Ascott Martyrs update

After two years of discussion with the Parish Council, including a public consultation exercise, the Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust is at last close to providing more information on the village green at Ascott under Wychwood. A recent grant from the Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) ‘Caring for Cotswolds’ will allow metal plaques with the full story to be installed between the seats. It is hoped that this will be completed for an unveiling ceremony on Sunday June 30th.

Meanwhile the Trust, which has recently achieved Charity status, is producing a film for YouTube, with students from Brookes University and the Oxford Drama School using the recording of a specially written folk song by Mark Pidgeon, the founder of the Wychwood Folk Club.

On the research side, Ruskin College Oxford and the Trust have agreed in principle to work together and follow through the legacy effects of what appeared at the time to be just a local incident but in effect helped ‘change our world.’

Another longer-term ambition agreed is the establishment of a joint memorial (to include the Bliss Mill strike) outside the former Chipping Norton Court for the 150th anniversary of the event in 2023 as a celebration of ‘Defiant Women.’
More information is at or call 01993 831978

June-July 2019