North Aston ~ A Millennium
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North Aston - A Millennium has been published by Elizabeth Harvey-Lee and the people of North Aston
with the help of grants from ‘The Awards for All’ Millennium Fund and Cherwell District Council

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A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

ISBN 978-1-902863-18-4

Cover: Hardback, full colour, matt laminated
Inner: 175 gsm Gloss Art
Extent: 192 pages
Page size: 190mm x 260mm
Cover size: 193mm x 266mm
Spine: 17mm

Edited by Marcus Potts and John Harvey-Lee
Designed by Marcus Potts, CMC Graphics
Typeset in Sabon

Printed and bound in the United Kingdom by
Information Press, Oxford

All rights reserved. No part of the publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electrical, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission in writing of the copyright holders, nor be otherwise circulated in any form or binding or cover other than in which it is published and without similar conditions being imposed upon the subsequent publisher.

All information has been gathered and reproduced in good faith. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of content, no responsibility can be accepted by the editors, publishers, or their agents for errors, omissions or exceptions contained therein.


Annals of the Elton Family, Margaret Elton, 1994
The Annals of North Aston, William Wing, 1867
Census of 1851
The Domesday Book, edited by Thomas Hinde, 1985
The Farington Diary (1810 & 1811)
Groves Dictionary of Music
The History of Everyday Things in England, Quennell, 1918
A History of Steeple Aston and Middle Aston, The Rev. C. C. Brookes M.A.,1929
The Imperial Dictionary of Biography, 1864
North Aston Parish Register, 1500-1880
Poltergeists, Alan Gauld , 1979
The Story of Britain, Sir Roy Strong, 1996
The Victoria County History, History of the county of Oxford, 1983


The image depicting a page from the Domesday Book of 1086 is reproduced with the kind permission of the National Archives, Kew, Surrey. Image © Alecto Editions
The portrait of Thomas Saunders Dupuis by John Russell on page 25 is reproduced by kind permission of the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, Oxford.
The portrait of Miss Jane Bowles by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1775 on page 27 is reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London.
The self portrait in oils by Oldfield Bowles, 1783 on page 29, is reproduced by kind permission of the National Trust, Elton Collection. Photographer: Ian Blantern.
The black and white reproduction of the watercolour of North Aston Church on page 70, entitled South East View of North Aston Church, Oxfordshire by John Buckler, 1822. M.S. Top. Oxon. a.67, fol.398. The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
The Packer Collection of photographs, some depicting North Aston during the early decades of the 20th century, is now part of the Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive. The majority of those reproduced here have been done so with the kind permission of Oxfordshire County Council. (Please see below for a link to the Oxfordshire Heritage Search facility.) Other images from the Packer archives are from private collections.
Photographs of the locomotive, North Aston Hall, by courtesy National Railway Museum: T.E. Williams archive, ref nnnn.
The cartoons and sketches throughout the book are the work of John Harvey-Lee, including those on pages 8 through 21, 24, 32, 38 to 44 and page 83.
The maps on pages 181, 183 and 186 were created by Marcus Potts (CMC Graphics).

Many of the historic and archive photographs are from the personal collections of residents of North Aston. The editors express their gratitude for the generosity, cooperation and understanding of all those who loaned precious family photographs, old postcards, drawings and other ephemera.

With many thanks for their generous help to:

Bodleian Library, Melissa Dalziel, Principal Library Assistant
The British Library, London
Julia Elton
The National Army Museum, Michael Ball, Department of Printed Books
The National Trust, Mrs Jo Moore, Collections Manager, Somerset
Centre for Oxfordshire Studies, Photographic Archive
National Archives, Kew, Surrey
University of Oxford, Faculty of Music, John Wagstaff, Librarian
The Wallace Collection, Jo Charlton, PR and Rights Officer
Oxford University Archives, assistant keeper Alice Millea
Magdalen College Oxford, Robin Darwall-Smith

Related links:

Oxfordshire Heritage Search
Home of the Packer Collection and offering access to a wide array of historical images of Oxfordshire