This volume comprises a history of the large west Oxfordshire town of Witney and its rural townships of Crawley, Curbridge, and Hailey, an area of over 7,000 acres derived from a large, late Anglo-Saxon estate. Witney, probably the site of the Anglo-Saxon estate centre, was redesigned as a planned 'new town' in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century; from the seventeenth century it was widely kwn for its blanket industry, and became a centre of religious n-conformity. The town's origins, buildings, and physical development are fully discussed, together with its ecomic, social and religious history. The Windrush valley is also covered - an area of scattered woodland settlements and nucleated villages with open fields; early inclosure was probably in connection with the wool trade and Witney's cloth industry. Important sites discussed include the medieval Witney park, Caswell House, near the site of a deserted medieval settlement, and the bishop of Winchester's recently excavated 'palace' at Witney. Simon Townley is editor, Victoria History of Oxford.
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Victoria County History
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Victoria County History of the Counties of England