Three Oxfordshire Parishes: a History of Kidlington, Yarnton and Begbroke by Mrs Bryan Stapleton This classic 19th Century history of the village, published by the Oxford Historical Society in 1893, is now available in facsimile form. It is available from Amazon, prices starting at £15.79.
CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN AMOR WHO CELEBRATED HIS 90th BIRTHDAY ON 13th DECEMBER. Dorothy Hughes, former Kidlington resident and long-time member of the History Society died on 7th December aged 94. Dorothy was the first woman Chelsea Pensioner. Her funeral, a full military one, will be held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 16th January 2019. […]
31st July 2018 Scandal in High Society: Oxfordshire Julie Ann Godson. Julie took the theme of her talk from her latest book: Scandal in High Society: Oxfordshire (2017) which details in her words “Twenty tales of toffs in trouble” – but we were not to worry as her talk would just deal with 6 of […]
24th April 2018 Dave Richardson The History of Old Pubs of Oxford The oldest pub in Oxford is The Bear on the corner of Blue Boar Lane. Records of an old coaching inn on the site go back to the thirteenth century and the coaching inn itself stretched back towards High Street. The Bear […]
Since the last Newsletter the following members have died: Valerie Sweetnam, Margaret Anne Bishop, Daphne Paul and Joan Lingard. All four had been great supporters of the History Society and we send our thoughts to their families. Another sad loss to Kidlington was the announcement of the death of Alan Walton; Alan had not […]
31st October 2017 Timothy Walker 350 years of glasshouses at the Oxford Botanical Gardens. Timothy Walker retired as Director of the Oxford Botanic Garden in 2014. The Garden was itself founded as a Physic garden in 1621 growing plants for medicinal research – as it still does today. It takes up 2 ½ acres by […]
The Society’s commemoration of WW1 has just been published, price £10.00 ‘The stories behind the names on the Village War Memorial’
25th July 2017 Before Silvia began her talk Henry told us that at the previous weeks Gala Day £177 of books had been sold, mostly John Amor’s excellent recent history of Kidlington. And also that this Tuesday was the first anniversary of the move of the Society to Moorside Place. The members agreed it had […]
Our new programme covering the period August 2017 to July 2018 can now be found on the Programme page. Lots to look forward to!
25th April 2017 Alan Hawkins The story of Christ Church, Oxford. Alan reminded us that Oxford had been a site of worship since the 8th century. That the city on the banks of the Thames was on an east to west highway; and the shallow bottom of the river made a crossing easy and thus […]