Tues, October 27, 2020 7:30 - 9:00 pm
GOUTS, ITCHES AND PILLHEADS: THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE COURT OF SEWERS, 1583-1642
An online talk by Rose Hewlett for the Society, talking about her new edition of the Court of Sewers Records, published this month.
Due to the on-going public health crisis BGAS regret to announce that our plans to reschedule the 2020 AGM have now been abandoned. The loss of the 2020 Annual General Meeting will not prevent BGAS from fulfilling any of its statutory responsibilities and efforts will now be focused on delivering an enhanced Annual General Meeting in Spring 2021, when all outstanding business can be dealt with.
Revised Presidential Periods of Office
David Viner has agreed to remain as BGAS President until Spring 2021. Michael Hare will therefore now become President for 2021/22, with Bob Jones as President elect. Mr Jones will then become President for 2022/23.
It is hoped that a Meeting to the Forest of Dean and Newnham on Severn, and Michael Hare's President's Meeting to Apperley and Deerhurst, will now both be held in 2021. Dates and arrangements to be confirmed as soon as possible.
Bob Jones' Presidential Meeting will now take place in 2022. Further details will follow in due course
The BGAS Library is closed until further notice. Arrangements have been made to extend the loan period for any items BGAS members have borrowed until such time as normal library services are resumed.
As previously announced, Record Series subscribers received not one but TWO volumes in 2020. Volume 34 provides a uniquely detailed insight into the 'problem of the poor' - at least, those unfortunates who fell on hard times in 19th-century Cheltenham, and who had to be examined by magistrates, to assess where they were 'settled'. In short, were they to be a burden on Cheltenham's ratepayers, or could they be shown to be the responsibility of another parish?
Volume 35 is an edition of a very different sort of record - the Tudor and early Stuart Commissioners of Sewers in Gloucestershire. Responsible for the proper management of water-courses, drainage and coastal defences along the Severn estuary, the commissioners were a vital strand of local government, responsible for overseeing not just year-in, year-out maintenance, but also the response to literally overwhelming rare events such as the 1607 Flood.
'Defending Gloucestershire's Coast' - Rose Hewlett's recorded talk based on her research for Volume 35 - featured in the Gloucester History Festival in September and is still available via the Festival website. Follow this link https://vimeo.com/449619466.
In their different ways, both volumes shed considerable light on the response of contemporary officialdom to practical issues that still affect the county today - on the one hand, misfortune disrupting normal family life, and on the other, too much water in the wrong place at the wrong time.
We are able to bring you an extra issue this year because of the great generosity of several institutions and individuals with a particular interest in the Sewers volume, without whom early publication would not have been possible.
If you sign up for the Record Series now (currently a modest £15 supplement to the ordinary membership subscription), you can still get both these volumes at no further charge, and be confident that future volumes will come without further fuss.
If you would just like one volume, without subscribing for the series, then note that we are currently holding the price for each one at £22.50 (£26 post-paid in UK). Whichever you choose, please email [email protected] in the first instance.
The is a final report of some quite special discoveries made at the centre of Gloucester a very long time ago (1968-71) is now available. It uses present-day knowledge and has discussions of Roman and Late Saxon Gloucester, and it makes much use of documentary evidence for the more recent periods. If you're interested in the city's archaeology, this should give a feel of it over many centuries. For further information or to obtain a copy, go to https://www.gloucesterarchaeologicalpublications.co.uk/.
The transcription of the Gloucestershire Hearth Tax 1672 has been made available by Jan Broadway. She hopes when time permits to produce a full scholarly edition and analysis, but feels researchers may appreciate access to the transcription in the meantime.