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Longworth & District History Society
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Longworth & District History Society's Programme ~ 2020

Visitors: Find a map of meeting hall. here.

NB Tickets [T] are usually required for all outings as numbers are strictly limited. If you reserve a ticket but find you cannot attend, please inform Pam so this can be offered to others. Queries: Pam: 01865-820500.

Our Monthly Meetings

Monthly talks 2020

A series of regular monthly talks given by our guest speakers, lecturers, historians, authors and others who regularly appear in our programme to share their insights with us take place at the Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, Draycott Road, Southmoor. During the Spring and Summer we hold outings usually with an historical theme.

Meetings are on the third Monday of each month (except August) at 7:30pm.We endeavour to cover as many local topics as possible, together with other subjects of interest to local historians.

Entry to meetings are included in the annual membership subscription of £10 for 12 meetings. Non-members are very welcome – entrance is £3.00

All talks take place in Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, on the third Thursday of the month. Timed for 7.15 for 7.30 start.

Please see our news and articles in the latest Longworth Rose magazine available at meetings. Our ever popular Book stall and Library are available at our hall meetings for purchase and browsing/borrowing.

OLHA All members of local history societies and groups that are members of Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA ) are themselves members of OLHA automatically, and their e-bulletin is for everyone. Study days are held twice a year (see below). Please visit

Thursday 16th January

Paul Whitton:

"History of Hinton Waldrist Church"

Paul will show how the village was changed by the Norman French between the years 1066 to 1400 and how Hinton Waldrist gained its name.

Thursday 20th February

Clive Stayt:

"Introducing Combe Mill"

From 1086 when it was recorded in the Domesday Book, to 1766, Combe Mill was owned by the Duke of Marlborough of the Bleinheim Estate.

A Grade II* listed building, Combe Mill is a working industrial museum that tells the story of Victorian and Edwardian life working to maintain the estates of Blenheim Palace. The old sawmill machinery is powered by either steam or water power and the blacksmith's forge is still in use. Set in a picturesque setting on the River Evenlode this Mill is one of West Oxfordshire's hidden gems.

Thursday 21st March

Mark Davis:  Meeting cancelled

"Daniel Harris: Oxford Castle Gaoler Extraordinaire"

A tale of the governor of the county prison at Oxford Castle from 1786 to 1809. Mark Davies has given us many interesting talks in the past, and we look forward to hearing from him again .

Thursday 16th April

Hana Whitton: Meeting Cancelled

"Ashdown House and the Winter Queen"

You may well have heard of the English princess who became Queen of Bohemia for just one winter, but did you know that it was a Bohemian queen who persuaded Richard II not to burn down London in a fit of rage? Or at least, so the story goes.

Saturday 16th May  Meeting Cancelled

OLHA Study Day  

OLHA study days take place annually in the spring and autumn. Each focuses on a particular aspect of Oxfordshire’s history, with two or three illustrated talks in the morning and a guided walk, tour or exhibition in the afternoon. Study days are open to anyone and the cost is around £10-14 per person.

The next study day will be on Saturday 16 May 2020. Further details and booking will be sent to members nearer the time.

Thursday 21st May

Mike Heaney

"600 Years of Morris Dancing"

Mike is an acknowledged authority on Morris dancing and is a musician for the Eynsham Morris Dancers. There are broadly 3 types of Morris Dancing – Cotswolds/South Midlands – distinguished by complex steps, slow capers and distinct tunes and dances; Welsh Borders/Midlands – distinguished by raucous behaviour, sticks, blacking up and simple steps; North West – distinguished by clog-wearing, slings, steps and kicks and processional movements.

Thursday 18th June

Heritage Walk and Afternoon Tea at Hampstead Norreys

Meet there at 1.15pm and we will discover the history of this ancient village from Domesday to WW2. Walk mainly over flat hard surfaces and back to the Church for tea at around 4pm.
Wednesday 15th July

Visit to Combe Mill

Experience the sounds and smells of a working mill where social history comes alive.
Combe Mill is a historic sawmill adjacent to the River Evenlode and close to Combe railway station, between the villages of Combe and Long Hanborough in Oxfordshire, England. A Grade II* listed building, it was restored in the early 1970s.

We will meet there at 10.30am for a 2 hour visit and there is a café where people can buy a light snack. There are disabled toilets and a lift to upper floors of the museum..
August - No Meetings in August

Thursday 17th September

Visit to Wychwood Brewery in Witney

Further details to come.
Thursday 15th October

Liz Woolley

"Victorian and Edwardian Industrial Buildings of Oxford”

…home to the thriftless, careless, lazy, ne’er-do-well sort…"

In the late Victorian and Edwardian times Oxford’s population grew rapidly and buildings associated with public utilities appeared throughout the city, a surprising number of which still survive.

Thursday 12th November

Julie Ann Godson

“Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire: selected tales of toffs in trouble”

Julie Ann has been to speak to us before and we always enjoy her accounts of Oxfordshire tales.

Thursday 10th December

Our Christmas Feast 

Our entertainment to be provided by

Martin Syrot-Smith: “A Tudor Christmas”

Former Director of Sulgrave Manor, Martin will appear in Tudor costume and entertain us to a Tudor Christmas. (Fancy dress optional!)

Please arrive at 6.45 for 7.00pm. A welcome complimentary glass of "Cingestun Punch" on arrival. As usual the bar will be open for the evening.

T This will be a ticketed event.