All the outings are guided walks within public open space with, in a few cases, access into a church or other public building, and this element may have to be omitted if the rules do not allow it. Outings will be limited to 20 people. The walks are being led by past and present members of the OAHS Committee, who are not charging for their time. For access into buildings, if allowed, we may ask for a donation on the day and also, if refreshments can be offered, the cost of these will also be payable on the day.
When we are able to confirm that the guided walk will take place, we will email all OAHS members for whom we have email addresses to notify you that registration is open on this website, with no costs incurred at this stage. After the first 25 people have booked, the list will be automatically closed, with the last five being held in reserve.
If you need to cancel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation and joining details will be sent by email
Please watch for announcements on the website, and make sure that we have your email address - you can check the details we hold for you by logging in
. There will not be a paper booking form this year.
If you have any queries please contact the Excursion Secretary: email@example.com
. Postal enquiries should be sent to:
Michael Heaton, Excursions Secretary
48 High Street, Wheatley, Oxford, OX33 1XX
Members with limited mobility must contact the Excursions Secretary, Michael Heaton (tel: 01865 425909 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
) before booking an excursion 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.
Middleton Stoney Excursion
Middleton Stoney is a village of surprises. Our tour will start by the ruined castle and deserted village in Middleton Park. The castle, long thought to be a motte and bailey, is in fact a tower keep, destroyed on the orders of King John in 1216. On the same site excavations have revealed a Romano-British farmstead and a late Saxon enclosure. We move on to All Saints parish church, adjacent to the castle earthworks (donation requested). Although subject to the usual Victorian restoration, the church retains two Norman doorways and other early medieval features. The striking stark mausoleum dedicated to the Jersey family underlines the impact the family had on the village in the 19th century.
We then will walk to Middleton Park House (exterior only), a large luxurious mansion (1935-8), built for the 9th Earl of Jersey and designed by Edwin Lutyens and his son Robert, in French chateau style. The house replaced an earlier Georgian building on the same site,and lies within a former medieval deer park. We retrace our steps to the church and then onto the model village, created by Lady Jersey (c.1820-30).
A tea option is being investigated.