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Neil Holbrook

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Monday 27 November 2017, Bristol
John Stevens

Alfred George Stevens, 1817-75: The Life and Times of a West Country Artist
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Wednesday 17 January 2018, Churchdown
Rose Hewlett

William Sheppard: Cromwell's law reformer
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The Account Book of the Giles Geast Charity, Tewkesbury 1558-1891 (Record Series 31)

The Giles Geast charity provided support for the town's poor for over three centuries. The Account Book kept by the charity feoffees (trustees) have long been famous for their annual 'memoranda' - notes of significant happenings from far and near, spanning the whole range from the defeat of the Spanish Armada to a 31½ lb salmon caught in the Avon. And there are plenty of other natural phenomena - including floods, freak storms, hard winters, notable harvests.

All of this, and the year-by-year income and expenditure associated with the 22 charity houses -- which were rented out to create the funds for annual gifts to the poor -- is included in the new edition, carefully prepared by Dan Beaver, a US academic whose interest in Tewkesbury started nearly 20 years ago.

Read more about the Account Book.

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