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.


Romans in South West Herefordshire.

The Romans in S.W. Herefordshire. Author Paul Stratford.   Time line. AD 43  Plautius invades Britain and establishes a Governorship   52 – 57 Gallus holds back the ‘Welsh’   57 – 61 Paulinus destroys Druids in Anglesey   74 – 78 Frantinus is Governor and conquers Silures in Wales   78 – 84 Agricola… Continue reading Romans in South West Herefordshire.

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”.