Stonehouse History Group

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

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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  articles about the history of Stonehouse, including the memories of local people.

Issues 1 - 5 can now be viewed online here.

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Click to view Isse 3  May 2013 Journal

Stonehouse History Group

Programme and Events

We meet at Park Junior School Hall, Elm Road, 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.

Next meeting

Weds Feb 14th

Jennifer Tann

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

ISSUE 4, FINAL 6May2014 for website 2016.pdf

Buy Our History Journals

 Issues 6 and 7, as well as past issues, can be purchased from The Town Hall in the High Street or The Curiosity Shop in Queens Road. Issue 7 £5 past issues £4 each.

Or contact us.

Final Journal issue 5 draft 4th  May.pdf

Stonehouse Remembered

Audio clips

from local people remembering Stonehouse long ago

Audio Clips

Stonehouse History Group Home Page

Web pages created and maintained by Darrell Webb for Stonehouse History Group  2010 - 2017 .   2018 under new management

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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 background 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 on to 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, remembered 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.


At Park Junior School Hall

Weds March 14th

Show and Tell

Weds April 11th

Geoff North

“Gloucestershire’s VA Hospitals.”

Weds May 9th

AGM Ten Year Anniversary Review

Weds June 13th

Richard White “The Birth of Radio - The experimental years before the BBC.”

Weds July 11th

Richard Lacey “Stanley Mill.”

Weds Sept 12th

Ray Wilson

“Stroud’s other industries.”

Weds Oct 10th

Richard Kelsey and Dave Lamb

“The Severn from the air: the last 80 miles.”

Weds Nov 14th

“The effects of World War One in Stonehouse.”

Weds Dec 12th

John Putley

“Medieval Pets.”

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

Stonehouse History Group Walks

Stonehouse History Group can offer several guided walks around the 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 between 1 and  2 hours.

Click on the map for more information

Stonehouse History Group Walks 2018.pdf Example walk