This talk by Dr Nicholas Herbert, focuses on aspects of the life and livelihood of Cirencester in the Georgian Age when it ranked as the second town of the county of Gloucestershire.
â€‹It starts by describing how the town’s historic position at the hub of the road system of the central Cotswolds was enhanced in the era of the turnpike trusts, strengthening its traditional market-town functions and underpinning a major role in the marketing and processing of wool for use in the cloth mills and weavers’ cottages of the Stroud valleys and the Cotswold edge. Hampered, however, by the earlier failure of the town to establish institutions of corporate government, the prosperous trading community remained in some respects subject to the influence of the local landowning family, the Bathursts. A final section looks at what has proved that family’s most valuable legacy to Cirencester, the impressive landscaped park created by Allen Bathurst, Ist Lord Bathurst.
Wotton-under-Edge Civic Centre
2 Gloucester Street, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7DN
Friday 28th September 2018 at 7.30pm
Non-members £5 on the door
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