House hunting and house history: The Hendre, Overton Park Road, Cheltenham

As the trainee archivist here at Gloucestershire Archives I have helped many customers carry out their own research. I recently went to view a flat in a house called The Hendre on Overton Park Road in Cheltenham. Very little was known about the history of the building, and I offered to utilise some of the skills I have learned in my time here and look through the archives. Continue reading

The extraordinary story of the letters between Maynard Willoughby Colchester Wemyss and King Rama VI of Siam

Maynard Colchester Wemyss of Westbury Court was a man of many titles including Head Verderer of the Forest of Dean, Justice of the Peace, Guardian of the Poor, Chairman of Stroud Brewery Company, Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council, and Chairman of the Gloucestershire War Agricultural Committee. His roles during World War 1, as chronicled in the letters he wrote to the King of Siam, build a unique picture of Gloucestershire at a time of war. Continue reading