June 2017 | Banbury Museum

June 2017

Summer Outings

(June Newsletter from Deborah Hayter)

Members much enjoyed an excellent outing and tour of the Bod, and we still have two summer outings to go;  there are still places available for both.

Guided Visit to Historic Warwick 10.30 am Saturday June 10th  (led  by Graham Sutherland, A Blue Badge Guide.)
Meet at the Cape Road Car Park (free at weekends) at 10.30 am.
Cost:   £5 per person for the tour with an additional £2 for admission to St Mary’s Church, both  payable on the day.     Members may bring guests.
Places are limited to 20 so please book with  David Pym on davidpym@lineone.net 

Kenilworth Elizabethan Gardens tour  2pm Thursday 6th July
The magnificent castle of Kenilworth was associated with Kings for much of its history – and most famously with Elizabeth 1 who granted it to her favourite, the Earl of Leicester. After it fell into ruins, Sir Walter Scott’s romance Kenilworth made it famous again.
Our summer outing gives you the opportunity to see many evocative sights including the Elizabethan gardens where the Queen was wooed by the Earl. Our afternoon starts with a private tour of the gardens which was resurrected thanks to a remarkable eyewitness account by a man who sneaked in one day while the queen was hunting. His description was used to reconstruct the garden.
Our guide will explain the inspiration behind this project and  the search for Tudor plants, flowers and birds.
The 45 minute tour starts at 2pm and afterwards you can explore the castle including John of Gaunt’s Great Hall, one of the finest of its kind, and enjoy tea in the historic Tudor Stables Tearoom.
The cost of £12 includes entrance as well as the tour while for English Heritage members where entrance is free £3 for the tour.
There are 30 places – please book with Susan Walker on banhistsoc@outlook.com


Our final event of this season is the Annual General Meeting which will take place onTuesday  11th July 2017 at 5.30pm in the church of St Peter and St Paul, Swalcliffe, (by kind permission of the rector) followed by refreshments in Swalcliffe Barn.

Swalcliffe church is one of Oxfordshire’s oldest.  There are only a few architectural clues to its Saxon origins inside but it was a Saxon ‘minster’ at the centre of a large ‘parochia’ and it continued to have a very large parish into modern times.  The huge tithe barn is one of the best in the county and dates from c.1400.

Directions:  Swalcliffe is on the B4035 Banbury to Shipston-on-Stour road.  The church is in the middle of the village – you can’t miss it. NB there are 17 steps up to the church.  Parking is difficult near the church but the tithe barn is 150 yards further up the road and has plenty of parking so we suggest you park there and walk back down. 

I have been given information about a number of other events which might interest you.  The first is BBALH’s flagship event – Local History Day 2017 – which takes place on Saturday 3rd June in London. 
The keynote speaker will be the distinguished historian, Professor Chris Dyer, whose theme will be ‘Local societies on the move: migration and social mobility in the middle ages’. Other speakers include Professor Geoff Timmins and Dr Alan Crosby  on ‘Housing and local history: research agendas and practical issues’. 
For more information and to book your place online please click here. Alternatively, you can send your booking via post using the booking form which can be found on the supplement page in the January and April 2017 editions of the Local History News. Please accompany this with a cheque for the booking fee. 
If you require any further information please contact our administration team at: admin@balh.org.uk or 01625664524.

Oxfordshire Past 2017 will be held on 17th June at The Barns Centre in Thame, from 10 am to 4pm. The cost of £7 includes tea/coffee, but not lunch. Further details are available at: http://oxfordshirepast.org/

The OAHS AGM will be held during the lunch interval. There is no charge to attend this meeting.  To book please visit the website or send a cheque to  Jill Hind, 99 Wellington Street, Thame, OX9 3BW

I had a message from Martin Fiennes at Broughton Castle:  
‘We have been doing a bit of sorting out in the barracks (attic) at the Castle over the winter. I thought it would be fun to show the Castle Open Day guides and stewards a selection of the various things. Nothing dramatic, just things of domestic & family interest. We will put them all out on tables in the Great Hall and Dining Room. We have most of the guides and stewards signed up for it, approx. 40 people – 5pm on Wednesday May 31st, but I think we could take another 20 people. So if you or your immediate family or anyone you know in Broughton or in the Banbury Historical Society might be interested in coming please let Sarah Brennan sarah@broughtoncastle.com know. I’m afraid I’m going to draw the line at 20, so it is the first 20 to rsvp to Sarah’

 I had this a few days ago so it may already be too late, but go for it if you would like to.

A message from Andrew McHugh as he thought members might be interested in a talk on Friday 2nd June by Sir Charles Pollard: 


Sir Charles Pollard, former Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police will be delivering a talk on his ’40 Momentous Years that changed the UK’. Many of you may know Sir Charles Pollard from his time as Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police and as a Cherwell resident.  The content of this talk is, in no small measure, the political history of the UK from 1965 – 2005. Many of us have lived through these momentous years. Those who haven’t are still experiencing the reverberations.

            Venue                    Tudor Hall School
            Date                       Friday 2nd June 2017
            Timings                  19:00 for Pimms or Sparkling Elderflower Cordial
            Talk to start            19:45

Sir Charles will be hosting a drinks reception at Tudor Hall School after the talk. Tickets for the talk and reception are £20.00 each and tickets for the talk only are £10.00. Tickets can be ordered via the Rotary Club of Banbury website by clicking on this link  Click here to order tickets or by contacting me direct.

Peter McCallum, a volunteer at Canons Ashby would like to invite interested members of the Banbury Historical Society to a free event being held at Moreton Pinkney Village Hall on 22 June 2017 (7.00 – 9.00pm).  This is all about new research carried out at Canons Ashby.  I have attached the flyer. The talk is in two parts.  

  • New findings regarding the identities and common denominator behind the 35 Coats of Arms displayed in the room  
  • A new insight into the 17 symbols / emblems which hitherto have been classed as “non-heraldic”.

Guest speaker is Michael Trapp, professor of Greek Literature and Thought at Kings College London.

I have also received information about lots of events taking place at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum – far too many to list so I have attached the information which you can access if you would like to.

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather.  With best wishes, Deborah Hayter