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Amateur Dramatics 1912 - 2004

2003 'Absurd Person Singular' by Alan Ayckbourn

Before television and easy travel, communities made much of their own entertainment. In this context Oakridge has a particularly rich past given its…

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Geophysical Survey undertaken by Oakridge History Group

Round Barrows, Long Barrows, Roman Finds, Bowl Barrows, Roman Villas and more ...

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Canal Trip - Ashmead's Mill to Sapperton Tunnel

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Join us as we travel from Ashmead's Mill east along the canal to Sapperton Tunnel using photographs mainly from the late nineteenth and early…

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Canal Trip - Ashmeads to Sapperton Tunnel

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Join us as we travel from Ashmeads, east along the canal to the Sapperton Tunnel using photographs mainly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth…

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Canal Trip - Sapperton Tunnel to Boultings Lock

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Join us as we travel from Sapperton Tunnel Portal west along the canal to Boultings Lock using photographs mainly from the late nineteenth and early…

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Church & Chapel

Lovely stained glass at the front of the Chapel

With a locally strong non-conformist streak the Methodist Chapel came first and then the Church - from Low Church to High Church Oakridge reflected…

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Community & Village Life

Butchers Arms Landlord (Peter Coupe)

Oakridge is a typical Cotswold village. Its weavers' cottages, historic houses, working farms and more modern developments are scattered on a steep…

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Farming and Country Life

A small herd of dairy cows at Bournes Green. Five or six cows provided a living for the hardworking smallholder or the eighteenth century farmer.

In both economic and social terms Oakridge's history has been dominated by two major influences, farming and clothmaking. Farming came first and last…

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Homes and Farms

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The history of the homes and farms that make up Oakridge, Bournes Green, Waterlane and more ...

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Industry & Commerce

The Silk Mill, c. 1880. The women employees stand outside and on the left, one or two young girls can be seen. On the top of the roof is a bell, used to summon the women to work and beneath it a clock, which must have been useful to the villagers. The Mill was built c.1845 to provide local employment. Coal for the steam engine had to be bought all of the way from Bakers Mill Lock by pack donkeys so it is not surprising that the mill closed in 1890 and was demolished c.1897.

Mills (Flour, Silk, Wool, Timber), Builders, Forges and more ...

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