Events and Excursions

Lincoln College Chapel

The remaining excursions for 2022 are open for booking .

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 access is not available at the time. The number of places for each outing is limited but we will keep a reserve list in case of cancellations.

We are not charging for the cost of the guides but, if there is cost for access into buildings, we will ask for payment in advance. Refreshments can be offered, the cost of these can be usually made on the day. Transport costs must be paid in advance and a PayPal option will be sent on confirmation of the booking.

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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: Postal enquiries should be sent to:

Michael Heaton, Excursions Secretary
48 High Street, Wheatley, Oxford, OX33 1XX

Disability Policy
Members with limited mobility must contact the Excursions Secretary, Michael Heaton (tel: 01865 425909 or email: 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.

Broughton Castle and Rousham House

Date: 30 June 2022
Time: 8.30am
Location: Broughton Castle and Rousham House
Cost: £57.00
No of Places: 28
Closing Date for Bookings: 23 June 2022

Bookings for this event are now closed

Broughton Castle is a medieval fortified manor house in the village of Broughton which is about two miles south-west of Banbury, Oxfordshire. It is the home of the Fiennes family, Barons Saye and Sele. The castle sits on an artificial island in pastureland and is surrounded by a wide moat.

Rousham House, continuously in the ownership of one family, was built circa 1635 and remodelled by William Kent in the 18th century in a free Gothic style. Further alterations were carried out in the 19th century. Guided tours are given by the owning family. Extensive garden and grounds.

£57 per person inclusive of coach transport from Oxford, coffee/tea on arrival at Broughton Castle plus quiche and salad lunch at the end of the visit there.

Wheatley Heritage Walk

Date: 30 July 2022
Time: 1.45pm
Leader: Michael Heaton
Location: Wheatley
Cost: Free
No of Places: 25
Closing Date for Bookings: 22 July 2022

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The Wheatley Heritage walk is being repeated for those who did not come on it last time
OAHS excursions organiser Michael Heaton has immersed himself in the history of Wheatley since moving here 4 years ago. Wheatley has an industrial background from its days of limestone quarrying from the 14th century supplying high quality stone for Windsor Castle and many of the Oxford colleges. This took Wheatley into the top echelon of Oxfordshire villages as shown in the survey of 1334. Evidence of these quarries remains. A few fine dressed stone buildings remain and there are many houses of lesser-quality rubble.

As well as having this outcrop, Wheatley also sat on two seams of Kimmeridge clay which resulted in brickworks in the village from 1742 to 1939. Wheatley High Street was also on the main road from London to Oxford via Shotover Plain, bringing considerable passing trade, until re-routed at the end of the 18th century. The influence of this historical past on the current village underlies this tour. The tour will end with tea at the Sun public house (payable on the day), one of three remaining pubs from 15 that have existed over time.

No transport provided. 280 and U1 buses from Oxford High will drop you near the starting point.

Chalgrove Manor and Church

Date: 20 August 2022
Time: 10.30am
Location: Chalgrove
Cost: £22.00
No of Places: 24
Closing Date for Bookings: 12 August 2022

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Limited to 24 people, £22 per head exclusive of lunch. Self drive

Chalgrove Manor: The Grade I listed manor house is early 15th-century and stands partly on the site of an earlier building, originally the de Plessis manor and manorial court-house. The great hall has a medieval oak screen on the ground floor, possibly from the 13th-century house. The house has a finely-detailed arch-braced collar roof and the carpentry is of exceptional quality and it may be that the carpenters were the same as those who built the Royal Palace at nearby Ewelme around the same time. The north wing has a medieval annexe and garderobe chute outlet. The rear extensions are early 16th century. The south wing parlour has 17th-century painted grained panels. The building sits close to the site of the Civil War battle of Chalgrove Field. which includes a photo.

Chalgrove Church: Dating from the 13th century, the church is thought to remain substantially as it was in 1500. Around 1320, the chancel was decorated with a series of wall paintings showing the Last Judgement and the medieval legend of the Assumption of Mary. These have been described as 'one of the most complete series in the country'. Limewashed over at the time of the Reformation, they were rediscovered in 1858 during renovation.

In between tours, lunch is available at either the Red Lion (01865 890625) or The Lamb (01865 890295), but you will need to make your own reservations. Or you can take a picnic and enjoy this on the recreation ground between the Red Lion and the church. There is a path through to the tower end of the church.