Radley History Club
Radley History Club is based in the village of Radley just north of Abingdon on the River Thames in Oxfordshire. Latest news  

The Club meets once a month (apart from August) with either a speaker, tour or another activity. Meetings with a speaker are held in the hall at Radley Church of England Primary School, Church Road, Radley, on the second Monday of each month. Doors open at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Details of the programme for 2016-2017

Next meeting
Monday 10 October at 7.30 pm in Radley Primary School Hall, OX14 3QF
Richard Dudding – The Civil War and Radley Church
All are welcome, with an entrance fee of £2.50 for non members.  

New members and guests are always welcome. The annual subscription is £12 (£6 after 1 March). The guest fee is £2.50 (guest fees are refundable if you subsequently become a member during the Club year). How to join

The Club's aims are to:

  • study the history of Radley and the surrounding area
  • pursue any historical activity that the members may desire from time to time.

The Club has an ever expanding collection of archives – photographs, maps, documents, pamphlets and wills. It is also building up a library of oral history – audio recordings of interviews with older residents telling their memories.

Radley History Club publications include The History of Radley and The History of Radley CE Primary School. As a Millennium project, the Club produced an illustrated map highlighting Radley's historic buildings and features (see right). Current and past projects

Radley postcards -available from Radley Village Shop

  • Buildings around Radley (Memorial Arch at Radley College, Radley Vicarage, Lower Farm House, Spinney's Cottage)
  • Thrupp Lake, Radley
  • School pond, Radley
  • St James the Great, Radley
  • a reproduction of the Millennium Map

Series of psotcards of Radley by Radley History Club



The Story of a Village Church

Exhibition and launch of new book

Saturday 1 October: 10.30 am to 5 pm
Sunday 2 October: 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Peal of bells: Saturday at 10.15 am and Sunday at 1.15 pm
Official opening: Saturday at 11 am by Pam McKellen

Radley Church, Church Road, Radley, Oxfordshire

Front cover of 'The Story of a Village Church: St James the Great, Radley' published by Radley History Club

Entry free
Refreshments by Radley WI
Floral displays
Children's trail

The exhibition and book are about the building, its interior, the graveyards, clergy who have served Radley Church over the centuries, the role the laity play today, and a flavour of how the Church has given and received money over the years.

The book, to be launched the exhibition, consists of a series of essays by members of Radley History Club, edited by Joyce Huddleston. Price: £12 More about the book

Radley Church is on the corner of Church Road and Kennington Road. Parking is available on Church Road or in the car park next to Radley Primary School (set your satnav to OX14 3QF)

Most recent books
Early Modern Radley: People, Land and Buildings 1547-1768 - the story of the emergence and disappearance of Radley’s yeoman farmers. The book gives a detailed picture of the village over two centuries, based on the author's analysis of records, estate surveys and evidence from surviving buildings.

The Changing Boundaries of Radley and Sunningwell Parishes - the authors draw on their studies of old maps and documents to describe the evolution over the centuries of the bounds of these two neighbouring villages.

Radley People & the Railway 1843-2013 - the story of Radley and its railway, including the much-loved but now defunct branch line to Abingdon (The Bunk).

Other books

To order a Radley History Club book, email publications@radleyhistoryclub.org.uk

Also on sale in Radley Village Shop

Exhibition reports

Radley People & the Railway Exhibition - November 2013

Radley Farming & Families Exhibition - July 2011


History of Radley School Exhibition - July 2008

Tenth Anniversary Exhibition - May 2007


Millennium map by Radley History Club

Map © Radley History Club