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Summer Visits 2017

Click on links for full details (where available). The outline list of dates for the summer programme is given below.     We also have a Winter Lecture Programme

Sunday 23rd April 2017 Afternoon walk: Stonehouse in World War II
Wednesday 17th May 2017 Afternoon visit to Maisemore Court
Sunday 11th June 2017 Afternoon walk, Angidy Valley, Tintern
Late June 2017 Afternoon visit, (Provisional) Stone works near Painswick
Sunday 13th August 2017 Afternoon walk, Mills of the Eastington Area [Part 2]

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Afternoon walk: Stonehouse in World War II

Our first walk of the year will be led by Jim Dickson of the Stonehouse History Group who has provided the following notes. “There was a dramatic increase in the population of Stonehouse at the beginning of the Second World War due to the setting up of two “shadow factories” by Sperry Gyroscope and Hoffmann Manufacturing, and the arrival of sections of the Air Ministry’s Meteorological Office. At the end of the War, the Air Ministry staff and some of the shadow factory staff returned to their pre-War locations. However, the shadow factories remained, establishing Stonehouse as a small industrial town.

We will start our walk at Bond’s Mill (formerly Sperry’s factory) followed by the former Hoffmann factory (which still makes bearings for the aerospace industry). We will then walk along a section of the Stroudwater Canal and, weather permitting, visit a WWII pillbox which is still in good condition and can be entered. We will also see the large viaduct which carries the Bristol-Midlands railway line, a cricket-bat willow plantation, and remnants of the Kemmett Canal.

Meet at 1.45 for a 2pm start at the car park at Bond’s Mill. This is located south west of the A419 by the Stroudwater Canal at Grid Ref SO793052 (Post Code GL10 3RF). Turn off the A 419 at the Oldends Lane roundabout and continue to the end of the car park at the gatehouse by the bridge. Stout shoes are recommended.

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Wednesday 17th May 2017

Afternoon visit to Maisemore Court

We have the opportunity to visit the site of a Model Farm at Maisemore which, after conversion, has become The Steadings, a modern business centre. The visit arises from the talk we had in October 2015 on the Victorian Model Farm given by Bill Evans. One such farm was at Maisemore Court, owned by the Chamberlayne family who still run part of the site as an arable farm.

We will see the former farm buildings and hear about the Victorian agricultural developments which were transforming farming practices across the country. Jeremy Chamberlayne will be showing us around and the visit also gives us a chance to see how older buildings can be sensitively converted and used for modern purposes. The site has also been developed on a very “green” basis with an extensive array of solar energy panels.

Meet at 1.45 for a 2pm start at the Steadings Business Centre, Church Road, Maisemore, GL2 8EY. This is just off the A 417 at SO 814216, second on the right after crossing the Severn coming from Gloucester.

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Sunday 11th June 2016

Afternoon walk, Angidy Valley, Tintern

It is many years since GSIA last visited this very interesting area with its remains of an early furnace, forge and wire works situated just out of county across the Wye. It is timely we should go again now as the sites have received a considerable amount of attention as part of the Heritage Lottery funded project “Overlooking the Wye”. The sites have been conserved and their history further researched and interpretation made available.

Part of this is a self-guided trail of five miles but our walk led by Ray Wilson is only three and a half miles. It will be taken at a gentle pace over level footpaths. We can see most of the remaining sites which are at Tintern using the cars and then for those you wish we will end the afternoon with a visit to one of the tea shops or pubs in the village.

Meet at 1.45 for a 2pm start at the Lower Wireworks car park at the just west of Tintern. Stout footwear recommended. (Further details of the walk and parking will appear in the next News sheet.)

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Late June 2017

Afternoon visit, (Provisional) Stone works near Painswick

A visit is being arranged to Catbrain Quarry near Painswick. No longer an active quarry, it is a stone works run by Meister Masonry producing a range of structural and decorative items. It will be an afternoon visit during the week of 26th June and numbers will be limited so please inform Frank Colls if you are interested. Safety footwear will be needed and full details will be issued later.

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Sunday 13th August 2017

Afternoon walk, Mills of the Eastington Area [Part 2]

Full details will appear here later.

Other visits are being arranged for the latter part of the season