Front cover of 'Radley Manor and Village: a thounsand year story'

Radley Manor and Village: a thousand year story

by Richard Dudding with Joyce Huddleston, Clare Sargent and Christine Wootton
Published November 2019
ISBN 978-0-95686325-6-8
192 pages
£15.00 plus £3.00 p/p for UK delivery (total £18.00)

The book was researched and written as a collaboration between Radley History Club and Radley College’s archivist. It tells the history of Radley’s manor and its relationship with the village from around the time of the Norman Conquest to the present day. It explores the changing role of the manor, the people who held it, how they lived and the power they exercised, as well as how the lives of ordinary villagers were affected by the manor.

Each chapter, divided mainly by time period, starts by describing relevant national events, enabling the reader to understand the local story as part of the bigger picture. The book also traces the themes which arise over the full thousand years, such as the impact of landownership. The changing fortunes of Radley’s landowners and tenants are described in depth – with some colourful characters adding drama to the story!

The illustrations and maps help to guide the reader through the story. A glossary, footnotes, tables and family trees help ensure that terms and relationships are explained and that the story is rooted firmly in evidence. Eighteen of the book’s 44 maps and images are in colour.

The book should be of interest both to local people and those researching wider manorial history.

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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Early Origins: Abingdon Abbey, c. 1050-1500
Chapter 3 Transition: From the Abbey to the Stonhouses, 1500-1560
Chapter 4 The High Period, 1560-1795: The Stonhouse Family
Chapter 5 The High Period, 1560-1795: Buildings and Grounds
Chapter 6 The High Period, 1560-1795: The Lord and his Village
Chapter 7 The Manor in Decline, 1795-1914
Chapter 8 Epilogue: 1914-2019
Annex A The Two ‘Radley Parks’
Annex B Evidence from Probate Inventories 1540-1700
Annex C Stonhouse and Bowyer Family Trees

Launch of book at Radley College