President 2017/18
Neil Holbrook



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Wednesday 21 March 2018, Churchdown
Dr Nicholas Herbert

The Carved Headstones of Vale and Severnside Churchyards
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Saturday 7 April 2018, Cirencester

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Monday 30 April 2018, Bristol
Simon Cox, Cotswold Archaeology

Bristol Fashion - recent archaeological discoveries that shed light on Bristol housing and industry through the ages
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Saturday 9 June 2018, New Passage and Northwick Warth
Spring Meeting

Our Spring Meeting will be a guided walk around New Passage and Northwick Warth, close to the Second Severn Crossing in South Gloucestershire.
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President's Meeting - 10.30am, Saturday 20 October 2018
The Pittville Estate, Cheltenham

Our President, Steven Blake, will lead a walk around the Pittville Estate, Cheltenham, focussing on the area's building and architectural history. We shall also visit the Holst Birthplace Museum, and there will be an opportunity to explore Pittville's history on a more informal basis with members of 'Pittville History Works', a project of the Friends of Pittville.

There will, of course, be refreshments too. Full details in our Autumn newsletter, but please email me if you want to receive advance information.

Rose Hewlett

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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