Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Well attended History Society meeting

Ros Lane writes:

On Thursday 19 October a large audience turned out on a very wet evening to be rewarded by being informed about yet another interesting character from Gloucestershire's past. 

Barry Harrison gave an illustrated talk on "Thomas Hughes - a Stroud Apothecary". Hughes came from Wotton-under-Edge and, strange as it may seem, took a correspondence course with St. Andrews University in Scotland in the 1760's! 

He also studied weather patterns keeping very detailed records of the weather in the Stroud area. On numerous times he witnessed the Aurora Borealis at Rodborough. 

A rather dapper man in dress, he crossed paths with Edward Jenner but the two were never friends. 

The society now has 53 paid up members, a very healthy position. Our December meeting will be on 14 December 2017 in Maisemore Village Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). This will feature Duncan Coombs illustrating his talk about one of Gloucestershire's favourite gardens - "Hidcote Manor Garden created by Lawrence Johnson"

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