» The 70s was a decade of many changes Nostalgia
IF you loved to boogie with Marc Bolan, tottered about on platform soled shoes and know Jack Regan’s sidekick in The Sweeney was George Carter, then you are a child of the 1970s.
It was the decade when the Forest of Dean’s major employer was Rank Xerox at Mitcheldean with 5,000 on the payroll.
It occupied the site that had previously been The Forest Brewery.
Lydney Docks ceased commercial operation and Coleford Grammar School closed, but found a new lease of life as Bell’s Hotel.
The Dean Forest Railway Society was formed in 1970, followed later in the decade by the Dean Heritage Museum Trust and pledged to protect the area’s rich past.
In the same spirit, the 17th century Dutch garden at Westbury-on-severn was restored.
While the Forest was preserving its heritage, Stroud adopted a more cavalier approach to its architectural appeal by building a new police station and Tricorn House, both shining examples of concrete brutalism.
Local government reorganisation led to the formation of Stroud District Council.
Locals opposed to the attempts by
Gloucestershire County Council’s to impose unwanted traffic plans launched the Stroud Campaign Against the Ringroad – and won.
Making a splash in a more literal sense was the newly-formed Stroud Swimming Club.
A landmark in Gloucester’s Northgate Street disappeared when the Methodist Chapel was demolished to make way for a new Tesco.
More than a century of matchmaking in the city ended with the closure of S J Moreland’s in Bristol Road, most famous for its England’s Glory brand.
The newly laid out King’s Square, complete with fountains and stepping stones, won a Civic Trust Award in 1972.
Eastgate railway station closed forever, while Eastgate Market closed reopened next door.
Libraries opened in Tuffley and Hucclecote, as did a leisure centre adjacent to the swimming baths (now GL1).
Other leisure facilities to appear included the sports centre at the new Beaufort School, the country park on Robinswood Hill and the artificial ski slope at Matson.
A former warehouse in the Docks became Gloucester Antiques Centre.
Tewkesbury’s longest-established boat builder Bathurst’s closed, while another town boat builder Bill Shakespeare was killed in an accident on Lake Windermere.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited Tewkesbury Festival and the Queen distributed Maundy money.
Cheltenham Borough Council was formed when, in April 1974, Charlton Kings Urban District Council merged with Cheltenham Municipal Borough.
The town’s Police HQ moved from Crescent Place to Lansdown Road and The Technical High School moved from Gloucester Road to Warden Hill Road and was renamed Bournside Comprehensive.
The Countryside Commission moved into John Dower House, off Clarence Street and new public swimming pools at Pittville were opened by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
In 1973, The Gloucestershire Echo celebrated its centenary and a year later the Holst birthplace museum opened.
Town centre department stores Drakes of Winchcombe Street and Shirer and Lances shut up shop for the last time while local firms to close during the decade included H H Martyn & Co, United Chemists Association Ltd, Cheltenham Caravans and Tilley’s Crumpets.
Gloucester’s Northgate Methodist Chapel was demolished in the 1970s
A Cheltenham Stag Four Berth caravan
The Drakes store in Cheltenham