Maisemore is a village in Gloucestershire situated two miles north-west of Gloucester across the River Severn flood plain. It has been in existence for hundreds of years albeit it isn't mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The name of the village appears to be of Welsh origin, meaning "great field" (Welsh: maes mawr). The northern part of Alney Island, which is within the parish of Maisemore, is known as Maisemore Ham, combining Welsh and Old English words for field or meadow (ham, meaning "meadow").
The village was originally around the church. Probably in the 14th century, the present linear village was replanned further south, leaving the church separated from its settlement. [note this statement is contentious - attribution needed]
Maisemore Local History Society was formed in 1998 following a very successful "History of Maisemore" exhibition.
The Society aims to study the Local History of the Parish and also puts on a series of talks about relevant Gloucestershire subjects. The Programme for Winter 2021-2022 is now available - click here for the direct link.
Our main initial project was the recording of the gravestone inscriptions in St Giles's churchyard, a task which took a considerable degree of coordinated effort - please refer to the The Churchyard Survey page for more details - click here for the direct link.
Our recent project was the restoration of the three mileposts within Maisemore Parish which can be found at The Milestones Project pages - click here for the direct link.
The header picture shows the old Maisemore Bridge being demolished just before WW2 with the temporary timber bridge alongside. Refer to the Maisemore Bridge page for photos before and since - click here for the direct link.
To contact the society refer to the Contact page - click here for the direct link.