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

Can now be viewed online here.

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Click to view Isse 3  May 2013 Journal

Torre Monumental - 100 years old.

On September 18, 1909 there was an offer by the British residents of Buenos Aires to erect a monumental column to commemorate the centenary of the Argentinean May Revolution. It was designed by English architect Sir Ambrose Macdonald Poynter (1867–1923),

The clock tower was finished in 1916 by Hopkins & Gardom, with materials shipped from England such as the white Portland stone and the 55,000 bricks from Stonehouse Brick and Tile Co Ltd Gloucestershire.

The technical personnel responsible for the construction also came from England. The inauguration of the building took place on May 24, 1916 and was attended by the President of Argentina Victorino de la Plaza and British dignitaries led by the minister plenipotentiary Reginald Tower.

The tower reaches a height of 75.5 m (247 ft 8 12 in) and has eight floors. There are clocks at the 35 m (114 ft 10 in) level, and the bells were designed in imitation of the ones at Westminster Abbey.

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.


Weds Feb 8th  7-30 pm

Howard Beard

Victorian Stroud & surrounding area in old photographs.

Weds Mar 8th  7-30 pm

Philip Wilkinson

Great British Brands

Weds April 12th  7-30 pm

Vale of Berkeley Railway

Weds May 10th  7-30 pm


Members Show & Tell

Weds June 14th 7-30 pm

Mary Greensted

Nature Gardens & the Cotswold Arts & Crafts Movement.

Weds July 12th 7-30 pm

Gloucester Film Club

Weds Oct 11th 7-30 pm

Bob Lusty

Part Two: 1970’s & 1980’s

Weds Dec 13th  7-30 pm

Cherry Hubbard

Tudor Christmas

The clock tower is celebrating its centenary this year, so Stonehouse History Group thought this would be a good opportunity to help commemorate this by sending a brass commemorative plaque to erect at the base of the tower stating - from the people of Stonehouse to the people of Buenos Aeries.

Through our members generosity we have now had the plaque made and posted it off to Argentina. We will keep you up to date with the final conclusions.

ISSUE 4, FINAL 6May2014 for website 2016.pdf

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

Stonehouse History Group Walk

Sarah Reay informs us that - Her book The Half-Shilling Curate, A personal account of war & faith 1914-1918 - is now published and can be purchased via her web site for a discount of 20% for SHG members.

The Rev. Cowl was appointed school chaplain at Wycliffe in 1919 and he guided the school through the post war years at Stonehouse.

Her website:

Rev. Cowl

Stonehouse History Group Home Page

Blackbeard the famous pirate comes from Stonehouse

An interesting claim has recently come to our attention from Baylus C. Brooks - that the famous pirate Blackbeard (real name Edward Thache) comes from Stonehouse and his grand father was Rev Thomas Thache (1617-1668) vicar of St Cyr’s in 1664.

Baylus claims - his investigations have proven that Blackbeards father “Edward Thache snr” was a mariner born in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England on June 14, 1659, likely the son of Rev. Thomas Thache, Anglican minister of St. Cyr’s Church and his wife Rachel.

He probably moved to Bristol, married to Elizabeth and had two children: Edward Jr. (Blackbeard) and Elizabeth”. He also claims that Blackbeard was at one time in the Royal Navy and that the Navy tried to cover this up.

Baylus is a professional research and maritime historian, genealogist, and writer living in Greenville, North Carolina USA. He is a Board Member of the North Carolina Maritime History Council and founder of Brooks Historical, a publishing, research, and writing-editing service in Greenville.

Baylus’s book - Quest for Blackbeard: The True Story of Edward Thache (Blackbeard) and His World is now available.

Baylus C Brooks book

News - Jill G emailed us from Lincolnshire to say :-

“I was delighted to find a photograph of the signal box at the GWR station on your website”.

Jill's story