These slideshows, recently discovered in the archive, depict historic photos of the Wychwood villages with commentary. They were compiled by the late John Rawlins to mark the Millennium.
Many members of the history society pe-2000 developed an in-depth and unique knowledge of the history of the Wychwoods. The Society also had access to older members of the community whose memories stretched back to the early 20th century.
Consequently, these slideshows contain some valuable insights that are not always documented in the other publications of the Society. They are a great addition to the WLHS records and will be of interest to many in today’s Wychwoods communities, both old and young.
About the Videos
The presentations focus on the history of Milton and Shipton as told in the photographs from the late 19th to the end of the 20th Century. Sadly Ascott and other villages are not covered. Neither do they seem to be complete. Each presentation follows a geographic path through the villages, but doesn’t cover the whole of each village.
We present these videos here in a raw form, digitised from the original tapes. There is work to do to clean them and improve quality, but they still have great value in their current form.
Video 1: Milton under Wychwood
The Milton video starts with Shipton Road from the service station to the Square on video 1, and then from the Square to the beginning of the High Street including the Village Green. No coverage of the High Street, Church Road, Jubilee Lane or Frog Lane. There are some interesting snippets – including the assertion that the Coop in Milton was the former Wesleyan Chapel, and then became the Parish Room
Videos 2 and 3: Shipton under Wychwood
Similarly the Shipton videos cover the High Street to the Crown, the Green and Church Street.