The Tewkesbury Historical Society

Victoria County History

This newsletter contains information on the latest additions to Gloucestershire material in the series and details of forthcoming meetings.

Welcome to our local History Society website

THS was formed in 1991 with the aim of researching and adding to our knowledge of the town of Tewkesbury.  The Society meets monthly, usually on the third Thursday, at 7.45 pm in the Methodist Church at The Cross. At these meetings, which are open to non-members, invited speakers talk on some aspect of history. In addition, THS publishes books and an annual Bulletin of Research, to which contributions are invited. The Society also gives members the option of accessing online the Society's extensive Woodard Database of Local History data.

Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society

BGAS annual symposium 16 March 2019 at the Guildhall, Gloucester.

New book by John Dixon: 'Tewkesbury's Two Forgotten Railways!'

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With the support of THS, John Dixon has published his labour of love – Tewkesbury’s Two Forgotten Railways! – along with a reissue of Roger Butwell's 2011 commemoration dvd.

Reviewd by David Aldred:

Social Evening

24 January 2019 at the Hop Pole - was a great success with an attendance of 40.

The 1914-1915 Medal unveils the Rowley Family

The discovery of this medal on 'ebay' and its subsequent purchase by local enthusiasts for presentation to the Town’s Museum unveils some important aspects of World War I.

Gloucestershire Local History Association

The Gloucestershire Local History Association includes representatives from many local history societies in the county, the county archives and local studies centres, and meets quarterly to discuss matters relating to local history in Gloucestershire. Details of events organised by the Association and member organisations may be found on their website:

GLHA Website
Chairman's Report

Friends of Glos. Archives

FOGA Spring 2017 Newsletter

Archives & Friends
Digital Magazine (PDF)

November Meeting

John Dixon & Peter Dawson
John Dixon & Peter Dawson

THS Life President, John Dixon, with Peter Dawson who gave an interesting and well attended talk on 'Burgage Plots in Medieval Towns' at our 15 November meeting.

Woodard Award Winner 2018

John Dixon and Barbara Jones
John Dixon and Barbara Jones

Winners of 2018 Woodard Award are John Dixon and Barbara Jones for their jointly written article 'From Howell's to Hollams [and on to Canada]!'

The article was also shortlisted for the GLHA Jerrard Award

John Dixon steps down as Committee Chairman

John Dixon retires
John Dixon retires

THS Life Member and Life President John Dixon who stepped down as THS Committee Chairman was presented with books at the May 2018 meeting. John was a founder of the Tewkesbury Historical Society and the leading activist fulfilling many roles, many of which he intends to continue. He has contributed to the Bulletin year in, year out and has won the Woodard Award five times as well as being nominated for the County Jerrard Award twice. 

18 October 2018 Meeting

John Dixon with Paul Barnett
John Dixon with Paul Barnett

THS President, John Dixon, with Paul Barnett who gave a talk on 'The Severn Bridge Disaster 1960' Information relating to the talk can be found by visiting the 'Friends of Purton' website:

THS February Meeting

John Reid will give a talk on Funerary Monuments: Gloucestershire's Hidden Gems.
7.45pm 21 February 2019 at the Methodist Church at the Cross.

The Walsingham Pilgrims

Talk at John Moore Museum 23 Feb 2019 11am then repeated at 2pm.

Even more Census Data

We are pleased to announce that the Tewkesbury Census Data for 1841 to 1891 has doubled in size. We now have 37,608 people spread over 9,575 property records. Take a look here.

Remarkable Incidents Relative to Tewkesbury

The earl of Essex with his army came to town, the 10th of September, 1643, and lay here five days; from hence they marched towards Newbery, a great battle was fought there.


Tewkesbury Weather

It is a great talking point but do our impressions agree with statistics? Each month John Dixon will update Rainfall and Temperature Statistics and offer his Monthly Reflections.


Richard III Study Day

The Richard III Society is holding a Study Day at Emmanuel Church Hall, Leckhampton on 1 June 2019 starting at 10am.

Bulletin 27

is available for purchase. Contents and Information, Add to Cart


A Noble Band of Heroes


Print Version