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The Wychwoods Local History Society (WLHS) has been serving the interests of local history in the Wychwood area continuously for 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

Chairman’s Report 2022
The 2022 Chairman’s report is onine, with a summary of the society’s activities for the year ending May 2022 > more here

Jubilee Celebrations
The society has gathered together some of the archive photos marking previous royal jubilee celebrations, and some royal visits to the Wychwoods in the past 125 years > more here

Events Update
Reviews of our recent evening talks and new events listed for 2023 > more here

40th Anniversary of the Society
Read about the Society’s achievements over the years here and some photos of past society events

April 13th Evening Talk
A review of our April evening talk is available > here

March 9th Evening Talk
Our latest evening talk was by Bertie Matthews, MD of FWP Matthews, who entertained us with a fine summary of the history of the family’s milling activity over the centuries > review here

February Evening Talk
Our latest event was held in the village hall on February 9th. A review appears > here

January 12th Evening Talk
Our January 12th evening talk on Roman Tackley was via Zoom > review 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…..