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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

‘A Country fit for Heroes to live in’ – Prime Minister Lloyd George, 1918

New homes rewarded the returning soldiers of 1919 when local authorities became major landlords, with subsidies and powers to compel land purchase.  Wheatley’s housing stock rose by 30% (100 homes) in the 1920s, half of them the Wheatley Urban District Council black-and-white faced ‘Tudorbethans’ on the new London Rd [‘The Cut’] and The Avenue.  The … 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

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


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

Keep Calm and Carry On

‘Keep Calm and …’  Talking of shelters, at least one air raid shelter survives in Wheatley, and an incendiary bomb (now defused) which fell near the river.  Bulllngdon ARP recorded 51 air raids in 1940-45, including 240 HEx, 9 phosphor and 280 Incendiaries dropped, and a machine gun attack.  Two were killed and 10 injured.  … Continue reading