History beneath our Feet

When archaeologists start to investigate a site, often, one of the first things they do is ‘field walking’. Put simply, this involves walking methodically across a location whilst scanning the surface of the ground for anything that might give a clue to what’s buried beneath. Broken bits of pottery, coins, etc. can often give an […]

Eastington’s Whalebone Arch

Whalebone arches are one of those odd things that pop up in various parts of the world. They usually consist of a whale’s jawbones. Examples in the UK include Whitby, the Isle of Lewis, and Edinburgh. Farther afield they can be found at Isafjordour in Iceland and even a double one in the Falklands Islands. […]

Does Eastington have any Godcakes?

by Stephen Mills I know, you’re probably wondering what on Earth is a Godcake? I wondered the same thing after I heard the term in the recently televised revamped version of Worzel Gummidge. It was aired just before Christmas and starred Mackenzie Crook who also wrote and directed the two-part series. It turns out that […]

Lost cottages – Stephen Mills

Everything eventually wears out or falls to bits, and houses are no exception. Even when they are meticulously maintained, there comes a time when their upkeep simply becomes too much or they no longer fulfil a need. But a bit of background to the two cottages pictured here. Well-known postcard collector Howard Beards from Stroud, […]

A Fishy Trans-Atlantic Connection

We all know who Billy Connolly is and I’m sure many of us are watching his latest 3-part series on ITV of his travels round America – ‘Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail’. The latest episode saw him in the fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where some of the discussion centred on the history of the […]

Lights in the sky at Cress Green

By Steve Mills We’ve talked about the impact of the Second World War on Eastington in several previous articles, but given the recent events recalling the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it seemed timely to look at a very local but largely forgotten piece of military history that survives within the village. This takes the form […]

Eastington Mews?

Ring any Bells? I think this is the old ‘Eastington Mews’ shop in Alkerton Road. It is an old photo that I found on a facebook group called ‘The Golden Days of The Great British Independent Shopkeeper’ – a group which now seems to have ‘shut up shop’ as it were, so I can get […]

The Reverend Ward – Eastington’s motoring vicar

Over the years, Eastington has had its fair share of vicars that looked after the spiritual needs of the parishioners. Most carried out their duties unobtrusively and have disappeared quietly into the mists of time. However, there were exceptions. Perhaps one of the most notable was the Reverend George Thomas Altimus Ward, vicar of Eastington […]

Memories of Eastington – Mrs Bliss

Megan Timbrell has deep roots in Eastington. Coming from a long line of Eastingtonians, she was born in Cress Green and lived there for many years at what is now Cress Green Cattery. Her mother, Mrs Sylvia Bliss, has written down some of her early (and amazingly detailed) memories of life in Eastington. Megan has […]

A Walk Down Middle Street

 One of Eastington’s quieter backroads is Middle Street. This branches off the Bath Road en route towards Frocester, and wends its way up to Cress Green, where the road now ends. However, this was not always the case and in days long gone, it formed part of an important through route much used by carters […]

Further memories of Alkerton House

In April 2016, in ECN 156, Steve Mills wrote an article for us about the now demolished Alkerton House, which once dominated the centre of the village. Click this link to dive into the ECN history archives to see Steve’s original article. The article was picked up by  Simon Newton-Smith who wrote to us to […]

News from the Front

The topic of war and its impact on Eastington has cropped up in a couple of recent articles. Most attention has been focused on the Second World War, an event still ingrained in many people’s memories. However, what follows harks back still further, to the First World War, an event so horrendous that it touched […]

A notable Eastington auction

It’s true – you can find anything on the internet if you look long enough. At other times, things seem to find you. The subject of this article is one of the latter, and given the major changes taking place in the lower end of the village, its appearance was strangely timely. I stumbled across […]

War comes to Eastington

  by   Stephen Mills It seems that throughout history, men have left their homes and marched off to fight in wars in some distant land. For centuries, towns and villages remained largely untouched by these foreign conflicts, and by and large, the people left at home carried on as normal. Sometimes men failed to return, […]