Steep History Group started in 2012 with a group of around six volunteers who met monthly to transcribe the registers of our local parish church of All Saints’, Steep. The church registers date from 1610 to the present. The process of transcribing them gave us valuable insights into the people and places of Steep during that period. This transcription continues to inform our research.
By 2015 the transcription of the registers was complete, but the group decided to continue to meet to share research and presentations on the history of the village of Steep. it was decided to call ourselves The Steep History Group.
The original group of six has now considerably expanded in numbers. By January 2022 we have around 30 members. We have progressed from meeting in each other’s houses to a regular monthly meeting at Steep Village Hall. Notice of the meetings appears in the monthly Steep and Stroud Newsletter..
The Steep History Group is principally interested in the social history of our village: people, places, buildings, events which happened in our village in the past. Those with past memories are actively pursued. It is the social history of our village in which our members are most interested, and which forms the topics of most of our presentations.
Not all members undertake research or give presentations. Some just come to listen. However, those who can, are encouraged to undertake research and contribute to the group. The majority of presentations are given by Fran Box, but others are always welcome. The History Group has few funds, so we do not usually have outside speakers for the meetings.
The 2023/4 annual subscription to the Steep History Group was £20 for individuals, £30 for couples or £5 per session. Guests are welcome. The subscription covers the hire charge of the Hall and research costs for preparation of the presentations. We are hoping also to build up resources to fund the publication of booklets on the history of Steep.
The leader of the Steep History Group is Fran Box. Contact her for any more details.
The next History Group meeting is Tues 9th Jan 2024 10-12.00 at Steep Village Hall. See poster and agenda. All welcome £5
The group meets at 10am on the second Tuesday of each month during the winter period between the months of October to May. There are no meetings in June, July, August or September.