NEW FHS PUBLICATIONS
FHS Monograph No 7 – The clergyman of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Fairford. Price £5
The first oral history recording that FHS made was John Hunt giving an account of the Vicars of Fairford.
Using this and some additional notes that John made as a start, Chris Hobson has completed a comprehensive
survey of all the clergy who have officiated at Fairford Church finishing with Canon Edward Keble. It contains
some very interesting information about some great characters and will be an invaluable reference work for the future.
John was a lay reader at the Church and this work is in remembrance of him as it had been planned that the work
should be completed by John and Chris together.
The Storm by Daniel Defoe. Pbk 2005. Originally published 1704 and republished as a Penguin
Classic on the 300th anniversary. Daniel Defoe asked for accounts of the storm in the national press of the day
and as it caused great damage to the west windows of our Church the then Vicar, Edward Shipman, wrote a letter
about it to Daniel Defoe which is included in the book, p73-75 (Defoe got the name wrong and has put Shipton
instead of Shipman).
The way we were by Ana Bianchi Evans. 2010. A fascinating history of Coln St Aldwyns with
some contributions by and pictures of Fairford residents (former CStA residents). This is available from the
Coln Gallery, Fairfor.d
An official guide to Lechlade and Fairford  A joint publication of Fairford and Lechlade
Parish Councils. Town guides are always interesting, the content is much the same but much information can be gained
from the advertisements and pictures.
Cotswold Art and Crafts Architecture by Catherine Gordon, —a follow up to our interesting talk
in November. There are many books about the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts, this is very nicely produced and gives
comprehensive information on the subject. Beside the war memorial designed by Ernest Gimson, Peter Waals from
Sapperton married a Fairford girl Ruby Dora Bryan daughter of a draper of Fairford in 1903.
Fairford Cricket Club—100 years Anniversary 1889-1989. This book contains a very interesting
history of cricket in Fairford written by June Lewis. It was sponsored by very many famous people. Once again the
photographs and advertisements are extremely interesting.
Some of the items donated since the last Fairford Flyer have been:-
- An unused choir hat which strongly reminds me of my school beret, I don’t blame the choir for rejecting the design.
- A programme for the first town crier’s competition in 1996.
- A programme and information regarding the flower festival in 1972.
- The millennium jigsaw (3ft by 2ft). It’s quite fun to spot what some of you looked like 10 years ago and remember
some past friends!
- The most interesting find is a book from the Raymond Barker Estate (see ‘From the Archives’).
This is exactly the sort of material we want, it may not be particularly old now but it will be a record of
Fairford’s history for the future. FHS keeps a record of everything donated and from whom it came so it could be
returned if required. If the donator does not want the item to go into the public domain we can do that too.
We receive many local history and family history enquiries by email: email@example.com or by
phone 01285 711768. The Archive Room is also open to visitors each Monday afternoon from 2-4pm.
Enquiries received recently have been about Herbert Richard Chandler, some of you may remember him, he was a
parish councillor from about 1936-1955 and was responsible for the bus shelter, opened on the occasion of the
Queen’s Coronation in 1953. Radio Glos wanted an interview about Coronation Street, (named on the coronation
of Edward VII in 1902). We are grateful to June Lewis for carrying out this task. We have also been able to
help a Betterton descendent with information from the parish registers. Trevor Betterton has also supplied us with
Betterton family trees and also hopes to visit Fairford in the Spring.
Fairford Flyer edited by Alison Hobson. From the Archives by Chris Hobson.
Photographs by Hobson Cameras.