Gloucestershire

Status: 10 volumes published. Four volumes in preparation.

 

Volume XII (Newent and May Hill)

was published in 2010: click here for details.

Volume XIII (Severn and Leadon Valleys)

Volume XIII in the Gloucestershire history goes to press in the late summer of 2016. It contains accounts of thirteen ancient parishes north and west of Gloucester, and completes the VCH coverage of the county to the west of the river Severn. Eight of the parishes form a block of land crossed by the river Leadon, one of the Severn’s major tributaries, immediately to the north-west of Gloucester. They are Ashleworth, Bulley, Hartpury, Lassington, Maisemore, Rudford and Highleadon, Tibberton, and Upleadon. The history of that predominantly agricultural area has been influenced by its proximity to Gloucester and by the growth of the city in the 20th century. The volume also includes the riverine parishes of Minsterworth and Elmore on opposite banks of the Severn to the west of Gloucester, as well as Norton and Sandhurst to the east of the Severn north of the city. The parish of Twyning, located between the rivers Severn and Avon north of Tewkesbury, completes the volume.

The launch of Volume XIII is scheduled for September 2016, and details are to be announced in July.

Volume XIV (Yate & district)

The Gloucestershire County History Trust is pleased to record good progress in South Gloucestershire. The history of Yate, north of Bristol, was completed by Rose Wallis in 2014, and the resulting "Yate Short" was launched in September 2015. Contracts have been let for the next round of research, on the contiguous parishes of Chipping Sodbury, Little Sodbury and Old Sodbury, all of which will contribute to a future Volume XIV. Beth Hartland is studying the medieval material, and Phil Baker the Early Modern. This is a significant and welcome extension of coverage for the VCH in the historic county.

Volume XV (Cheltenham & district)

The editorial groundwork has now been completed for a future volume (XV) covering Cheltenham and surrounding parishes. Research on the medieval period began in October 2013 (Dr Beth Hartland), followed by the start of work on the Early Modern period in 2014 (Dr Alex Craven); during 2015 Alex researched the period up to 1740 (broadly speaking, the end of the pre-spa era), and by July 2016 had substantially completed the next section, to 1852. Draft sections are now being editorially reviewed, and will be posted here when ready. Research to date - assisted by a strong group of volunteers - has uncovered significant caches of original source material not previously examined in detail, and there are good prospects for substantial additions to previous accounts of the town's history.

Volume XVI (Cirencester & district)

Concurrently, similar groundwork has been carried out for a future volume (XVI) covering Cirencester and district. Research on the medieval period started in October 2013 (Dr Beth Hartland), and as with Cheltenham, drafts have been submitted and will be posted here after editorial review.  Research on post-Reformation topics got underway in 2014, and is now being led by Dr Francis Boorman. Plans are in hand to complement the documentary sources for Cirencester with essays by subject specialists, describing the Roman context for later settlement in the town and environs.

Publications

Gloucestershire Volume II Imprint Page
William Page
Jan 1907
Gloucestershire Vol 6 Imprint Page
C. R. Elrington
Jan 1965
Gloucestershire Vol 8 Imprint Page
C. R. Elrington
Jan 1968
C. R. Elrington and N. M. Herbert
Jan 1972
N. M. Herbert
Jan 1979

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Volume XIII in the Gloucestershire history, due to be launched in September 2016...
Work on this volume began in October 2013. Draft sections are now being edited....
Work on this volume started in October 2013. The intention is to cover all compo...
When complete Volume XIV will cover all the ancient parishes of Lower Grumbalds...
This account was researched and written by County Editor Dr John Chandler in 201...