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.
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. There will not be a paper booking form this year.
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. 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: email@example.com
) 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.
Rollright Stones Saturday 25 September at 2pm led by George Lambrick
The Rollright Stones is an ancient site located on the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire border in England. The complex consists of three main elements, The King's Men stone circle is a circle of some 70 stones dating back to 2500 BC. The King Stone is most likely to have been erected around 1500 BC as a permanent memorial to the burial ground. The Whispering Knights, some 5,000 years old, is a 'portal dolmen' burial chamber that consists of four upright stones and a large fallen capstone.
Date: 16 October 2021
Goring Saturday 16 October at 2pm, led by
Simon Townley (VCH)
Lecturer: Simon Townley
Closing Date for Bookings: 08 October 2021
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This tour of the riverside village of Goring, on the edge of the Chilterns, will begin at the spacious 12th-century church, which in the Middle Ages had an attached Augustinian priory, and which sits within a large enclosure which may mark the precincts of a small late Anglo-Saxon minster. The village itself contains an attractive mix of brick, stone, and partly timber-framed buildings, some of them reflecting 18th- and 19th-century expansion particularly after the arrival of the railway, which also saw increased use of the river for pleasure. The tour will take in the waterfront (with views of the gorge-like Goring Gap) and buildings along the two main streets, including several Nonconformist chapels.
Middleton Stoney Excursion
Date: 23 October 2021
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.
Lecturer: Trevor Rowley
Location: Middleton Stoney
Closing Date for Bookings: 15 October 2021
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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.