Tales from the Archives

Background information, stories and documents to give depth to your Family History. Some of the information can be accessed from the Parish or Families section, but deserves a wider audience, and some of the articles are new to this section. The newest items are shown first, but otherwise they are in no particular order. I hope you enjoy delving into the articles contained within.

Pucklechurch Brief history
Stroud Description and map of the town.
Bisley Description and photographs
Tetbury Church. Sketch and description of old and new churches.
Crime in the 19th Century Sentence of death for stealing. Fourteen days imprisonment for killing. Just two of the convictions mentioned in this 1816 account of Gloucester Assizes
The Great Storm of 1703 A contemporary account dealing with Gloucestershire and also Chepstow.
Tetbury in 1779 and 1820 Description of the Town
Uley Old Church Description and photograph
Royal Marines in the 19th Century How were they recruited and trained? What did they do? Where did they serve? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this article.
Settlement Certificate You have probably heard of Settlement certificates, but have you ever seen one? This is a transcript of one issued in 1708 by King's Stanley.
Arlingham Parish Register Extracts Excommunication, flooding, Civil War deaths. Odd bits of information found within the registers.
Stroud Area Information on the Stroud area, including a section on the history of the Stroudwater canal.
A  Royal Marines Service Record Service records contain a wealth of details, even down to the height and hair colouring of the individual. This is a transcript of the records of an ancestor who served in the mid 19th century
Travels of a 19th C Royal Marine More detail regarding the ships on which he served and where they sailed
8th Btn Glos. Regiment The story of the 8th Battalion in the 1st World War.
First World War medals. Background to the medals issued during World War 1
19th Century Cheltenham Interested in life in the 19th Century, or in Cheltenham History? Try this site.
Cheltenham Mail Services You won't believe how the letters were delivered in the 19th Century!
Painswick Area Background information to the area.
Dursley Area Background information to the area.
Glos. Notes & Queries Various volumes of Gloucestershire Notes and Queries were published around 1890, and a selection of articles are reproduced on this website. This is an index to volume 5, to show the depth and breadth of the articles.