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Club publishes new book

The launch of RADLEY MANOR AND VILLAGE: a thousand year story took place on Saturday 30th November at The Mansion, Radley College. The Mansion (pictured on the book's front cover) was built by the Stonhouse family in the 1720s as their manor house. Over 100 people came to the launch where they were able to buy copies of the book, view displays and enjoy refreshments provided by Radley Women’s Institute.

The book takes us through the changing role of Radley Manor and its influence on the village, from around the time of the Norman Conquest to the present day. It was researched and written as a collaboration between Radley History Club and Radley College’s archivist. More details

Price: £15 plus p/p – available to buy online or at Radley Village Shop

Front cover of book 'Radley Manor and Village: a thousand year story' by Radley History Club

New meeting venue
Radley History Club is moving its regular monthly meetings from Radley Primary School to the Church of St James the Great. Both are on Church Road in Radley (OX14 3QF) and share the same car park. The first meeting in the new venue is on Monday 9th October at 7.30pm.

Details of the 2019-2020 programme

Radley History Club's meetings will now be at St James the Great, Radley

175th Anniversary of Didcot to Radley railway line – 15 June 2019
There were events at all five stations along the line to celebrate the event - with the excitement and added bonus of two steam engines (Clun Castle and Flying Scotsman) passing through on excursions.

The celebrations at Radley began with the unveiling of a permanent board with a timeline of the history of Radley Station on the railings at Radley Station (on platform 1 for trains to Oxford and beyond). Radley history Club is very grateful for the grants from Greening Lamborn Trust, Radley Village Shop, Radley Parish Council, Radley History Club and GWR to cover the cost of the board.

Events then moved to the garden of the Bowyer Arms where there was:

  • A display of railway pictures and artefacts by Radley History Club, Friends of Radley Station and former railwayman and Radley resident Vic Gackowski, and the reminiscences of Harold Gasson, a former GWR fireman
  • Storytellers Polly Mountain and Ed Blagrove in costume relating tales about Radley and the railway line
  • Display of work by children from Radley Primary School about the railway
  • Copies of ‘Radley People and the Railway 1843-2013’ and other Club books for sale

More details and photos of the celebrations

Polly Mountain and Nicholas Lawrence in costume at the celebrations at Radley Station on 15 June 2019 to mark the 175th anniversary of the Didcot to Oxford railway line
Presentation of new list of vicars to Radley Church – 18 February 2018
Before the 11am service on Sunday 18th February, Club chairman Richard Dudding presented the Revd Rob Glenny with a framed list of the known incumbents of St James the Great from the middle of the 16th century to the present day. The new list replaces one that has hung near the church door since it was presented to the Church by the Club in October 2005. The replacement list adds some new names and corrects some minor errors found during research for the Club’s book, The Story of a Village Church: St James the Great, Radley published in October 2016. The book contains details about all the names on the list bar the last one, that of Rob Glenny who was appointed after the book’s publication.

The new list is in memory of Stanley Baker, the Club’s long-serving archivist who did much research into Radley vicars and was a committed attender at the Church. The Club is very pleased to have been able to use a bequest from Stan towards the cost of the replacement list.

Presentation of new list of vicars to Radley Church
Revamp of archive catalogue - September 2017
To make it easier for users to find material of interest to them, the Club's archive catalogue is now presented in 17 subject categories rather than being listed according to the type (map, book, document, photo, etc.). There is also a separate listing by surname and date of the Club's extensive collection of transcriptions by the late Stanley Baker of the wills of Radley people from the 16th to 19th centuries. A list of the the Club's holdings of issues of various journals, including back issues of the Radley News and its predecessors, is also available. About the archives


Club celebrates its 20th birthday: May 1997 to May 2017
Before the main meeting on 8 May 2017, some 55 members and guests enjoyed a glass of bubbly and a piece of specially commissioned birthday cake to celebrate 20 years of Radley History Club. Details

Read about 20 years of Radley History Club

20th birthday cake
In memoriam: in the first four months of 2017, Radley History Club sadly lost three long-standing and loyal members. Read about the contribution of David Buckle MBE to public life, the contribution of Robert Sephton to local history, and an appreciation of the work of Stanley Baker, who was the Club's archivist for many years.  

Exhibition and launch of the Club's new book about Radley Church
Saturday 1 October: 10.30 am to 5 pm and Sunday 2 October: 1.30 pm to 5 pm
Radley Church, Church Road, Radley
Report about the exhibition

Details of the new book St James the Great, Radley: The Story of a Village Church

Carefully researched and recorded by various members of Radley History Club, the book tells us about the building itself, the church history which influenced it, and the people who were involved in it, right up to the present day. Price: £12 plus p/p – available to buy online or at Radley Village Shop

Front cover of St James the Great, Radley: The Story of a Village Church
News archive  
Club visit to Radley Church - August 2016  
Book: Robert Acton Blandy – Miner, Leader, Legend by Rob Belk  
Radley Fete, July 2014
Club launches two new books, May 2014    
Exhibition: Radley People & the Railway 1843-2013, 2 and 3 November 2013  
Club publishes new bookFaith and Heraldry: The Stained Glass in the Church of St James the Great, Radley
Exhibition: Radley Farming & Families 1600-2011, 16 and 17 July 2011  
Book: Turbulent Times in the Car Industry by Club member, David Buckle MBE  
Book: Gone for a Soldier: Radley Service Men 1885-1920, by David Mawhinney  
Kennington Literary Festival, April 2010  


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