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Friday, 3rd April 2020


“When Life was Nasty, Brutish and Short”

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Rev. David Royce


Vicar of Lower Swell from 1850 until his death in 1902 and a distinguished antiquarian and the author of several publications.

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Artefacts from the Royce collection on display at the pop-up museum event held in Stow in August 2016. These were on loan from the Corinium Museum.


by L.S. Lowry.


Lowry painted this icy scene during a visit to the town in 1947. He was apparently fascinated by the architecture of the houses and buildings, which he found a contrast with the Manchester industrial cityscapes more usually associated with his work.


On the left is St. Edward's Hall, and the building on the right is now Huffkins Tea Room. The tree has since diappeared.


He wrote to his friend and fellow artist David Carr on October 20, 1946:

"I declare I am forgetting to tell you how I got on in the Cotswolds. Had a very good weekend, there is plenty of material. The villages are certainly very quaint, the stone - the buildings are mostly of stone - is very warm."


The painting was sold at auction in 2011 to an unknown bidder for £481,000.

Rev David Royce

Rev. David Royce (1817 – 1902), was born in Oakham (Rutland) and was the vicar of Lower Swell from 1850 until his death in 1902. He was a distinguished antiquarian and the author of several publications, the most notable being the Landboc, his edition of the registers of Winchcombe Abbey to which much of his collection relates. He was a member of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society from its foundation and following his death the contents of his library were donated to the Society by his wife.


There are a total of 8,368 items in his collection which is currently split between the Gloucestershire Archives and the Corinium Museum; the following is an overview of the type of objects in the collection –


Flint axe heads, arrow heads and other tools plus large collections of worked flints dating from pre-historic times and mostly gathered in the local area.


Coins - several hundred, ranging from Roman to Mediaeval, including trade tokens – again many of them collected from the local countryside.


Wax Seals and dies, about 70 in number.


Pots and potsherds, dating back to the Bronze Age and the Roman occupation.


Iron items, keys, buckles etc.


Small Oriental figures from India and Egypt etc. Probably brought back by travellers and presented to the collection.

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