History Society Report – May 2013

As we go to press the members are looking forward to an illustrated talk by Richard Smith entitled ‘Oxford Eccentricity’  : How madly and badly the City and University have behaved over the last 900 years.


‘this month’

On  Monday the 17th June 2013 in the Methodist Church at 7:45pm the Society, maintaining the cultural theme, will have an illustrated talk by James Bond entitled ‘Monastic Estates and Land Exploitation in the Middle Ages in the Thames Valley’

The first meeting after our Summer Break sees the return of Thea Young, the Visitor Manager from Sulgrave Manor, who on Monday the 16th September 2013 at 7:45pm in the Methodist Church will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘Cousins in War’ intriguingly subtitled The Priest, The Farmer and The Soldier.


Mary RoseLater in the month on Thursday the 26th September 2013 members and friends will be making their ninth annual away day trip, this year to Portsmouth and its Historic Dockyard. Conveniently the new Mary Rose Museum costing £35 million is opening at the end  May.

The Museum is a giant ’air lock’ and time capsule around the preserved hull of the Mary Rose, finally reuniting the ship with the 19,000 artefacts raised over the years from the wreck site.

Shopping group note, right next door to the attractions of the Historic Dockyard is the excellent Gunwharf Quays with its 95 Designer Shopping Outlets and 30 restaurants and cafes.

To book a seat on the bus please contact the Treasurer, Doreen Horseman on 01865-730321.

Members – Coach only –  £13  *with entry to the Dockyard Attractions – Seniors £30 Adults £32

Non-Members – Coach – £15  *with entry to the Dockyard Attractions – Seniors £32 Adults £34

For those who would like read more about history of the village the History Society has produced 15 Local History Publications which can be purchased at a cost of £3.00 each or 2 for £5.00.

Collection as follows :- Railways in Kennington – Sandford Weir Memorial The Tandem

Kennington Story and History of the Street Names – Lest We Forget (the War Memorial)

St Swithun’s Church – The Ownership of Land and Property in Kennington until 1913

Kennington Memorial Field – The Kennington Home Guard – Kennington Medical Care

Oxfordshire Air Raids – The Manor House and Farm  – Evacuees Tell Their Stories

The History of Bagley Wood and The History of St Swithun’s School

If you would like to purchase any of these titles please contact the Chairman on 01865-739208

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