Friday, 18 June 2021

Key ceremony marks 350 years of town hall history

LORD Camoys of Stonor was presented with a ceremonial key bought from eBay to mark the 350th anniversary of Watlington town hall.

The hall was built by Thomas Stonor of Stonor in 1664 and has served as a market hall, a school from 1664 to 1874, a court and a meeting room.

At a special reception earlier this month Lord Camoys, the 12th generation descendant of Thomas Stonor, was presented with the imitation by parish clerk Kristina Tynan to commemorate the gift of the building to the community.

He was delighted to receive the key, which will be exhibited at Stonor Park.

Tim Horton, the hall’s chairman of trustees, said: “Lord Camoys and his family will always be welcome at the hall. I said to him ‘we have to confess it’s not the original key used to open the town hall in 1664 but a good imitation’.”

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