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Hanney History Group

2015-16 Programme


The programme for Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016 is described below. We meet at 8pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month from September to April in the Old Hanney Room of the Hanney War Memorial Hall. Visitors are always very welcome.

  • November 24th:
    The coming of the railway to Oxford - Liz Woolley

    The social, political and technological impact of the railway's arrival in town is described and examined. The changes that resulted in Oxford were considerable and the opposition to the railway was based on a wide variety of prejudices, not least its effect on students' moral welfare. LIz is a tutor at the Department for Continuing Education - Oxford University.

  • December 15th - Christmas Social and Quiz.

  • January 26th:
    Four Generations at Fair Mile - Ian Wheeler
    An appreciation of one of the mid-1800s 'pauper lunatic asylums', seen in the context of four generations of the speaker's family who worked there. Ian is the author ofFair Mile Hospital: a Victorian Asylum.

  • February 23rd:
    Drove Roads in Oxfordshire and beyond - Tim Healey
    A history of the drove roads, their routes and traditions and the impact they had on landscape and society. Tim is a well-known local and national broadcaster, author and musician.

  • March 22nd:
    The History of Oxford's Covered Market - Malcolm Graham
    The Covered Market opened in 1773 to replace traditional street markets. The talk looks at the history of the buildings, the businesses that have flourished, and at the challenges the market has faced. Malcolm was until recently the librarian at the Oxfordshire Local Studies Library and has published extensively on Oxfordshire topics.

  • April 26th:
    The East Oxford Archaeology Project - Jane Harrison
    A review of a project that has transformed the knowledge of an 'unfashionable' part of Oxford. Jane Harrison is an archaeologist at Oxford University and has led the East Oxford Project.

  • May - July
    The summer visits programme is currently being planned. In 2015 we visited Stamford in the Vale archaeological sites, the architecture of Victorian North Oxford and the great houses of Sutton Courtenay. The 2016 programme will be on similar lines and will also occur on the 4th Tuesdays whenever possible.

  • Hanney Archaeology Project
    We are currently also running an archaeology project to investigate the history of the Hanneys and to try to clarify what is myth and what was the real development path of the two villages. This will involve geophysics, test pits, documentary research and mapping among many aspects of the project. Anyone is welcome to become involved, regardless of their level of experience. The project will run for all the period of the programme and beyond.

Contact Us
For further details on any of the above items please contact Bill Orson on 01235 868859.

Local Links

Useful links to other web sites in and around The Hanneys.


Public transport

Stagecoach, Thames Travel and RH Buses operate a regular services to and from East Hanney, destinations include; Abingdon, Chilton, Marcham, Wantage, Grove, Cumnor, Oxford, Didcot and Milton Park.



Parish councils for Easn & West Hanney and links to regional government


Local area

A local map detailing the streets and house names in the two villages.

Local map

Telling Tales

Telling Tales is a book by Angela Cousins about the recollections of the villagers of East and West Hanney.