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 […]
Volunteers Wanted!!! Between 1995 and 2003 John Brucker organised an oral recording project for the Society. John, along with volunteers, interviewed and recorded sixty Kidlington people about their experiences of living and working in the village. This is a valuable source of material for the history of the area, and copies of the recordings have […]