Welcome to the History section of the Site.
In this section there are over 100 pages giving a detailed history of Elsfield. In particular there is a lot of information about the 19th and 20th centuries.
Ways of finding things:
- Use the menu on the left - it will expand as you click into a section
- Use the Site map
- Use the Site Search - at the bottom left.
Quick links to items of interest
- John Buchan and Elsfield
- The Parsons family, owners of the Old Bank hotel on Oxford High Street
- Photos of Elsfield
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If you have a question about the history of Elsfield please visit the Questions and Answers section. The village historian will do her best to answer if she can.
For anyone with an interest in the village’s 20th century history, Carrier’s Cart to Oxford: Growing up in the 1920s in the Oxfordshire Village of Elsfield by Mildred Masheder will be of interest. John Buchan’s Memory Hold the Door, William Buchan’s John Buchan: A Memoir and Susan Tweedsmuir's A Winter Bouquet also have interesting insights into Elsfield life. David Weekes has written a monograph 'ΧΡΙΣΤΟC ΝΙΚΗΣΕΙ On John Buchan’s Grave' published in 2010.
Original documents stored at the Oxfordshire Records Office are sometimes quoted and referred to
thus: PAR 94/9MS/1/1
The 1825 document listing the inhabitants is from East Kent archives, reference U269/E49.
There is a full bibliography giving the names of authors and books consulted.
On footnotes: Clicking on a superscripted number in the text will take you to the associated footnote at the bottom of the page. Clicking on the superscripted number here will take you back to the text.