28 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

A Swindon Town Great War Pilgrimage

A Swindon Town Remembrance Pilgrimage We must have numbered a football team, Umbrellas unfurled at the cenotaph, Where we spoke of Walter Tull and Spurs, And Swindon Town and Northampton Town Footballers who fell in the Great War - The rain provi...

28 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

Captain Swing in Gloucestershire

‘And lo and behold! Here I am!’ It was a perfect autumn day for a bike ride, Mournful golds and russets and crimsons, Sun dappled and splashed as I climbed the wolds, To leave the pastoral valleys behind, And so reach the wide, open, brown-ploughe...

16 Oct 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Burial Chamber

It stands at the end of a street (Bungalows, cars, caravans, camper vans, Children playing in the road and on the driveways), There, behind a gate and beyond the signposts. A six thousand year old burial chamber, One giant stone forty-five degrees...

29 Sep 2018 | Radical Stroud

World War 1 – Blue Plaques Walk

STROUD RADICAL HISTORY: ALTERNATIVE HERITAGE WALK, Friday 12 October 2018 World War 1 - Blue Plaques Walk, commemorating those who fell in a foreign field, and those who died at home from their injuries, remembering fallen soldiers and also conscie...

05 Sep 2018 | Radical Stroud

Nevern, near Newport, Pembs

Faith, Time and Tide We wandered windfall pilgrims’ paths, Past hedgerows bright with sloe and crimson haw, Swallows, too, following their autumnal call, While murmurations of starlings, And flocks of melancholy geese, Patterned a darkening estua...

19 Aug 2018 | Radical Stroud

Chip Shop Walk

Chip Shop Hop A group of us gathered at the corner Bath Road and Frome Park Road, initially in search of the legendary Rodborough Chip Machine http://radicalstroud.co.uk/the-face-that-launched-thousand-chips/ We then flexibly followed the score fr...

28 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

Walter Tull and Captain Cobham-Smith

Even though Walter Tull’s body (and his diary) was never recovered, a fascinating document has recently come to public notice that sheds light on Walter’s life and ancestry. It was found in the journal of Captain Cobham-Smith of Little Withens, Hampsh...

28 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

Swindon and The Great War

They were summoned from the hillside, They were called in from the glen, And the country found them ready At the stirring call for men. Let no tears add to their hardship, As the soldiers pass along, And although your heart is breaking Make it s...

07 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

Rodborough Walk

We followed the old way out of Rodborough, taking Kingscourt Road to follow the 1300 Manor boundary. A route of old farmsteads, vanished feudal obligations and lost names. De Rodboroughs and Gastrells, Achards and the Cynnes. Red valerian and plump r...

07 Jul 2018 | Radical Stroud

The Final Scores

FGin1914-1918: And Now For The Final Cost: These figures show 2014 research into the number of players at the clubs below who lost their lives in the Great War. This may not yet be the Final Cost. There is also an interesting postscript. Arsenal 3 A...

10 Jun 2018 | Radical Stroud

Alternative Heritage Walk

Radical Stroud’s June walk is a week-early Jo Cox Memorial Walk: Meet at Rodborough Church, Friday June 15th at 10; returning to the church at 1pm. We shall be investigating the medieval history of Rodborough from the days when it was still owned as pa...

10 Jun 2018 | Radical Stroud

FGR and WWI Memorials

I pedalled through snowdrops and birdsong, To the two war memorials in Woodchester, Then bicycled past umpteen old cloth mills, River liquid light all along my way, To Nailsworth, Avening, Minchinhampton and Amberley, With long barrows and a stand...

10 Jun 2018 | Radical Stroud

An FGR and Walter Tull Declamation

Let the living answer the roll call of the dead: Walter Tull of Spurs and Northampton Town KIA 1918; And now the names from Forest Green: Harry Watts was born in 1891 in Avening. Harry joined the 6th Signal Corps of the Royal Engineers prior to ou...