Industry, People.

Ron Williams ghillie, waterman and a local character of Symonds Yat.

Ron Williams. Arthur Ronald Williams, born 25.9.1914, died April 1991 Ross.  Ghillie (for The Royal Hotel)  and Waterman. Married 1956 St. Dubricius to Barbara Mary Beard. Lived at Erwarton, Washings Lane, Symonds Yat West.Liked his beer and whisky, played cribbage, always active and helpful, a good neighbour, friend and story teller. John Blows. _ _… Continue reading Ron Williams ghillie, waterman and a local character of Symonds Yat.

Families., People.

Attempted murder in Lydbrook.

I know that his is not connected with our parish but it took place almost next door. And it is too good to miss. Jill Evans is a local historian and writer about crime and punishment in Gloucestershire. The link below will take you to one of her excellent stories, and there are several others.… Continue reading Attempted murder in Lydbrook.

Buildings., People.

Whitchurch Reading Rooms.

The Reading Room at Whitchurch by Hilary Stratford. Information courtesy of Christabel Panter and the 2011 Whitchurch History Project            (as part of the Heritage Lottery Funding to restore the Clock Tower) Built in the early 1890s, originally the village Reading Room was called Wayside House and was a small cottage.  Those with a keen eye… Continue reading Whitchurch Reading Rooms.

Industry, People., Places.

An introduction to “A Slice of Life 2020”.

In common with other W I groups in 1965, Whitchurch Women’s Institute compiled a scrap book as part of their local jubilee celebrations. Whereas the 1965 version just focused just on the lifestyles and a material record of things as they were then, it was intended to be entirely local.  No comparison with the previous… Continue reading An introduction to “A Slice of Life 2020”.

Industry, People., Places.

Ross Gazette archives.

  To read actual back copies of a Ross Gazette issue you can use this link. For a specific year / month you need to type the month and year into the search box. There is a 'magnifying ring' feature for clear viewing, a '+' sign in a circle, but the site is intended… Continue reading Ross Gazette archives.

Families., Industry, Local characters., People., Places.

The Three Rs.

Introduction by John Blows. Ron Williams, born about 1930, was my neighbour at "Erwarton" by the Saracen's ferry.  As far as I know he worked all his life at The Royal Hotel, Symonds Yat East which meant crossing the river every day, whatever the weather conditions, in his rowing boat. He was always full of… Continue reading The Three Rs.


The Ballinger Family of Symonds Yat West and Whitchurch.

Within our society we have several groups of members who have elected to  research different subjects with a local and historical connections. The ‘People Group’ of WAG LHS consist of Trish Dixon, Jo Dickens, Pat Gore and Lynne Ralph.  Most of the work below is attributable to Lynne Ralph. The Ballinger Family. Records for this… Continue reading The Ballinger Family of Symonds Yat West and Whitchurch.


Just some quotes on the subject of History.

  “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”  ― Winston S. Churchill “If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”  ― Michael Crichton. (Plus many variations by others.) “I was alive when the Dead… Continue reading Just some quotes on the subject of History.