Fairford History Society

Monthly Archives: October 2006

September 21st 2006: Victorian Fairford by Chris Hobson

On 21st September Chris Hobson gave a talk on Victorian Fairford using a PowerPoint presentation.

He talked about five research tools that he had used to discover the history of Fairford:

  • the national census
  • trade directories
  • the Times Digital Archive
  • the National Burial Register
  • the Internet

    Chris Hobson

    Chris Hobson

Using these sources he then briefly covered four topics: population, transport (coaches and railways), medical and the asylum, shops and services. He then showed an example of what can be found on the Internet by illustrating the career of Alfred Sandling Cowley whose life can be traced from Fairford to South Africa and then to Australia where he became a prominent politician.

Chris then outlined a project that he has been working on that aims to record every resident of Fairford during the 19th Century starting with basic information from the sources mentioned above. When the database is more complete the aim would be to make it available to researchers either via the FHS website or on a PC in the planned Heritage Room of the Community Centre. If anyone would like to assist in finding information to make this project more complete, please contact Chris on Fairford 711768.

Gloucestershire Local History Afternoon

Gloucestershire Local History Afternoon

Saturday October 7th 2006

Every year the County Local History Committee of the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council run a local history afternoon for all the member local history groups in the County. This year the theme was sport in Gloucestershire with each of the local history groups putting on displays about various aspects of sport in their areas. The winner for the best display was Cheltenham who mounted a wonderful display of photographs and memorabilia from the worlds of cricket, racing and rugby etc. FHS was attending for the first time and had a small display about Edwin Abbey’s Cricket Week held at Morgan Hall at the turn of the 20th Century. The Bryan Jerrard Award for the best local history article went to Mr R Sermon for an article about a medieval Jew of Tewkesbury who supposedly died when he fell into a cess pit and refused to be rescued on the Sabbath.

Two talks were also given, one on traditional archery by Hugh Soar who brought an excellent display of archery paraphernalia and the other by Dr Francis Burns who spoke about the Cotswold Olympick Games which was started in the Seventeenth Century by Robert Dover on Dover’s Hill near Camden. After a break of many years these Games are still held annually.

A new competition for the best local history society website was won by the well established Camden & District Historical Society with fairfordhistory.org.uk mentioned as a close runner up, an excellent result as our website has only been up and running since May of this year.

FHS's Cricket Display

FHS’s Cricket Display

The event was a good opportunity to see all the very interesting displays and publications of other local history groups in the County. The event was a good opportunity to see all the very interesting displays and publications of other local history groups in the County.