WW1 Centenary Events

Rodborough Tabernacle have some well thought out events to commemorate the Armistice Centenary, including a ‘Lyons Cafe’ afternoon tea on Sat Nov 10th and the offer of transport on Thurs Nov 8th to see the exhibition ‘The Stroud Valleys in the Great War’ at Stroud Museum.

Butterrow bus shelter!

We have had a request for information about the history of Butterrow bus shelter from a gentleman updating a book.  He would like to know anyone in RR, know anything about it. In case you can’t picture it, it can be seen here – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.7346336,-2.2098385,3a,75y,271.4h,78.91t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sHGnL6uJeB85KflOiS3gFtw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

The book is about Western National (bus company) who will be celebrating their centenary in March 2019, hence the reprinting.
Please contact us with any information and we will pass it on.

Dates for your diary

Rodborough’s part in the Great War 

In 2014 it became clear that were several groups and individuals beavering away on local war research and the Five valleys Great War Researchers group was formed. The whole has certainly been greater than the sum of the parts and together we invite you to come and see what has been discovered.

Summoned from the hillside- Remembering Rodborough’s fallen of the Great War

The Parish Council kindly funded the production of six commemorative books to be available as public resources, and after 4 years of intense research they are ready to publish. Way beyond the original remit, the book tells the story of a community changed by war and gives a detailed account of those ordinary, yet remarkable, individuals, who gave so much, and showed such courage and stoicism. We can produce extra copies at an estimated sale price of £10-12 for a 240-page A4 size book, lavishly illustrated with B&W photos. These will be available in August and can be pre-ordered by by contacting Remembering Rodborough.

In tribute to the fallen of the Great War

The war memorial was cleaned yesterday and is looking much better. It may continue to lighten a little in the next few days as the cleaning agents continue to work.

Apparently this memorial would cost around £6,000 if it was commissioned today! It cost £62 in 1920. Taking care of it is a fitting tribute to the fallen of the parish and we are very grateful for the support of the community, the Church and the Parish Council.

Scouts photos galore!!

We are very excited to have been loaned Rodborough Scouts Archive. We will be busy scanning for quite a while, but hope to share some of the pictures here.

This little snap was in the bottom of the box with the woodlice! Any thoughts?

Rodborough Scouts – unlabeled.

Bringing the war home!

Last Saturday evening we were proud to host a performance by Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company of Tommy Atkins and the Canary Girl. It was a powerful and emotional performance depicting the lives of one Gloucestershire family in WW1 and fitting that it was held in the church alongside the war memorial for which we are raising funds to clean. Thanks to all who supported us and to the additional generosity of Rodborough parish Council, we now have the funding to go ahead.                                                                      

Ernest Cook 1918 -1993

Does anyone have any photos or memories for his daughter who is writing a book?Nov 8th this year would have been Ernest’s 100th birthday.

  • Played cricket for Rodborough Tabernacle and football at Marling School and for Rodborough.
  • Leading light in the RT Players from its inception up to the 1950s.
  • Worked as a Draughtsman at T H and J Daniels engineering works.
  • Was a member of the Concert Party there and was key in introducing the entertainment for the Cowley Manor Conferences that Daniels ran.

Last post for war memorial details!

Please help! We are putting the finishing touches to a book about the Rodborough men who lost their lives in WW1. It would be a pity if there was some information that we had missed and we wonder if anyone can tell us more.

In addition to those named on the war memorial we have found a number of other war deaths:

BISHOP James, BURFORD Alfred Charles, BURROUGHS Charles Henry, FREEBURY Grantley G. V., JONES Edward, KNEE Ephraim Charles, LUSTY Henry John, PHILPOTTS Harry Stephen, POWELL Samuel Huntley, STOCKWELL John, TAYLOR Robert Frederick, CULL Thomas Bishop, CULL William Strange, WALKER William

The Pike House

One of the best things about Remembering Rodborough’s website is reaching people across the globe. We’ve had contact from a delightful lady in the US who has very special memories of being evacuated from Birmingham to The Pike House opposite the Prince Albert. This photo of the garden is from c1940. Does anyone have any photos of the Pike House?

Old treasures

Thank you to everyone who made this morning’s event such fun. Sometimes it’s like the Antiques Roadshow without the cameras. These exciting packages bundled in old newspaper and brown paper have a remarkable story; Ernest Mills of Park Lodge, Dudbridge Hill was employed by the Apperly and Curtis Woollen Mill when it became bankrupt in 1933 and Charles Apperly “moved quickly to the South of France”. His workers were paid off in cloths lengths and those seen here have been a treasured family possession. Today they were on their way to a safe home at Stroud Museum.

Do you love old maps?

Have you had a look at Know Your Place ?

Covering the South west of England, Know Your Place is a digital heritage mapping resource to help you to explore your neighbourhood online through historic maps, collections and linked information.

It’s worth the effort required in learning to navigate the maps.

Look at this screenshot of Rodborough in 1835 – there’s not much there!

Rodborough from an 1835 Stroud map. www.kypwest.org.uk



It was lovely to see our youngsters today enjoying the snow with sledges and various improvisations, just as always…

Some smart equipment and trusty plastic bags here. This is undated Copyright of Gloucestershire Gazette
These boys in the mid 50s look well kitted out. taken above Kingscourt Lane.


Seasons Greetings

We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas. We appreciate the support we have received from so many people and local groups. Your enthusiasm and contribution has kept Remembering Rodborough thriving. We are eagerly looking forward to  2018. Take a look at our planned events.



Stroud Voices

Remembering Rodborough began as a Heritage Lottery funded project in 2009. Part of the brief was the audio recording of memories. A very precious archive was acquired then and has been added to and we are delighted to be gradually passing this material to the Stroud Voices website who will publish, edit and reference  it so that searches of place and subject are possible.

For a bit of nostalgia on a wintery day, take a look at http://stroudvoices.co.uk/find/#rodborough






Beautiful family photos

We have been given permission to use these family photos by the Facebook page Stroud Valleys Photographs.

The post reads:

“This is a Stroud Family called Cooke of Mum, Dad and 9 children and was taken around 1907/8.

They lived at one time in Lower Street, Stroud and then by1911 Spillmans Road, Rodborough. The children’s names were: Florence (1891), Julia (1893), Charlie (1894), Ivy (1895), Myrtle (1896), Alma (1899), Zina (1902), Martha (1904), Leah (1907).

Some of the girls later emigrated to America and married out there…  The remainder stayed around Rodborough with the girls working at the Strachans Cloth Mill at the bottom of the hill.

Myrtle and Zina became famous in 1947 when they were photographed make the cloth for The Duke of Edinburgh’s suit for his wedding to the Queen.

… Hope you enjoy the story and history. Oh I love the dolls as well, can you spot them.”

Charlie Cooke pictured in the family photo was remembered in an interview recorded for Remembering Rodborough. He was a chimney sweep and the interviewee as a small boy had set off in his pedal car down Walkley Hill to meet his father. He was ‘rescued’ and brought back in the sweep’s cart by Charlie.