SLHS books for sale

We occasionally publish specialist books and pamphlets written by members. Below are the titles currently available.

If you would like to buy a copy and do not live locally you can order it online by sending an email to [email protected] Your email will be acknowledged and arrangements agreed to post the book to you, within the UK or overseas. Payment (in any major currency) is collected using PayPal’s billing system (you can use a credit card or a PayPal account) and profits from sales are put back into the SLHS Publications Account, to top it up for next time.

Society Members’ Publications:

2017: The Stroud Valleys in the Great War – by a collaboration of local history societies. Price £13

Available from: R&R Books, Nelson St; Museum in the Park; Tourist Information, Stroud Subscription Rooms.

This welcome new addition to the library of books dealing with the local history of the Stroud area is meticulously researched, informative and often – perhaps surprisingly – quite amusing. It summarises the investigations of groups and individuals involved in studying the story of the First World War in Stroud, Rodborough, Minchinhampton, Woodchester, Stonehouse, Brimscombe, Chalford, France Lynch and Bussage. In addition, it is enhanced by introductory and concluding chapters from distinguished journalist Peter Evans, born locally and former leader writer for The Times.

Some contributions to the book deal in detail with the history of individual combatants in the First World War, others record more about how the conflict affected local people. Fund-raising events, the work of volunteer groups and the use of women to fill employment gaps caused by the conscription of so many men, are just a few of the subjects covered.

Four chapters concern single topics: Paul Bennett’s VC, Minchinhampton Aerodrome, Woodchester Wayside Cross and the Cole brothers of Brimscombe. Other sections tell of the impact – and unintended consequences – the war had on parishes and individuals. Stories included describe Stroud’s intriguingly named ‘1917 Patriotic Economy Exhibition’, Rodborough’s unique ‘fruit evaporator’, Minchinhampton’s tragic double suicide, the mirror and Bible that saved the life of a Chalford soldier, a Woodchester hen that laid a 6 ounce egg with three yolks and how a Stonehouse soldier survived a torpedo attack.

All this, and a great deal more, makes ‘The Stroud Valleys in the Great War’ a compulsive read for all those interested in how local communities endured and survived the ‘War to end wars’

– review by Howard Beard

 

Old Stroud Brewery2016 (July) The Old Stroud Brewery by Marion Hearfield   Price £7.50

published by Stroud Local History Society 2016

This is the history of the Brewery at Rowcroft, from its beginnings in Middle Lypiatt in the mid 1760s to its demise in 1970. All those interested in brewing history will value this book for its insight, not only into the brewing process, but also into the laws which governed breweries and pubs over the years. Those who like to explore Stroud history will value the fascinating collection of old map extracts and of rarely-seen photographs. The book is the result of meticulous research and includes sections on artefacts, the sign artists, and Brewery waggons. Interviews with former workers have added much to the story, from anecdotes and explanations to the helpful labelling of photos of the old buildings. And you can learn about the lengths (literally) to which Victorian engineers would go to create an extra water supply. LW.
Copies can be ordered through the SLHS website: email [email protected] (payment via PayPal or credit card; P&P charged at cost). SLHS members are offered the book at a special price – please ask at any of our meetings. Also on sale at R&R Books, Stroud Tourist Information, Stroud Town Council Office, Canal Visitor Centre at Wallbridge.

 

2016 Stroud History Tour, by Howard Beard

– from book shops and Museum in the Park – see Stroud as it used to be – from your armchair, or take it into Stroud and compare then with now

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SubRooms book front cover sm2015 (Mar) Stroud Subscription Rooms, by Marion Hearfield    Price £5

The story of the founding, funding and first 120 years of Stroud’s Subscription Rooms

Copies can be ordered through the SLHS website: email [email protected] (payment via PayPal or credit card; P&P charged at cost). SLHS members are offered the book at a special price – please ask at any of our meetings.

 

Holy Trinity Book Part 1The church by Stroud Hospital – The story of Holy Trinity, Stroud, by Philip Walmsley   

2014 (Nov) Part 1: Victorian Vision (1839 – 1939)    Price £5

Read how a lively and caring community grew around a new church, built in the fields at the Top of Town in 1839…

The book tells how the town grew rapidly in the nineteenth century, with a need for more seats than were available for mill and factory workers in Stroud parish church.

Copies can be ordered through the SLHS website: email [email protected] (payment via PayPal or credit card; £5 + P&P charged at cost)

 

War Memorials2014 Guide to the War Memorials of Stroud and the Five Valleys by Stuart Butler Price    £2.50

Available at R and R Books, Nelson St Stroud; Stroud Bookshop; Stroud Tourist Info; Stroud Valleys Project; Made in Stroud; Stroud Museum; the Regimental Museum in Gloucester.

 

 

 

 

 Dulcia Villas book2014 Dulcia Villas Stroud – growing up in a house of joy by Diana Webb    Price £2.50

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of SLHS we are publishing a book by Diana Webb (now Diana Hunt), a long-distance member of the society. In it she describes her childhood in Dulcia Villas – her family’s home on Bisley Road. It is full of comical and candid insights into life (and grown-ups) observed by a little girl in the 1950s.

   Copies can be ordered through the SLHS website: [email protected]

 William Cowle Cover front_R22013 William Cowle of Stroud – Life in a Victorian Town by Marion Hearfield    Price £12

You can find out more about the book, and William Cowle, on Marion’s own website

Copies can be ordered through the SLHS website: email [email protected] (payment via PayPal or credit card; P&P charged at cost). SLHS members are offered the book at a special price – please ask at any of our meetings.

 

 PatHopf book cover smSlad map for pat's book2006 The Turbulent History of a Cotswold Valley by Pat Hopf    Price £10

Fifty years ago, Pat Hopf and her family moved to live at The Scrubs. This book is the consequence of an agricultural economist (Pat) walking the paths, poking about, talking to neighbours, and researching the long and varied history of this small valley between Bisley and Slad.
A lot happened in the last ten centuries of this quiet valley, with its mills and farms. Pat’s well-indexed and illustrated book describes each era, and tells of 18thC Squire Townsend at Steanbridge House (and its mills), and the buildings, families and occupations of the valley.
She writes about dozens of buildings including August Cottage and Mullions (and the holidaying Bishop), Detcombe, Dillay Bottom, Down Court and Farm, Driftcombe, Greencourt, Highwood, the Old Ale House, the Roman Bridge (and Roman gods), Scrubs Bottom, Shepherd’s cottage, Snows Farm, St Benedict’s, Sydenhams (and its deserted mediaeval village), the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Timbercombe, Trillgate, Stonedge and Woodedge, and a brief diversion to The Vatch mills – a proper local history book.

Copies can be ordered through the SLHS website: [email protected]

2003   Stroud versus Slavery by Philip Walmsley and Stroud Local History Society

This book is no longer in print, but we can offer free access to a digital version here: online copy  for use by personal researchers. Our copyright rules still apply.

 

Railway comes to Stroud1995   The Railway Comes to Stroud 1845 by Stroud Local History Society    Price £2     

Copies can be ordered through the SLHS website: [email protected]

 

 

 

Our Useful Local Books page

contains a list of local books – some now out of print – that you might find helpful when researching Stroud and its surrounding area. Those that are in the SLHS Research Archive are marked with a catalogue number

 

 

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