John H

John H has written 22 posts for Wheatley Village History

‘They Were a Wall’ – free download

The book ‘They Were a Wall – Wheatley in a World at War 1914-19’ is now available as a pdf file for free download – click ‘They Were a Wall’ book. If you’d like a printed copy for £4.99 plus postage please visit or email the Wheatley Village Archive – see Contact page Contributed by:  WW1 … Continue reading

The Holton Park Archive

Kevin Heritage of Wheatley Park School has created an excellent website chronicling the history of the Holton Park Estate, now the site of Wheatley Park School.  It covers eras from Roman and Saxon times to the present day, and contains many fascinating documents and images. Of particular interest are two videos, of which part 2 features a … Continue reading

WORLD WAR 1 Commemoration November 2014

Book Launch & Exhibition Friday 14 November at 7.30 pm in the Merry Bells: Public meeting and launch of the book They Were a Wall: Wheatley in a World at War 1914-19. Speakers: John Fox, Judith Ormston and John Prest.  Copies for sale @ £4.99. Free entry, refreshments provided – wine, tea and coffee. Saturday 15 … Continue reading

‘They Were a Wall – Wheatley in a World at War 1914-19’

The Wheatley Branch of the Royal British Legion suggested a book to mark Wheatley 1914-19 and the Wheatley Society joined in.  A village team led by Bill Jackson, researched and composed the book in 2013-14. ‘They Were a Wall’ appears in November, its title the Bible quotation topping the village Service Roll, 1919.  The Heritage … Continue reading

Recollections of Wheatley – GWR, by Robert Avery

The following is a transcription of an original typed manuscript dated 19/8/74 by Robert Avery, a former schoolmaster at Magdalen College School and resident of Wheatley.  It is a set of recollections of the village railway, and includes mention of some of the station personnel and war time workings.  Robert was born in 1934 and … Continue reading

Reginald Stamp, Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars

The following notes are abridged from draft text for the forthcoming publication “They were a Wall – Wheatley in a World at War 1914-19” Reginald Weller Stamp, born in Wheatley in 1884, son of Charles Frederick Stamp, grocer, born in Cheltenham, and Sarah Anne Harriet née Weller, born in Woodstock.  The family were living on … Continue reading

Founding of the Wheatley Society

Transcript of the address by founder member Mark Bannister at the AGM of the Wheatley Society on 7 Feb 2014 – the 40th anniversary year: I’ve been asked to recall the founding of the Wheatley Society. Before me, I see many faces that were there at the time. Where there are faces, there are memories. … Continue reading


Some 36 Wheatley men died and some 146 more fought and survived in the 1914-1918 War. You can find the names of all of them by clicking the link Wheatley Men WW1 The WHEATLEY GREAT WAR CENTENARY PROJECT plans to commemorate the sacrifices they made – in a booklet and an exhibition, as well as … Continue reading

Wheatley Hospitality (3)

Hostelries, Hospitals, and Hotels all offer shelter.  The Good Samaritan took the injured man to an inn.  During the Civil War, 1642-6, The Bell and other inns nursed and buried casualties at parish expense.  When the King reinforced bridge defences, Wheatley homes and inns quartered soldiers for a quartermaster’s billet (chitty), redeemable after victory.  During World War II an … Continue reading

Wheatley Hospitality (2)

The George and Crown were our oldest inns.  The King and Queen (the William and Mary sign of 1980 now shows Charles and Henrietta) and the White Hart were close behind.  Mail was delivered and collected at the White Hart, 1650-1750, before the Crown took over, 1750-1860.  Railways and telegraph wires on poles replaced mail … Continue reading