Stonehouse History Group

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- promoting  interest in the History of Stonehouse & the locality.

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Stonehouse History Group Journals  -                            Issue 1 2 3 & 4


On the edge of the Cotswolds

9 miles south of Gloucester

3 miles west of Stroud

51°.44’.33” N

02°.17’.02” W

Height 41 Metres/135 Feet

Postcode GL10 in Google maps.

Click to view Issue 1 May 2012 Click to view Isse 2 December 2012 journal

We publish a history journal once a year where we produce memories, stories and articles about the history of Stonehouse.

Issues 1 2 3 4 can now be viewed online here.

1     2    3    4         

Click to view Isse 3  May 2013 Journal

Stonehouse History Group

Programme and Events

We meet at the Town Hall in the High Street Stonehouse

Every 2nd Weds in the month

All welcome

If you wish to join our group just come along to any meeting.

Please Note as from January 2018  our meetings will be in the hall at Park Junior School.

ISSUE 4, FINAL 6May2014 for website 2016.pdf

Our History Journals Issue 5 & 6

Can be purchased from The Town Hall in the High Street or The Curiosity Shop in Queens Road.

Stonehouse Remembered

Audio clips

from local people remembering Stonehouse long ago

Audio Clips

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Stonehouse History Group Walks 2015

Stonehouse History Group can offer several guided walks around the Stonehouse area, incorporating historic photos of local buildings and landmarks. We can tailor the walk to suit your group depending on distance and time. Most walks will take about 2 hours.

Our main route involves visiting the Stroudwater Canal and St Cyr’s Church. We can focus on particular aspects e.g. the canal and river, mills, the church, Stonehouse Court, depending on your interest.

Click on the map below for more information.

Example walk

Next Meeting :-


Weds Nov 8th 7-30pm

Pete Evans

Last of B.R. steam (and a few early Diesels).

Weds Dec 13th  7-30 pm

Cherry Hubbard

Tudor Christmas

We had an email  about a house that was in Gloucester Road opposite Grosvenor Road behind the existing houses where Little Australia is now. Sent by Jane Scantlebury (nee Turl) via Mel Tarrant - one of our SHG members.

The back ground to this is the visit of the Elmer sisters from Australia in January 2017 who turned out to be related to Mel.

The house was originally called Elmont when Mr Jack Elmer built it in the 1920s but it seems to have morphed into Almonte later.

Jane wondered if anyone could remember the house or Jack Elmer who died in 1955.

Jane's Story

Mr Smith’s obituary, published in the Stroud News in March 1945, reveals how he set up the factory to prevent fruit being wasted.

It reads: “It was during Mr Smith’s visit to the local farms in the early 1900s that he was appalled at the waste of fallen fruit that was allowed to lie under the trees and rot.The markets could not absorb it and he started experimenting with bottling.

“He must have been one of the first to commercialise bottled fruit.”After the Second World War, the factory moved onto canned products for catering, including hospitals.

When the motorway opened the business saw a decline in trade due to increased competition and closed in 1964.

Darrell Webb, from the history group, remembers collecting fruit for the factory during the 1950s.

He said: “When we were about nine or ten, I and many of my friends used to go blackberry picking and then sell them to the local jam factory to make their jam.

"We used to get six pence in old money per pound.”

Do you remember the old Stonehouse Jam Factory?

The photograph above shows staff from the old jam factory in Stonehouse, believed to have been located in Orchard Place, in around 1907. Children earned money by gathering blackberries and taking them to the factory in the summer holidays.

The man on the right leaning on the wall with a straw boater hat is Charles Lister Smith who later set up the Severn Valley Fruit Company following on from his father Richard Smith's bakery.The young man on the far right in the long coat is his son Herbert Round-Smith who carried on the firm after his father's death

The Severn Valley Fruit Company, in Orchard Place, founded by local trader Charles Lister Smith in around 1900, was one of the first factories to sell bottled fruit.


Weds Jan 10th

Vicki Walker and Shirley Dicker

Stonehouse in old photographs  A New selection

Weds Feb 14th

Jennifer Tann

Woolly Tales of the Severn Vale; the woollen industry from Stroud to Severn

Weds March 14th TBA

Weds April 11th

Geof North

VAD Hospitals

Weds May 9th

AGM Show and Tell

Weds June 13th TBA

Weds July 11th TBA

Weds Sept 12th

Ray Wilson

Stroud’s other industries

Weds Oct 10th

Richard Kelsey

Waterways from the Air

(theme to be decided)

Weds Nov 14th TBA

Weds Dec 12th

John Putley

Medieval Pets

Please Note as from January 2018  our meetings will be in the hall at Park Junior School.