- Reginald Tiddy
- The Thomsons and the Walkers of Shipton Court
- James Baggs and his Little Black Book
- The Manor Courts of Ascott D’Oilly
- Kelcot House
- Gossip in Lyneham
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Introduction to The Wychwoods Local History Society Journal No 21
As we write this, WLHS is celebrating its 25th anniversary. We are justly proud in being a thriving Society with many achievements to our name not least the volumes of Wychwood History of which this is the 21st. The articles in this volume again cover a wide range of periods and people in the Wychwood villages.
Reginald Tiddy who lived in Ascott was very much a man of his time, the beginning of the 20th century. A man of great sensibility and, though physically unsuited, he felt it his duty to enlist to fight in the First World War. He died on the Somme aged 36 years.
There is also an article of a much earlier period in Ascott based on a court book covering 16 years in the later part of the sixteen century.
In 2003 Wychwoods History 19 was devoted to a number of articles about Shipton Court. An article, based on correspondence and oral history, continues with more information of one of the Court owners, Graeme Thomson and his groom, William Walker.
At the same period in quite different circumstances, Gordon Carpenter was born in a two-up and twodown cottage in Frog Lane, Milton where he grew up with his nine brothers and sisters. An article based on oral history records Gordon and his wife Jean’s lives.
Two articles record a builder and a building in the centre of Shipton both written by the present owners of the properties concerned. In 1865 James Baggs built himself a house but left his little black notebook under the attic floorboards giving a glimpse of his work and accounts. The owner of Kelcot in Church Street was intrigued enough by the quirkiness of the exterior to want to find out more.
And we also have a good bit of gossip from Lyneham in the seventeenth century when the inhabitants were exercised by the alleged defamation of Dorothy Collett by Henry Hyatt.
As always we are pleased to receive articles for inclusion in future editions of Wychwoods History.
Sue Jourdan, Joan Howard-Drake and Trudy Yates
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