New arrivals in our strongrooms (2)

May 2017

It’s been another busy time for new arrivals. We’re really grateful for all these new donations and deposits, many of which have been hidden away in homes and offices for years. If you’re planning on bringing items to offer to the Archives, please get in touch before you visit so that we can make an appointment for you.

We were delighted that the Friends of Gloucestershire Archives helped us to purchase a small but significant group of architectural plans relating to Gloucestershire’s early mental hospitals (then called ‘lunatic asylums’). These iconic buildings at Coney Hill and Horton Road in Gloucester survive in very changed forms today.

 Architects plans (elevation shows Coney Hill)

coney hill plans


The remains of Coney Hill today      (

coney hill today

We were also pleased that an old minute book for the Bibury turnpike trust found its way home to Gloucestershire after being discovered in Devon.

We don’t just collect ‘traditional’ paper and parchments documents, of course. More and more we’re handling digital material and we’ve been developing ways of preserving these records safely too. Oral history is a popular activity for local community heritage projects and we’re seeing the results of this in our growing digital archive. Newcomers in May include records of Clapham Court residents’ reminiscences project in Gloucester, 2015 (GA reference D14414); ‘Gloucestershire Remembers World War 1’ project, 2013-2015 (D14421); Dowty Heritage community archive project, 2017 (D14045, Accession 14426); and, as a legacy of the Hidden Lives Project in Barton and Tredworth, more reminiscences of this area of Gloucester gathered by the St James & Christchurch community heritage project, 2014-2015 (D14419) and from lifelong resident Norman White, now in his 90s, 2016 (D14416).

Our trained GA volunteers also interviewed Rev Noel Baker of Stonehouse. In an exceptionally detailed interview, recorded over 7 sessions, retired minister Noel reflected on his life history (D14415). We also captured memories of County Councillors retiring in May after many years’ service in Gloucestershire (D14418).

The rest of this bumper crop of accessions are listed below. If you’d like more details, please click on the link in the left hand column which takes you to the online catalogue. No link means there’s no more description ready as yet.

The online catalogue will also tell you whether you can access the records now or whether they are closed for any reason. If this is the case you may be able to arrange to see them by appointment.

Reference Title Description
D3418, D7028

Accessions 14395.1, 14395.2


Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Methodist Circuit Records of various chapels in the circuit including Bethesda, St. Matthe’s, St Mark’s and Cheltenham Wesley, and Alderton, Bishops Cleeve, and Winchcombe
D3187 Accession 14395.3 Stroud Primitive Methodist Circuit  

Cashes Green Chapel deeds, 1901-1945, and registration of title, 2009; appointments of  trustees, 1930-1961; other papers, 1940-1950 (1 bundle)


D14397 Gloucestershire Royal British Legion, Women’s Section County Committee and Conference minutes, address and accounts book, 1937-2010; records of now closed sections throughout Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, c.1937-2010 (12 boxes)



Accession 14398

Society of Friends (Quakers) Minutes of Nailsworth preparative meetings, 1914-1977  (5 volumes)

Accession 14401

Cheltenham & District Orchid Society Records relating to membership and shows, 1976-2000, including show committee minutes, 1994-2000 and photograph album of the 25th anniversary dinner, with attendees identified, 2000

(2 volumes, several bundles)


D14403 Capella Singers of Stroud Minutes, 1976-1992, 2000-2010 (1 bundle)


D14404 Lumb’s Educational Foundation, Cheltenham Records of Richard Kershaw Lumb’s Foundation of the Cheltenham Industrial School: include deeds, 1866-1955; minutes of trustees, 1866-1983; register of boys, 1866-1947; pamphlets, 1887-1914; correspondence, 1889-1962; financial records, 1901-1980; researchers’ notes and other work, undated (1 large box)


D14405 County Amateur Swimming Association (Gloucester and Bristol)


Minutes of Gloucester County Amateur Swimming Association, 1914-1960, and of Bristol Amateur Swimming Association, 1936-1957; letter asking for a designated bathing area in Bristol, 1894; photograph of a club dinner function [1940] (5 volumes, 2 documents)
D14406 Bibury Turnpike Trust Minutes and accounts of the Burford to Preston Turnpike Trustees, also known as Bibury Turnpike Trustees, , 1801-1867  (1 volume)


D14407 Deeds for Bitton, Cheltenham and Leckhampton Deeds of property in Westover, Bitton, 1779-1876; deeds of properties in Columbia Street, Victoria Street and York Street, Cheltenham, 1853-1904; St Paul’s Street, Cheltenham, 1835; Townsend Street, Cheltenham, 1834-1841; and Upper Norwood Street, Leckhampton, 1835-1837, all in the manor of Cheltenham (1 bundle)


D14408 Deeds for Winterbourne Deeds and related papers of property known as “The Stores”, 2 High Street, Winterbourne, 1837-1974          (1 bundle)
D14409 Local historian Mr P A T Griffiths’ collection of farm and brewery records Auction sale poster for livestock, etc on Brockhampton and Prestbury Hill farms in Bishops Cleeve, 1879; articles of association of the Coombe Valley Brewery Company Ltd, Wotton-under-Edge, 1905; sale particulars for the Sawyers Arms Inn, Avening, 1907-1908; exchange of letters between brewery companies on the illegal practice of the “long pull” in some public houses, 1928 (6 documents)


D12789 Accession 14410 Fielding and Platt Community Archive Records of former Fieldings’ employee Clarence Hack: include a drawing of a Tweddell System crane, 1895; foundation plan of a forging machine, n.d.; drawings of various extrusion presses, 1916-1970; photos of staff and overseas business trips, with individuals named, 1958-1976; flyers for sales missions to New Zealand, 1968, and to South America, 1976 (1 box)


D14411 Deeds for Cranham


Woodside Farm and Mill, 1843-1867 (1 bundle)


D14413 County Lunatic Asylums at Horton Road and Coney Hill, Gloucester Horton Road First Gloucestershire County Lunatic Asylum: site plan signed by the clerk of works, 1889

Coney Hill (2nd) County Lunatic Asylum: four drawings including elevations by London architects Giles and Gough, 1880-1906


D14417 and D14420 Gloucester History Festival 2016 Audio recording of local historian Phil Moss’s talk on Gloucester at the time of Henry III; and events to launch the publication of Victoria County History volume  13, including audio recordings and photos     (2 digital folders)


S331 Accession 14423


Thrupp Primary School Governor’s meeting minutes, 1997-2008; finance committee minutes, 1997-2005; staffing committee minutes, 1998-2005  (1.5 boxes)

Accession 14424

North Nibley Congregational Chapel Records include appointment of new trustees, 1854; bills and receipts, 1875-1925; Renovation Appeal Fund collections, 1933; correspondence, 1951-1952 (10 small volumes and loose items)


GCC Accession 14425 Gloucestershire County Council Minutes of County Council meetings and of various Boards, Committees and Panels, 2015 (19 volumes)

Note that open minutes can also be accessed online

D14427 Bingham Library Trustees, Cirencester  

Records of the trustees including files relating to the new Bingham Library, 1960-1990; Lait Gallery, 1968-2005; Purley Road allotments and properties, 1968-1989; Richard Matthews’ charity, 1997; finance, insurance and investment, 1974-1999; Bingham House, 1971-2000; Dyer Street House, 1951-2002; Bingham Trust Grants, 1974-1998 (some items damp damaged) (18 boxes)


D13572 Accession 14428 Holst Museum, Cheltenham Sound rushes for a programme about Holst, commissioned by Cheltenham Borough Council and made by Demeter Films in the 1970s; DVDs made by Tony Palmer, the maker of the original film, in preparation for his 2011 film “In the Bleak Midwinter”  (12 small boxes, 8 DVDs)



2 thoughts on “New arrivals in our strongrooms (2)

  1. Thanks for the link back, lovely set of plans.- I would point out that institutions were refereed to as ‘Lunatic Asylums’ but never ‘mental asylums’ – only Mental Hospitals post 1950’s


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