A little village with a lot of history....

Posts in category History

Somerton Turf Maze

Somerton Turf Maze

SOMERTON TURF MAZE Situated about 1? miles east of the village is one of only 8 turf labyrinths or mazes left in England and one of the best preserved thanks to being in a private garden where it has been well maintained. [For permission to view please contact Mrs. R Power tel. 01869 346821]. Description […]

Maps & Agriculture

Maps & Agriculture

Maps & Agriculture Somerton’s Open Fields Before 1765, Somerton was farmed under the “open field” system, where the land was divided into large open areas, which were split into sections called furlongs, which in turn were divided into strips of land. The cultivation of the open fields was rotated leaving one field fallow each year. […]

The School House

The School House

A Short History of The Old School House in Somerton “I shall give and bequeath to my said Executors, and to their heres for ever the Castell yarde in Somerton aforesaide, and the Chappell therein standing…and my will that they with the rents issues and profits of my lands and leases shall procure obtain purchase […]

Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux Tapestry

Three Sections from the Bayeux Tapestry showing Bishop Odo and his henchman Wadard This section of the tapestry shows a feast being prepared in the open air after William and his men have landed in England- chickens on skewers, a stew cooked over an open fire and food from an outdoor oven. Wadard (mounted on […]

Somerton Through the Centuries

Somerton Through the Centuries

Life in Somerton through the Centuries – An Outline History Introduction The Parish of Somerton lies along the east bank of the Cherwell about 16 miles north of Oxford. The village itself is on the limestone escarpment rising up to the tableland which forms the watershed between the Thames and the Ouse. The village has […]

Village Hall History

Village Hall History

The Barnes Memorial Hall was built in 1924. The Hall is the centre of the Somerton Social scene and, over the years, has hosted many memorable events, group meetings and gatherings and historical occasions. In December 2008, the Big Lottery Fund granted the trustees of the hall £311,000 to rebuild the hall for the use […]

Village History

Village History

Bayeux Tapestry Somerton Through the Centuries The School House Agriculture Somerton Turf Maze Village Produce Association Memories of Somerton – Miss Moore’s Notes Memories of Somerton – School Days The Doomsday Book – BBC Doomsday Reloaded The Doomsday Book – National Archive

The Church Bells

The Church Bells

St James’ Church Bells Up until the 1890’s there were only five bells at Somerton, all of them ancient and mostly dating from the first half of the 17th century.  In 1896 a sixth bell was cast by Messrs J Taylor & Co and hung by Messrs White.  This was added by the then Rector […]

About the Project

ABOUT OUR VILLAGE HISTORY PROJECT Somerton is a small village with a lot of history. Little of this has been recorded in an accessible form (though the Victoria County History is excellent for the expert). Much of the history has left traces in the church, a fine Grade I listed building with some particularly interesting […]