New arrivals in our strongrooms (4)

Autumn has seen a flurry of new collections arriving at Gloucestershire Archives – and all are now recorded, labelled, boxed and tucked away safely in our care.

We were delighted to receive an archive bequeathed to us by the late June Lewis, a well-known local author and historian of Fairford. Alison Hobson of Fairford Local History Society has spent over 12 months listing the contents of the collection ready for its transfer to the Archives. This help is much appreciated by our busy team! Mrs Lewis collected, researched and wrote extensively so it will take a little longer before the 20 or so transfer boxes have been processed ready for research.

Some of the highlights for September and October are listed below. As ever, please search our online catalogue using the reference numbers given in the list to find further details. Most items are now ready to be used by visiting our research room.

And there’s more! This list does not include the many publications that are added each month to our resources for local and family history. So it’s worth dipping into the catalogue regularly in case we’ve got any new material relating to your research interest. Have a look at our video and top tips  on how to use the catalogue to ‘search smarter’.


Can you help identify this group of soldiers? The photograph was found among the papers of the late Mr F G Apperley of The Oval, Gloucester (catalogue D14529)


Gloucestershire Constabulary archive (catalogue reference Q/Y/1): personnel files for Gloucestershire Women Police Constables recruited prior to the First World War, 1919-1940s

John Colin Dinsdale Smith, local historian (D14519): photographs of selected Gloucestershire misericordia, pub signs and other man-made features taken by Mr Smith, 1953-1969

David McLaughlin, conservation architect (D14520): practice files relating to Westcote House, Church Westcote; High Tun Barn, Daglingworth; Larkhill House, Long Newnton; Downend Farm, Longney ;  Old Down House, Tockington ; and Frith Farm, Wickwar, 2002-2011

Brexit and Me (D14522): a recording of an event organised by Naisha Hussain and delivered with guests at the Gloucester History Festival on 10 September 2017 [digital format]

Dowty Heritage community archive project (D14045): interview with Dave Walker, Dowty employee 1968-c.1981, conducted by John Herring on 12 September 2017 [digital format]

Gloucestershire Model Steam Road Vehicle Society records (D14333): photo albums, 1985-2007

Churcham Parish Council (P83a): minutes, 1894-1997; declarations of office, 1925-1994

Alkington Parish Council (P382a): minutes, 1979-2006; declarations of office 1990-2004

Mr F G Apperley of The Oval, Gloucester (D14529): certificates awarded by the Post Office for long service in 1942 and by the wartime ‘grow more food’ campaign, 1944-1946; with group photograph of unidentified soldiers from World War 1 (see images above)

Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton (P217): registers of burials, 1947-2014, and baptisms, 1956-1987

Mangotsfield Parish Council (P212a): overseers of the poor minutes and accounts, 1897-1926

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC): statements of accounts, 1996/7-2009/10; maps used for administrative and planning purposes, 1935-c.1975; flyers and leaflets concerning South Gloucestershire attractions, late 20th-21st cents

Eastington (near Stonehouse) (D14533): deeds relating to various properties in Eastington and Nupend, 1767-1899; research notes by D Baker, headmaster of Eastington School, on the local area and local wildlife, 1970s; records of the Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation, 1966-1975

Commissioners for the Improvement of the City of Gloucester (GBR/N):  volume containing a copy of the Act of Parliament establishing a proper place for holding markets and fairs for the sale of live stock in the City of Gloucester…and for watching and otherwise improving the said City, 1821, with minutes of the Improvement Commissioners, 1821-1860

St Giles, Coberley (P105): marriage register, 2007-2016; church log book, 1965-2016; parish meeting minutes, 1912-1995

Fielding & Platt community archive (D12789): papers of Garfield James, Sales Director, comprising company Christmas cards, photographs, newspaper clippings, technical drawings and  newsletters/magazines, 1950-c1989


Tewkesbury Abbey (P329/1): line drawing of part of the old organ case,  1891

Barnwood Asylum ( D14544): plan of the Barnwood Mill estate, the site of an additional lunatic asylum, 1860

Robert Forman, architect (D14545): geological and architectural drawings including Duntisbourne Rouse church, North Cerney church, Deerhurst church, Bearland Lodge (Gloucester) and Old Raven Tavern (Gloucester), 1941-1945

Papers of Major M B Riall of Avening Lodge (D14552): sales particulars of Avening Lodge (now known as Avening Park), 1924-1930; newscutting about sale, 1968; family photographs and related family papers, 1923-1933

Lloyd-Baker family of Gloucestershire (D3459): settlement of family estates in Gloucestershire and Shropshire,  1898; probates of the will of G E Lloyd Lloyd Baker in Gloucestershire and Dublin, 1925; plan relating to the Lloyd-Baker Clerkenwell estate, London, 1943

Winterbotham, Smith Penley of Dursley, solicitors (D2078): copy tithe map for Oldbury-on-Severn, undated; plan of estates in Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley, Kingswood and Berkeley, the property of R H Blagden Hale (Berkeley Court estate), 1848; plans of part of the Berkeley estate sold to Cory in 1921 (marked on OS sheets of 1903)

Gloucester City (Voluntary) Blind Association (D10253): minute book, 1978-1993; annual report, 1996; constitutions, 1981-1999

St Andrew’s, Churcham (P83): records include marriage register, 1991-2015; PCC minutes 1998-2005; plan of churchyard, c.1961; material concerning Birdwood Mission Church, 1900-2012

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