I have had no success with activities at Woodchester House. STILL OPEN


SUBSCRIPTION ROOMS – Enq 76 by MarionH (Apr 2014)

Q: I am transcribing a hand-written list of the local men who bought shares in 1832-35 to fund the building of the Subscription Rooms. I have identified all except three, who do not appear in any of my usual cross-references (Fisher, GRO, census, trade directories, Glos Archives). They are: DAVIS Handy and Jesse STANTON Jno (John), Can anyone help please?

A: (MiP) Handy and Jesse DAVIS were leasing Iles Mill, Bisley from J Pitt of Cirencester in 1836 – this is the only trace I have of them.


AREA EIGHT – local ARP in WW2 – Enq 74 by TonyM (Apr 2014)

Q: I have found a flyer about Area Eight – any ideas?

A: Glos Archives hold a copy; the online catalogue describes it as:  1945 “Area Eight” in the war against Hitlerism, being an account of the civil defence services and ARP in Stroud and Nailsworth by P.R. Symonds D5847/3/19


RICE Honoria and Ellen – Enq 73 by Carmel, Ireland (April 2014)

Q: I have just learned that two great aunts, Honoria and Ellen RICE emigrated to Stroud sometime after 1911 (they are listed in Dublin in the 1911 Census Returns).  These two ladies are a mystery to the family, I intend to visit England particularly Stroud later this year so advice about sources will be very helpful.

A1: I suggest you start at the Family History Society which has its main base and an excellent reference room in Gloucester – on the site of the County Archives, which can also be handy. Stroud Library has a local studies room but you will almost certainly find more in Gloucester. If you can find their death certificates (which might cost about £20 each unless you can find free details in the GFHS search room) they should give a home address, and you can come and find it in Stroud.

A2: (MiP) Given that death is post 1911, the local Register Office should still have copies of the Death Certificates [Aug2014: checked; old registers are now held in Cheltenham, Stroud Reg Office is only open by appointment]. There is nothing in our collections relating to either lady.


SMITH, Alfred Newman – Enq 71 by Tony, New Zealand (April 2014)

Qa) In 1838, Leonard Stanley church was painted by ‘A Smith’. Pleae can you tell me his full name?

Qb) I am descended from COLEMAN and BEARD families who sailed for Port Jackson, Australia, in 1839 on the ‘Bussorah Merchant’ in 1839. Are there any relatives still in the area?

Aa1): (MH) The painter’s name was Alfred Newman SMITH. I have not seen the painting you mentioned, but in the 1840s Alfred Newland Smith was a prolific landscape painter in and around Stroud. He had been born in Chelsea but his wife was local and his children were born here. He lived in the town and his son set up as a photographer here. I have just googled Alfred Newland Smith and got a good set of hits – including his painting of Kings Stanley church, so it could be the same man. Hope this helps. If our backroom team has not already suggested that you should contact the Gloucestershire Family History Society about your Colemans and Beards.

Aa2): (MiP) We have a selection paintings by him and his relatives in our collections – you can see some here on a BBC website:

Alfred published a book Twenty Lithographic Views of Ecclesiastical Edifices in the Borough of Stroud in 1838 and the image you refer to is part of that publication.

Aa3: (HB) His full name was Alfred Newland Smith, born around 1813 I believe and son of Daniel. ncidentally, my Beards were in Tetbury rather than Stroud at this period, so I doubt if I am related to the Beards you mention.

Ab:) STILL OPEN [although MarionH has since been in correspondence for the GLHA’s 2015 exhibition theme and has been sent extracts from an upcoming book]


FOLLY on FOLLY LANE – Enquiry 68 by Harold (July 2014)

Q: At the Stroud Local History Society exhibition that is on in the Museum in the Park in Stroud at the moment, I saw “Folly Lane – derives from a charming little structure – a summer house, or folly – built on the edge of land surrounding the country mansion for long known as the Grove, now Hawkwood College” (no folly now, but Folly House is on the site). Unapproved developments have just been made next to Folly House, listed as a Heritage Asset in an AoNB. Stroud DC has since refused permission and required restoration of the damage but it hasn’t yet been done.

A: STILL OPEN


WEYHOUSE HAMLET – Enquiry 67 by Sarah (Jan 2014)

Q: I was wondering whether you have any information about the ‘lost’ Weyhouse hamlet which is pictured in Howard Beard’s photography book? I especially want to find out more information about Weyhouse Cottages (the ones for which only the base of the walls remain east of Dry Hill Woods) and their immediate surroundings. The site is so difficult to access I was wondering what was their primary purpose of being where they are. The deep mark left by what must have been the main path from the cottages to the town and the realisation that there used to be a quarry very close made me wonder whether actually the cottages were built for quarry masters or something similar and actually lie on an old ‘main route’ of limestone transport from the quarries in the area into Stroud.

A: We passed this enquiry on to Neil Baker, a local achaeologist who has been researching the Heavens since 2009. We know he responded but then their correspondence became direct. He knows a lot about the hillside – his email is heavensarchaeology(at)yahoo.co.uk.


MISERDEN PEACE CELEBRATIONS 1919 – Enquiry 66 by Mike (Nov? 2013)

Q: I collect postcards showing the celebrations for “Peace” across the U.K on the 19th. July 1919, and I recently acquired one showing part of Miserden’s procession. I like to write-up the cards using the report/s in the local newpapers, but in this instance I have been advised by Andrew Fripp of Stroud Library that the Stroud Journal did not cover the events in Miserden, the Library does not have the Stroud News on microfilm, and none of the Gloucester newspapers covered the events either.

A: (BH) Miserden news did not get covered by Stroud News or Journal, doesn’t now even. I contacted the Wilts and Glos Standard editor and she said it does cover Miserden but does not know if anything in 1919. She suggests you ring Lyn Gillett 01285-642642 she could help arrange for your to check the old editions but they do not have resources to check themselves.

Miserden does have a website and there is also Gloucestershire Archives where you might find something.

Joy Thacker wrote a book about Whiteway and did some local research some years ago – Whiteway Colony – a social history of a Tolstoyian Community.


UPPER GRANGE, LOVEDAY MEAD – Enquiry 65 by Patricia (Nov 2013)

Q: I am doing a research project on the Genii Loci (Spirit of Place) on the home and grounds at Upper Grange, Loveday Mead.  I am looking for any and all history that may be known about this house and the grounds.

A: STILL OPEN


FIELD HURST BOWBRIDGE LANE – Enquiry 64 by Mike (Oct 2013)

Q: My Uncle Robert (Bob) Lane married to Dorothy Weaver (Occupation Weaver) resided at “Fieldhurst” Bowbridge Lane Stroud. He was shot down and killed over France 28/29th July 1944. I would like to find out where Fieldhurst was, maybe it has since been demolished to make way for new build. NB: Not to be confused with Fieldhurst Blackness.

A: [summer 2014 – Mike emailed to say he had identified the house – it is now No 42 Bowbridge Lane]


THE STROUD BUILDING in Holland- – Enquiry 63 by Bruce (Sept 2013)

Q: In Putten, Netherlands, is a multi-function community centre called the “Stroud” building. An image can be viewed here:   It has some connection with Nazi reprisals late in WW2. Does anyone know any more?

A: (MS) Many years ago when I was working in the Tourist Information Centre in Stroud two lovely young Dutch people called into the Subscription Rooms (hope I have got this right). Apparently when the war was ending the army got to Putten and heard of the terrible experiences with the Germans – how all the able bodied men had been taken and hardly anyone returned. There must have been some soldiers from Stroud and they were so shocked by what they heard that some time later they invited all the children over as guests to Stroud. The young man said that because of this when they re-built their town hall they called it Stroud. I sent them along to our local paper Stroud News and I think they did print something about it but the people of Putten will always be grateful to those soldiers.


WILLIAMSON & TRATT, Clothing manufacturers – Enquiry 62 by Gael (NewZ, Sept 2013)

Q: I am interested in the company Williamson and Tratt who built what is now known as the Paul Building which is featured on the home page of your website.  I am undertaking work on the emigration of Scots from South Lanarkshire, one of whom was David Williamson who established the partnership Williamson and Tratt and constructed the building.  I also have a personal interest as my mother was a Williamson and David Williamson was her great uncle.  I would like if possible to talk to anyone who knows something about the building and/or the history of the company, particularly the early years (late 1870s/ early 1880s) of the company.

A: MarionH had replied “I will be happy to pass on what I have about James Tratt and his mysterious orphaned wife (perhaps a niece of David Williamson), and the fact that they bought and lived in the house built by William Cowle after his death. I also have the quote and plans for the conversion of the earlier warehouse to that wonderful Hill Paul brick factory that is a landmark in our town – and I have tracked David Williamson from his home in Scotland to his house in Stroud – Thanet House – now used by Stroud Town Council as offices. There is a photograph of David Williamson in Molly and Alfred Hoy’s book “The Met in a Barn” because he was the Sunday School superintendent at the Independent chapel (off Acre Street) for many years.” Gael did turn up and Marion gave her a tour of the buildings in town connected with DavidW.


NEW INN LOWER ST – – Enquiry 61 by Penny (Sept 2013)

Q: I believe this building may have come into being in abt. 1820. [Source: Stroud Walk 2 published by Stroudwater Textile Trust].  There is now a stone set into the wall by the door which reads The Old Pub. PS (Apl 2014) Following your reply I have discovered that the premises that became known as The New Inn (probably when it was taken over by Stroud Brewery in about 1890) – was in 1861 called Old Inn – and was occupied by a Samuel Smith

A: There are two websites that might help: one on local pubs and another on pub history

A2: Penny has since donated a copy of the book she wrote about her 1830s family in this house – see Enquiry #57

A3: 2015 Penny’s article New Inn


WATKEYS William John – Enquiry 60 by Hilary (Aug 2013)

Q: I am a student at Nottingham, writing a paper on this portrait artist, who is a distant relative. He lived in Stroud and died there in 1873. Some of his work is in Swansea museum. Can anyone help?

A: STILL OPEN


BISLEY BOY – Enquiry 59 by Sarah (Jun 2013)

Q: I am a London-based producer for NBC News. We are looking into the Bisley Boy conspiracy that claimed Elizabeth 1st was actually a boy. I would be interested in any information from local historians.

A: (MA) There were some interesting letters printed in the Daily Mail of 12th June [2014] giving convincing reasons why the legend can’t be true!

A2: (BH) We think the following sources may help you:

1) ‘It happened in Gloucestershire’ – Phyllida Barstow published by Merlin Unwin Books – chapter on Bisley Boy – book available in Stroud Tourist Office

2) Old Newspaper cuttings – a) Stroud News article – ‘Bisley folklore’ – think June 1938; b) Stroud News article ‘Topics of the Week’ – Bisley Boy Legend – September 1930? (we have a part printout of these and it might be on microfiche in Stroud Library records)

3) Cotswold Life – November 2003 – article on Cotswold Legends ‘The Riddle of the Bisley Boy’ Modern research by Prof. Brian Locke and Marie Jennings on page 66.


DANIELS – Enquiry 58 by Greg (Canada then NZ) (June 2013)

Q: Aside from Thomas and Joseph’s Iron Works, where did all the Daniels in Stroud come from?

A: (MA) Descendants are still around the Stroud district and would like to be put in touch with you (they are not SLHS members but neighbours of MA).


STROUD FIELDS – Enquiry 57 by Penny Gay Apr 2013

Q: Where might Stroud Field or Fields have been located in the 1930s?

A: (MH) It’s a difficult name to pin down, since there are so many possible variations. I am pretty certain it was not used as a description in The Field estate of the Arundell family (The Field was the name of their house, Penny, and it was not the same as Field Place, another big house at Paganhill!). But the Victoria County History has one exact match on “Stroud Field” (none at all on “Stroud Fields”), and it puts it within the Lypiatt manor, as you suspect.

A2: Penny has since found more from Ian Mackintosh’s booklet produced by the Stroudwater Textile Trust entitled ‘stroud town walk 2: the upp end’. In Aug 2014 she gave us a copy of her own book about her gt-gt-gf John Gay’s life as a maltster in Lower Street. It covers turnpikes too – esp the widow Gay and her sons at Brimscombe – and her later emigration to Wisconsin. The book is now #130 in our SLHS Collection.


HARRIS & MCLEAN, STANLEY MILLS – Enquiry 56 by Chris and Ros (Australia) May 2013

Q: My Gt-gf Charles HALL b 1804 Leicestershire joined the Australian Agricultural Company in 1825. He was interviewed on their behalf by Donald Maclean, wool merchant and partner in the King’s Stanley mill. The interview was successful and his salary started on the date of his embarcation. Can anyone please explain what a woolsorter had to be able to do?

A: given, but not copied to our backroom. PLEASE RESEND


BOWNHAM HOUSE – Enquiry 55 by RV Ontario (Feb 2013?)

Q: Currently researching Rev Joseph TOWNSEND (1739-1806) of Pewsey, Wilts. NatArchives of Scotland has a letter from him dated 1806 likely to be Thomas SMITH JP of Bownham House near Stroud. Does anyone know of any surviving papers [this student seems to be looking for original correspondence, for his PhD]

A: STILL OPEN


GANNICOX HOUSE – Enquiry 54 by Dave (Feb 2013)

Q: Please do you know what ‘Gannicox’ means? I am interested in the name derivation, not the house itself or any social history.

A: There are two – Upper and Lower. The Victoria County History  has an early description of both but no derivation. STILL OPEN


STRATFORD LODGE – Enquiry 53 by Diane (Jan 2013) and Tracy (Feb 2013)

Q: [Diane] As a child, my aunt lived at Stratford Lodge. Do you know its history? Tt was owned by a family called Grimmes or Grahame and this would be about 1900 to around 1905. [Tracy only wanted to know local sources for more info about the house].

A: Do you mean Stratford Lodge, Stratford Road, that is now a Premier Inn? It was previously called The Old Nelson and before that the Nelson school (private).

A2: (JL) Stratford Lodge was built in the early 19th century. It became the Nelson pub. It was the last home of Walter Stanton M.P. and later an independent day school for boys and girls called Nelson School, until around 1990. It was named Nelson after the headmaster of the school.

A3: (MH) The Stroud Journal of 5th June 1875 has this advert for Stratford Lodge. “Stratford Lodge to rent for £80. Dining and drawing rooms. Library. 4 bedrooms, 3 dressing rooms, kitchens, pantry, attics. Stabling for 3 horses, flower garden, croquet lawn, large kitchen garden. Advertised by Mr Clark, Bookseller, Stroud”


BELL MARSHALL Mark – Enquiry 52 by Peter (Nov 2012)

Q: Birdhopecraig URC church in Northumberland is closing. Want to locate any living descendant of Mark Bell MARSHALL who was a JP in Stroud in 1902, to move out a plaque donated by him.

A: Michael LANE [a previous correspondent] replied directly to the chapel. His family connection is that our Geo HOLLOWAY’s daughter Florence married Mark BM. The minister of the church was very pleased we put them in touch. We have a photo of the plaque if any member wants to see it.


SHARP John Taylor – Enquiry 51 by Julia (Nov 2012)

Q: My paternal grandfather John Taylor SHARP lived at The Firs, Brimscombe. He was killed in a motor accident in the late 20s/early 30s. I have a photograph of a gravestone but the date is obscured. Where will there be a newspaper report of his death?

A: STILL OPEN  [there are two local D regs for John T SHARP:1931Q1 Cirencester and 1932Q4 Gloucester – presumably he was taken to a local hospital. 1911 census gives YoB as 1875 so his was the Cirencester entry MH]


ROXBOROUGH HOUSE – Enquiry 50 by Anon (Sep 2012)

Q: Is there a photograph of Roxborough House, esp when it was a children’s home?

A: (CT) Rox House became a poor law (later county council) children’s home meaning children moved out of workhouse and opened as such in 1910 I think the building was a conversion of a victorian building. The history of the purchase etc should be in the Stroud Poor Law Board minute books and other records. Now demolished.

A2: (MH) I have a very worn copy of the 1903 edition of Stroud Valley Illustrated. On p 126 is an advertisement for Abbotsford College, Stroud. Below the name it says (Roxburgh House) Boarding and Day School for Girls. The photograph (by Burrow) shows a large and splendid three-storey stone? white-painted? building with a central porch, outside which are standing three people. The photograph is over-exposed so I am not sure how well it will scan. The text below says the Principal was Miss Cranstoun, and goes on to describe the classes available. [NB  Stroud library has a replica copy of the 1903 guide published in 2008 by History Press ISBN 978 0 7524 4817 6]


ALDRIDGE, tailor – Enquiry 49 by Sheridan (Sep 2012)

Q: I am looking for a tailor in Stroud in late Victorian era called ALDRIDGE.

A: (MH) The 1911 census has a Frederick H ALDRIDGE, 29, single, tailor’s presser, born London, living at 22 Church Street in Stroud, and his watchmaker brother Ernest was born in Stroud two years before him, but this is not mid-Victorian. There were a lot of ALDRIDGEs in Stroud all through the 19thC, but no tailors (unless in Rodborough).


WOOLACOMBE HOUSE – Enquiry 48 by Judy via Barry (Aug 2012)

Q: Where was Woolacombe House on Stratford Road – home of Doris Marshall who died 1969.

A: (JB) In Stroud and Mid-Glos Directory it was between Beech Villa and Totland, the seventh house after the first council houses going towards Paganhill. Alpine Lodge, or thereabouts.


STANDISH HOSPITAL – Enquiry 47 by Daniel (Jul 2012)

Q: I am trying to find out the history of Standish hospital and looking for old photographs of the hospital and surrounding grounds.

A: There are photos in Glos Archives, and an online search brings up quite a few others you could try.

A2: Added Aug 2014 – see the pamphlet in our Citizen archive of cuttings.


 FRENCH MEETING – Enquiry 46 by Geoff (Jul 2012)

Q: My gt-gf lived at the Tara at Oakridge. A family tree mentions French Meeting on several occasions relating to births and deaths. Might it be connected with silk workers from Frence settling there?

A: (PS) See the Victoria County History (Stroud library or online at british-history) which describes the old non-conformist meeting place (dating from 1662) as being called France Meeting, in France Lynch. According to the info I found – see below -The France Meeting burial ground, south of France Lynch church, survived in 1972. We don’t know if they mean the Congregational or C of E church. Here are some possible sources: map with France Lynch and Chalford Hill churches, France Lynch Congregational church here and here;  France Lynch Church C of E here, here, and hereChalford Hill Methodist Church and there is also info on Chalford on Wikipedia.


ABOLITIONIST ARCH – Enquiry 44 by Jack (May 2012)

Q: Would like to know if any research has already been done.

A: STILL OPEN

A2: Aug/14 MH: NOTE ONLY: restored 2003 by Stroud Preservation Trust; also our SLHS publication of 2003 Stroud versus Slavery – sorry now out of print. English Heritage has a page. Glos Archives has material. 


LANE family – Enquiry 43 by Michael (Devon) (Apr 2012)

Q: I have been researching my family for many years and have a great deal of information on the following names if anyone would like more:

Family surnames List 1: LANE from Chaceley moving to Bisley, Ebley, Cainscross and Stroud | GAWN (GHAWNE) (GAWNE) from Bisley | LAWRENCE from Horsley & TILLEY from Uley | WALLACE from Stroud & FRY from Cirencester | PROUT from Nympsfield/Frocester | BURFORD from Uley/Dursley

Family surnames List 2:  CUMMINS and HYETT from Stroud | HOLLOWAY and STRUDWICK from Stroud | BALL and RICHARDSON-COX from Stroud | FAWKES from Bisley/Stroud | DEE and KEARSLEY from Avening | HAWKES and BROWN from Chalford | WHEATLEY and SMITH from Stroud | FRYER and POWELL from Painswick | ARMSTRONG and HARPER from Stroud | PITT and JEFFRIES from Stroud | RIDLER from Painswick/Nailsworth

My email address is mikej.lane(at)tiscali.co.uk [for security, deliberately written so the hyperlink does not appear MH Ed]


WOODCHESTER PARK – Enquiry 42 by Chantel (Apr 2012)

Q: I am a PhD student interested in the Canadian and American military presence at Woodchester Park during WW2

A: (MA) my Dad took part in Home Guard exercises in Woodchester Park during WW2 and I have a photograph of the group when they disbanded. He was a stretcher bearer and his uniform always had lots of khaki packs hanging from it. When I peeked I saw they were dressings and bandages. But that’s all.


STROUDWATER 1810S – Enquiry 41 by Juliette (Feb 2012)

Q: Writing a novel set on the Stroudwater canal, Dudbridge or Brimscombe in the early 1810s. Can anyone suggest sources for details and descriptions?

A: (AB) Try ‘Diaries of Agness Witts’ pub Amberley-books.com – Vol 1 ‘The Lady of Rodborough’ covers 1788-1973 and includes descriptions of building the canals.

A2: (ARM) Try Vols 1 and 2 of The Stroudwater and Thames and Severn Canals from Old Photos.  Also Humphrey Household’s book about the Thames & Severn.


VAD HOSPITALS – Enquiry 40 by John (Chalford)

Q: Can anyone help a colleague researching Stroud VAD hospital?

A: Try the stories on angelfire.com/az/garethknight/redcross/


STRATFORD PARK ABORETUM – Enquiry 39 by David (Jan 2012) and Peter (Feb 2012)

Q: Does anyone have a planting plan? Is there a connection with Westonbirt?

Q2: the museum’s pamphlet says the Park and arboretum collaborated in the purchase of trees for both places. Anyone know more? The Museum staff would also like to know!

A: STILL OPEN


PATTEN family – Enquiry 38 by Gennie, Australia (Nov 2011)

Q: My mother Norma Hathaway was b Stroud Dec 1935, and sent to Australia on an orphan ship around 1948-9. Her mother was Ivy May Ellen Patten/Patton b May 1902. [passed to Sue Stafford, local researcher]

A: (SS) sent Gennie some info about the Patten ancestors in Stroud workhouse.


GOLF COURSE AT KING STANLEY – Enquiry 37 by Alan (Nov 2011)

Q: I research lost golf courses. I have a postcard showing two golfers. Date has been damaged but ‘Kings Stanley Glos’ has been pencilled and the addressee is a Mr Mason, butcher, King’s Stanley. Can anyone identify the golf course?

A: (CT) don’t know of one actually at KS but there was a 9-hole course on Rodborough common that disappeared in the 1920s.


TYLER Ltd cabinet maker – Enquiry 36 by Shirley (Oct 2011)

Q: Here in Oklahoma, USA, I have a wooden chest made by Tyler Ltd and stamped 6327-77. Can anyone tell me more?

A: (JB) Tylers were at Belvedere Mill, Chalford, in 1903 then at Griffin Mill Thrupp in the 1950s. A friend has an oak sideboard 1920-30s. Another bought a veneered bedroom suite in the 1950s.

A2: (MiP) Previous A G Tyler of Hack’s Mill Brimscombe around 1900.

A3: (MA) Tylers in Thrupp made wooden gliders during WW2.


STRATFORD ABBEY – Enquiry 35 by Gillian (Oct 2011)

Q: Grandmother attended this training college when she was 23. What was the training for?

A: (from MiP) It was a private school for girls from 1869 to 1955, then demolished (now the location of the petrol station in Tesco carpark, Stratford Rd)


BYERLEY Ann and John – Enquiry 34 by Anna (Sep 2011)

Q: John, who lived at Farm Hill, died Jan 1837. He had owned the patent of Oleagine [used instead of soap and oil in woollen manufacture] and I am trying to find a will.

A: STILL OPEN


BEARD Samuel – Enquiry 33 by Robyn (Sep 2011)

Q: In 1821 Samuel BEARD and his son George Samuel of Painswick were transported to Tasmania in 1821 [from Glos Assizes, for stealing cloth, 7 years]. He was a hatter.

A: STILL OPEN [lots online about his descendants in Australia. Glos Archives has D1070/I/147 Assize papers 1820-29; GBR/G3/G/3/2 Register of prisoners 1816-1835, and Q/Gc/5/1-7 Registers of prisoners for trial at Quarter Sessions and Assizes 1815-1844]


REGISTER OFFICE – Enquiry 32 by Christine (Sep 2011)

Q: Where was Stroud Register Office in 1844?

A: (CT) in the Poor Law Union offices at the junction of John St and Union St (now a bar, but with original features retained)


SCOTT Samuel – Enquiry 31 by Fiona (Aug 2011)

Q: 1912 death of Charlotte BECK or SCOTT in Stonehouse. Bigamous marriage on Malta to my gt-gt-gf Samuel SCOTT, a steamship engineer – where buried?

A: Added Feb 2013:   Try Stonehouse  History Group.

A2: Apl 2014: Fiona let us know Charlotte was buried in Surrey.


WYNN Samuel – Enquiry 30 by Maureen (Aug 2011)

Q: 1841 Samuel WYNN b Stroud went to Hereford. His father was Samuel WYNN too – possibly the chimney sweep. Any info?

A: STILL OPEN


HERBERT Frank at Marling – Enquiry 28 by Samantha (June 2011)

Q: Frank HERBERT (b 1917) attended Marling School. He did not know his parents; his schooling was funded from a trust, the manager of which ran off with the money! Nobody knows who set up the trust or who Frank’s father was. Any ideas please for a long-distance researcher?

A: STILL OPEN


EBLEY NCH – Enquiry 27 by Kris (May 2011)

Q: When did the NCH orphanage at Ebley House close?

A: Added Mar 2016: We bought a glazed pine Dresser, 2 sliding doors and 2 cupboard doors below painted white, when the NCH had closed and were trying to clear the last items from the house. I can remember having it stripped by John Green when he had a shop on the right hand side of the High Street almost opposite Church St. Probably circa 1979. (Andrew C)


LEONARD STANLEY – Enquiry 26 by PJW (May 2011)

Q: looking for copy of Leonard Stanley Remembered, by Leonard Stanley History Soc. Cannot now find either.

A: booklet was published Jan 2005, editor Ron Gardiner; many of the contributors still live there. Suggest you contact the Leonard Stanley Parish Council.


COLEY chemist – Enquiry 24 by Siobhan (Apr 2011)

Q: Is there a photograph of the chemist’s shop of S J COLEY, High St/King St, around the turn of the century?

A: STILL OPEN

Added Feb 2013: See mentions of him in Stroud trade directories, between 1876 and 1923, at 24 King St and 57 High St.

Added Aug 2014 MH: Coley of 12 King St had a full page ad in the 1902 edition of Stroud Valley Illustrated. Unfortunately the copy in Stroud Library (bound in with Libby’s 1890 book) has a damaged page 30 and the central photograph of the shop is obscured.


BUTLIN family Woodchester – Enquiry 23 by Coral (Apl 2011)

Q: 1930s Woodchester Violet Farm – my grandfather worked for the BUTLIN family there – any info please?

A: STILL OPEN


AMBERLEY INN 1918 AUSTRALIANS – Enquiry 22 by John (Feb 2011)

Q: 1918 – Australian airmen training in Minchinhampton might have been billeted at Amberley Inn. Any info please? or on the history of the Inn?

A: STILL OPEN


POWER Stephen snuffbox – Enquiry 21 by Martin (Feb 2011)

Q: have 1746 snuff box inscribed Stephen POWER, Stroud – any info please?

A: (not mentioned in 1776 Stroud Poll Book, or Fisher’s Notes and Recollections) STILL OPEN


ISACKE Rose and James – Enquiry 20 by Stuart (Jan 2011)

Q: Rosa Stella ISACKE – can I find her burial plot? and are there any pictures or records of James ISACKE (brushmaker)?

A: Rosa is buried in Block E3/60 in the Stroud cemetery (the area on the RHS of the main path to the chapels, about halfway along. Stroud Town Council has a site plan, if you ask. Stroud Journal 17th March 1855 has an ad for James’ scrubbing brushes (used on mill equipment). Have info on the sale of an ISACKE fossil collection, and a poem.


Embroidered tablecloth – Enquiry 19 by Paul (2010)

SLHS were asked for help in identifying names on an embroidered tablecloth
Click here for the story


 

COWLE William – Enquiry 18 by Tony (2010)

Q: William COWLE (b Faringdon 1820) is the subject of a research project being carried out in 2009-14 by two members. Any info on his family or personal papers will be welcomed.

A: (2014) Personal papers rescued just in time; biography completed; digital archive for houses built on The Field estate now online – see FEWC home page on website of member Marion Hearfield.


 McNALLEY Esther – Enquiry 17 by Peter Paul

Q: 1859 burial of Esther McNALLY (age 31), and any record of her dau Alice Martha b 1856 in an orphanage?

A: Contact Stroud Town Council – all the cemetery records are there.


 CARRICK James – Enquiry 14 by Julia (Oct 2010)

Q: 1881 James CARRICK was a librarian at the Subscription Rooms. He died in 1882 – how long had he worked there?

A: There used to be a Reading Room where the Tourist Info is now, but there were not enough subscribers. There used to be a caretaker’s flat upstairs at the back.

A: [added Feb 2013] He is first mentioned as librarian there in 1867’s trade directory.


MEDIAEVAL FIELD SYSTEMS – Enquiry 13 by Sue (2010)

Q: is any member interested in medieval field systems?

A: STILL OPEN


WESTWARD ROAD CHANGES – Enquiry 12 by Lewis (2010)

Q: Change of land use in Stroud over past 100 years: esp plot on Westward Road where second-hand car dealership and neighbouring car wash now stand.

A: A member suggests you could contact Cainscross parish or, was that land anything to do with Cainscross House? Try these websites for old maps: Alan Godfrey maps, where the Stroud 1901 map covers the area you want, and British History Online has an 1887 map (your site looks like an orchard on this one).


ABDELA & MITCHELL boatyard – Enquiry 11 (Tim)

Q: Abdela & Mitchell boatyard at Brimscombe abt 1900-25 – any photos please?

A: Lots of possible sources: Stroud Museum has photographs in store (make an appointment). Then try these websites: Junction Heritage, The Waterways Trust, and this paper from the GSIA website.

Also, try these books: The Stroud Navigation by Joan Tucker ISBN 0 7524 2806 3; The Thames Severn Canal by Humphrey Household ISBN 7153 4475 7; The Thames & Severn Canal by Viner ISBN 0 902907 65 4 and the many books by Howard Beard and Gardiner & Padin


WALL Joshua, sculptor – Enquiry 10 by Katey (2010) and Leslie (Apl 2013)

Q: Joshua WALL, sculptor (no date) – any info please?

A: a member says there is a statue of him in Chalford Church, above the door; and he worked on the Houses of Parliament. Also see this Glosgen link for his memorial inscription and this Victoria County History entry for the story of his work on Stroud’s St Laurence’s church. Also he is mentioned in a book by Ebley historian Crystal Harrison [sorry, not sure of title].


MINCHINHAMPTON DYEHOUSE MILLS – Enquiry 9 by Charlotte (2010)

Q: Is there a print of Dyehouse Mills in Minchinhampton? Ancestors worked there.

A: Best source would be the Stroudwater Textile Trust


ALDRIDGE Edwin 1870s – Enquiry 8 by Peter (2010)

Q: 1870s onwards, Edwin ALDRIDGE lived at Albion Villa in Uplands. A son lived at Northfield House. Could not find either on a recent visit.

A: BH – Northfield house is in Folly Lane above the junction to Upper Springfield Road.

A2: CT – Now a residential home. Could locate Albion Villas if given names of neighbouring houses from census.

A3: MH Oct 2012– Stroud directories show no tailor Aldridges; tailor appears in 1911 census


BURLEY / BURLEIGH –

Enquiry 7 by Pete (2010)

Q: mid-1800s where was Burley? mentioned in [unspecified] source at GlosRO. Residents were paupers – a workhouse?

A: best match is Burleigh, in Minchinhampton parish.


CROPPER Peter of HAZEL MANOR –

Enquiry 6 by JohnG June 2010

Q: 1824 Peter Geoffrey CROPPER (31) died after a riding accident. He left his estate to his mother Edith Loftus CROPPER of Hazel Manor, Stroud. Where is that, and where might he have been buried? (he is not in Stroud cemetery)

A: Howard suggested a place; Barry confirmed it – but the answer is not recorded here


 BECK William 1840s – Enquiry 5 by Graham, May 2010

Q: 1841 census has William BECK, carrier, at Swan St. Any info would be welcome.

A: Swan St leads into Swan Lane.Wm BICK {BECK} married Sarah PARKES in Hardwick on 13 Aug 1815. GHFS baptism transcripts for Stroud has: James son of Wm+Sarah bapt 24 Oct 1819; Elizabeth dau of same bapt 19 May 1822; Sarah dau of same bapt 21 Aug 1825; George Wm son of same bapt 30 Sep 1832. Wm BECK died 3 Oct 1848 aged 58. Widow Sarah and dau Sarah are in Swan St in 1851 census.


DEAKIN & Son –

Enquiry 4 by Bill, May 2010

Q: A DEAKIN & Son regularly attended Stroud Show. Does anyone have any photos or stories?

A: STILL OPEN  but see the Stroud Show newspaper cuttings for what we do have.


HALE Mary Ann 1850s – Enquiry 3 by Kenneth

Q: 1853 is approx YoB for Mary Ann HALE, but who were her parents? Lots of possibilities, so need to contact someone who has Mary Ann SANSUM (her married name) in their tree.
A: a member has suggested you contact the Gloucestershire Family History Society


Methodist burials – Enquiry 2 by Kenneth

Q: Does any list exist of persons that were in the [Methodist] churchyard [in 1970] and who were reburied, including in Stroud Cemetery, following the closure of the Methodist chapel on Parliament St. Surname of interest is WORKMAN.
A: a member has suggested that you try the Coroner’s records – they would have to give permission for reburial, or the Stroud News & Journal archives


George St wool shop 1840s  – Enquiry 1 by Cath

Q: 1849 wool shop in George St run by Winifred, Kezia and Eliza JAY, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1850s – any info?
A: only found 1851 census entries; no more

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