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Oxfordshire Past 2017 will be held on 17th June at the Barns Centre, Thame from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The event is now well established in the Oxfordshire calendar for all those interested in history and archaeology and has an extensive programme covering a range of talks from experts in their field. The O.A.H.S. AGM will be held during the lunch break.

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Honington Hall, near Shipston on Stour and Stanway House, a Jacobean Manor House near Winchcombe.

Honington Hall is a Caroline manor house built in the early 1680s in mellow red brick with stone quoins decorated with carved busts and with tall chimneys; the perfect model for a dolls' house. The interior was lavishly remodelled in 1740s and includes good plasterwork and an octagonal salon. The owner, Benjamin Wiggin, will personally show us around his home. There are no refreshments available.

En route to Stanway House we will call at The Pheasant Inn, Toddington, where, if pre-ordered on the Booking Form, a sandwich lunch with tea/coffee will be available for an optional price of £6.00. There will be no other opportunities for lunch there, but the adjoining Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Café might cater for you, but bear in mind this will be high season!

Stanway House is an outstandingly beautiful example of a Jacobean manor house, owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years, then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss who still live there. We have a private tour of the house, its fascinating furniture, the jewel-like Gatehouse, the 300 foot high fountain, the church and 14th-century Tithe Barn, the 18th-century water-garden, and the specimen trees and avenues. Also included in our visit is the Estate watermill, powered by a 24ft diameter waterwheel, and producing wholemeal and sifted flour from wheat grown on Stanway Estate.

Date and time

Thursday 11th May

Coach Pick up St Giles at 8.45 am, Water Eaton Park & Ride 9.00 am.

Return Water Eaton 6.15 pm, St Giles c 6.00 pm

Book by April 27th.

Cost £38.50

Booking

We ask members to book excursions using the website. Simply press the Book button at the bottom of the page, fill in the details asked and book. Payment may be made by Paypal or by cheque to the address below.

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
John Hine
Excursions Secretary
Canal Lodge
Shipton on Cherwell
Kidlington
OX5 1JL


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