Changes in Saul over the last 40 years

March 2009

By Peter Harrison

Photo:Saul High Street March 24th 2009. Two new houses almost completed just in front of Silvey's Garage

Saul High Street March 24th 2009. Two new houses almost completed just in front of Silvey's Garage

Peter Harrison

Photo:Saul Pound with a new picnic bench, purchased with the proceeds of the prize money for coming runner-up in the Bledisloe Cup competion for the best kept village.

Saul Pound with a new picnic bench, purchased with the proceeds of the prize money for coming runner-up in the Bledisloe Cup competion for the best kept village.

Peter Harrison

Photo:Silvey's Garage- still mending tractors

Silvey's Garage- still mending tractors

Peter Harrison

Photo:Another view of the High Street

Another view of the High Street

Peter Harrison

Photo:A corner of the churchyard with Church Lane in the background

A corner of the churchyard with Church Lane in the background

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Photo:The derelict Saul Cof E school site

The derelict Saul Cof E school site

Petr Harrison

Saul in the 60s

When I first came to live in Saul in the summer of 1968, the village had many more facilities than it has today. Opposite the church, on the High Street, there was a grocery shop run by a lady named Stella Gower and locally known as ''Stella's''. It was a typical village store with a counter, often with a cat sitting upon it, and you were served with your provisions by the proprietor.

Next to the Church was the village Church of England School. This was originally a stone building but was found to be structurally unsafe and was demolished in 1971 and replaced by terrapin buildings. AllĀ  my three children attended theĀ  school and the headmaster at that time was Mr David Thomas.

Further down the High Street was Silvey's Garage where they repaired everything from bicycles to tractors and also sold petrol. A little further on by the entrance to the playing Field was a butchers shop and on the corner of Moor Street and Passage Road there was a branch of the Gloucester and Severnside Co-op.

Just round the corner in Passage Road on the left hand side was Saul Chapel and up an alley-way alongside the chapel could be found the police station. The last permanent police Officer in Saul was PC Charlie King who bought the police station when he retired and the Police station closed.

Further on down Moor Street there was the village Post Office and then an off-licence run by Mrs Barham. Next there was the site of the British School, closed in the late 1940's, which had been purchased and used by the owners of Silvey's Garageas a showroom and store. I remember a pre-war Ford 8 in very good condition being kept there.

Around the time that Stella's and the Co-op closed, another grocery shop was opened in the High Street by Mr and Mrs Webster and this flourished for a number of years until Tesco opened a store in Quedgeley and laid on a free weekly bus service to the surrounding villages and this took away a lot of the trade.

We also had a very good local bus service which ran every two hours to Gloucester and was operated by Mr Sam Silvey from a depot opposite the Anchor Inn at Epney.

Saul 2009

Now, in March 2009, Stellas, the Co-op, Websters and the butchers shop have all been closed and converted into private dwellings. The Chapel has been demolished and the Police Station is now a private house and policing is carried out from Stonehouse. The Post Office and the off licence have both closed and the British School demolished and two detached dwellings erected on the site.
Silvey's Garage still operates although it no longer sells petrol. Silveys Coaches have gone and the bus service to Gloucester is less than adequate. The school has closed and Saul children are now taken by bus to Lakefield School in Frampton on Severn. The school site is currently the subject of an ownership dispute and althought the terrapin buildings still remain, they are in a dilapidated state and are a serious eyesore

This page was added by Peter Harrison on 24/03/2009.
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My partner's father was the head teacher David Thomas 

By Amanda
On 11/01/2015

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