Families., People.


ELIZABETH POSTHUMA GWILLIM.  (Abridged by Hilary Stratford from ‘The Extraordinary Lives of Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim and John Graves Simcoe’ by Ann Gwillim Parker) Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim was the daughter of Elizabeth (a widow, her husband having died in 1721). At the time of her birth in September 1762, her mother was living with her grandmother… Continue reading ELIZABETH POSTHUMA GWILLIM From Whitchurch.


Whitchurch Mile Marker.

Mile Marker as rediscovered by Tom Dudziec in March this year. Restored by WAGLHS. In March Tom Dudziec came across this old mile marker tucked in amongst the weeds on the hillside on the road to Crockers Ash just before B & G Land Rovers old premises. As you can see it had been damaged… Continue reading Whitchurch Mile Marker.

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.


William Gilpin. Observations of the River Wye.

Written in 1770 “Observations on the River Wye and Several Parts of South Wales, etc Relative Chiefly to Picturesque”,  to give it it’s full title, was the first travel book and one of many by William Gilpin, author, artist, travel writer, Master in Arts Oxford, clergyman and headmaster of Cheam School for Boys. Although first… Continue reading William Gilpin. Observations of the River Wye.


Halifax bomber crash at Welsh Bicknor.

For all those who enjoyed the two talks by Dave Scaysbrook earlier this year at Goodrich and the subsequent walk / talk organised by the Garway History group, I hope you find this interesting.  


Objects and gadgets from the past.

This promises to be a very interesting evening with Don Balkwell. FORGOTTEN GADGETS Don is a writer and his latest book is "101 Forgotten Gadgets". He has presented this talk before to many groups and been invited back year after year. A good recommendation. WAGLHS are pleased to be hosting speaker Don Balkwell all the way… Continue reading Objects and gadgets from the past.