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To be a Pilgrim

Divine Providence We call it a giant canoe. They call it a ship. Sailing with cloaks of white canvas, That catch the wind, To send it...

'Indian Peggy' and Stroud

Stroud, slaves and Indian Peggy In our last history lesson looking at the hidden history of Stroud’s involvement with the slave trade,...

The Gladstones at Gloucester

William Ewart Gladstone, Late nineteenth century Liberal, Principled opponent of imperialism, According to some history books; Serial...

William Cuffay

The Memoirs of William Cuffay, as recorded as faithfully as possible by his amanuensis, James Rochester, the Tasmania workhouse,...

Robert Wedderburn

The voice of Robert Wedderburn: ‘My father was a plantation owner, by name, James Wedderburn. My mother, Rosanna, was the other side of a...

The Life of Walter Tull

Walter Tull as a baby 1. Born 1888 2. In Folkestone, Kent 3. Mother, the daughter of a farm labourer from Kent – Alice Palmer. 4. Father,...

Four Poems from World War One

The Soldier BY RUPERT BROOKE If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever...

Chalford and the East India Company

Chalford has such a labyrinth of weavers’ walks and footpaths – And on a mid-winter’s day, with plumes of smoke rising from Chalford...

Stroud and a Hidden Colonial Landscape

A comparison of Island Man and Limbo with a formal piece of writing as an assessment, if wanted. There then follows a piece about...

Jesse James and Kings Stanley

At first glance, any connection between Kings Stanley, Near the Cotswold mill town of Stroud, And Jesse James of Wild West infamy, Would...

Albert Camus, The Plague

Novels, Fiction, Facts, Allegories and Covid-19 Following on from resonant extracts from Daniel Defoe, here's something similar from...

A Stroud Valleys Ghost Pub Pilgrimage

A Ghost Pub Pilgrimage through Stroud and the Five Valleys An A-Z Gazetteer With thanks to Geoff Sandles and his invaluable and necessary...

Orwell was wrong

In 1984 Orwell wrote “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.“ I think he was wrong. If...

Statues and History and Heritage

Statues and History and Heritage ‘You can’t change history,’ they cry. Forgetting the old Collingwood adage: ‘Every generation re-writes...

 

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