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Eynsham History Group

Eynsham - a Chronicle by Pamela Richards is published under the aegis and with the support of the Eynsham History Group. It is on sale at £5.00 in various village outlets and at 6 Abbey Street.

The Eynsham History Group (founded 1959) exists primarily to encourage studies in, and to promote knowledge of the history of the village and parish of Eynsham, by means of regular meetings (normally at least ten), with invited speakers, during the winter and spring; and occasional outings in the summer.

Our meetings are held in St Leonard's Church Hall, Thames Street, normally on alternate Thursdays at starting at 7.30 pm. For programme details, click here.

We can offer research into local or family history of the village and parish of Eynsham based on:-

- transcriptions of the census returns 1841-1901:

- transcriptions of the Parish Records (baptisms and burials 1653-1900, marriages 1665-1900):

- monumental inscriptions in St Leonard's church and churchyard:

- The Eynsham Record; the annual journal of the Group since 1984:

- a large number of books, booklets, newsletters, etc.dealing with the village and its history.

We suggest a donation of £10 for up to one hour's research. Please make your cheque payable to "Eynsham History Group", make your request as succinct as possible, and send to Dr Brian Atkins, 8 Thornbury Road, Eynsham, Witney, Oxon OX29 4PW (or for enquiries only, e-mail or tel: 881 677).

Outings to places of interest are arranged during the year.

The current subscription for a full season (which begins with the first meeting in September) is £8 but a single meeting may be attended by payment of £1.50 at the door.

New members are always welcome.

Eynsham Abbey Heritage Walk

Abbey stones in Eynsham house wall.
St Leonards church & Church Street, around 1900
Acre End Street, around 1900
The Group contributes most of the historical content of the Eynsham Community Website.

The Group's annual publication, The Eynsham Record, normally appears at the AGM in March and is then available for sale in the village (e.g. the Library, Mill St; Evenlode DIY, The Country Gallery, 31A, Acre End St). The Record is currently being digitised for online viewing.

All back numbers (except nos. 2 & 3 which are out of print) are available from either Brian Atkins (Editor) 8 Thornbury Rd or Fred Bennett (Publications Manager) 68 Witney Rd. All at £1, except no.18 at £2.50. Also available is Bishop Eric Gordon's book Eynsham Abbey : A Small Window into a Large Room, Phillimore, 1990, at the reduced price of £10.

The Editor, Brian Atkins, 8 Thornbury Rd, Eynsham - 881 677 - e-mail invites contributions to future numbers of The Eynsham Record. These can take the form of articles, which can range from researched material to personal recollections, 'snippets' (i.e. page fillers), old posters, leaflets, advertisements; and especially old photographs for possible use in our regular 'Then & Now' series.

Our Chairman, Martin Harris, also seeks the loan of photographs/information for use in his series of books, The Changing Faces of Eynsham - e-mail .

The Group also runs the History Library.

Chairman: Mr M. Harris, 5 Deanfield Road, Botley
Vice-Chairman: Mr D.S.Richards, 6 Abbey St
Programme Secretary: Mrs D. Hockedy, 22 Clover Place
Outings Secretary: Rev Michael Farthing, 32 Falstaff Close
Treasurer: Miss C. Foster, 11 Newland Street
Editor: Dr F.B.Atkins, 8 Thornbury Rd
Publications Manager Mr F.S. Bennett, 68 Witney Rd
Librarian: Mrs P.Richards, 6 Abbey Street
Committee member: Mrs J.Buttrick 46 Evans Rd

Links to other History sites

A good collection of history links is at Schoolhistory - they've been collected by an enthusiastic history teacher and they're particularly aimed at schools - both teachers and pupils. But they're also useful for ordinary historians too.

The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock - interesting displays about the local area, plus excellent Internet-linked computers - all free.

The Web is indeed World-wide

"Eynsham History Group has gained much information and help as a result of the Eynsham Community Website. A wonderful lady from Australia (now in China), Jenny Eltham, contacted us about her husband's Eltham family who lived in Eynsham for a large part of the 19th century. She visited Eynsham yesterday and was given a guided tour of Hill House (Queen Street/High Street) and other parts of Eynsham including the Eltham Eynsham graves. We hope that this will lead to an article on the family for a future Eynsham Record." Martin Harris, Chairman