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A Vanished Past Vol.1 – Who Has Contributed, Who’s Missing ?

A Vanished Past, Horley Oxfordshire a glimpse of ­­the village and people. Vol.1Horley Clare Marchant Vol 1

The photograph on the front cover of Horley from the Wroxton Hill is by Clare Marchant

Contents

  • Introduction [ featured in a separate post ] and Contributors
  • A map of Horley in relation to Banbury and other north Oxfordshire villages
  • Change [ featured in a separate post ]
  • People in alphabetical family surname order:  Allington to Meadows

The Contributors

People have been very generous with their photographs – taking time to search them out from lofts, boxes and cupboards – often bringing back happy times, but also difficult or tragic times and half-forgotten events. Not everyone would have chosen to share these records of their lives. For me it put together parts of a jigsaw about a way of life that no longer exists, and puts flesh on the ghosts of my memories.

I have a long list of people to thank: You will see that I give many people a formal title – which is because that was how they were known in the 1940s-1960s – first names were only used between very close friends – usually those that had been to school together.

The late – Mrs Gladys Barcock,  Honor (Morgan) Berry,  Mrs Florrie Dunwoody, Miss Joan Pearson, Mr Robert Pearson, Mrs Mary (Astell) Riley, Mr Eric Turner

A – Edward Allington, Eileen (Barcock) Alexander

B – Carol (Dunwoody) Baker, Alice (Saunders) Bowmaker for allowing free range of John Saunders’ photographs, Maureen (Eeles) Banks, Ann (Saunders) Barrett, Roy Bayliss, Mrs Kathleen Betteridge for information and photographs of the Maybury family, Mrs Harry Bishop, Jane (Tustian) Blake of Hanwell, Christopher Blythe and Richard Blythe, Betty (Hirons) Burns and her daughter Marolyn Burns.

C – Mary (Bayliss) Callow, Gwenda Cliff (for information about the Roylance family), Charles Cozens, Eleanor Cozens,

D – Barry Dunwoody

G – Reg and Elizabeth Green, William Griffin for material about the Bagnall family, William Gunn

H – Stanley and Wendy Hamer, Peter Hart of Hornton, Pat (Shawyer) Hassan-Jan, Doreen (Green) Hemmings, Victor and Joy Hillman, Shân (Morgan) Hoy, Mrs Dorothy Humphris for material about the Viggers and Hamer family

J – Mary (Hemmings) Jarvis, Alison (Jelfs) Intravia, Hazel (Jelfs) Collaby, Martyn Jelfs, Jane (Kay) Jones,

K – Channy Kennard for material about the Maul family, Anthony Meadows, Stephen Oliver for material about the Howe and Oliver family

P – Mike Patching, Hugh and Anna Pearson, John Plumbe for Allington photographs, Monica (Simmonds) Powell, Anthony Pratt

R – Rose (Kettle) Rawlings, Joan Robinson

S – Mrs Barbara Standish, Brian Standish, Mrs Stanley, David Stanley, Roger Sumner,

T- Daphne (Bullock) Thomas, Linda (Rose) Twistleton, Christine Upton for material about Horley Children’s Home

V – Phillipa (Varney) Walker, Timothy Varney

Other sources

  • Mrs Audrey Turner custodian of the two Womens Institute Scrapbooks of 1965 and 1985
  • The Trustees of the Michael Hardinge Trust, for some of the school photographs
  • Clive Wrench and the Horley Cricket Club
  • Daniel Batchelor for permission to use photographs of the Hornton Quarries
  • David Seccull for permission to use photographs from Wroxton, The Village and its People in Photographs. 1993. Out of print.
  • Richard Milward for permission to use Richard R Jones’ watercolour of Horley.
  • The Oxfordshire County Council
  • The Banbury Museum
  • The Rector of the Ironstone Benefices and Horley PCC

Who is missing?

There are people for whom I have been unable to trace any photographic record: William and Sarah Saul, the Misses Barrett, Dorothy Varney and her mother Laura, May Cripps and others from Horley Home, Mrs West, Edwin Walden, Mr and Mrs Percy Matthews and their son Billy, Mrs Lizzie and Miss Bessie Chapman of Park House, the Baillies of The Manor, Mr William Astell of Bramshill Park Farm, Mr and Mrs Partridge of Brook Cottage, the Misses Godson of Horley Cottage, Mr Tom Allington, The Clarks and their son Paul, Mr William and Mrs Hicks Snr, Mrs Campbell of the Firs, Mr and Mrs Turner, and others who peopled our life between 1941 and 1965.

If you have a photograph of any of them, or know someone who may, please let me know. My email address is at the front of this book. ( marchantclare@hotmail.com )

On the other hand there has been a huge treasure trove of photographs of people that might otherwise have remained ghostly images in the mind: including one of Mrs Herbert, another of Mrs Edwin Walden, and one of Fanny Walden, all strong characters in our childhood, who seemed to come from a different age.

I am grateful that my sisters Shân and Honor allowed me to plunder their earlier writing about Horley life which they had written for their children. I was lucky to have ready access to Honor’s quite remarkable and detailed memory. She was deeply interested in this volume about people, and I grieve that she died just before its completion. I owe a debt to my parents, Glyn and Elma Morgan, Horley’s Vicar and his wife during the period of this book. I hope something of their affection for Horley and its people emerges and that I reveal something of the active part they played in village life.

It is only now I fully understand why writers always thank their partners for their contribution. Harold has been exceptionally patient and tolerant: papers have covered the floors and tables, meals have been forgotten, of my alternating fury and despair when a computer virus destroyed material (thank you to everyone who went up into their lofts again) and things have been neglected or forgotten. He must now consider he knows as much about Horley and Horley people as anyone who lived there. He has checked what I have written, offered insights and made helpful comments. Thank you Harold for supporting this absorbing and time-consuming work.

Clare Marchant, June 2015

Clare MarchantThe is an extract from A Vanished Past Volume 1, each Volume is £15 +P&P  or you can buy both for £33 incl. p&p.

They are available directly from Clare , Shaftesbury House, 15 Circus Street, Greenwich, London SE10 8SN or marchantclare@hotmail or call on 020 8858 8529. Cheques payable to Clare Marchant.

Clare Marchant was born in Horley Vicarage, Oxfordshire in 1941 and spent her formative years there until 1965. She now lives in Greenwich, London

First published in 2015. All rights reserved. The rights of Clare Marchant to be identified as author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of © Clare Marchant.  Copyright for each image rests with the contributor.

A Vanished Past – What’s in the Volumes?

A Vanished Past; Horley Families, Homes and Gardens

Life as lived in a North Oxfordshire village in the mid-twentieth century is depicted with skill and honesty, and illustrated by absorbingly interesting photographs. The residents give remarkably honest insights into their lives – their successes, joys and sadness over time.

These were the last days of an agricultural village. It is a story about the structure of village life, and its changes over several decades, seen through the eyes of the residents, drawn together by a sensitive author and illustrated by 500 or so amateur and professional photographs.

The first and second volume in this series concentrate on people;

Horley Clare Marchant Vol 1Volume 1 (in print)

  • Introduction and Contributors
  • A map of Horley in relation to Banbury and other north Oxfordshire villages
  • Change
  • People in alphabetical family surname order:  Allington to Meadows

Horley Clare Marchant Vol 2

  • Volume 2 (in print)
  • People in alphabetical family surname order: Morgan to Yates
  • People of Lane Close
  • Homes & Gardens
  • Our animals
  • Getting about
  • Water and sewage
  • Services: post, papers, deliveries, mobile library, police and the  shop

Volume 3 will be about Work and Leisure.   Volume 4 will include chapters on the School, Chapel, Church and Wartime as well as memorable views of the village and countryside:

  • Leisure: including walks, wheels, swimming, Brownies, clubs, May Days, Coronation Day 1953, fêtes, cricket and football, hunting, the Banbury Fair and fireworks
  • Farming
  • The Ironstone
  • Women and work
  • Working from home
  • The School
  • The Church and Vicarage
  • The Methodist Chapel
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Men who were called up
  • National Service
  • The Home Guard
  • Wartime in Horley
  • Our environment – village and countryside

Clare Marchant, June 2015

Clare MarchantThese table of contents are extract from volumes of A Vanished Past, each Volume is £15 +P&P  or you can buy both Volumes 1 & 2 for £33 incl. p&p.

They are available directly from Clare , Shaftesbury House, 15 Circus Street, Greenwich, London SE10 8SN or marchantclare@hotmail or call on 020 8858 8529. Cheques payable to Clare Marchant.

Clare Marchant was born in Horley Vicarage, Oxfordshire in 1941 and spent her formative years there until 1965. She now lives in Greenwich, London

First published in 2015. All rights reserved. The rights of Clare Marchant to be identified as author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of © Clare Marchant.  Copyright for each image rests with the contributor.

We Are A Digital Year Old – August 2015

The  Horley Views went digital with its first post  “And There Was A Secret Horley Fest” on 17th August 2014. Actually it was a repost of a blog that Carlie Lee wrote a year earlier about Horley Fest. Since then we have put up over 150 posts on the home page newsfeed (blog) and created 61 pages about Horley on the website. Most of the content has been provided by our villagers who organise the many groups and activities. THANK YOU for your efforts; you are the backbone of our small but perfectly formed community.

We Brits are not big on that “praise thang” however everyone that Di and I have spoken to about thehorleyviews.com have said that they really enjoy reading it. We also know that over 80 of you that follow via email and wordpress, as well as just over 200 on Facebook and Twitter. Some of you have told me they have book marked us as a favourite and check in regularly.

One of the reasons social media is so brilliant is that we can instantly see if the content is being looked at. There are stats for the number of views, visitors, whether they come direct or via another media. We can create graphs such this one below showing by country the 10, 500 views that, 9,500 as you would expect are in the UK.  We can be pretty sure on who is viewing in the US, France, Bahrain and those down under but who knew our little corner of North Oxfordshire was so global!THV global readership

Another aspect of social media that helps is the fact that we instantly share the posts with our twitter feed (@horleyviews) and Facebook page (horley.views). We also follow with other Horley groups such as the Horley Cricket Club site, or on facebook Horley Playgroup , these and many Other Links, Local Villages and Gastropubs as seen in the right column, be sure to scroll down.

We have a rising star in out midst as Judy has not only found fame on our website and Facebook pages but now even has her own twitter hashtag …. #SelfieWithJudy

4th July selfy with JudyJudy and Jackselfiewith judyposty selfie with Judy

 

 

 

What started out as an online news feed for Horley Views Magazine has become a website for all our activities and where Horley Parish Council can openly share its information. We are also really pleased to be able to share some of our Pub’s successes and events – Dave and Natasha are really at the heart this village. But our boundaries don’t stop at the 30mph sign – we also have close ties with our neighbours especially Hornton and Hanwell, and families and friends who live there and nearby.

So what’s in store for our second digital year???

Well it’s up to you; it’s your resource and you can share whatever you would like, in whatever format. We would love to get more people involved and support any ideas you may have. You don’t have to understand the technology you just need to be passionate about something and want to share it.

It could be anything about Horley Life,  or something you are involved that would be of interest.  How about a living memory history of Horley? Photo Album? Country life and farming? A history group like Hornton?  Or a guess the baby photo competition , yes that right  I still have them from a village fete years ago! Let us know, Di & Deb …………….


  

 

 

What’s on – 1st June

Our Summer Fete is on the Saturday after next (13th June) and the “ladies of guild” will be coming around the village to collect for donations. So go on have a cleansing sort out of your cupboards and places you store stuff for any raffle prizes, bottles and food for the tombola, plants,  and bric-a-brac.

Meanwhile back to this coming week we have the following in our calendar : playgroup, brownies, zumba, (NO YOGA), cricket nets and match, cinema, bingo, bell ringing and at Hanfest a two day art exhibition and evening concert….. and all in our little corner of North Oxfordshire

wc 1.6.15


HanFest – 6 & 7 June 2015

hanfestOxfordshire’s newest art, music & cultural festival – HanFest is taking place on Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 June 2015 – St Peter’s Church Hanwell home of the first HanFest

Want to get involved in HanFest?

A two day Art Exhibition and Concert in Hanwell, North Oxfordshire, like to be a part of it and get involved please email : HanFestOXON@gmail.com

We are now accepting applications for artists to exhibit work at this year’s HanFest! For an information pack and a copy of the application form please email HanFestOXON@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/HanFestOXON/timeline

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