Gotherington Parish Council

Local History

Chairman:  Caroline Meller      
Secretary:   Jill Collins               
Treasurer:  Ken Ascroft             
Field Trips: Howard Samuels  

Committee members:

David Aldred
Pat Sory      
Jacquie Waine

In existence since 1982, the Society promotes interest in local history (Gotherington, Bishop’s Cleeve, Oxenton, Woolstone, Dixton and Prescott) by arranging speakers at monthly meetings, maintaining a lending library of books and pamphlets of local interest, sponsoring classes, and researching and publishing articles and booklets on local history.
Meetings are from September to May on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at 8pm in Gotherington Village Hall.  Dues are £8 per year.  Non-members are welcome for a visitor’s fee of £2.  All meetings are followed by coffee, biscuits and the opportunity to browse through the Society’s wealth of local history books.

If you would like to become a member please contact Ken, our treasurer.

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Tuesday 27th September The History of Cleeve Hill – The Cotswold Health Resort – David Aldred

Tuesday 25th October Surviving or Thriving – The World of the Gloucestershire Peasants – Prof. Christopher Dyer

Tuesday 22nd November Inside the Wire – The Prisoner of War Camps & Hostels in Glos. 1939-48 – Ian Hollingsbee

Tuesday 13th December Katherine Parr – The Life, Love & Times of the Last Wife of  Henry VIII  – Mike Bottomley


Tuesday 24th January  The Life and Times of Gloucester’s Chimes – Jonathan MacKechnie-Jarvis

Tuesday 28th February The Origins of the Three Choirs Festival – Tim Porter

Tuesday 28th March Mills on the River Chelt – Ray Wilson

Tuesday 25th April A Scene of Gorgeous Magnificence – Dr. Steve Blake

Tuesday 30th May Along the Banks of the River Severn – Alan Pilbeam



If you have a suggestion for an outing in 2017 then please contact Howard Samuels,  Prices to be confirmed for each individual outing but we aim to charge less than £10.  Transport by private car.  If you can offer lifts or indeed need one for your chosen outing let Howard know.


Gloucestershire Local History Association

Gloucestershire Archives

The Friends of Gloucestershire Archives

Victoria County History

Gloucestershire Family History Society

This year we would again like to provide cakes from different periods of history.  What about Savoy Cake (19th cen.), Victoria Sandwich (19th cen.), Lemon Cake (19th cen.), Rich Seed Cake (18th cen.), Beetroot Pancakes (18th cen.), Gingerbread (17th cen.), Spice Cake (17th cen.), Shropshire Cake (17th cen.), Marzipan Bacon (17th cen.) …..?

(But maybe give King Alfred’s offering a miss!)

Please contact Caroline if you can offer any other recipes or would like information about those mentioned on the list above.

30th Anniversary 2012

To celebrate this anniversary we compiled a collection of old photographs taken around the villages of Gotherington, Woolstone and Oxenton. Take a look at our Picture Past page and discover more about how our area used to be.


2011 – 12: Civil war sites, Nailsworth mills , Roman Saturnalia Festival, Industrial archaeology of the Forest of Dean, Exploring medieval life at Gloucester Abbey.

2012 – 13: Our 30th anniversary celebrations, Romanesque architecture in Herefordshire: (Shobdon, Eardisley, Castle Frome), Exploring Cirencester, the Battle of Tewkesbury field walk, Marcher castles and churches (Grosmont and Skenfrith).

2014: Berkeley Castle, Medieval Bristol

2015: Prescott Hill Climb Deerhurst Lichfield Cathedral National Memorial Arboretum Cheltenham’s Ornamental Ironwork

2016: Selsley Church

TWITTER @GotheringtonLHS

Why not follow us?  We will be sending ‘On this day in local history’ tweets throughout the year.


There are several local publications which focus on the history of our area.
Visit, order, and collect local publications by visiting Courtyard Books (upstairs), Tarling’s Yard, Bishop’s Cleeve.

Research in progress (offers of photographs, newspaper cuttings, or memories gratefully received):

Gotherington’s sporting history by John Stroud. Email:
Memories of village cricket by Rob Sharp. Email:
Transcription of deeds by Caroline Meller. Email:
World War One: Jacquie Waine. Email:

Why not undertake an investigation of your own?

Currently, members of the Society are researching the history of water in the area.  There are always many different aspects of local history which could be researched, for example:

– the history of your house (we have notes on all the houses in Gotherington)
– a particular club/society eg. the Tritons?
– Gotherington Cross Garage?
– Longfurlong Mobile Home Park?