Digital Archive: Journal No 10

  • Editorial
  • Jessie Hunt – Evacuee 1939-1945
  • Shipton under Wychwood 1662: A Hearth Tax Study – Part 2
  • More Memories of Shipton: The Village Shops and Roundsmen
  • Alfred Groves & Sons Limited
  • One Hundred Years Ago: The First Parish Council Elections
  • The Scourge of Smallpox
  • Puzzles over Shipton Prebcnd l: Seventeenth Century
  • What really happened at Shipton Court
  • The de Langley family: Medieval Foresters
  • The Search for George Quarterman of Ascott under Wychwood
  • Book Reviews
  • Other Publications in Print

Introduction to The Wychwoods Local History Society Journal No 10

It is fitting that this our tenth issue, contains articles touching upon two anniversaries. With the ending of World War Two fifty years ago this year Jessie Hunt’s story is a poignant reminder of the experience of countless child evacuees, although her time in the Wychwoods seems to have been a happy one.

One hundred years ago this year saw the beginning of the first democratically elected parish councils such as we know today, and we can see how Milton and Shipton each responded to the challenge.

The Hearth Tax study group have produced the second part of their findings, bringing immediacy to village life in the seventeenth century. Tom McQuay continues to elicit vivid medical history from local records, and Beryl Schumer has sent us valuable comments on the identity of the medieval Wychwood foresters.

We are fortunate to be able to publish some more personal memories of Shipton ftom the lively pen of Dorothy Brookes who lived in the village some eighty years ago, and we are also pleased to welcome Anthony Cronk, one of our newer residents, as a journal contributor.

The Society has about 170 members, of whom 12 live outside the County of Oxfordshire, and a further 6 overseas, mostly in the Antipodes. Many of our out-of-area members are particularly interested in tracing their family history and have past links with the Wychwood villages. It is very pleasing to include Alison Schenk’s summary account of her own growing interest and researches. One of her ancestors was an Elizabeth Whiting, possibly a relative of Mistress Whiting who paid the Hearth Tax in Shipton in 1662 – see Journal 9. Alison’s article also illustrates the mutual benefit which local Societies can gain from such overseas contacts.

However, it must be remembered that the committee and members of our Society are merely interested amateurs, some busily engaged in their own investigations. We cannot undertake research in response to enquiries, but are happy to try to pass on information contained in the Society’s own archives, or from local knowledge. To facilitate this, the enormous task of preparing a personal names index to our journals has just begun and members will be informed as soon as this is available.

It is always appreciated when enquiries are accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope. Overseas customers requesting copies of publications must send cheques in sterling and drawn on a UK clearing bank (or sterling postal orders which are available in Canada).

Margaret Ware

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