- Joan Rein Remembers
- Milton Church
- Roman Activity at Swinbrook
- Shipton and the Church Courts
- One of Yesterday’s Heroes – Albert Oliver
- The People of the Wychwoods 1881
- Tripping the Light Fantastic Toe: Traditional Dance Musicians of Finstock
- The Society’s Publications by Keith Chandler
Introduction to The Wychwoods Local History Society Journal No 20
This is our twentieth journal and over the years we have covered many varied and interesting subjects and mentioned a large number of people by name. The time has come when, to make this information more readily available, it needed indexing and the Society owes Joan and Jack Howard-Drake a huge debt of gratitude for taking on the task.
The Index is now available in the same format as the journals and is free to members at meetings or from the treasurer. Several of us have already found it very useful, and are constantly surprised by the achievement the journals represent, all started by Jack Howard-Drake.
Our nineteenth journal was unusual for the Society in that it dealt with one subject – Shipton Court. This year we revert to our familiar format.
The memories of Joan Rein add to the story of the Thomson family in the Court.
Roman finds at South Lawn and Swinbrook show early settlement locally. Oxfordshire Church Courts take us into the world of ordinary people and their problems in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
In autumn 2004 Milton celebrated the 150th anniversary of the building of St Simon and St Jude Church.
Staying in the 19th century the article using census returns gives a snapshot of family groups over the night of the 3rd to 4th April 1881.
Another side of life in that century and beyond is featured in an article on musicians in West Oxfordshire. It shows lighter moments that could be enjoyed by country dwellers.
We come back to harsh reality in the twentieth century with the story of a local farmer, Albert Oliver, in World War 1.
We are always pleased to publish articles by members and others that cover their local history interests; so let us have your contributions.
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