Stonehouse History Group

Welcome to the web site for Stonehouse History Group

- promoting  interest in the History of Stonehouse & the locality.

Click to see his story. William Farren White - Naturalist and Author. Headmaster of Stonehouse National School

John Westacott the very first Chairman of the Stonehouse Parish Council 1901-1910 1913-1919 & 1925-1931

Headmaster of  Stonehouse Council School

Stonehouse People

Rev William Farren White M.A. Vicar of Stonehouse 1861-1898. Author of “Ants and their ways”.

Stonehouse People

Stonehouse Charity Wallas

Front Row  - ? - Stan Brookes - Cyril Hyde - Les Arrowsmith - ?

Do you recognise anyone else?

Stonehouse People

Printed in the Stonehouse Review Magazine titled “Towards a Town” in 1990, to celebrate Stonehouse becoming a Town that year.

Memories - My husband, the late Leslie John Arrowsmith JP was a very well known character in Stonehouse.  He was on every Committee that you could name, so that when he passed away, to show their appreciation for what he had done, they built the Arrowsmith Pavilion” in his memory. - in Oldend Lane. Thanks to all concerned. I can recall where the maisonettes are built was one big field, owned by Mr Throughton a milkman. They were built for key men from London and Chelmsford who came to Sperry Gyroscope and Hoffmanns to do war work, and very nice they were. At that time I would have loved one myself.

Local Personality Leslie John Arrowsmith J.P.

Kimmins Road off Woodcock Lane was so named after the late James Charles Clegg Kimmins who lived at Ryeford. Apparently so I have been told, where the Reddings and Kimmins Road are that was all fields owned by him, called “The Great Reddings Fields”. So that is why the houses in Gloucester Road are called The Reddings and I presume the same applies to Kimmins Road.

Mrs G Arrowsmith Kimmins Road Stonehouse.

Since this article was printed Arrowsmith Drive has also been named after Leslie Arrowsmith!

At the bottom of Woodcock Lane there used to be an old tin Chapel where the late Mr Bob Uppington was organist. My children went there to Sunday School and every Whit Monday we used to go to the fields at the bottom of Oldend Lane for a Whitsuntide party, games etc.

This was held in Farmer Prices field. The children and their parents all loved it.

If the weather was bad the party was held in the Mission Hall, and because we lived next door we used to make the tea. There was a row of cottages called Hill Cresent and we lived in one of them.

The late Miss Dolly Tedcastle was Sunday School teacher at the Mission Hall and she worked endlessly and was very much loved by everyone - the salt of the earth.

Stonehouse People

Stonehouse Church Hall  c.1956

If you recognise anyone please let us know. Photo supplied by Patricia Neal nee Vaughan standing centre holding onto her brother Michael.

She thinks it was a Sunday school event

Stonehouse Secondary Modern School A Senior Netball Team

March 1954

Wendy Reynolds Capt. Shooter,

Margaret Green Centre,

Pat Smith Goal Defence,

Marion Jones Centre Defence,

Ann Watkins Goal Keeper,

Brenda Holder Centre Attack,

Shirley White Goal Shooter.

Where are they now?

If you know please tell us.

Interestingly they are sitting on the remains of the foundations of the British Restaurant which was built in the recreation field during World war Two.This has since been removed.

V W Mullins

Charles Lister Smith

Amateur Historian

Founder of The Severn  Valley Fruit Company

B D Parkin

A W Anderson

First manager of the Stonehouse Brick & Tile Co. Ltd.

A chance encounter:  by Shirley Dicker….

My daughter Emma was waitressing at the Woolpack and asked a couple if they were on holiday here as she did not recognise them, they said they were from Australia and were leaving next day, they had been retracing their ancestor’s footsteps around Gloucestershire and were unable to trace where he had been staying at his brother’s house here in Stonehouse but knew it was Queens road.

Emma asked what the name was, ‘Spero Queens road’, Well that’s strange that's my house and rang me and we invited them to the house the next day before they went back and they sent me a diary of his time in England, as a thank you. By a chance meeting we have this great insight of his time here.

George's Diary 1 George's Diary 2 George's Diary 3 George's Diary 4

George Adolphus Smith was born in Stonehouse in 1867. In 1881, aged 14, he was living with his family in Burdett road and working in a flour mill. In 1886 at the age of 19 George emigrated to Australia where he lived for the rest of his life.

At first he was a railway station porter but by 1924 he was station master at Rochester which is about 192 km north of Melbourne Victoria. In 1927 he came to England for 6 months to visit his brothers and sisters and their families after an absence of 41 years.      

He wrote a diary of his trip back to his roots and his experiences in 1920’s Stonehouse.       



S.S. Orvieto the ship George travelled back on  September 1927

S.S. Osterley the ship George travelled on from Australia April 1927

G W Sibly

Founder of Wycliffe College in 1882

From The Stroud News 9th November 1951

Bramwell Parker

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