- Shipton under Wychwood Churchwardens’ Accounts 1554-1696
- Dear Mr Rawlins
- Intrepid Travellers – Three Wychwoods Women in the 1880s
- St Michael’s: Another Connection
- St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Shipton under Wychwood
- Wychwoods Local History Society Publications in Print
Introduction to The Wychwoods Local History Society Journal No 24
The first Wychwoods History was published in 1985, a very different time in the dissemination of information. After twenty-three years of making ‘hard’ copy, for the first time this year we are publishing the result of much hard work by Joan and Jack Howard-Drake straight onto the web, with the Introduction included in this journal.
Joan and Jack were surprised and delighted to be informed of the existence of Churchwardens’ Accounts for Shipton under Wychwood 1554-1696. Where they were found and their own history is described in the Introduction, and the resulting transcript of this important and complete run of accounts is now available at www.wychwoodshistory.org. There is also a printed ‘hard’ copy in the Society’s archives.
We also have the fascinating stories of three very intrepid young ladies who in the late nineteenth century left their families and the Wychwoods behind them and travelled with their husbands to, respectively, New Zealand, Belize and India, a daunting adventure for gap year students even in these days . We also have another follow-up article about St Michael’s childrens’ home with the memories of another very young child sent with her sister in 1926.
The children attended St Mary’s Church of England school and we reproduce a group photograph taken a hundred years ago and another taken on the day the old building closed.
One of the members of WLHS who has done the most to preserve so many memories and so many old photographs of the Wychwoods is John Rawlins and we are very pleased that he agreed to be interviewed about his life. We just wish we could preserve him for ever as he is such a fund of local history information.
Joan Howard-Drake, Trudy Yates and Sue Jourdan
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