Know your Wychwoods (ii)

1. Who is the longest serving member of staff at Milton Co-op?
Answer

Cilla

2. How is the American soul singer, P.P. Arnold, linked to our area?
Answer

She lived for several years in Milton, almost next to Prew’s garage

3. Who was the international film star who died in January 2017, and who lived in Ascott?
Answer

Sir John Hurt, lived almost next to the Swan

4. What is the name of the road that goes from the Ascott turn in Shipton up to the five ways junction?
Answer

Mutton Lane

5. When did the New Beaconsfield Hall open?
Answer

1998

6. In which year was Milton’s Baptist chapel built?
Answer

1837

7. Who is, by folklore, buried at the crossroads where the Shipton-Leafield road meets the Charlbury road?
Answer

A member of the Judd family was apparently being carried along the Charlbury road to be buried when a sudden snow storm halted the carriage so Judd was buried at the crossroads

8. Who is the coordinator of the Wychwood Day Centre?
Answer

Katherine Gidman

9. In which year was Groves founded?
Answer

1660

10. Which tragedy is commemorated at the memorial on Shipton Green?
Answer

In 1874, the ‘Cospatrick’, a migrant ship carrying people, many from Shipton, to a fresh life in New Zealand, caught fire, killing many on board; their names are on the memorial

11. Shipton’s churchyard is noted for its snowdrops in spring; which spring flowers carpet Milton’s churchyard?
Answer

Primroses

12. Where will you find Gas Lane in Shipton?
Answer

Just below Ivy’s flower shop in Shipton

13. At what time is the post collected in Shipton on weekdays?
Answer

4.30pm

14. The Batt C.E. School is in Witney, but what is its connection with Milton?
Answer

Two members of the Batt family, Charlie Batt and his wife, lived in ‘Sunrise House’ in Milton’s Jubilee Lane

15. Milton used to have a traditional ironmonger’s shop until about 25 years ago but where was it?
Answer

Almost next door to the library

16. Why is there a bull’s head sculpted above Harman’s Court in Milton?
Answer

Harman’s Court was the site of Harman’s, the butchers

17. How many defibrillators are there in Milton?
Answer

Six, but do you know where they all are?

18. Burford church has several organists; two of them live in Shipton. Can you name them?
Answer

Edwin Wilson and Phil Ormiston

19. Shipton used to have several tillyards employing many workers but what was a tillyard?
Answer

Cash tills for shops

20. Who was the editor of the Wychwood Magazine before Christine Halliday?
Answer

Rosemary Salter

October – November 2017