Digital Archive: Journal No 12

  • Foreword
  • Welfare in the Wychwoods: The Poor of Milton 1700-1834
  • Quakers and Baptists at Milton
  • The Fieldwalk in Bradley’s Field, Shipton
  • The Society’s Archives
  • From my Bookshelf
  • From Annie to Barbara: Five Generations of a Shipton Family
  • More Personal memories of Ascott under Wychwood
  • Sheepwashing and the Ascott Sheepwash
  • The Barters of Sarsden and Salome of Natal
  • Lady Harriet Reade of Shipton Court
  • An Acknowledgement and an Apology
  • Alfred Groves and Sons Ltd
  • A Comment on the General View of the Agriculture of Oxfordshire
  • The Wychwooders’ Lament
  • Springhill Farm, Plum Lane, Shipton
  • Book Review
  • The Society’s Publications

Introduction to The Wychwoods Local History Society Journal No 12

Journal Number Twelve is an experiment. After five editions under the skilful editorship of Margaret Ware, this is a team publication. Three WLHS members have produced a collection of articles which we hope will interest our readers. A fourth member, Sue Richards, has assembled and designed the finished product.

Three exceptional women with Wychwood connections are examined in this issue. The first is Salome Welayo, a native of Natal, who was educated in Shipton during the 1860s and 70s by her sponsor Catherine Barter of Sarsden. Jack Howard-Drake tells the unusual story of this young native girl and the equally interesting tale of the adventurous Barter family.

The redoubtable Lady Harriet Reade of Shipton Court is recalled in print after much interest was exhibited in her story read at our members evening last March. Unfortunately the whereabouts of the Reynolds portrait of this eccentric eighteenth-century chatelaine still eludes us.

Using oral history interviews Trudy Yates investigates the third in this female Wychwood triumverate – one Annie Langshaw of the Red Horse who died aged 99 in 1937 as the oldest licensee in England.

Speaking of oral history, Janet Wallace will soon be undertaking interviews with senior Milton residents after her retirement. In this issue she analyses the 1996 field walk.

The sheepwash at Ascott is described by Dennis Minson, and four of our members, Joan Howard-Drake, Anthea Jones, Sue Jourdan and Tom McQuay, report on welfare in the Wychwoods.

John Rawlins pays tribute to Bill Kimber; Wendy Pearse has collected material on Spring Hill Farm; and Margaret Ware has supplied the last instalment of Doris Warner’s personal memories of Ascott.

Members are urged not to overlook the mini-articles dispersed throughout, one of which is a poetic retort by Wendy Pearse in which she cleverly redresses a slur on local gentility.

Finally, Jack Howard-Drake’s recently published fourty volume of Oxford Church Courts Depositions 1589-93 is reviewed.

The team is pleased with the depth and diversity of Volume Twelve and we hope every member of WLHS will find something of interest within these pages.

In the expectation that some of you will be inspired to undertake research of your own or be willing to share information you already possess, we encourage you to contact one of us with your ideas. We look forward to hearing from you. Volume Thirteen looms large!

Joan Howard-Drake, Trudy Yates and Sue Jourdan .

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