Historical Society

Woodchester Historical Society meets approximately 4 times a year, mainly in the Undercroft of St Mary’s Church. We are a small group of people and would be happy to welcome new members. It is not necessary to know anything about the history of Woodchester to join us.

We continue to work towards computerising village records, censuses, baptisms, marriages, burials etc., building up a database of village residents mainly in the nineteenth century and supporting the Village Archive. See Woodchester Census and Woodchester Registers.

We have prepared leaflets of self guided walks around both North and South Woodchester with an historical theme which can be purchased for a nominal sum. New this year – Woodchester 1914 leaflets with World War 1 information.
For further information contact: barbara.warnes1@gmail.com or 01453 872181

The society has an archive of material in the Village Hall which is available for anyone to study. To arrange a visit, contact our archivist, Jenny Bernard, on 01453 872881. Below are links to what is stored.

Books in Archive
Envelopes in Archive
Key to Envelopes
Folders in Archive
Miscellaneous items in Archive

A brief history of the village can be found here.

To find out more, please go to the Woodchester Historical Society website.

Programme for 2019

Tuesday 5th March at 7.30pm in the Undercroft
Tony Conder – Glooucestershire Railways past and present

Tuesday 4th June at 7.30pm in the Undercroft
Howard Beard – People of the Stroud Valleys through Old Photographs

Tuesday 9th July at 2pm at Saul Junction
Cotswold Canals – a talk, short walk and boat trip. Details TBA

Saturday 10th August at 10am on Church Green
An historical walk over old paths and tracks lasting about 3hrs. Includes a steep climb up the side of the valley

Tuesday 3rd September at 7.30pm in the Undercroft
Chas Townley – Stroud’s Workhouse

Tuesday 5th  November at 7.30pm in the Undercroft
Barry Simon – A History of Aviation in Gloucestershire
To include the AGM