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Longworth & District History Society
actively exploring the history of our parishes

Longworth and District History Society.

Researching the living and past history of our area.

The society was founded in 1995 to promote and encourage interest and awareness in the history of the village of Longworth and surrounding villages of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, [aka Draycott Moor] and Hinton Waldrist.

Historically these villages were in Berkshire but are now in Oxfordshire.

Map image of Golden Ridge where our villages are situated

Area of The Golden Ridge where our villages are situated.

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor is conveniently situated for visitors to Oxford, with the city centre being 10 miles away to the East. The towns of Abingdon, Witney and Wantage are also close by. The M40 and M4 motorways are 15 and 25 miles away respectively and the centre of London is 57 miles away. There are plenty of tourist attractions in the area, including the historic university city of Oxford, Blenheim Palace, the Ridgeway footpath and the Thames towpath.

We hold monthly meetings, open to all, offering a good mix of talks and outings of interest not just to members but to anyone living in the area. The society promotes this by arranging lectures, discussions, probate meetings and by encouragement of research. It promotes the local history of the villages of the Golden Ridge on which we lie. These are the villages of Longworth, Kingston Bagpuize, Draycott Moor [Southmoor], Hinton Waldrist and the surrounding hamlets and supports visits to many places of interest in our locality and beyond.

Many, who attend our meetings, are visitors and come to listen to the talks and join us on outings, but others who are members and are carrying out local or family history research will find our society a friendly and helpful environment, and may make useful contacts and find relevant data in our rapidly growing archives and large library.

A society website was first compiled in 2005. The purpose being threefold: to publicise the events and annual outings organised by the Society, to promote our in-house publications and, last but not least, to provide a portal for our history society so that interested parties have a link for information and contact details.

Unlocking the Past

The people, history, archaeology, folklore, flora, fauna and geology of the area are all possible areas of activity, which may take the form of meetings, walking tours, talks, education and publication.

Please browse the site to find out what we are about . If you are seeking information on a particular locality or subject, why not use this web site's search box in the menu or the advanced search facility.

When & where we meet

We meet each month. Indoor meetings are usually at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of each month in Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall.

Our Varied Meetings

We have two different kinds of open evenings to which everyone is welcome. There are evenings with an invited speaker, who generally talks on a topic of very local interest, usually illustrating the talk with slides.

Meetings also include theme evenings hosted by members who have researched a local topic associated with the local villages (Kingston Bagpuize, Southmoor, Longworth and Hinton Waldrist).

Often the material used is from our own growing archive of material - much of which has been gained from about two hundred interviews with local people.

We always welcome new members to the Society - whether Visitors, Individual, Family or Overseas. Membership benefits include free entry to our meetings, and access to our outings and other events.

Or why not just turn up? You will be made very welcome.

£3 visitors, £10 annual membership. Refreshments provided.

Chair:  Kathy Fletcher

Secretary: Pam Woodward 01865 820500

Treasurer: Christopher Bowerman


On this site, we bring you photographs and our latest news and publications.

Southmoor Cottage 1957-59 being thatched. Thatched & renovated 1931 .

These photographs are courtesy of Adrian Beardsley and will enlarge.