Two items of possible interest from the latest bulletin of the Oxfordshire Local History Association :
Victoria County History
New draft reports by the Victoria County History covering Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park have just been added to the VCH Oxfordshire website. These look at the core area of the royal forest between Fulbrook and Charlbury, which from the 11th to the 19th century provided a covert for the Crown’s deer, a source of timber, coppice-wood and other woodland products and, above all, a vital source of fuel and grazing for surrounding villages. Cornbury (now best known for the Wilderness summer music festival!) was an adjoining royal park throughout the middle ages, before acquiring its present grand house in the 17th century.
Berkshire Record Office
The Berkshire Record Office in Reading holds a good deal of material relating to places now in Oxfordshire but formerly in Berkshire. The archive includes a recently-acquired collection of deeds of clients of Messrs Hedges & Son, solicitors (1708-1951), which relate to properties in Abingdon, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Cholsey, South Moreton, Tilehurst and Wallingford.
This year marks the centenary of the death of Percy Manning, Oxfordshire collector and folklorist. The Bodleian Library holds Manning’s archive and there is a public display from the archive in the Weston Library from 18th February – 23rd April. Various other events are taking place across Oxfordshire this year.
For more information about Manning, the archive and other events, please see the Bodleian Libraries website The book about Manning referred to will be available in the Continuing Education Library shortly.
Bodleian Libraries have published a new online guide to the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera specially for local historians. The collection contains many fascinating items, including a large collection of trade cards which can now be searched for by place.
There’s also an opportunity to get involved in collecting ephemera for Oxford
Articles from Oxfordshire Local History, the journal of the Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) are now freely available online via a searchable index at http://www.olha.org.uk/?page_id=12. There are over 160 articles published in the journal from its inception in 1980 to the present day.
Links should become available on Oxford e-Journals and SOLO, but you can access articles directly from the website now.