- His Name be Not Forgotten
- From Village Medicine Cupboard and College Cellar
- Some Wychwood Neighbourhoods about 1900: Milton
- Who’s Heard of Daffy’s?
- Reuben Rainbow’s Diary
- Recollections by John Richards
- The Society’s Publications
Introduction to The Wychwoods Local History Society Journal No 17
In April 1981, Margaret Ware and Mike Linfield called a public meeting in Shipton village hall to see if there was sufficient interest in the Wychwoods to form a local history group. From that well attended meeting, in true English style, a committee was formed and the Wychwoods Local History Society was up and running by the autumn with 87 members.
At that meeting in 1981, John Steane of the Oxfordshire Museum Service emphasised the importance of research and practical work as part of a society’s activities. Journal Seventeen again demonstrates how well this advice was taken and the continuing wide range of research and interests in the Society and in our community.
At the beginning of the twenty first century, the WLHS small research group moved their attention to an early twentieth century set of documents produced as a result of Lloyd Georges’ People’s Budget of 1909. From the resulting tax lists, the nature of the differing neighbourhoods in Milton and Shipton were examined. In this Journal, Part 1 covers Milton with Shipton to follow.
From an entry in Leafield Overseers’ of the Poor accounts, Joan Howard-Drake records the ingredients that made up ‘Daffy’s Elixir’ and from the remains of two small earthenware jars and a glass seal found during fieldwalking, Margaret Ware offers us ‘Poor Man’s Friend’ and a little wine from All Souls College.
Jack Howard Drake’s extracts from Reuben Rainbow’s diary show something of the hardships of a soldier from the Wychwoods serving in the Boer war.
Wendy Pearse has found fascinating information about those from Ascott killed in action in World War One, not only in a Flanders field but also in Mesopotamia and at sea.
And John Richards remembers his childhood in Upper Milton during the 1930s.
Trudy Yates, Joan Howard-Drake and Sue Jourdan
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