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‘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

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


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’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

The Most Difficult Village

SAMUEL WILBERFORCE, the bishop of Oxford from 1845 to 1869, described Wheatley as “the most difficult village” in his diocese. One hundred and fifty years ago, it was a place beset with social problems which in our day we might more commonly associate with an inner city. The inhabitants of the village at this time … Continue reading