WHEATLEY Village History

The Railway

‘There was only the train at one time, no buses, but by the 1960s everyone had a car and there were plenty of buses. The train was losing money. Contributed by Phyllis Shepherd (née Washington, born 1907), December 1999 ‘My father, Arthur Bunce, was a platelayer, a linesman on the

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Wayside Inns

The old White Hart, Wheatley, 1822, drawn by James Buckler. It is on the site of the present Oxford House, High Street, opposite The Bell. The signboard names the landlord as George Crookes. Buckler also sketched the Manor House and 1795 chapel on Bell Lane. (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford,

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Wheatley’s Early Days

Reprinted from Wheatley Records, 956—1956, by agreement with the Oxfordshire Record Society. The earliest settlement at Wheatley was originally on the high, downlike ground to the south of the present village, and Roman dwellings and Saxon burials have been found on both sides of Coombe wood. The memory of the

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The Most Difficult Village

SAMUEL WILBERFORCE, the bishop of Oxford from 1845 to 1869, described Wheatley as “the most difficult village” in his diocese. One hundred and fifty years ago, it was a place beset with social problems which in our day we might more commonly associate with an inner city. The inhabitants of

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Wheatley Manor House

Manor House

Although we can not be absolutely sure, the Manor House is probably the oldest building in Wheatley. HISTORY Behind the long wall and hedge at the west end of the High Street stands an elegant late Elizabethan mansion.  Dates inscribed on the east wing mark the transformation, by 1601, of

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