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.
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.
Nether Winchendon House, a Tudor/Gothick Manor near Thame and Chenies Manor House, a fortified manor, near Chorleywood
Nether Winchendon House is a unique Strawberry Hill Gothick mediaeval Manor House situated in a valley at the foot of the Chilterns. It has passed by family descent for over 450 years and remains a family home to this day. Sir Scrope Bernard, Bart, redesigned the mediaeval and Tudor exterior and clad the original timber-framed house in stone and then encased it in stucco in the Strawberry Hill Gothick style. The Grand Portico on the West Front was also added at this time. Tudor chimneys curl majestically above, next to an elegant cupola. The house is now lived in by Robert and Georgianna Spencer Bernard and their family. One of the family members will give us a private guided tour of the house.
In the afternoon: Chenies Manor House. Before the private guided tour of the house, a pre-ordered sandwich lunch with tea/coffee/soft drinks, if requested on the Booking Form at an optional £8.00 per head, is available, but there is a tea room where cakes can be purchased separately. The semi-fortified brick manor house, which forms the core of the present day structure, was built by Sir John Cheyne in approximately 1460. In the centre of the main house, there is an unusual spiral staircase where the handrail has been carved into the brick. The house includes a medieval well, a dungeon and a reputed priest hole. Nickolaus described it as “beautifully mellow under the trees by the church, and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle.”
The surrounding estate includes formal gardens, an extensive physic garden and two mazes. Just outside the gates is the 15th and 16th century parish church of St Michael, together with the private Bedford Chapel.
Date and time
Tuesday, September 19th
Coach Pick up St Giles at 9.00 am, Thornhill Park & Ride 9.15 am
Return Thornhill c 6.00pm, St Giles c 6.15 pm
Book by August 29th.
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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.
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