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Monthly Archives: November 2009

FAIRFORD POLISH HOSTEL 1947 – 59

The collected photographs & reminiscences of the former residents of the Polish Hostel in FairfordFairford Polish Hostel

by Alicja Swiatek Christofides, 2010
Price £5.00 + £1 p & p

This well-illustrated 76- page book is an expansion of the booklet written for the unveiling of the commemorative plaque at the site of the Fairford Polish Hostel in May 2009. So many people made contact with the author and supplied photographs and information that the author felt that these memories should be compiled together to make an extensive record and that this important part of our local history should not be lost for ever.

THE TRACYS OF TODDINGTON AND FAIRFORD

by Chris Hobson (FHS Monograph No 5)

Mon 5 Traceys

Published by Fairford History Society, 2009
Price £3.00

The latest in the monograph series tells the story of the Tracy family which added Fairford manor to their extensive estates at Toddington and Sudely in 1591. The monograph recounts the turbulent history of the Tracys during the Civil War following which they had to sell their rights to Fairford in order to pay the fines imposed by Parliament and retain their Toddington estate.

‘THE COTSWOLDS AT WAR’. Revised edition by June Lewis-Jones

November 2009 – Just published
Price £14.99

June has updated the previous edition of her book with more pictures and information and a whole new chapter about the Polish Hostels that was not included before. The book details how national policy was interpreted and how it influenced everyday village and rural life. This is the kind of interesting information about the day-to-day problems that ordinary people ‘suffered’ and is not often recorded elsewhere. It is an absorbing and fascinating read packed with much local detail. It makes us of the post-war generation realise just how lucky we are and how grateful we should be to those who fought for our country during the Second World War.