Stonehouse History Group

 Stonehouse Local History Group’s websitefor more information &/or to get involved. These are from their meetings 2nd Wed in the Town Hall (think Post Office)
GeoffYoung    VickiWalker GeoffryYoung& VickiWalker
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1 Railway accidents in Stonehouse 1:41
2 Laurie Lee at the cafe above the Ritz cinema 0:21
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3 the Brickworks chimney & steam engine 1:44  
4 the Brickworks, the fireplace shop & model animals 3:04  
5 Wycliffe boathouse and canoeing on the canal 0:52
6 Stonehouse Ocean swing bridge & farmer Wilcox’s bullpen & a horrible accident 1:42
7 R101 airship & German bombers flying over Stonehouse 1:47
8 the canal swing bridges along Stroudwater 1:10
9 the floods of 1947 0:38
10 the old story of two old men who couldn’t bare to die first 0:52
11 the perils of cycling along the canal towpath & playing in the river Frome 2:19
12  the Regal cinema & Billy Schill from the brickworks 1:42
13  Geoffry’s Father & Grandfather & the local businesses they set up. Artificial Horn Company. 1:34
14 Grandfather’s Dye works 1:20
15 deliveries by horse and the day the horse turned blue! 1:10
16 Father using whey from milk to keep babies alive. And casein expert. 0:55
17 Geoffry’s family, colour perception and the dyeing industry connection. 0:47
18 remembering Hurn’s hardware shop. It is still there. 0:14
19 Geoffry taking the train to school at the age of 5 in the 30’s. 1:23
20 recalling the British Restaurant during the wartime. 0:47
21 His mother running the Toc. H, and its origins in WW1. 1:39
22 Geoffry’s father during WW2 – owner of the casein factory in Bridgend. 0:33
23 Captain B D Parkin, ARP chief during WW2. 1:06
24 Geoffry’s cars and his traction engine. 1:53
25 Geoffry living next to Devon house owned by the Scutts. 1:16
26 Vicky taking the train to school in the 60’s at the age of 5. 0:16
27 Geoffry using the police sargent’s bucket as target practice. Sarg was not amused! 1:58
28 Branwell Parker’s shop 1:17
29 Hurns Hardware also sold model trains in the 30’s 0:55
30 the film they made in Ryeford. When Geoffry met the stars.- a “Chance of a Lifetime” 1:52
31 Hudsons dairy and the cows – in the middle of Stonehouse town 1:56
32 Mullin’s Haberdashery and Peggy O’Neil’s sweet shop 0:48
33 Barnard House, Mr Ball the tobaconist, Wilcox Chemist, Bradley’s Shoe Shop& the Hilton-Stewarts 1:39
34 Chandlers shop, his videos in the 40’s and the Fish & Chip Shop. 1:45
35 Vicky remembers going to Gardner’s delicatessant with a little red book & home delivery of grocery (nothing new is there?). 1:13
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36 As a postman collecting mail – Dorcas Juggins & Daphne Neville ask him to take their letters as he passed 2:05
anonymousM Colin
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37 Colin spent a couple of years in Standish Hospital. 1:51
38 Playing along the canal (and in it). 0:44
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1 schoolyard games and the Barbara Pearce school of dancing. 1:41
EricClark EricClark
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1 talking about the chapel and naming people as they look at a photograph of Eric’s wedding in 1959. 0:45
2 Eric’s father died in 1939 due to complications from being gassed in WW1. 1:08  
3 Eric’s father and employers and being taken to see them hunt on father’s bike. 0:43  
4 Eric’s father as gardener and postman, delivering Christmas mail and came back with a duck on a lead. 1:59  
5 Eric was born in Ruscombe but moved to Stonehouse in 1931. He talks about the telephone exchange above Hurns and then HSBC bank 1:54
6 Mother took over the telephone exchange when his father dies in 1939. Here he describes the inside of the building which was also his home. 1:53
7 Eric remembers the Stonehouse Post Office being built. The whole family mans the telephone exchange. 24 hours a day. 1:54
8 describing his home and Dr Prout’s whist drives. 1:24
 anonymousM Les
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1 Cyril Anderson the clerk at the Brick Works and Jack Anderson was at school with Les 1:02
2 Les remembering people in Stonehouse in the 1920s 0:47
3 Branwell Parker bespoke tailor and his early days 1:58
4 Ben Parkin headmaster of primary school and his son – MP for Stroud 1:12
5 Errol Gray and the Brush Works and how Happylands got its name 1:19
6 Charlie Williams regular soldier sargeant of the Home Guard. Arnold Annis and father joined 1:40
7 Prepared story about the beginnings of the Home Guard (part 1) 2:10
8 S G Annis is in charge of the Stonehouse Home Guard, part 2 – target practice, training exercises etc 1:53
9 Part 3 – guarding Stanley Mill, and Les gets a letter from King George VI after the Home Guard was disbanded in December 1944 1:57
10 remembering Cyril Baker in Avenue Terrace and various people in a photograph 1:35
11 Jack Lewis of H & L Motors was well known in Stonehouse! 1:11
12 Les becomes a TV star, and was an journalist (also unpaid) most of his life 0:57
13 Memories of Laurie Lee who studied to the Craft School! And various firms in Stonehouse 1:51
14 Les’s first job as a management trainee at Listers amounting to a 7 year apprenticeship 2:06
15 Stonehouse Sub Rooms and when Les got married he bought a house instead of having a honeymoon 2:05
16 More people in a photograph, Miss Richie headmistress in Kings Stanley, Ernie Owen who lived next to the Manse 1:03
17 Mullin’s shops at the corner of Regent Street. Not much of a pony and trap driver! 1:29
18 the Royal Observer core people in a photograph. More on Mullins shoe and gents outfitters shop, Regent Street Stonehouse. Miss Lewis’s shorthand & typing School 1:37
19 Pearcroft Road and Regent Street. Hayward’s End and field 1:29
20 How they got the stone down from Doverow Quarry 0:23
21 The old Regal cinema and what it was used for before that 1:50
22 Everyone knew Sticky Mastin in the Crown & Anchor 0:51
23 Les’s mother in law was a weaver at Strachans Mill 0:37
24 Ted White was the manager of Townsend Mill. and the many Price’s around Stonehouse 1:03
25 Beards, the undertaker and butcher. In Stonehouse. The shop had once been a doctor’s surgery 0:36
26 Keith Plested who went to Wycliffe 1:06
27 Les telling us what was important when buying a house in 1939. The winters of 1941, 1947 and 1963 0:43
35 Les telling us what was important when buying a house in 1939. The winters of 1941, 1947 and 1963 0:43
PeterMackie PeterMackie
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1 Two weeks after the Great Train Robbery the Bristol mail train did not appear at Stonehouse, Peter’s father was a signalman on the Midland line and had to call the police! 1:43
2 When a lorry went through Whitminster bridge into the canal. Coal deliveries from Pike Bridge. 1:38
TomPrice TomPrice
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1 Tom with Don Bingham & Tony chipping in with stories about the old Regal Cinema and how they all got in as juveniles by attaching themselves to Mrs Short. How screen shook when the train passed. 1:50
2 And Charlie Walters, the local street sweeper, would sometimes help them get into the cinema. Three film changes a week. 0:47
3  Kids playing in Bluebell Woods, & the Paper Mill. How the Frome turned into a rainbow. 1:29  
4 Playing in the Button Factory. And in the drained river. 0:48  
5 How the sofa caught fire – getting it home. 0:47
6 Cottages in Bridgend, and their toilet arrangements plus even weirder arrangements at the Brush Factory. Above the River Frome! 1:29
7 The Egyptians who lived in the prefabs at Bridgend. And the wash-house between Don & Toms cottages. 1:20
8 Re-cycling in those days included a deposit on beer and pop bottles, which was handy for kids to pay for things like the cinema and chips. Remembering Williams & Thomas, car dealers. 1:26

Roy Edwards
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1 How Roy came to be in Stonehouse from Buckinghamshire. The removal van got stuck on the canal bridge 2:03
2 the Stonehouse Coop and the divi ( dividend ), plus the shops that were in and visited Bridgend 1:58
3 the Rag & Bone man & the bread man 1:02
4 Shops in Stonehouse High Street 1:30
5 Buses through Stonehouse. The bus you had to avoid was 20 to 2pm 2:10
6 The railway stations in Stonehouse. The cost of a ticket to Gloucester was a shilling and tuppence 1:58
7 Roys first impressions of Stonehouse was actually Standish! 1:28
8 the dreaded 11_plus exam and how it affected Roy 1:27
9 Roy’s eductation in and out of school 1:46
10 acting in the pantomime at school was frought! Some of his teachers in Stonehouse 1:53
11 More on the teachers at Stonehouse secondary school 0:51
12 His teachers lived in his road. What they learned as science. And being inspired by Frank Robson 1:39
13 The woodwork teacher Mr Rolls. Carpentry was not his favourite subject 1:56
14 Stonehouse secondary modern school, the official and playtime games. And his least favourite game “ lets Chase Eddy ” 1:37
15 His musical preferrences and the games he played with his mates, like conkers and marbles 1:20
16 Stonehouse school was taught in huts in classes of 40! 1:10
17 Friends in Haven Avenue, and Roy’s first girlfriend 1:46
18 The canal and boat races as a teenager between the gangs like the “ Lower Case g ” 2:44
19 Hobbies and pursuits of a teenager in Stonehouse in the 1950s. Political discussions about Asia 1:19
20 Youth clubs in Stonehouse and Bridgend. The table tennis league 2:08
21 Dances in Stonehouse and the music of preferrence is skiffle – moving on to rock & roll and jive 1:58
22 Stonehouse community centre spawns a rock & roll band ( well skiffle anyway ) 1:48
23 When the Beatles came to the Sub Rooms, where was Roy? 1:32
24 Forming a motor club in Stonehouse called Emcos, Scuderia Eldorae, and going to races 2:01
25 More on the “ Enthusiasts Motor Club of Stonehouse ” 0:35
26 Roy and his car and the local police 1:16
27 the properties in Haven Avenue 0:22
28 more on the policemen and how the Stonehouse teenagers regarded them in 1957 0:40
29 Roy was in court for dropping litter, find out how costly it was in 1957! 1:08
30 Pubs in Stonehouse and the people who went to them 2:14
31 Living near Ted White, manager of Townsend Mill 0:23
32 Pubs in Stonehouse like the Spa Inn and the Woolpack. Social activities in them 2:13
33 cinemas in the area (Roy mentions the Ritz, but calls it the Regal) and courting on the back row 2:09
34 in the 50’s you dressed up to go to see the doctor 1:02
35 Drinking then and not now! And the Methodist church attendance 1:29
36 the music in the Methodist church in Stonehouse 0:58
37 Stonehouse roads were superior to buckinghamshire when Roy first arrived 1:13
38 a hostel in Bridgend for WW2 POWs & refugees 0:30
39 Roy’s job as a lecturer at Gloscat, on the subject of printing 2:02

Carol Wood
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1 Talking about her father Ivan McClannahan, birth and infant growth 1:56
2 Ivan Mcclannahan (doctor’s son) is a fast growing infant 2:09
3 Ivan McClannahan (doctor’s son) is sent off to boarding school in Buckinghamshire 1:08
4 Ivan McClannahan went to church 3 times on Sunday 4:05
5 Ivan McClannahan enjoyed picnics in Stonehouse and Cranham Wood 1:08
6 Ivan McClannahan signs on to the RAF, at the second try. Despite his posh accent 1:55

Louise Wilkens
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1 Talking about her mother Agnes Mary McClannahan daughter of the Stonehouse Doctor. How to keep hands warm 2:11
2 Agnes Mary McClannahan – her engagement was short lived, so as a nurse she travelled the world but became a WRAF officer. Doctor McClannahan had moved to Essex 1:23

Gilly Thompson
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1 Talking about James Gunn McClannahan, doctor of Stonehouse. Married in 1910 1:17
2 Gilly talking about her father son of doctor McClannahan of Stonehouse 1:08
3 How Gilly’s father (doctor McClannahan’s son) met her mother during WW2 1:10
4 Gilly’s parents ( McClannahan ) marry in Cairo and after WW2 father takes a job with British European Airways 1:12

Philip Wells
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1 Notes on the Stonehouse Congregational Church and its organ 1:22
2 more descriptions of the Stonehouse Congregational Church and organ 1:52
3 Notes on Thomas Lidiate and the organ building firm he founded 1:50

Eric Lewis
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1 Eric was born in Wakefield where his father was working as a porter on Kirkgate Station 1:51
2 His father worked as a porter on railway stations. And mum & dad helps an invalid in shifts 2:04
3 Working for Mullins delivering goods, polishing and window cleaning 2:00
4 Mullins and the Woolpack pub. Cleaning the Mullin’s car. Plus how much his dad earned! 2:07
5 Eric’s cycling days started with Stonehouse Wheelers 1:00
6 Eric’s firs job was as an apprentice in Cainscross. How the food was dispensed in the 1930s. The Severn Valley Fruit company 2:09
7 Aldridge’s shop and more products they sold. Plus some shops in Cainscross 1:48
8 Eric left school and started work at 14. He worked at Hoffmans for 41 years. His passion was Stonehouse Wheelers 1:58
9 Eric at 17 has to leave Aldridges food shop in Cainscross and no longer has to kill rats! 0:58
10 He joined the local Air Training Corps during WW2 and joined the band! 1:41
11 Joining the Scouts was a bit of a surprise 1:30
12 In the Scouts when he first came down to Stonehouse and more about the initiation ceremony 2:06
13 The lady he was destined not to marry and the lady he did marry 1:47
14 His first wife worked at Sperry Gyroscope, two children died very young 1:51
15 St Cyrs Church Hall and the events there 1:14
16 He was in the Air Training Corps until he got is callup papers. Under the command of Stanley Mathews in Blackpool 1:37
17 On guard duty on board ship on his way to Port Said. He was sick most of the time 1:45
18 Being tested for suitability for flying. Colour blindness was diagnosed, but he got to park airplanes 1:53
19 More on his time in the Air Force when he nearly got sat on by a hurricane 1:17
20 After demob he worked for a year in Aldridge’s shop in cainscross, taking the job vacated by a WW2 spy. Driving the van in the snow of 1947 2:15
21 His driving leasson inStroud 1:25
22 Learning to drive a jeep in rediness for Aldridge’s shop after demob 1:42
23 Remebering Les Pugh and the Hostel near Haven avenue 0:58
24 Remembering the choir at St Cyrs Stonehouse 1:43
25 Remembering Stonehouse people 0:56
26 Living in Paganhill, but he remembers his colleague the “ Rock Ape ” 1:46
27 Cousins, the lad who went to New Zealand to live there 0:29

Shirley Dicker
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1 Talking about J Hillman who made beehives, educational products and the wooden toy Timbabuild 1:18

Peggy 2
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1 Peggy’s first ( and only ) school , remembering teachers 1:21
2 Childrens games at school and a skipping rhyme 0:49
3 Grandfather and uncles who fought in WW1 . And where is the “ Mucky Lane ” ? 1:00
4 Remebering her father who worked in the Brush Works and her own job as a hairdresser 1:22
5 Grandfather Payton who worked at the Coop in Cainscross , and her aunt who worked in London 0:59
6 Mrs Male in her pony & trap . Bread & milk deliveries by horse & cart , and the Rag & Bone man 1:09
7 Church , reverend Highmoor and the tin chapel was preferred because the stories were better 1:41
8 the buses to Stroud , would stop anywhere if you put your hand out ! 1:07
9 The brick works , and the pond behind was dangerous 0:51
10 getting caught scroggin apples . Mucky Lane again 1:03

Irene Adey
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1 Irene’s first school and teachers . Learning to read and write with sand in a tray , then a slate 1:29
2 games in the schoolyard and her Nailsworth school chums 1:36
3 getting older in education and taking her brother to school . Irene left at 14 1:07
4 brothers and sisters’ scholarships for Marling & the Girl’s Technical school 0:30
5 Johnson’s Pond was the Nailsworth swimming pool before WW2 1:46
6 grandparents lived nearly next door . How granny secured here pound notes . The coal was 5 pence a bag 1:36
7 carol singing was limited to granny’s , but the Salvation Army sang on the corner 1:25
8 entertainment was pretty rare in Irene’s youth . Shortwood Baptist chapel with granny on Sunday . Twiddling thumbs was not allowed ! 1:42
9 Irene goes to a dance at Stroud Sub Rooms . She couldn’t dance , but that didn’t stop her . They put on shows for the residents of the Workhouse 1:22
10 How Egypt Mill got it’s name , maybe . How much you got for collecting blackberries 0:49
11 Irene’s first job in the canteen at Newman & Henders . People brought their own meals to be cooked 1:20
12 Irene’s father was conscripted in WW1 and served only 3 days 0:46
13 Her second job as a nurse in Stroud workhouse . Dr Brown of Minchinhampton was encouraging . Adoption of babies was normal in those days 2:12
14 Duties in Stroud workhouse on the male side . Isolation wards for measles , mumps and TB etc 1:15
15 tramps and homeless would sleep under the stars but come winter the workhouse beckoned . Children went to Roxburgh House 2:36
16 workhouse male residents would invisibly mend cotton stockings . New stockings were threepence for one 1:05
17 One of nurse Irene’s duties was to take residents to the Workhouse chapel 1:18
18 Working in Standish Hospital and how Irene met her “ Young Man ” 2:12
19 the next episode on Irene’s courting , they were married 60 years 0:55
20 Working in Standish Hospital living in but on Saturday nights were spent at the home of her “ Young Man ” 0:37
21 How Irene got the sack from Ebley Laundry ! 2:08
22 working at Hoffmans during WW2 she gets a chance to work in Chelmsford near her husband . But gets him into trouble with the sergeant 2:27
23 meeting her husband to be the day before the wedding they go the pretty route via Gloucester 1:04
24 austerity during WW2 , victory gardens . Rationing made half a pound of butter a real treat 2:00
25 cars in the 1930s were rare but Dr Brown of Minchinhampton needed one to minister to Nailsworth patients 1:18
26 Shops in Stonehouse ( West side ) in the 1940s and 50s 2:01
27 more shops in Stonehouse ( West side ) in the 1940s and 50s 1:10
28 shops in Stonehouse ( East side ) in the 1940s and 50s . If you owed money to Cyril Chandler , shoe repairer , he put your name in the window ! 1:39
29 Shops in Stroud in the 1940s and 50s , well stocked with sweet and tobacco establishments . The fishmonger was always known as Fishy Lee 2:10
30 some libraries were commercially run , even though there was a public library 0:17
31 doctors in Stonehouse , and how the 10 shillings had to be boiled before it was paid ! 1:28
32 she only remembers the canal as derelict but her husband recalled horse drawn boats in the 1930s 0:19
33 Cinemas in Stroud like the Gaumont , Ritz and the Picture House 0:58
34 train services in Stonehouse benefited from three stations , to London , Bristol and Nailsworth 2:16
35 buses in Stroud & Stonehouse were open_topped , though the railcar was cheaper ( return ) 1:35
36 the Ritz fire cut off the electricity to the laundrette in Bath St Irene was managing in the 1950s and 1960s 2:12
37 people who owned the laundrette in the 50s and 60s 1:22
38 policemen got a cup of coffee early in the morning . Others who used the laundrette , like Laurie Lee and George and Dorcas Juggins 1:19
39 Her parents’ golden wedding causes quite a stir in the local paper 1:38
40 how Little Australia got its name . Two explanations 1:19
41 Coates the hairdressers in Stonehouse daughter of Mr Palmer the shoe repairer , who would sell the shoes if you didn’t pay for them soon enough. 2:09
42 Mrs Coates owned the hairdressers called Annet’s and related persons. 1:26
43 Mr Rowbottom was the local historian and photographer . His films can be found on the Stonehouse History Group website. 0:43
43 Mr Rowbottom was the local historian and photographer . Mr Chandler’s films can be found on the Stonehouse History Group website. 0:43
44 in the workhouse men and women were segrgated and their children went to Roxburgh house . Irene’s old toys were given to those children. 0:59
45 Irene went to Cashes Green Hospital in a horse drawn ambulance at the age of 14. 0:37
46 Mr Street mends her black cotton stockings. 0:41
47 describing the maternity ward at the Workhouse and the adoption of the babies. 2:08
48 Irene’s younger brother was a bank manager . You won’t believe money was caried on the bus ! 0:32
49 Mr Chandler , grocer , was a keen photographer and he put the pictures in his shop window . His son in law was a furniture maker in Painswick. 1:22
50 her husband worked in the brickyard that chose to dig in the wrong place and burn sooty coal. 1:45
51 Hoffmans social facilities , and the Home Guard during WW2 . People at the firm 1:20
52 the Hoffmans Home Guard . The air raid shelter became the executive canteen after the war. 0:56
53 describing Stonehouse Coop and Ernie Owen the butcher there. 0:31