Did you know that … ?

  • The Beaconsfield Hall in Shipton was originally on the opposite side of the main road – its original nameplate is set into the gateway of the present building – and it was named in honour of the Earl of Beaconsfield, a title given to Benjamin Disraeli, the British prime minister between 1874 and 1880.
  • A yellow terracycle bin is outside Milton village hall and at Pike House on Station Road – opposite the turning down to the station. Take your clean crisp packets, biscuits, sweets, snacks, chocolate wrappers and bread bags to be recycled. Please do not bring any other waste. 
  • On the road before Swinbrook, at the very sharp double bend, the cottages are all named ‘Hit or Miss’; no guesses for why that should be.
  • In 1914, poet Edward Thomas took a rail journey that stopped briefly at Adlestrop station, prompting him to write the poem simply entitled Adlestrop.  While the station has gone, the prominent station sign, together with an original GWR bench, can be seen in a purpose-built shelter on the edge of the village.
  • The Hearing link in the New Beaconsfield Hall has been serviced and is now working properly. If you have problems hearing please tell Lee or a committee member so that we can check for problems.
  • Hydro electricity is sometimes thought to be a purely modern way of generating electricity but up until the 1960s, power was created by this method on the Windrush at Asthall Manor.  Today, a small scheme, using an Archimedes Screw, is used to provide power from the Thames in Oxford.
  • The international firm of JCB is known throughout the world, but far fewer people know that the scion of the Bamford family, Lord Bamford – hence the B in JCB, lives close by at Daylesford House, up the hill from the Daylesford farm shop that is run by his wife.
  • It was back in December 2019 that the wall around Shipton Court collapsed, blocking the main road for a considerable time.  A large chunk of it remains in its derelict state. Surely someone, somewhere, could do something about it before it disappears for ever into the vegetation?
  • Shipton used to have its own youth hostel.  It did not last long, just from 1933-1939, and it is now a residential dwelling situated off Down’s Farm Lane, behind the chicken farm on the main Burford road.
  • While birdlife is common in the Wychwoods, the only birds that ever sit on the telegraph wires outside the Wychwood Inn are pigeons; why?
  • When storm Eunice battered the country on Friday 18 February, the maximum wind speed reached 61 mph.  Apparently the expected speed up on the hill between here and Burford was likely to be at least 10 mph higher than this.
  • Elsewhere in this magazine you can read of tree planting organised by Milton parish council but not everyone knows that all the trees along New Road, a road that has provided an attractive circular walk during Covid, were planted 70 years ago by,  among others, Ruby Mix and her friends in the Guides; happy memories.

April – May 2022