Maisemore Local History Society was formed in 1998 following a very
successful "History of Maisemore" exhibition.
The Society aims to study the Local History of the Parish and also puts on a
series of talks about relevant Gloucestershire subjects
Its main initial project was the recording of the gravestone inscriptions in
St Giles's churchyard, a task which has taken a considerable degree of effort -
please refer to the Churchyard Survey page for more details.
The current project being undertaken is the restoration of the three
mileposts within Maisemore Parish.
The detailed programme for 2016-2017 is now available via the button on the left.
J. J. Cridlan founded his internationally famous
'Maisemore' herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle at Maisemore Park, Gloucestershire,
England, in 1898. What he achieved was truly amazing; Maisemore won more awards
than any other herd of any breed in the country. This book is a history of the
herd and its successes. J. J. Cridlan's famous Maisemore herd of Aberdeen Angus
cattle, 'The Doddies', at Maisemore Park, Gloucestershire, England, was a
success story of immense proportions. When he founded his herd in 1898, little
could he have thought that such fame would come to his exhibits and that the
Park would later become known as the Doddies' paradise. The herd won more
Championships and King's Challenge Cups at Smithfield, Britain's premier
fatstock show, than anyone else. The nearest anyone came to beating his ten
championships was Queen Victoria with five wins. Maisemore cattle was exported
all over the world, worth tens of thousands of pounds. In 1919, the largest
contingent of the breed that ever left the shores of Great Britain from a single
herd, left Maisemore for the U.S.A. Today, even after all these years, J. J.
Cridlan's name is still mentioned whenever the Aberdeen Angus breed is the topic
of conversation and the Prefix 'Maisemore' will forever live in the history of
the breed. My interest in the herd stems from the fact that my father, Alfred
Cole, was his head herdsman. He joined J. J. Cridlan from Maisemore School in
1914, at the age of fourteen. J. J. Cridlan was so impressed with my father's
ability and natural affinity with the livestock, that he made him his head
herdsman in 1919, at eighteen years of age; a huge responsibility. It was a
position he held at the Park until 1958. The number of Champions he turned out
in that time was remarkable. When I was young, I would help my father wash and
prepare the cattle for the shows and go with him whenever I could get time off
school.I have wonderful memories of those days and my affection for the Aberdeen
Angus breed has remained with me ever since.
If you were told that from about 1920 to 1950 a school in Gloucestershire
was visited almost every week by interested groups from all over the UK and many
from abroad who wanted to study the teaching methods inside and outside the
classroom, which school would you think it was? And if you were told that the
Secretary of Gloucestershire Education Committee wrote in 1921 that this school
'goes as near attaining an ideal as any School can go', you would probably still
think of the several very distinguished schools in the county. But think again,
for in 1929 a government inspector reported, 'This happy little village school
is a live community where a full life is provided for the children whose
response to the inspiring leadership of the Head Master is completely loyal.'
The village is Maisemore and Peas, Pigs & Poetry describes how Alfred Edgar
Driver, who became headmaster at the age of twenty-three in 1915, brought
Maisemore Church of England School to national and international recognition.
Furthermore, the book covers the many contributions that Mr Driver made to
village life through the parish council, in sport, and as the founder of the Pig
and Poultry Club for adults. It is a moving and inspiring story of the
difference one man can make in the lives of many.
The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly
growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the
printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale
initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve
these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first
time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are
available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate
students, and independent scholars. Delve into what it was like to live during
the eighteenth century by reading the first-hand accounts of everyday people,
including city dwellers and farmers, businessmen and bankers, artisans and
merchants, artists and their patrons, politicians and their constituents.
Original texts make the American, French, and Industrial revolutions vividly
"Maisemore Men Lest We Forget:
The Lives of the Men who Fought
and Died in the Two World Wars" by Robin Stayt, 2003
"Between the Wars: Maisemore in the 1920s and 1930s"
by Robin Stayt, 2008
"The History of the Church at Maisemore" by Robin
Stayt, 2016 (available in the church)
In fifty pages Robin has set out the story of St Giles. Through time he
covers the reformation, the Georgian and Victorian periods, and a considerable
amount of rebuilding in the 1820-30s, the two World Wars and coming right up
to date with recent renovations in 2016. An easy read with anecdotes providing
a window into the past and present of St Giles.
"Victoria County History" Volume XIII (The Vale of
Gloucester and Leadon Valley), edited by J.H. Chandler & A.R.J. Jurica, 2016 (ISBN: 978-1904356462)
This volume provides authoritative accounts of thirteen ancient parishes
alongside the River Severn near Gloucester or its tributary, the Leadon. Ten
form a contiguous block north and west of Gloucester, extending from Upleadon
to Sandhurst; two more, Minsterworth and Elmore, lie on opposite banks of the
Severn below Gloucester. The volume also includes Twyning, a parish near
Tewkesbury bordering Worcestershire. It is a countryside of extensive meadows
vulnerable to periodic flooding, of rich farmland between prominent, formerly
wooded ridges, and of dispersed small settlements. Arable farming, which was
widespread under its medieval monastic owners, eventually gave way to
dairying, but cider and perry orchards, quarrying and fishing have also been
important. River trade and settlement, and crossings by bridge and ferry, have
influenced the area's economy and communications pattern, and its proximity to
Gloucester attracted prominent citizens to build country houses and acquire
estates there. Most parishes retain medieval work in their churches, and
timber-framed domestic buildings are widespread. More recently, at Hartpury,
the largest and most populous parish included in the volume, a large college
campus has developed. - https://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/counties/gloucestershire/volumes/volume-xiii-vale-gloucester-and-leadon-valley
Ivor wrote this in the trenches of World War One. He's thinking back to
his joining up and the sendoff they got, for a war they thought would be over by
Christmas. How wrong they were. And how homesick.
Independent of the History Society I have had approaches from people around
the world researching family histories - here's one:
MAISEMORE is the original place of the PACE family of Gloucestershire, as
stated by David Pace of London, who has written a couple books on this line of
the PACE family. From Maisemore, descendents have migrated, to places around the
English speaking world.