Original Archives & Local Studies Material

Daniel Bingham encouraged successive librarians to collect anything and everything to do with Cirencester and its history. Paintings, prints, drawings and photographs remain in the care of the Trust in Cirencester [see the Bingham Art Collection].

The local studies material formerly held in Cirencester Bingham Library is now available for consultation in Gloucestershire Archives in Gloucester. Search online for Finding Ref D10820 at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives before visiting Gloucestershire Archives, in Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW. Before your trip to Gloucester check out the local studies section in Cirencester Bingham Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester, GL7 2PZ.

Local books, County Directories, copies of Census returns, parish registers and copies of the Wilts & Glos Standard (on microfilm since 1837) are held on open shelves for reference.

A word of caution for all family and local historians: house numbers in Cirencester were changed c.1936/7 – not all, but a significant number, so relatives may not have moved house, it was just their house number that changed; and a house number in the 1881 Census will not necessarily be the same today.

Books with local interest

These are listed in chronological order of publication

K.J. Beecham 1887 (reprinted 1978), History of Cirencester, Alan Sutton. (ISBN 0 904387 18 6)

Richard Reece & Christopher Catling 1975, The Development and Buildings of a Cotswold Town, British Archaeological Reports 12

Alan McWhirr (ed) 1976, Archaeology and History of Cirencester, British Archaeological Reports 30 [contains a number of articles on the Roman, medieval and post-medieval development of the town]

Jean Welsford 1987 (updated and revised by Alan Welsford in 2010, reprinted 2013), Cirencester: A History and Guide, Amberley (ISBN 978 1 84868 789 9)

Jean Welsford 1987, Cirencester in Old Photographs, Alan Sutton. (ISBN 0 86299 939 1)

Timothy Darvill & Christopher Gerrard 1994, Cirencester: Town and Landscape, Cotswold Archaeological Trust. (ISBN 0 9523196 0 8)

Brian Hawkins 1998, Taming the Phoenix: Cirencester and the Quakers 1642-1686, York (ISBN 1 85072 205 6)

David Verey & Alan Brooks 1999, The Buildings of England: Gloucestershire 1, The Cotswolds, Penguin Books. (ISBN 1 14 071098 1)

Sue Emson and Michael Bull (eds) 2002, Cirencester, Ottakar’s Local History Series, Ottakar’s. (ISBN 0 7524 2662 1)

David & Linda Viner 2004, Cirencester A Century Ago: the Bingham Legacy, Sutton Publishing. (ISBN 0 7509 3989 7)

Neil Holbrook (ed) 2008, Excavations and Observations in Roman Cirencester 1998-2007, Cotswold Archaeology, Cirencester Excavations VI. (ISBN 978 0 9553534 2 0) [includes a review of archaeology in Cirencester 1958-2008 and an essay on Cirencester’s historic buildings]

David & Linda Viner 2009, Cirencester Through Time, Amberley Publishing. (ISBN 978 1 84868 043 2)

David Rollison 2011, Commune, Country and Commonwealth: the people of Cirencester 1117-1643, Boydell Press. (ISBN 978 1 84383 671 1)





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