Bringing our wagon back to life

Our wagon is a fine example of a South Midlands Spindle Sided Bow Wagon. It was made by Longs of Aston around 1880 and spent a busy working life in the area before falling into disuse in the 1950s.  Originally made for Mr. Lomas, a butcher of Burford, it was later acquired by Miss Elsie …

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Charlbury’s Fire Brigade

Have you ever thought about how fires were tackled before the Fire Service existed? There was a large fire at a farm in Bull Lane in the 1870s. A double line of people, mainly women and children, formed from the nearest pump and buckets of water were passed hand to hand along one line to …

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A short history of glovemaking in Charlbury

By the middle of the 18th century, West Oxfordshire had become one of the three most important centres of glovemaking in England. Long before this, women known as gloveresses had done hand-sewn work in the villages bordering Wychwood Forest, whose herds of deer provided the leather.  This tradition formed the basis for West Oxfordshire’s reputation …

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