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Arts and Crafts

Research into local arts and craft personalities and examples of their work

Thomas Keble

Thomas Keble was born at Court Close, Fairford on 25 October 1793, the younger son of John Keble, vicar of Coln St Aldwyns, and his wife Sarah. John Keble, his elder brother, was one of the major figures in the Oxford Movement. Like his brother, Thomas was educated entirely by his father at home; at […]

Bisley Workhouse (Joiners)

The heavy burden of poor-relief in a parish with so numerous a population of cottage weavers led to a succession of expedients. In 1677 the parish officers were given permission to build poorhouses and in 1726 the parish hired a house called Joiners for use as a workhouse. In the 1730s and 1740s the workhouse housed 30-60 paupers. In the year […]

Pubs and Ale Houses

There were reputed to be fourteen pubs in Bisley in the 19th century and possibly several houses selling ale as well. There are now only two pubs remaining – The Bear and The Stirrup Cup (formerly called The New Inn). The George Inn, closed in about 1969, is now the George Stores The Bell, closed in […]

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