Tags: History Society
Monday 22nd October: 7.30pm in All Saints Church. Our speaker is Anne Langley – who will tell the story of Joseph Ashby of Tysoe and his Victorian Warwickshire. Joseph was an agricultural trade unionist, who travelled round Warwickshire in the 1890s observing 'the real life lived by the labouring poor in the villages of Warwickshire'. Visitors are always welcome (admission £3).
Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 15:18 by Will Smith
Monday 26th June - The Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry on the Somme. Our speaker is Mr Stephen Barker, a museum professional having worked closely with the Soldiers Of Oxfordshire Museum and Banbury Museum.
7.30pm in the village library - Members Free (annual membership 12.00), visitors always welcome 3.00.
Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:38 by Will Smith
Unfortunately the speaker booked for Monday's meeting has had to cancel due to family illness.
We are extremely lucky that Denise had managed to pull out all the stops and the subject of the talk will be Tooley's Boatyard and the Oxford Canal by Matthew Armitage. The oldest working dry dock on the Inland Waterways has been in continuous use since 1790. Many of you may have visited the boatyard during... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:13 by Will Smith
History Society - Lunacy and the Victorian Asylum. Monday 23rd October. 7.30pm. in the Library.
Patients were treated for 'mania, melancholia, and general paralysis of the insane,' forced into a head brace or held up by Police Officers; or sitting down with their eyes rolled back in their heads. These are the harrowing facts of mental illness in the Victorian era. As always, visitors are very welcome... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:44 by Will Smith
The History Society invite you to join them for a special meeting on the proposed Walnut Tree Field Dig at 7.30pm in the Library on Monday, 31 July. The dig team will present the prospects for the late September archaeological dig in Walnut Tree Field, north of the village, in relation to previous evidence from the area. The dig will explore field markings in an area where Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 29 Jul 2017 21:26 by Will Smith
24th July, 7.30pm in the village library: 'Middleton Cheney: A Constabulary's Notebook.' Tales from an original Middleton WW2 Notebook, naming a number of local specials and all the nefarious stuff of the village as well as random sticks of bombs being dropped! (Speaker - Graham Bandy). We will also show the village archive collection of photos of the Police Station and Magistrates Court before it... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:11 by Will Smith
Thank you to the organisers of the Church Strawberry Fayre on Sunday, it was a pleasure to join you with our display of the origins of many of Middleton's street names together with the photographic record of 'then and now.' We were encouraged by the great interest shown in our village history from the early 1900s to the present day and are extremely lucky to have amassed such a vast archive due to... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:55 by Will Smith
Monday 22nd May. Members are invited to a special meeting (change of venue but usual time, 7.30pm). Visitor entry on this occasion is limited and you will need to pre-book by phoning Denise on 711962.
We will be meeting at SPRINGFIELD HOUSE (known to some of you as 'The Tanyard'), which is located at the bottom of Glovers Lane. Lynn and Paul Taylor have kindly invited us to visit their home where they... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 21 May 2017 16:01 by Will Smith
JOSEPH ROGERS (PRIVATE)Enlisted 22nd June 1916; Service No. 737085
Age on Enlistment – 36 years and 7 monthsOccupation – Engineer
Father: Not known; Mother: Rebecca Rogers
Address - Joseph was born Middleton Cheney (29th November 1879), living with Thomas Boyles (Head of Household) in Phipps Cottages, Lower Middleton Cheney. His mother, daughter of Sarah and Samuel Rogers was 35 years old... Read More »
Posted: Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:22 by Will Smith
World War Two Sailor, Ernest Smith. For some years we have been trying to trace a sailor listed on the village war shrine and on the memorial in All Saints Church. The search was hampered by the fact that his surname was Smith and he was believed to be a foster child/orphan. The village has no known historical records from WW2 relating to the names that were inscribed just after the war although we... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:10 by Will Smith