Books and Personal Memories

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‘THE LENGTH OF THE ROAD’

BY MAUD ODY 

Born in Garford in 1914, Maud moved to Charney Bassett in 1924 where she spent most of her life until her death in 1990.

This 129 page book is now out of print and is available on loan by emailing joseph.ody192@btinternet.com

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‘A CHARNEY LAD’

BY BILL CLARKE

 

Bill lived in Charney Bassett for 80 years before moving to Thame some 15 years ago. 

The book gives a fascinating insight into his life in Charney and is available from Sheila Terry email terry_s1@sky.com

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MEMORIES OF

ALBERT WILLIAM HILLSDON

A Life in the Vale of the White Horse

‘It’s 65 years this month since I earned my first sixpence’

Transcribed and edited by DR Williams, August 1990

This 12 page typewritten document is available by emailing joseph.ody192@btinternet.com

Memories of Manor Farm - John Hobson
Memories of Manor Farm – John Hobson

Memories of Manor Farm

 by John Hobson

Memories of Manor Farm have been written down by John Hobson which is available from Sheila Terry or Joe Ody if anyone would like to look at it. The main part is 21 pages with photos plus appendices on Dick Hobson and Robert.

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‘CHARNEY BASSETT THROUGH THE CENTURIES’

BY JASMINE S. HOWSE

 

This 70 page book is available to view. Contact joseph.ody192@btinternet.com. It is also available in the Reference Section of Wantage Library.

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THE DOT ACKLAND SCRAPBOOK

1983 – 1995

A fascinating scrapbook containing newspaper cuttings, extracts from the Church magazine, and local photographs of life in Charney Bassett.

The scrapbook is available to view by contacting joseph.ody192@btinternet.com

Mill History and Description: Bruce Hedge
Mill History and Description: Bruce Hedge

 

 

Charney Bassett Mill

A former water-powered corn mill – a history and description. Bruce Hedge, May 2016. Available for purchase from the author.

St Peter's Church Booklet
St Peter’s Church Booklet

St Peter’s Church Booklet. Available for purchase at the Church.

A History of Charney Manor

A History of Charney Manor: By Harriet Salisbury, 1989.

In the 1980s a new booklet was needed for guests who continually asked about The Manor’s history. Harriet Salisbury, daughter of Elizabeth who was one of the trustees, researched the manor mainly at the Reading Record Office. The 32 page document she produced is reproduced here in three parts (click on each to download). A short summary of the document was used for the booklets.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Council for British Archaeology – Charney Bassett 1978

The Council for British Archaeology (Regional Group 9) published a village survey on Charney Bassett in their ‘Newsletter 8 1978’. It gives a interesting and comprehensive overview of the village in about 8 pages with maps. You can read it here Newsletter 8 1978.

The Thames Valley Project

This report contains information on Cherbury Camp and comparisons with other Iron Age Forts. It is available to download.

Country Life Magazine:

The Manor House, Charney Bassett, Berks – Part I
September 25 1942. Pages 602-605

The Manor House, Charney Bassett, Berks – Part II
October 2 1942. Pages 650-653

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‘ISLANDS OF THE VALE’

BY ELEANOR G. HAYDEN

 

This 276 page book by Eleanor G Hayden was published in 1908 and contains several references to Charney Bassett.

For more information contact joseph.ody192@btinternet.com

Available on Amazon.

Includes tales of Charney Bassett such as:

  • The banishment of the fourteenth century monk Robert of Glastonbury to Charney Manor for a period of penitence and prayer … and his presence is still felt….It includes other haunting tales of the Manor and Churchyard.
  • The battle for Cherbury Camp and awarding of the Pusey Horn.