Today Cirencester is an attractive market town at the heart of the Cotswolds, and has been a thriving place since Roman times when as Corinium it was a regional capital. With 2,000 years of history for the visitor to explore, it offers much surviving evidence of its rich medieval past, a focus for the highly important and prosperous wool trade.
Cirencester also has a strong Victorian and Edwardian legacy, well represented in its public and private buildings. In places it is possible to imagine that little has changed over the past century or more, and this album of photographs presents a fascinating portrayal of the town as it was in the later nineteenth and earlier twentieth century - 100 years or more ago. David and Linda Viner are well-known local historians in the town. Many images are drawn from the work of the photographer W. Dennis Moss and the archives of the Bingham Library Trust, preserved in Cirencester, which continues the work of Daniel George Bingham, benefactor to his `dear old native town'.
David Viner is a freelance curator and writer and was formerly curator of the Corinium Museum, Cirencester. He has been a museums and heritage consultant for over 15 years working all over the UK. Until May 2010 he was chairman of Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society and until October 2012 founder-chairman of the Milestone Society. He remains curatorial advisor to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester and to the Trustees of the Bingham Library in Cirencester. He was a trustee of Cotswold Archaeology from 1989 to 2012. He lives in Cirencester. Linda Viner is an historical researcher, with an especial interest in Cirencester over many years. Currently she is much involved in the voluntary team researching a town volume in the Victoria County History series.