- Chesnut Close
- Local Casualties of a Forgotten War in Iraq
- Some Wychwood Neighbourhoods about 1900: Shipton
- A Problem of Ownership: Bruern Grange – The First Twenty-one Years
- Book Review
- Hartley Heritage Part Two
- The Society’s Publications
Introduction to The Wychwoods Local History Society Journal No 18
In 2003 the Wychwoods Local History Society will be noting the 400th anniversary of Shipton Court in two important ways.
First, we are planning a Gardens Open Day at the back of the Court on 28 June for WLHS members and their guests. Sign-up sheets will be available at the April and May meeting for those wishing to attend. At this event the committee will mount an exhibition of Shipton Court memorabilia held by the society and loaned by local residents. Teas will be served following a tour of the gardens. We hope to see all of you there.
Secondly, we are planning to devote the entire 2004 journal to the history of the Court and its owners. We have many newly-discovered photographs and materials to bring the history of this important local landmark up to date.
In this issue the research sub-committee reviews their findings of Shipton neighbourhoods in 1911. Shipton Court looms large in this survey as well. It consisted of 1,291 acres in 1911, an interesting statistic at a time when the front of the house is for sale with a modest two acres of land.
In Hartley Heritage Part Two the history of this remarkable farming/sporting family is brought into the 21st century; a short article entitled Local Casualties of a Forgotten War in Iraq gives sobering details of First World War battles fought in Mesopotamia – another timely topic.
Peter Leslie explores the history of a familiar Ascott home, Chesnut Close, and the career of the privileged partially-sighted Harry Sanderson Furniss, who built it in 1913.
Margaret Ware has expanded the talk she presented at the WLHS 21st anniversary celebration and her article now covers our entire history as a Society.
Lastly, a letter from Joy Timms about the ownership of Bruern Grange is welcome proof that readers are interested in our research and have information of their own to enrich our knowledge.
We hope that you will find this issue a rewarding read.
Trudy Yates, Joan Howard-Drake and Sue Jourdan
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