Wednesday, 23 June 2021

THE society resumed its winter programme of talks in September with an entertaining look at “Eccentric London” by Alan Copeland.

In October Alastair Lack talked about “Oxfordshire country houses”, starting with Rousham, which was built before the Civil War and rebuilt in 1735.

Its gardens, designed by William Kent, have escaped alteration. The Dormer family have lived at the house for many generations.

Then it was on to Blenheim Palace, conceived in 1705 by Sir John Vanbrugh and surrounded by landscaped parkland created by Lancelot “Capability” Brown.

The palace was made a World Heritage Site in 1987.

Chastleton House is a gem of a Jacobean country house while Ashdown House, built for Elizabeth of Bohemia, is now owned by the National Trust.

These are just a few of the historic and spectacular houses to be found in Oxfordshire.

Our next meeting will be at Goring Heath parish hall on November 17 at 8pm (coffee and biscuits at 7.30pm).

Henley historian Elizabeth Hazeldine will talk about “The murderess Mary Bland — innocent dupe or a cold-blooded poisoner?”

For more information about the society, please call 0118 984 3260.

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