About Volume XIX

VCH Volume: 
Oxfordshire XIX - Wychwood Forest and Environs
Wychwood Forest

Work on the Wychwood Forest area of west Oxfordshire began in 2013, alongside research for the VCH’s Ewelme Hundred volume.

The Wychwood volume looks at the great royal Forest of Wychwood and at a dozen places in and around it, including the exceptionally large ancient parish of Shipton-under-Wychwood with its scattered hamlets of Langley, Leafield, Lyneham, Milton-under-Wychwood, and Ramsden. Around the fringes lay Ascott-under-Wychwood, Bruern (with its Cistercian abbey), Fifield, and Idbury, together with the important country house at Cornbury Park. Though the whole of this area was included in the Forest at the period of its greatest extent in the 12th century, not all the parishes were heavily wooded - Idbury, for instance, on the western fringe, was a typical Cotswold village with extensive open fields. The relationship between woodland and non-woodland areas will be be one of the broader themes explored in the volume.

Places to be covered (see map): Ascott-u-Wychwood - Bruern - Fifield - Idbury - Leafield - Lyneham - Milton-u-Wychwood - Ramsden - Shipton-u-Wychwood (including Langley) - Wychwood Forest and Cornbury

A major fundraising campaign to support the Wychwood volume has been launched by the VCH Oxfordshire Trust. Subject to funding the volume will be completed around 2018.

A glossary of a few unavoidable technical terms used occasionally in these drafts is available here.

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