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The Way It Was

News across the decades

News across the decades

Firemen and volunteers worked for hours to pump the petrol from the striken tanker in Tetbury

Tetbury traffic diverted when tanker collapses in 1968

The new look nostalgia page highlighting the Standard through the years

New look nostalgia page in this week's standard

1968: Led by Mr S Jacques, the church verger, members of the choir and clergy and the congregation at the Remembrance Day service at Fairford on Sunday morning leave the church on their way to the war memorial for the laying on of wreaths

Little has changed over the decades as the county falls silent to remember the fallen

Hats, masks and fancy dress were in evidence when the regulars at the Woodbine Inn, Chesterton, held a fancy dress party to celebrate Hallowe’en

Halloween in the Cotswolds in 1987

The school playground

A history of education for school's 140th anniversary

View of the south front

Nostalgia piece: Haunted manor house to shut its doors to the public

Queen Mary with the Duchess of Kent (right) and the Duchess of Beaufort

When a royal visitor lifted Cirencester's wartime spirits

Second-Lieutenant Wilfrid Joseph Clappen

Emotional letters from the war to a loved son's family

Five new John Beecham paintings to be hung in library

Five new John Beecham paintings to be hung in library

Malmesbury Abbey

Malmesbury most interesting place in Wiltshire

The two boreholes

Experimental borehole is Cirencester's new water supply

The Siddington Glass in Cirencester Church

The Siddington Glass in Cirencester Church

New cross for Cirencester's parish church

New cross for Cirencester's parish church

Cottages are relics of a turnpike age

Cottages are relics of a turnpike age

Abbey House taken from the Parish Church in 1961 by Mrs Alwyn Watts of Pheasant Way, Cirencester. It wsa demolished in 1964.

A look back at Cirencester's Abbey House

The WI jam making factory at Cirencester Park. Countess Bathurst in the centre. Standing are Miss Pearson, Mrs Hobbs, Miss Matthews, Mrs Trinder, Mrs Griffiths, Miss Cambray, Miss Ormond, Miss Mills. Seated: Mrs Scotford Harmer,

Celebrations of the coming of age of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, July 1937

Professor Trevelyan addressing the audience on Cirencester Roman heritage

Corinium Museum, November 1938

The entrance to Cirencester's new Regal Cinema

Truly Regal: it was 1937 when the cinema opened, Decmber 1937

Pendant icicles

The day residents woke to find world encased in ice, February 1940

Mr A J Matthews chairman of the Urban District Council removing the first sod

First turf of housing estate cut by council’s chairman, April 1938

Looking towards the Market Place,the Standard’s offices are immediately to the left of the Bull Inn just out of the photograph and the building with the gabled roof to the right is where the Gardiner Haskins Homecentre now stands

Parties, picnics and a war hero pigeon at The Bull

Nostalgia Hospital and Standard

Cirencester Memorial Hospital, January 1987

Sherston bell ringers pictured in the tower with their trophy

Sherston bellringers triumph, January 1987

Part of the cast of the pantomime by the Beeches Revue Group Babes in the Wood which is being presented at the Bingham Hall. Below the two principals Jean Carlin as Robin Hood and Lesley Scott as Maid Marian

Whatever happened to budding Babes in the Wood thespians? February 1968

A snow-plough at work clearing roads in Winson

No milk, no school, after blizzards cut off villages, January 1968

Brigadier W Selby-Lowndes DSO, Joint Master of the VWH (Earl Bathurst’s) Hunt, with hounds at the Boxing Day meet on the lawns of Cirencester Park

Hunters and hounds were undeterred even by fog

Threshing Machine

The Cotswolds – The Way We Were

A busy stall at Coates church fair

Church stalls are a sucess, December 1954

Nursing staff of Cirencester hospitals who received prizes and certificates at the prize giving at the King’s Head Hotel, Cirencester

Nurses receive prizes and certificates, November 1969

Members of the Miserden Playgroup

Christmas Plays, December 1969

Dr J H Grove-White carving the turkey at the Cirencester Memorial Hospital on Christmas Day,  assisted by the Matron, Miss A M Boxall

Hospital Christmas, December 1950

Visitors to the Fairford Church Christmas Fair held in the Palmer Hall

Crowds flock to annual church bazaar opened by Lady Howard, November 1954

British Legion women receive their standard

Parade, pride and joy as colours the focal point of respect and tradition, celebrating self-sacrifice and devotion to duty, May 1946

The parade marshalling for the march past

Presentation of Standard: a historic day in village, November 1946

A section of the crowd gathered in the market place to see the incident staged as part of a Civil Defence recruiting campaign

Roof top rescue at Cirencester, November 1952

Left to right front row are: Mrs Tebbs (extreme left), Mrs Vickers and Frank Vickers (with cap, who ran Cricklade Post Office) and Mrs Ashley (wearing hat with bow) next to him. Mrs Francis (with necklace) stands between the Vickers, and Mrs Thursa Giles

Histories of Cricklade based on 100 tape recorded interviews

Earl Bathurst taking the salute at the march-past which followed the Remembrance Day Service in Cirencester Parish Church on Sunday

Remembrance Day Services and Parades, November 1965

Ernest Fletcher with the old Ampney Crucis School admission register

Sex discrimination and rule with a rod of iron, October 1980

The American conker team from the USAF base at Fairford appear to be outnumbered by The Little Swingers team from Cirencester

We came, we saw, we conkered the Americans, November 1987

Daglingworth Primary School with head teacher Miss Barker (centre) taken in 1967.  Photograph supplied by Wendy McCormick of Daglingworth

Memories of Daglingworth

Mystery photo discovered in Cirencester charity shop

Do you know mystery couple?

From the Wilts and Glos archives, October 1913

The seven children from Sherston Primary School are Nicola Greaves, Colin Page, Beth Harris, Clare Williams, Timothy Greaves, Eleanor Hawarth and James Harris. The cheque was received on behalf of the association by David Pickett (a former pupil) with his


Paul Vick (11) with his pony Lightning pictured prior to taking part in the gymkhana

Cricklade Show Highlights, August 1984

Aubrey Cooper,   Sir Kreemy Knut (a popular advertising character for Sharp’s toffees) first prize,  juvenile pedestrian costume

Cirencester Hospital Carnival, August 1923

Demolition is proceeding at a rapid pace in the section of Dyer Street which adjoins the Forum Car Park where a block of new shops and living accommodation is to be built.

Looking back on the changing face of Cirencester

Aubrey Cooper, Sir Kreemy Knut ( a popular advertising character for Sharp’s toffees) first prize,  juvenile pedestrian costume

The Cirencester Hospital Carnival of August 1923

All dressed up in her crown is the 1983 Carnival Butterfly Queen Denise Florence (8) with her attendants left to right: Sharon Walker (5) Karen Ashford (5), Amanda Sanderson (8) and Jessica Scanlon (5)

Malmesbury Carnival, 1983

The winners, Bibury from the left, back row: T Goodall, J Randall, W Brown, W Brockbank, T Day C Proctor Front row: R Hopkins, D Williams, D James, N Hopkins, L Wenban

Looking back to previous cricket success

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