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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

‘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

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

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

Wheatley Hospitality (1)

Travellers depended on Wheatley for shelter, hospitality and fresh horses. It was a ‘service station’ for two main roads and it has a memory of 20 inn names.  The London to Oxford road passed over Shotover (Old Road), replaced by a new road in the 1700s along the present A40 valley. The London to Worcester road … Continue reading

Wheatley’s Crimea Veteran – Richard Summers

[Richard Summers lost a leg as a 23 year-old soldier in 1854. He married a Wheatley girl, they raised a family, and he ran a sweetshop on the High Street until his death in 1905.] On 13 September 1854, newly trained, Summers disembarked with 2nd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, onto the Crimean coast of Russia. … Continue reading

Memories of Wheatley – December 1999

History is the overlap of memories. Richard Dumbelow of Wheatley, born in 1477 during the Wars of the Roses, lived for over a century, well into the reign of Elizabeth Tudor; as he died, Sybell Pangbourne was born in Holton in 1583 and lived to well over a hundred, until 1699. Some villagers greeting the … Continue reading

Wheatley’s Early Days

Reprinted from Wheatley Records, 956—1956, by agreement with the Oxfordshire Record Society. The earliest settlement at Wheatley was originally on the high, downlike ground to the south of the present village, and Roman dwellings and Saxon burials have been found on both sides of Coombe wood. The memory of the upland settlement lingered until Elizabeth … Continue reading