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Eynsham Parish Council

Scenes from the Past

  • Water Tower
    Photo: Ken Hicks 01/06/1972

    Shown mid-way through demolition in 1972, Eynsham's old water tower at the corner of Mill Street and Spareacre Lane consisted of a plain brick structure topped by a steel tank, the whole about 50 feet high to produce a gravity feed. It was described in 1903 as “about the ugliest structure in the county.”

    Pamela Richards has supplied a detailed account of the Eynsham drainage and water schemes in the Eynsham Record 11 (1994) pages 27-34.

  • The Square 1878

    Eynsham Cross and Red Lion in 1878: image © Percy Roberts, reprinted as cover image for the Eynsham Record, volume 1, in 1984.

    “The principle inn, the Red Lion stands in front of the church, with a modern picture-sign of a lion facing you on one side, and on the other presenting his posteriors to the north porch in a curious, not to say rude manner.”

    Extract from 'the Oxford, Gloucester and Milford Haven Road (the ready way to South Wales)' by Charles G Harper, 1905, uncovered by Simon Banks, who notes “Alas, the sign is no more”.

  • Acre End Street

    Acre End Street, to the west, c.1904. Left side: Swan Hotel, Railway Inn, Murray House. Right side: Howe's store and post office, nos. 52, 54, 56 and Beauchamp's shop.

    Howe's premises feature in the Eynsham Directory as Oxford Mac Solutions.

  • The Square 1826

    The Market House (Bartholomew Room). Note especially the open arches and the village stocks.

    Image JC Buckler 1826, © Bodleian Library

  • Bitterell

    Looking east along Bitterell towards Wytham Hill, in the mid-1970s, before development: image © Joan Weedon. Note the old barns to the right, later converted to a residential property.

    Read more about Cotswold barns >>

  • Mill Street  #1

    The New Inn at Mill Street c.1884 - now a private house. From Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

    “In a deed of 1879 the whole property is described as 'The dwellinghouse with shops cellars yards stable coachhouse and other outbuildings situate on the North side of and fronting Mill Street which premises were late in the occupation of Richard Castell Toner deceased and are bounded on the West by the Turnpike Road from Oxford to Witney and on the North by a dwelling house at the same premises and now known as the New Inn.'

    “Mr Charles Yateman had the licence of this inn from 1872 until1883 when it was transferred to Mr E Harris. At the end of the [19th] century and the beginning of [the 20th] one Bob Buckingham was landlord and was remembered by Jim Evans. In 1917 a report in the Oxford Times dated 9 June tells us that a school dinner kitchen was opened in Eynsham at The New Inn by the War Savings Committee, and that on the first day 20 children were given mashed potatoes, stewed peas and gravy, price 2d. This apparently made an estimated saving of 1 loaf of bread per child per week! It was not reported if they got anything to drink.”

    Extract from Do You Remember an Inn? 1997. We have a special feature on Eynsham Pubs.

  • High Street

    High Street view east towards Market Place. The bank premises are now the Co-op supermarket.

    Image © Packer from Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • Oxford Road 1

    Eynsham Toll gate with bus looking west.

    Image © Packer 1910- from Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • Oxford Road 2

    Oxford Road Red Lion Public House and shops (now Eynsham News).

    From Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • Mill Street #2

    Mill Street including Maltster and Shovel Public House - now a private house. From Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

    We have a special feature on Eynsham Pubs.

  • Eynsham Abbey 1

    Image © Henry Taunt 1860-1922 of an engraving, probably that of 1657 by A. Wood ... the west front of the abbey ruins, two (?)13th century towers flanking a Perpendicular window, with text below.

    From Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • Eynsham Abbey Ruins

    Ruins of Eynsham Abbey captured by Henry W Taunt: gateway and carved stones.

    From Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • The Square 1885

    The badly weathered 14th or 15th century cross in the village square supported with iron bars. Beyond is the Red Lion Hotel with a wagon outside.

    Image © Henry Taunt 1885 fom Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • Acre End Street

    Acre End Street, with cottages either side and the Railway Inn (now converted to flats) and Swan Hotel beyond. Image © Henry Taunt 1906, From Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

    “The Railway Inn was still the meeting place for the Eynsham Young Men's Social Club in 1903. On a very hot day in the summer of 1976 a large load of hay was passing along Acre End Street. Just as it was about to turn into Station Road the hay burst into flames - a form of spontaneous combustion.”

    Extract from Do You Remember an Inn? 1997. We have a special feature on Eynsham Pubs.

  • Landscape

    Landscape looking south through trees and across the fields towards Eynsham, with the tower of St Leonard's church in the far distance.

    Image © Henry Taunt 1913 from Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • St Leonard's Church

    Interior of St Leonard's Church, the Square. Image © Henry Taunt 1913.

    From Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • The Square 1902

    The Square and 'Llandaff'. The occasion was probably a celebration of Edward VII's coronation, in August 1902.

  • The Square 1910

    The 'Red Lion' and St Leonard's in 1910. Note the cottage in the middle, which had disappeared by 1987.

    From Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive.

  • Station Road

    Station Road from the south; the level crossing, and the station master's house (left). Photograph no later than July 1912, the postmarked date on this postcard.

    Lots more about Eynsham's place on the Fairford Branch Line.

  • Level Crossing

    Image © T Wright.

  • Railway Station

    Eynsham railway station looking west circa 1956. The buildings (background to foreground) are the goods shed in Cotswold stone (ca. 1861); the 19-lever signal box (ca. 1892); the original timber-built station building (ca. 1861, extended 1878 / 9); and a later corrugated iron shed. The livery was predominantly green.

    The wooden platform on the left, with its shelter, were added when the wartime passing loop was constructed in 1944.

    Source: Jenkins, S.C. The Fairford Branch. Locomotion Papers no.86. Oakwood Press, 1985. Photo © Lens of Sutton.

  • Mill Street #3

    The Holt, Mill Street, in the course of construction c.1870. The builder was Wilkinson of Oxford.

    The posed picture is full of interesting detail. Note, for example, the hod carrier facing outwards on his ladder; the little girl in the window opening nearby; the woman in the apron (top right); and the 'show-off' above the pulley at the top (looking like a unicyclist!)

  • Vicarage House

    St Leonard’s House, Eynsham. Built in 1704; altered and enlarged in 1810; more recently served as offices for the NHFA; under conversion to flats in 2014.

    Image JC Buckler, 1824, © Bodleian Library.

  • Mill Street #4

    Mill Street, looking south, in the early 1960s. The sign on the corner of John Lopes Road advertises 'Bradstone', makers of a synthetic building stone used for the shops soon to replace the cottages on the corner (but set back from the main road), and many new houses built in the village during the 1960s.

    The barn to the left became a branch of Barclays Bank which closed in 1993 / 4 and re-opened as Eynsham Emporium late in 2005.

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