About Us

The Wychwoods Local History Society (WLHS) has been serving the interests of local history in the Wychwood area continuously for over 40 years. It was founded by village members in 1981 and meets once a month from September through to May with eight evening talks. With a thriving membership, the Society researches and publishes local and family history.

Joining the Society

We welcome new members, and invite you to join the society to receive members benefits, including free access to the society’s season of talks.  Continue reading

Full Listing of Articles
See listings of articles and updates by year or category

All 31 Journals Added
All 31 editions of the society’s journal “Wychwoods History” are now available to view online here.
Plus online versions of all the society’s publications are listed here

Recent Updates

Our May 2023 Evening Talk
A review of our May 2023 evening talk on the Windrush Quarries is available > here

April 13th Evening Talk
Local Shipton resident Simon Randall gave us an fascinating survey of key events in the English Civil Wars with particular reference to the Cotswolds. > review here

Local Events
New: Some events and initiatives in the Wychwoods are listed > here

March 2023 Evening Talk
Bellfounding at Burford 1630-1940. See a summary of our March 8th talk here >>>

February 2023 Evening Talk
Our season of monthly talks continued with the visit of Sue Smith, on wartime Conscientious Objectors in Oxfordshire.  > more here

January 2023 Evening Talk
Our first talk of 2023 was by Trevor Jackson, former Commissioned Officer in the RAF, who gave us a full history of the inception and development of RAF Brize Norton > more here

Our New Archive and Study Centre
Exciting developments for our archive in 2023 > more here

The Wychwoods

On the edge of the former Royal Forest of Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Milton under Wychwood and Ascott under Wychwood are adjacent villages in the valley of the river Evenlode in West Oxfordshire, on the eastern edge of the Cotswold Hills.

Shipton was the mother church for the old ecclesiastical parish which included Shipton, Milton, Lyneham, Langley, Leafield and Ramsden.

Journals & Publications

Find out more about the society’s publications, including available downloadable versions of the society’s journals. Back copies are also available for purchase.

Photos by Theme

We archive our online photo library in albums here. Additionally, photos are available by theme using this set of tag links. The bigger the text size, the more images will show.

Special Feature:

Sculptural curiosities in Milton under Wychwood: find out more…..