Headington Reminiscences 1920–1980

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  • Tim Blackmore
    Tim lived at Masons Road in Wood Farm as a child in the 1950s
  • John Bolt
    John moved to 27 Windmill Road as a small child in 1927 and attended St Andrew’s School
  • Margaret E. Colburn (Mrs Colyer) (born 1923)
    Peggy moved to Oxford with her parents in 1927, and to 79 Staunton Road in Headington in c.1936
  • Margaret Coppock (Mrs Coppock Mayers)
    Margaret (who moved to Pennsylvania) grew up in New High Street in the 1920s/1930s
  • Edith Currill (Mrs Musselle) (1915–2000)
    Edith grew up on the London Road, opposite the workhouse, in the 1920s
  • Alan C. Dent (1927–1997)
    Police officer from 1948 to 1973
  • Lois East (1931– 2018)
    Memories of the 1950s by the Quarry postmistress at 53 Pitts Road
  • Martin Ferguson
    Memories of the Slade Camp and Wood Farm in the 1950s
  • John Gardner
    Memories of Highfield in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Pauline Gibbs (Mrs Dean)
    Pauline lived in Old Road as a girl during the Second World War and remembers the prisoners of war there
  • David Gooch
    David (who moved Southern California) grew up in Old High Street in the 1930s/1940s
  • David Goodearl
    David is an Australian who worked in Headington for two years in the 1950s
  • Judith Hammick (Mrs Friend) (1923–2008)
    Judith was a don’s daughter who grew up in Old Road in the 1920s/1930s
  • James Hansford
    James, grandson of Headington blacksmith Fred Cleverly, recalls his family from the nineteenth century to the 1950s
  • Stephanie Jenkins
    Stephanie recalls the Headington shops c.1980
  • The Liddell family
    Pictures showing the Liddells in the Hermitage in Old High Street from the 1920s to 1960s
  • Jill McCay
    Jill is a doctor’s daughter who grew up on the London Road in the 1930s/1940s
  • Paul McElhinney
    Memories of visits to Old Headington in the 1980s
  • Jeune Morris (Mrs Mitchell) (1933–2011)
    Jeune grew up in Bulan Road in the 1930s /1940s
  • Roy Murrant
    Roy was evacuated to Headington from London in 1939
  • Geoffrey Nicholson
    Geoffrey's parents ran the shop at 39 New High Street from 1947 to 1961
  • Christopher Payne
    Chris, whose grandparents lived in a cottage at 162 Old Road, remembers the nearby war camps
  • Roger Prouse
    Roger grew up in Risinghurst in the 1950s
  • Kathleen Stone (Mrs Eastes)
    Kathleen remembers two forgotten schools in Old High Street in the 1920s
  • George Stuart
    George recalls Manor Farmhouse in the 1960s, before Ethelred Court was built in its garden
  • Dick Tolley
    Dick recalls life in Windsor Street from 1927 to 1952, and Headington in the Second World War
  • Kathy Turner
    Kathy lived as a child in the early 1950s in one of the huts in Old Road Camp
  • Denis Warry
    Denis was related to the bike-shop owner G. H. Williams and lived in Headington from 1929 to 1948
  • Charles Whitehead
    Charles remembers his Whitehead and Bryan grandparents who lived in Headington

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There are three long reminiscences of Headington in a book called Oxfordshire: Within Living Memory published by the Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes in 1994, and kindly reproduced on this site with their permission:

This book should not be confused with Leslie and Griselda Taylor, Within Living Memory (Friends of Old Headington, 1978), which is devoted to the reminiscences of people who lived in Old Headington:

© Stephanie Jenkins

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