Do you have memories of Westgate Street? Get involved with our Westgate Stories project

We would love to hear from you if you have stories, old photographs or documents relating to buildings, businesses, people or events on Westgate Street. Working with our partners; Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucester Civic Trust and Museum of Gloucester, we will share our findings in monthly exhibitions, blogs, films and art detailing your unique stories of Westgate Street. Our digital collection will be donated to Gloucestershire Archives when the project ends.

Did you Know?

The oldest and longest standing above ground structure on Westgate Street is St Nicholas Church, built in the 12th Century.

Did you Know?

In the 12th Century, Norman settlers used stone from the Western Wall and other stone structures in Gloucester to build a number of projects- including the Cathedral.

Did you Know?

St Mary de Grace, a former Church which stood in the middle of Westgate Street, has its foundations marked out in darker coloured brick at the top of Westgate Street.

Share Your Stories

We would love to hear from you if you have stories, old photographs or documents relating to buildings, people or events on Westgate Street.

Attend a monthly session at the Heritage Hub, The Folk, or the City Museum where you can share these with us*.

*At present due to lockdown, these sessions are suspended, and will re-open in June.

Attend a virtual session

Book a virtual drop-in session to reminisce on your memories of Westgate Street and become a part of the Westgate Stories project.

 

Kate Biggs

A childhood memory of Westgate

“Growing up in the late 60s and early 70s Saturday mornings often meant a trip to Gloucester, the drive in meant sitting in a Hillman Minx on the old Westgate bridge in traffic, waiting in the yellow smog of the lorry park with the smell of fumes of that and the glue factory.. the smell was sort of cheesy biscuits! Dad always had to visit Winfield’s seeds in Westgate, where if we were lucky we would sneak down Maverdine Lane to look up at the side of 26 Westgate.”

“However our biggest treat was to go to Meeks shoes once in a while to get new shoes for school. Always Clarks occasionally Startrite. We would go upstairs and sit and wait to have our feet measured and while we were waiting, gaze up at the ancient plaster ceiling wondering who had made this and how old was it, what secrets did it hold and what stories could the building tell. The green Clarks boxes would come out and we would try on our shoes.. if we were lucky we would get something a bit fashionable! I distinctly remember my sister and I each having a pair of purple and pink brogues.. very psychedelic, leather and suede. I am certain that experiences like these have fostered my interest in historic buildings and archaeology!”

Alan Myatt

Gloucester’s Town Crier, Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies remembers his days working on the refurbishment of the cellar at the Dick Whittington Inn.

“I spent a very happy 3 or 4 months working on this job, especially in the cellar below The Dick Whittington.”

Thanks to our partners, Gloucester Civic Trust, for producing this video.

How much do you know about the History of Westgate?

Enter our History of Westgate Quiz and you could win a £25 Gloucester Gift Card! Our online quiz is fascinating and fun! Have a go online and visit your local Westgate Café’s and Pubs for clues. Beer mats and coasters in your local venues have some of the answers.

Prizes will be drawn on the 21st June of 2021.

 

You may also be interested in…

Street Scene

Our project includes:

  • Making Open Spaces More Attractive
  • Using Open Spaces For Activities
  • Using Open Spaces For Events

Events & Activities

Our events programme includes:

  • Arts & Cultural Events
  • Heritage Awareness Events
  • Workshops for Professionals

You may also be interested in…

Street Scene

Our project includes:

  • Making Open Spaces More Attractive
  • Using Open Spaces For Activities
  • Using Open Spaces For Events

Events & Activities

Our events programme includes:

  • Arts & Cultural Events
  • Heritage Awareness Events
  • Workshops for Professionals

For More Information

Get In Touch With The Cathedral Quarter Gloucester Team