The Tewkesbury Historical Society

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.

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

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Currently sold out but may have a re-supply by Christmas.  

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:

Battlefield Society announces talk at the Abbey, January 5th

Matt Lewis - Historian and author, talks about his new book Richard III, followed by Nathan Amin - discussing The Beauforts, his new book. 2pm in the Parish Room, at the Abbey.

Social Evening

24 January 2019 at the Hop Pole

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.

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.

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

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:

Remarkable Incidents Relative to Tewkesbury

In 1578, about Michaelmas, began the supposed sickness of Pestilence, in the town, and in six weeks died the number of thirty persons; but by the diligent care of the bailiffs in shutting up the suspected houses, a general infection was prevented.


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.


Tewkesbury's Two Forgotten Railways!

Please note that for the time being we are sold out of this book but may have a re-supply by Christmas.  It would be helpful if those who would still like a copy could email John and let him know as soon as possible.

Bulletin 27

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


A Noble Band of Heroes

Review by John Moore Society Add to Cart


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)


Print Version