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Summer Visits 2019

We also have a Winter Lecture Programme

Sunday 14 April 2019 Afternoon walk: Forest of Dean
Sunday 19 May 2019 Afternoon walk: Mills of the Painswick Valley
Sunday 16 June 2019 Afternoon walk: Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal
Thursday 4 July 2019 Evening visit to Rodborough and Woodchester
Sunday 18 August 2019 Afternoon Walk: Afternoon Walk: Bristol coalfield
Wed 4 September 2019 Modern Industry Visit Air Salvage International

Sunday 14 April 2019

Afternoon walk: Forest of Dean - timber, geology and minerals

GSIA President Ian Standing has kindly agreed to lead another walk for us and he writes: “A walk of 3-4 km through woodland SW of Soudley to Howbeech Slade, Staple Edge and Cudleigh Holes. Along the way we shall visit quarries and early coal mining sites. We will move on to early iron ore mining among splendid scowles and debate the origin of the ore and the age of the workings. We will conclude at the Findall Chimney (see GSIA Gazetteer FD21and 1979 Journal article) and discuss the latest proposals for conserving the built and buried heritage of the Forest. Mainly hard tracks but there is a steep descent on uneven ground to regain the cars. Boots are recommended.

Details: Meet from 1.45 for a 2pm start at Bullocks Beech (grid ref SO 657098). From Gloucester take the A48 to Elton, then the A4151 to Littledean where you go right at the small roundabout, then look for a minor road on the left to Soudley (opposite a Premier shop). Follow this for about 2 miles to Soudley, turn right and then, after a small bridge, turn left on a minor road towards Blackpool Bridge. Look for a track on the left marked Bradley Hill and turn here to come to an open area with trackside parking.


Sunday 19 May 2019

Afternoon Walk: Mills of the Painswick Valley (Northern Area)

Last September we looked at a number of sites in the central area of the parish and this year, led again by Ray Wilson, we will branch out and follow the Painswick Stream to the north-east of the village It will be convenient to use the “Walkers car park” near the entrance to the Rococo garden and walk into the centre of the village looking at a number of interesting buildings and route. The first two mill sites we will visit are 3Zachariah Powell's mill which lay on a tiny tributary to the main stream and the site of Upper Baylis's Mill. Little remains of either mill but we will hear their interesting histories. The next mill is Damsell’s Mill which bears a datestone of 1674. This was a cloth mill in 1820 but converted to a corn mill by 1867. The millers house dates from about this time. The buildings were converted into a dwelling in 1968. At the rear two brick arched openings lead to the large extant breast-shot waterwheel.

Moving on we will come to the scant but interesting ruins of Oliver's Mill with its restored mill pond. Next was the site of Tocknell's Mill although nothing now remains of the buildings. However, the fine clothier’s house, Tocknell’s Court survives. If time permits, we will take a look at the first mill on the Painswick Stream in Cranham, Eddel's Mill. This was once a cloth mill and later a corn mill. We will then take a different route along field paths to the cars. The late Mrs Colleen Haine’s 1983 article in the GSIA Journal covers all the sites and is available at

Meet after 1.45 pm for a prompt start at 2.00 pm at Painswick "Walkers Car Park" [SO86761051, GL6 6RR (approx.)] From the cross roads on the A46 in the centre of Painswick take the B4073 road leading north (Gloucester Street) signed Gloucester and Rococo Garden. After a third of a mile and just before the 50mph speed limit signs turn right into Golf Course Lane (signed Cemetery) The car park is on the left after about 150 yards. Please wear stout footwear.


Sunday 16th June 2019

Afternoon Walk: Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal (Gloucester end)

This is a preliminary announcement for this event and full details of the itinerary will appear in the next issue.

We are following the talk by Nigel Jeffries on the construction of the canal in our winter lecture series by a visit to two major sites at the Gloucester end of the canal. It is many years since we last visited Over basin near Gloucester and the Oxenhall section of the canal near Newent. The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust have made remarkable 4progress on both sites since then. As parking is extremely limited we will meet our guide Amber Patrick in a car park in Gloucester and share transport so that we take the minimum number of cars to the sites.)

Meet from 1.45 pm for a prompt start at 2.00 pm at Alney Island Nature Reserve Car Park (Gloucester) at SO82361899. The car park can only be reached by travelling north west out of Gloucester on the A417 dual carriageway leading towards the A40. At the large Westgate circulatory loop, continue past the petrol station, over the bridge and then in a short distance turn left into the car park through the restricted entrance (low height and a tight turn!). Please wear stout footwear.)


Thursday 4th July 2019

Evening visit to Rodborough and Woodchester

The first part of the visit will be to Rodborough Church to see the Reverend Awdry stained glass window and some memorials to clothiers and mill owners. Then to South Woodchester to see a splendid O gauge garden railway in operation for us.

Details of this visit will appear here in due course.


Sunday 18th August 2019

Afternoon Walk: Afternoon Walk: Bristol coalfield

Details of this visit will appear here in due course.


Wednesday 4th September 2019

Morning visit to a modern industry, Air Salvage International at Kemble.

Details of this visit will appear here in due course.