The Society for Landscape Studies

Conferences and Study Weekends

 

SPRING FIELD WEEKEND, 21-22 April 2018

 

Saturday, April 21st: a visit to the Wychwood area, led by Simon Draper and Simon Townley

 

The day will consist of a 4-5 mile circular walk, taking in the villages of Ascott-under-Wychwood and Leafield, as well as Crown Estate farmsteads created after Wychwood was disafforested in 1850. The walk will not be arduous and will be taken at a slowish pace but stout footwear should be worn. You are asked to bring along a packed lunch as there are no suitable places to purchase refreshments. The walk starts in Ascott at 1000 hours outside the Swan Hotel, from where parking is available in nearby streets or at the railway station car park. The castle earthworks at Ascott will be visited. It is anticipated that the walk will finish outside the Swan Hotel at about 1600 hours.

Participants should note that there are no public toilets en route; there are no pubs open in Leafield. It may be possible to obtain permission to use the toilets at the Swan.

 

Recommended Reading.

Beryl Schumer, Wychwood- The evolution of a wooded landscape

(1999, Wychwood Press) is highly recommended.

Also Charles Tyzack, Wychwood and Cornbury ( 2003, Wychwood Press).

For Ascott Castle, the following is free on line:

J.Bond, “Earthen Castles, Outer Enclosures and the Earthworks at

Ascott d'Oilly Castle.Oxfordshire”, Oxoniensia 66 (2001), pp 43-70.

 

Sunday, April 22nd: Chalgrove & Nuffield

 

The morning will be spent in Chalgrove and consists of two parts. There will be a guided walk of about 1.5 hours around the village, led by David Clark. This is designed to include the  mill and the exterior of cottages on the High Street. It may be possible to visit the church to examine the medieval wall paintings.

The other part of the morning is a guided tour round the Manor House led by the owners Rachel and Paul Jacques. This tour lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours. There will be a charge for this which is to be agreed but will not exceed £5. Rachel and Paul have generously agreed to donate all the takings to the Oxfordshire VCH

Project.

Please note that access to the first floor is by stairs with handrails on both sides, to the second floor by a narrow, winding staircase with a handrail on the left, and then to the roof of the hall by way of a short crawl past the inserted chimney.

 

We have arranged a buffet lunch of sandwiches and chips to be served at the Red Lion, Chalgrove at about 1300. The cost for this will be £10.50 and this will be collected from you on the day. As well as eating and drinking the lunch hour is a good time to socialise and relax.

 

The afternoon is based at and around the landscape of English Farm, Nuffield (Grid Reference 676860). This is less than 30 minutes drive from Chalgrove. English Farm is privately owned so this is a unique opportunity to visit the farm and its landscape. In particular you will be able to visit the historic farm buildings in their landscape. After the visit to the farm there will be a short guided walk principally to take in the glorious views westwards from the Chiltern scarp over the Thames valley. For those wishing to explore further the palimpest of natural and human change in this ancient landscape it may be possible to offer an extended walk.

 

Society for Landscape Studies Field Weekend  April 21 and April 22 2018

Booking Form

 

Please complete this form with your cheque and post to:

Brian Rich 11 Adams Grove Leek ST13 8NX.

Your are invited to bring along your partner or friend even though they did not attend the conference. Please note that we cannot accept bookings for young people under the age of 18. As this is a studies weekend we cannot accommodate dogs.

A fee is charged which is used to pay the expenses of the group leaders. The basic fee is £6  per day for members of SLS, OLHA

and OAHS; £8 per day for non-members.

 

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I/We  wish to book for the Saturday/ Sunday/both days and enclose a cheque for £.............., made payable to “ Society for Landscape Studies”.

I will confirm receipt of your cheque. In due course you will receive precise timings for each day and recommended reading.

 

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In order to be guaranteed of a place please ensure that you return this signed form with your cheque to reach me before March 18th.

 

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