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The Cotswold Way marker stone at Campden square

(From the noticeboard section of the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

Very recently the town council was asked about the above stone and, as they had little or no information, they asked around. I was able to fill the gap and below I set out what I know of its history.

It starts at the Cotstone Quarry, which was worked out and was just a large hole in the ground. I believe that it was owned by an Irishman named Macateer, who was in financial difficulty and fled to Ireland to escape his creditors.

Hands-on history sessions over half-term at the Corinium Museum

Rancid remedies and ancient legends are just two of the sessions available for families at Cirencester’s Corinium Museum this half term.

Public invited to attend Millennium Cathedral Service

‘A Service Celebrating 1,000 Years of the Shire of Gloucester’

(c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partnersMembers of the public are invited to a special service being held at Gloucester Cathedral to mark 1000th birthday of the county.

The service takes place at 3pm on October 14th 2007 with readings from key people living and working in the county.

Life in the 1500s

A taste of life in England during the 1500s by Roger Keight, Campden and district historical and archaeological society.

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. They were starting to smell, however, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.

Gloucestershire 1,000 celebrations - The past is present

Gloucestershire 1000Festival explores historical discoveries

New discoveries about our county’s past are set to be unearthed this autumn with the launch of Gloucestershire’s first history festival as part of the Gloucestershire 1000 celebrations.

The millennium celebrations provide an ideal opportunity to rediscover the story of Gloucestershire over the centuries and celebrate the achievements of its inhabitants both within the county and the impact of their successes around the world. The festival is in light of the National Trust’s History Matters campaign.

Organisations across the county will be hosting history and heritage events, starting with a programme of activities this autumn featuring open days, talks, tours and activities and a Local History Afternoon on the theme of ‘Non-Conformity in Gloucestershire’.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is creating an impression of the county in the year of its ‘birth’, and has researched how the county’s natural habitats looked, smelt and sounded in 1007. The Anglo-Saxon population of Gloucestershire would have lived alongside bears, wolves and beavers in a landscape that we would barely recognise today.

The annual Heritage Open Days in September will enable members of the public to see behind closed doors at some of the county’s most interesting buildings, and October’s Black History Month offers a chance to discover more about how the past has contributed to Gloucestershire’s present. A number of the county’s museums are also running history events as part of The Big Draw campaign.

The Festival offers an opportunity to promote the resources available in discovering more about local history, including Gloucestershire Archives and the local museums and heritage centres.

Visit the website www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk
to see more detailed events listings.

For more about Gloucestershire's birthday and some of the history of the county, see our Gloucestershire 1000 article.

Round-up of countywide events

The County of Gloucestershire is 1000 years old

(c) Gloucestershire 1000 and its associate partners

Happy Birthday Gloucestershire - thats a lot of candles to blow out

Gloucestershire 1000 will celebrate with a variety of local and countywide events to highlight the history, culture and economy of the county. The celebrations will run until spring 2008, and will feature a range of events run by communities, museums, arts organisations and music groups in Gloucestershire.

The purpose of Gloucestershire's Millennium Year is to raise understanding of the history and international significance of the story of Gloucestershire and of it's people.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester is Patron of Gloucestershire 1000 and the Lord-Lieutenant Henry Elwes is President of the project.

As part of this raising of awareness a new competition has been launched - Write Around Gloucestershire - celebrating the tradition of the written word in Gloucestershire by inviting anyone who lives, works or studies in the County to try their hand at writing.

It can be a story, poem, anecdote, play, essay, traditional tale, speech or article upto a maximum of 1000 words and must relate to Gloucestershire.

Write Around Gloucestershire Brochure

The competition runs until 25th November 2007 and full details and conditions of entry can be found at www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk

The History of Gloucestershire’s "Birth"

The year 2007 has been recognised as the 1000th birthday of the county of Gloucestershire. Various historians believe 1007 to be the year that the territory of Mercia was divided into shires and the county of Gloucestershire came into existence.

Chipping Campden - Sequel to the Scuttlebrook wake verse

1915

A sequel to our '1915' Scuttlebrook poem saga has emerged. Further anecdotal evidence suggests that Scuttlebrook Wake again came under threat soon after the opening of the recreation ground in 1934 and another Coldicott was involved.

Ebrington needs help from St. Swithin

Ebrington Floods 2Friday 20th July - Floods in Ebrington after a day of torrential rain

It rained and rained and rained all day.

It had also rained on St Swithin's Day, Sunday 15th July and the rhyme says:-

St Swithin's Day, if it does rain,
Full forty days, it will remain
St S

Chipping Campden - Scuttlebrook wake verse

1915
CHIPPING CAMPDEN
YE OLDE WAKE OF SCUTTLEBROOKE

The "Church and State" and Scuttlebrook Wake
Have into conflict come,
"This dreadful Wake it SHALL be stopped"
Says Leysbourne's 'Peeping Tom'.

We'll have a committee terror strike
At the root of this innocent fun
And make the promotors feel that we
Are like the German Hun.

They shall have their festival once more
And woe to those who say,
That Scuttlebrooke Wake for old times sake
Shall live another day!

So, wake

Chipping Campden CADHAS local history and archive room

(From the noticeboard section of the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

THE LOCAL HISTORY AND ARCHIVE ROOM

You may have seen my colleagues or me, hurrying down the High Street clutching files or papers, heard us call 'just off to the archives': or noticed us scurrying into the Old Police Station at all hours. Perhaps you have wondered what we do there?

The CADHAS local history and archive room is in the Old Police Station on the first floor. It is run by Olivia Amphlett, CADHAS archivist and her main assistants, Monica Bedding, Judith Ellis, Jennifer Bruce and Carol Jackson with a team of fourteen volunteers. The archive room was first set up in 2003 and since that time has been open regularly on Monday afternoons, Wednesdays am & pm, Thursday and Saturday mornings for members of the public, Campden locals, CADHAS members or visitors to the town to visit and consult CADHAS records.

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