Interesting Individuals

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Interesting Individuals

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In the history of any community, certain characters come to stand out and Oakridge is no exception. 

Some of the people who have been influential in various ways such as William Rothenstein and his extended group of literary and artistic friends are featured in the Arts and Crafts Movement Collection.

A selection of people, some born here but moved on, some born and stayed and other 'in-comers' are featured here. Some affected the village directly, others made significant contributions to music, politics, business the army and more, both nationally and internationally.

We are quite certain that there are many more 'Intersting Individuals' that have not yet been featured in this Collection - if you would like to suggest additions, even yourself, please do so!

Items in the Interesting Individuals Collection

John Drinkwater, poet and playwright
Drinkwater was attracted by the landscape. He wrote 'The Cotswold country is, as I think, the most beautiful in England. There is no more tender or subtle landscape on earth.' He loved the old stone cottages, admiring 'an architecture that has never…

Major Robert Francis Le Bailly (1866 - 1945) and Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly (1915 - 2010)
Vice Admiral Sir Louis Edward Stewart Holland Le Bailly KBE, CB was a Royal Navy officer and Naval Engineer who became Director-General of Intelligence and later a writer. His father, Major Robert Francis Le Bailly was originally a Civil Engineer,…

George & Dorcas Juggins
George and Dorcas lived in Ashmeads Cottage, situated in the valley bottom between Baker's Mill and Chalford. It was bought in 1901 for £70 by Dorcas' parents who lived there and ran the horse-drawn bus service between Chalford and Stroud. George…

Frank Finch - farmer, actor, singer, motorcyclist and more - 1996
In his younger days. Frank was a motorcycle rider and loved playing in the motorcycle football team. He was a keen scrambler and won many cups in scrambles. He was proud of the job local farmers did during the Second World War and of being part of…

John Thomas Peacey, a cornerstone of the community 1844 - 1936
John Peacey was employed by Benjamin Gardiner at a yard on the Severn bank at Framilode as a boat-builder before his marriage. He left in 1869 because, according to Annie Peacey, his daughter, 'he thought the very long summer working days and the…

Oliver Hunt - tiler, builder and craftsman 1914 - 1995
Extract from 'Oakridge a History'Oliver became a tiler because he followed his father Wilfred's profession. He recalled in an article in 'What's On' in 1980 that he'd put stone tiles on Gloucester cathedral, Up Leaven, Avening and North Nibley. Tiles…

George Henry Hunt, tiler and plasterer 1882 - 1969
At the age of 12 George often drove the horse and trap to collect lime from kilns at Cromhall, this being a good white for decorating and fine moulding. Apparently local lime, while good for mortar, made colour mixes 'muddy' looking. He left school…

Ronald qualified as an architect while working for Sir Giles Gilbert Scott between 1930 and 1940. He did many of the drawings for Liverpool cathedral, Waterloo Bridge and Cambridge University Library. After his marriage in 1949 to Veronica Drake…

Brian Hubert Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge,  1896 - 1974 and Edith, Lady Robertson 1902 - 1982
Lord Robertson served in the First World War and was awarded the DSO and MC. He left the services in 1933 and went to South Africa where he became managing director of Dunlop, South Africa in 1935. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was…

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