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. Continue reading
Tree planting on Leckhampton Hill in the early 1970s (among records of R W Paterson architect of Cheltenham, catalogue reference D3867 Accession 14388)
Each month new archives arrive at Gloucestershire Archives – either as gifts or as deposits on indefinite loan. We regularly process between 25 and 35 new batches (or ‘accessions’). All are logged into our collections management database and stored securely.
We know from users’ feedback that it can be difficult to pick out these new arrivals from among the thousands of entries in our online catalogue. So for those of you keen to find out what’s new, this is the first of a regular blog.
If you’d like more details of any collection listed below, 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.
||Local cricket clubs, 1949-1957
||Gloucester Thursday Cricket Club scorebook, 1953-1957; Bream Cricket Club scorebook, 1949-1954 (2 volumes)
|Gloucestershire County Council: County Surveyor’s Department c.1955
||Publicity for a new accounting machine installed to calculate wages and the costs of all projects undertaken, c.1955. Includes photographs of machine operators (1 volume, 4 photographs)
||Samuel Bradley & Son, builders of Frampton-on -Severn, 1907-1959
||Business accounts, 1907-1949 (3 volumes); estimates books, 1937-1959 (3 volumes)
||Frampton-on-Severn deeds, 1843-1939
||Fernleigh, Prospect Cottage, Tom Clarke’s Cottage; Tamaris Cottage, the Street, 1909-1939 (1 bundle); Severnthorpe and the Mechanics’ Institute, The Green, 1843-1939 (1 bundle); other property on The Green, 1939 (3 bundles)
||War Invasion Committee for Corse, Staunton and Hartpury, 1941-1945
||Air raid precaution records formerly belonging to A G Compton, Chief Air Raid Warden for Corse, Staunton and Hartpury. Include a log book of events, 1941-1945, and an Invasion Committee war book, 1944-1945 (5 volumes, 1 bundle, 3 items)
|Woolstone with Gotherington and Oxenton Parochial Church Council
||PCC minutes, 1984-1996 (1 volume)
|Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation, 1936-[1950s],
||Plans of trows ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Palmerston’ and unnamed vessel, undated, [1950s] (3 documents); plans of trow ‘Alma’, 1952 (2 documents); Port of Gloucester handbook, used as a working copy by boatman on the Stroudwater Canal, 1936 (1 volume)
||[Hulbert’s] builders of Marshfield, 1786-1871
||Accounts showing charges for various goods and services, 1786-1798, 1797-1815, 1815-1818 and 1856-1871 (4 volumes)
|GCC/LEG Accession 14386
||Gloucestershire County Council: Legal
||Sealed orders for Public Rights of Way and Highways, 2016-2017 (1 box)
|GDR Accession 14387
||Gloucester Diocese, 2016
||Faculties relating to properties in the Diocese, 2016 (52 items)
|R W Paterson of Gloucester and Cheltenham, architect, 1903-1991
||Include photos of Paterson’s architectural projects, 1940s-1950s; Leckhampton Court Estate sale particulars, 1912, and water supply, 1956; papers about Ashmeade Lodge, 1910-1949, Tower Lodge (1938)-1989, and the development of Leckhampton Hill, 1970s-1980s (8 bundles, 2 volumes)
||Gotherington in 2012
||Gotherington and Area Local History Society’s text and photographic survey of houses in the village, 2012
||Marshfield Reading Room, 1887-1947
||Minutes and accounts, 1887-1947 (1 volume)
|The Nailsworth Society, 2012-2015
||Group leaders’ annual reports delivered at annual general meetings, 2012-2015 (4 files)
|English Association of Male Voice Choirs (based in Gloucestershire)
||Committee attendance register, 1983-1999; accounts, 1983-2013; minutes and correspondence, 1992-2001 (3 files, 1 volume)
This isn’t the whole story as we also take into our Local Studies Collection a wide range of publications and printed items relating to Gloucestershire. They include newsletters, journals, reports, programmes and leaflets produced by organisations across the county. Too many to list here, but April gifts also include:
- A draft MLitt (University of Bristol) thesis by John R Howe, 1977 titled “Political history of the Parliamentary constituencies of Cheltenham, Gloucester, and the Cirencester and Tewkesbury divisions of Gloucestershire, 1895-1914” (catalogue ref JF5.36GS)
- Photographs of Gloucestershire Cottages presented to the Library Service by Miss Harriet C Fawkes in 1942 (catalogue ref J3.238GS). Not all the images are identified.
- Good Man and a Brave Man, The story of a Gloucestershire soldier, Cecil Thomas Packer, 1885-1916 by Alan Gaunt, 2017 (catalogue ref B733/57715GS)
We’re looking forward to having space in the new Heritage Hub to display new publications!
Gloucestershire Archives was delighted to be awarded £2,000 in 2014 from the Business Archives Council to fund the cataloguing of a significant Gloucestershire-based engineering archive, Listers of Dursley. The project has depended from start to finish on the help of enthusiastic volunteers. Continue reading