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Feb
26
Wed
Historical Society: Richard Dudding ‘The Deserted Settlements of Radley’
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society: Richard Dudding ‘The Deserted Settlements of Radley’

Members free, visitors £3

Richard Dudding will talk on: ‘The Deserted Settlements of Radley. National Causes and a Local Case Study

Richard Dudding read history at Cambridge (supervised by a youthful Simon Schama), after which he worked in central government and then Oxfordshire County Council. The move to Oxfordshire brought his family to their current home, a cruck house in Radley, which helped to rekindle his interest in history.

He currently chairs the Radley History Club, one of the most active in the area. He has written Early Modern Radley, people land and buildings 1547-1768 (2014) and was the lead author of Radley Manor and Village, a thousand year story (2019).

Looking ahead:

  • 25th March, Keith Parry will talk on ‘Thames Bridges between Reading and Oxford’
  • 19th May, guided tour of the Fairmile Hospital site at Cholsey, led by Ian Wheeler. Meet by the Great Hall at 2 p.m., suggest car share and donation of £3 per person. More information from Sue Popham

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.

Mar
25
Wed
Historical Society: Keith Parry ‘Thames Bridges between Reading and Oxford’
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm

Keith Parry will talk on: An A to W of Bridges, from Abingdon to Wallingford

Bridges across the Thames have an important role in the river’s history. Some, notably Abingdon and Wallingford, are very old, built initially to support the wool industry: they were the only stone structures across the river between Oxford and London Bridge until the middle of the eighteenth century. An early bridge at Shillingford is more speculative and could be one of the very few bridges across the Thames that ceased operation for several centuries. It was rebuilt, along with those at Clifton Hampden and Sutton Courtenay, as part of the road transport revolution late in the eighteenth century.

Keith Parry, after thirty year’s research experience in the agrochemical industry, ‘retired’ to develop his interest in history, gaining a Diploma and then an MSc in English Local History at Oxford University. As a voluntary researcher for the Maidenhead Heritage Centre, he worked with the Stanley Spencer Gallery on the history of beer and malt manufacture in Cookham, based on the remaining buildings and the paintings and writings of Stanley Spencer. This research was published as ‘Stanley Spencer and the Cowls of Cookham’, Berkshire Old and New 2019, pp.16-33. As well as lecturing at Oxford, Keith wrote on ‘Parliamentary Enclosure in Oxfordshire’ for The Historical Atlas of Oxfordshire, building on his MSc dissertation: ‘The Defence of Cookham Commons from 1800 to 1850’. Current research includes the history and maintenance of early wooden bridges over the river Thames, an article on Marlow’s Wooden Bridge 1180 to 1820 is forthcoming in Construction History. Keith is also Treasurer and Trustee of The Historic Towns Trust; an atlas of Oxford will be published later this year.

Looking ahead:

  • 22nd April: Liz Woolley on ‘Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford’.
  • 19th May, guided tour of the Fairmile Hospital site at Cholsey, led by Ian Wheeler. Meet by the Great Hall at 2 p.m., suggest car share and donation of £3 per person. More information from Sue Popham.
  • June, date tba: summer outing to Hughenden Manor.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.

Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

Apr
22
Wed
Historical Society: iz Woolley ‘Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford’
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
May
27
Wed
Historical Society: Pam Manix ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
Sep
23
Wed
Historical Society: Kate Tiller ‘Village Lives: contrasting communities and histories’
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm
Oct
28
Wed
Historical Society: Geoffrey Tyack ‘The Architecture of Georgian Oxford’
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm
Nov
25
Wed
Historical Society: Denise Line ‘A Dorchester Christmas Past’
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm
Dec
23
Wed
Historical Society
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Jan
27
Wed
Historical Society
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Feb
24
Wed
Historical Society
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

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