Books and other information featuring Maisemore

Books featuring Maisemore (work in progress):

"Maisemore" by Kenneth Cole and Nicholas Reardon, 2008 (ISBN: 978-1873877838) - 

J. J. Cridlan founded his internationally famous 'Maisemore' herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle at Maisemore Park, Gloucestershire, England, in 1898. What he achieved was truly amazing; Maisemore won more awards than any other herd of any breed in the country. This book is a history of the herd and its successes. J. J. Cridlan's famous Maisemore herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, 'The Doddies', at Maisemore Park, Gloucestershire, England, was a success story of immense proportions. When he founded his herd in 1898, little could he have thought that such fame would come to his exhibits and that the Park would later become known as the Doddies' paradise. The herd won more Championships and King's Challenge Cups at Smithfield, Britain's premier fatstock show, than anyone else. The nearest anyone came to beating his ten championships was Queen Victoria with five wins. Maisemore cattle was exported all over the world, worth tens of thousands of pounds. In 1919, the largest contingent of the breed that ever left the shores of Great Britain from a single herd, left Maisemore for the U.S.A. Today, even after all these years, J. J. Cridlan's name is still mentioned whenever the Aberdeen Angus breed is the topic of conversation and the Prefix 'Maisemore' will forever live in the history of the breed. My interest in the herd stems from the fact that my father, Alfred Cole, was his head herdsman. He joined J. J. Cridlan from Maisemore School in 1914, at the age of fourteen. J. J. Cridlan was so impressed with my father's ability and natural affinity with the livestock, that he made him his head herdsman in 1919, at eighteen years of age; a huge responsibility. It was a position he held at the Park until 1958. The number of Champions he turned out in that time was remarkable. When I was young, I would help my father wash and prepare the cattle for the shows and go with him whenever I could get time off school.I have wonderful memories of those days and my affection for the Aberdeen Angus breed has remained with me ever since.

"Peas, Pigs & Poetry" by Fiona Read, Amberley Publishing, 2011 (ISBN: 978-1445604558) - 

If you were told that from about 1920 to 1950 a school in Gloucestershire was visited almost every week by interested groups from all over the UK and many from abroad who wanted to study the teaching methods inside and outside the classroom, which school would you think it was? And if you were told that the Secretary of Gloucestershire Education Committee wrote in 1921 that this school 'goes as near attaining an ideal as any School can go', you would probably still think of the several very distinguished schools in the county. But think again, for in 1929 a government inspector reported, 'This happy little village school is a live community where a full life is provided for the children whose response to the inspiring leadership of the Head Master is completely loyal.' The village is Maisemore and Peas, Pigs & Poetry describes how Alfred Edgar Driver, who became headmaster at the age of twenty-three in 1915, brought Maisemore Church of England School to national and international recognition. Furthermore, the book covers the many contributions that Mr Driver made to village life through the parish council, in sport, and as the founder of the Pig and Poultry Club for adults. It is a moving and inspiring story of the difference one man can make in the lives of many.

"Observations on the conduct of the Commissioners of Maisemore Bridge occasioned by a late answer to a message from them to John Pitt, Esquire. By a Commissioner." Gale ECCO, compiled 2010 (ISBN: 978-1170858394) - 

The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars. Delve into what it was like to live during the eighteenth century by reading the first-hand accounts of everyday people, including city dwellers and farmers, businessmen and bankers, artisans and merchants, artists and their patrons, politicians and their constituents. Original texts make the American, French, and Industrial revolutions vividly contemporary.

"Maisemore Men Lest We Forget: The Lives of the Men who Fought and Died in the Two World Wars" by Robin Stayt, 2003

"Between the Wars: Maisemore in the 1920s and 1930s" by Robin Stayt, 2008

"The History of the Church at Maisemore" by Robin Stayt, 2016 (available in the church)

In fifty pages Robin has set out the story of St Giles. Through time he covers the reformation, the Georgian and Victorian periods, and a considerable amount of rebuilding in the 1820-30s, the two World Wars and coming right up to date with recent renovations in 2016. An easy read with anecdotes providing a window into the past and present of St Giles.

"Maisemore Court and the families who lived there" by Betty Chamberlayne, 1999 published in Gloucestershire History no.12+13 - Part 1 - Part 2 

"Victoria County History" Volume XIII (The Vale of Gloucester and Leadon Valley), edited by J.H. Chandler & A.R.J. Jurica, 2016 (ISBN: 978-1904356462)

This volume provides authoritative accounts of thirteen ancient parishes alongside the River Severn near Gloucester or its tributary, the Leadon. Ten form a contiguous block north and west of Gloucester, extending from Upleadon to Sandhurst; two more, Minsterworth and Elmore, lie on opposite banks of the Severn below Gloucester. The volume also includes Twyning, a parish near Tewkesbury bordering Worcestershire. It is a countryside of extensive meadows vulnerable to periodic flooding, of rich farmland between prominent, formerly wooded ridges, and of dispersed small settlements. Arable farming, which was widespread under its medieval monastic owners, eventually gave way to dairying, but cider and perry orchards, quarrying and fishing have also been important. River trade and settlement, and crossings by bridge and ferry, have influenced the area's economy and communications pattern, and its proximity to Gloucester attracted prominent citizens to build country houses and acquire estates there. Most parishes retain medieval work in their churches, and timber-framed domestic buildings are widespread. More recently, at Hartpury, the largest and most populous parish included in the volume, a large college campus has developed. - 


Other online information about Maisemore:

"Selected newspaper entries for Maisemore, Glos.,1820–1900" - 

Articles on Maisemore in the Gloucester Citizen (subscription required) - 

Maisemore Genealogical Records (subscription to Ancestry required) - 

Historical Maps of Maisemore -,0 

"Maisemore" - a poem by Ivor Gurney, 1915 - 

Ivor wrote this in the trenches of World War One. He's thinking back to his joining up and the sendoff they got, for a war they thought would be over by Christmas. How wrong they were. And how homesick.

"Maisemore and the River Severn" - Betty Chamberlayne, Gloucestershire History No.6 (1992) pages 4-7 -