Tewkesbury People and Connections

J.M.W.Turner,R.A.:His Presence in Tewkesbury


It has often been assumed that William Turner of The Old Curiosity Shop was the father of the painter, as has been stated in several recent publications. However, records at the Gloucester ...

James Bennett (1785-1856)


I first became aware of Bennett whilst visiting the library of the old Municipal Offices in Oldbury Road. I was fascinated by the detail in his History, and even more fascinated with the way the ‘Register and Magazine’ recorded details of people’s lives, ...

Tewkesbury's MPs


Based on a talk given to Tewkesbury Historical Society by Dr Jones on September 21st 1995 Tewkesbury provides a fine example of the way in which the parliamentary system worked before 1832, for it was one of the 196 boroughs which sent ...

Thomas Collins (1818-1900)


In a neglected grave in Tewkesbury Cemetery, deprived by the overhanging branches of a tree of a view of the Abbey he loved, lies one of the most important men of Victorian Tewkesbury - Thomas Collins. Collins was born to humble parents, John ...

John Rogers (1808-1909)


When John Rogers died in February 1909 he was known as the Grand Old Man of Tewkesbury; having lived one hundred years, three months and two days. He spent most of his life in Tewkesbury and his quiet contribution to the town was celebrated in ...

George Rowe, Printmaker, 1796 - 1864


George Rowe drew and printed exceptionally important prints of buildings still present in Tewkesbury. They give us an idea of the importance and condition of these old buildings before photography. That they were subjects at all tells us that some ...

Edmund Rudge - 'A Singular Character'


2018 saw the 175th. anniversary of the death of Mr. Edmund Rudge , a notable Tewkesbury character in his day. This brief notice appeared in the Gloucester Journal of October 14th.,1843:

'On Sunday last, the 8th. instant, ...

William Morris Moore (1813-1841)


This article was the second of three written by Derek Benson on the Chartist movement in Tewkesbury and Cheltenham. It was published in Bulletin 20 (2011) and was shortlisted for the county Jerrard Award .&...

Sir Dudley Digges (1583-1639)


(This introduction is entirely the work of Cameron Talbot, from the draft article written by him shortly before his sudden death in 2001. Ed.) It must be a dream, you think. You are sitting in a railway carriage of some ...

Tewkesbury Town Burials


Mike English first became known to us when he attended my sessions for Computing and Family History.  However, he was already very knowledgeable and has contributed web addresses to our website. His researches led him to make contact with the ...

Samuel Thomas Osborne, The Channel Hero


Historical research is often inspired by a chance discovery and enhanced by the sharing by enthusiasts of resources and information. The detailed research to flesh out the subject and to corroborate details takes a great deal of determination, time and ...

Joseph Higginson (1790-1848)


My great, great grandfather, Joseph Higginson , “for thirty-seven years surgeon of this borough”,[1] was born not in Tewkesbury but in the little village of Severn Stoke, Worcestershire. The third of six children of Nathaniel ...

Humphrey Brown, M.P. (1803-1860)


This article started life as a challenge issued by local historian, Hugh Conway-Jones , for protagonists of different databases to demonstrate to the County Computing Workshop on 17 May 2003 how their preferred database would ...

Samuel Hitch, M.D. (1800-1881)


Samuel Hitch  was born in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, in 1800 and educated at the University of Oxford. He then attended the best medical schools in England, France and Italy, before returning to Gloucester where, at the age of just 28, he ...

Sir Raymond Priestley (1886-1974)


Written on R.Y. Britannia in the Antarctic Ocean during the World Tour in December 1956 For a couple of years in my early youth I was a rather erratic member of the Wesley Guild.  We met in the room at the back of the ...

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)


“If one must die for England, Fate has given
Generously indeed, for we have known
Before our time, the air and skies of Heaven
And Beauty more than common have been shown,
And with our last fight fought, our last ...

Almer Page (1912-2007)


Almeric Henry Page was born on 4 January 1912, at the ‘Hermitage’,[2]  Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, the second son of Harold Page (1884-1947) and Florence Page (née Peters, 1887-1968). The family consisted not only of ...

Thomas Holland (1826-1907)


Serendipity undoubtedly plays an important part in family history research. It was certainly a lucky accident that led me to visit Barton Street Museum[2] on a recent trip to Tewkesbury. There on the top floor was a photograph of my ...

Halsey Freeman (1891-1930)


It is extraordinary that so many of Tewkesbury’s photographic pioneers met with untimely ends - but the statistics speak for themselves.[1] And, even if my grandfather, Halsey Freeman , had been aware of this disquieting history of the ...

James George Preston, A Tailor of Tewkesbury


If you mention the surname ‘Preston’ to any long-time residents of Tewkesbury, then their memories recall either or both of Ted Preston , who was the Town Crier for many years – or Mr. Preston , the tailor. They were not related.  The ...

The Jew of Tewkesbury. An Urban Myth?


Among the many stories and tales told about Tewkesbury is a rather curious incident set in the 13th century. About the year 1260 a Jew of Tewkesbury is said to have fallen into a latrine on a Saturday and, not wishing to break the Jewish ...

Percy Baker (1880-1975)


Photographic archives form an important component of any social history collection. The photograph collection in Tewkesbury Museum is quite poor. Most of the museum’s photographic records relate to people and events no earlier than the 1960s.  ...

Capt. W.E. Price, M.P. (1841-1886)


Whatever its reduced political status since 1974, it is still awe-inspiring to be able to sit in the Council Chamber of Tewkesbury’s Town Hall. Looking around at the portraits adorning the walls, one is burdened by a sense of history and the doubt whether ...

William Harrison Gray (1850-1914)


So far in this developing series we have investigated the lives of some M.P.s of Tewkesbury who were deemed to be corrupt. There is little to be said in defence of Humphrey Brown who served a prison sentence for his ...

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