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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

The Stagecoach

Private coach-and-four being turned outside Aldens Farm, London Road, east of Wheatley Bridge, Coronation Year, 1937. The top-hatted occupant seems to be en route to a formal social event. A public stagecoach like this ran the London to Oxford road through Wheatley for nearly two centuries until steam took over from the horse. It also … Continue reading

The Railway

‘There was only the train at one time, no buses, but by the 196os everyone had a car and there were plenty of buses. The train was losing money. Contributed by Phyllis Shepherd (née Washington, born 1907), December 1999 ‘My father, Arthur Bunce, was a platelayer, a linesman on the length between Tiddington and Horspath … Continue reading