Malcolm Airs, OBE.
OAHS Vice-President and former President Malcolm Airs was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours recently for his services to the historic environment, conservation and education. All those who know him or have heard him speak will surely feel it was well deserved.
The OAHS journal Oxoniensia is now available online. All but the most recent five volumes are freely available under a Creative Commons licence; the most recent volumes are available to subscribers.
Chastleton House, Moreton in Marsh. (NT)
In the morning we visit a rare gem of a Jacobean country house, built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power.
Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time.
With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting. National Trust volunteers will guide us around the house before it opens to the public.
There is no shop or tea room, but light refreshments, included in the entry fee, will be provided by a local charity in the adjoining church.
Ablington Manor, Bibury
In the afternoon we drive to Ablington Manor in the beautiful village of Bibury, one of those ancient, hidden-away manors that, after the dissolution of the monasteries, gained status in the time of the Tudors as the seat of a prosperous trader.
One John Coxwell, who had made his money in the burgeoning wool trade, built the present house in about 1590. It underwent various alterations in succeeding centuries, but the appealing, multi-gabled house still sits in a place of great natural beauty, seemingly little altered by the passing of time. It was for a time the home of J. Arthur Gibbs, author of 'A Cotswold Village', one of the first books to popularise the Cotswolds in the late C19 and early C20.
Robert Cooper, the present owner, bought the manor in 1975 and he and his wife, Prudence, developed the garden with imagination and careful planting. Robert has arranged a tour of the most interesting parts of the house, and will provide us with tea and cakes, included in the entry fee, in his excellent landscaped gardens.
Thursday May 16th
Entry Fee NT Members: £42.00 pp
Pick up: St Giles 8.45am, Water Eaton P&R 9.00 am
Return: Water Eaton P&R 6.00 pm, St Giles 6.15 pm
Book by 25th April
Maximum Numbers: 25
Online booking for 2019 excursions will open shortly
We ask members to book excursions using the website. Payment may be made by cheque to the address below. You may use a paper booking form if you prefer - download here.
Cancellations will be accepted up to the time of the Book by date, and refunds made, subject to a £5.00 administration fee per booking being deducted. No refunds will be made after the Book by date. Members can edit other details of their bookings on the website up to the 'book by' date. Members wishing to cancel, or experiencing any difficulties booking should contact
If you wish to use your own transport, the full cost of the excursion will still have to be made, but let us know if this is the case as car parking is limited at the Private House venues.
Please don't contact the individual guides about booking issues. Use the email just given.
Fuller details will be sent by email to participants a week before the excursion.
Postal enquiries and cheque paymnents should be sent to
Shipton on Cherwell
Members with limited mobility must contact the Events Secretary, John Hine, Tel: 01865 841698, before booking an event, to discuss whether special access arrangements can be made to buildings or locations. The Society will do its best to accommodate special needs, but reserves the right to refuse access to its events where, in the judgement of the Committee, the safety of an individual or of other participants is put at risk.
Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society is a registered charity, registration number 259055.