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42 entries.
2nd January 2020:
I am looking into my family history and it appears my paternal grandfather lived on forest farm Elsfield according to the 1939 registry, he had a wife ELSIE MAY BERRY and my father DESMOND WALTER also living with him. I just wondered if anyone might have any old photos of the time or any information regarding either place or people. Many many thanks for any response.
I am looking into my family history and it appears my paternal grandfather lived on forest farm Elsfield according to the 1939 registry, he had a wife ELSIE MAY BERRY and my father DESMOND WALTER also living with him. I just wondered if anyone might have any old photos of the time or any information regarding either place or people. Many many thanks for any response.
22nd December 2019:
Great that the new website is live! Also great that this guestbook is (hopefully) now working again. The old guestbook was broken for 4 years!
Great that the new website is live! Also great that this guestbook is (hopefully) now working again. The old guestbook was broken for 4 years!
24th September 2015:
very interesting page. kind regards
very interesting page. kind regards
12th December 2014:
Very interesting and entertaining to learn all about my home village.
Very interesting and entertaining to learn all about my home village.
13th August 2013:
Just visited this site and notice comments made by Alison Foster regarding the marriage John Bridges of Drayton St Leonard where the roots of my family stem. Would be interested to hear more.
Just visited this site and notice comments made by Alison Foster regarding the marriage John Bridges of Drayton St Leonard where the roots of my family stem. Would be interested to hear more.
24th March 2013:
Very interesting site. My Great Great grandfather and grandmother Thomas John and Mary Ann Berry are listed as living here in the 1881 Census. He is listed as a gardener. They left for Canada in 1884. Any info about their time in Elsfield would be appreciated.
Very interesting site. My Great Great grandfather and grandmother Thomas John and Mary Ann Berry are listed as living here in the 1881 Census. He is listed as a gardener. They left for Canada in 1884. Any info about their time in Elsfield would be appreciated.
7th February 2013:
Interested in the Allams Elstons and Gammons of Elsfield
Interested in the Allams Elstons and Gammons of Elsfield
5th November 2012:
My mother Lesley lived in Elsfield as a child with her parents - lawrence and Gertrude - just seen a picture of them in the gallery. Came to visit Elsfield a couple of years ago to look at the mosaics in the church. since then Mum made contact with Rosie lane - who unfortunately died a couple of years ago. Lovely to look at the pictures.
My mother Lesley lived in Elsfield as a child with her parents - lawrence and Gertrude - just seen a picture of them in the gallery. Came to visit Elsfield a couple of years ago to look at the mosaics in the church. since then Mum made contact with Rosie lane - who unfortunately died a couple of years ago. Lovely to look at the pictures.
19th April 2012:
Brilliant site, my father was William Hambidge, brother of George so I know the area quite well, and remember when Mr & Mrs Hambidge Snr were living in a cottage at Sescut. My mother and aunt worked at the Manor during the time John Buchan was there, their father was also a gardener there at some point.
Brilliant site, my father was William Hambidge, brother of George so I know the area quite well, and remember when Mr & Mrs Hambidge Snr were living in a cottage at Sescut. My mother and aunt worked at the Manor during the time John Buchan was there, their father was also a gardener there at some point.
8th April 2012:
What a lovely site. I lived at Sescut Farm from 1954 to 1958ish! Then in Last Cottage Elsfield until about 1963. My maiden name was Burt. I was friends with Rose Pinker, Lesley Chandler, Rosie Lane, The Beddings, The Jones and Fred Maltby. Also the Willis' and Lois Watts. Also the Benson girls, daughters of the Vicar.
What a lovely site. I lived at Sescut Farm from 1954 to 1958ish! Then in Last Cottage Elsfield until about 1963. My maiden name was Burt. I was friends with Rose Pinker, Lesley Chandler, Rosie Lane, The Beddings, The Jones and Fred Maltby. Also the Willis' and Lois Watts. Also the Benson girls, daughters of the Vicar.
26th March 2012:
My parents used to live at Post Box cottage in Elsfield, I had two brothers Mark and Darren Brown, my parents were called Shirley and George. i only lived there for until i was 2 years old. We were and still are friends with the Bradfords, who used to run the farm. and also Mrs Sandford who used to live next door to us. i can still remember going up to play with Sally, Vicky and Phillip Bradford when i was a little girl and enjoy looking at the animals on their farm... that was the good old days.
My parents used to live at Post Box cottage in Elsfield, I had two brothers Mark and Darren Brown, my parents were called Shirley and George. i only lived there for until i was 2 years old. We were and still are friends with the Bradfords, who used to run the farm. and also Mrs Sandford who used to live next door to us. i can still remember going up to play with Sally, Vicky and Phillip Bradford when i was a little girl and enjoy looking at the animals on their farm... that was the good old days.
10th January 2012:
I just read the article of my meeting with Lady Tweedsmuir, and I do want to give thanks to the Elsfield archivist, for being instrumental in seeing that my story will be shared with anyone who is interested in learning of the kindness of this very nice Lady to a little girl. Speaking of kindness, my family and two very dear friends were welcomed into the home of two villagers where we all spent a most enjoyable afternoon, before being taken to the gravesite. We are all so appreciative. My Grandson was thrilled to see his picture, and is so happy people all over the world will be able to see him in England.
I just read the article of my meeting with Lady Tweedsmuir, and I do want to give thanks to the Elsfield archivist, for being instrumental in seeing that my story will be shared with anyone who is interested in learning of the kindness of this very nice Lady to a little girl. Speaking of kindness, my family and two very dear friends were welcomed into the home of two villagers where we all spent a most enjoyable afternoon, before being taken to the gravesite. We are all so appreciative. My Grandson was thrilled to see his picture, and is so happy people all over the world will be able to see him in England.
30th December 2011:
Hi. In response to a very old post, from Dr Diana Leitch, I can confirm that her Gt Grandma Ann Harris (bapt 1843) in Elsfield, did indeed marry John Bridges of Drayton St Leonard. John is my 1st cousin 4 x removed. Ann died in the March Qu of 1900, in Runcorn Cheshire. Her father, Robert Boddington Harris married Jane Mortimore, of Oakley Bucks, and the Harris' finished their days in Sutton Courtney. I had the pleasure of visiting Elsfield churchyard when I was researching my husband's family tree, and strangely coincided with the anniversary of one of their deaths. I returned a few days later and place a single rose on the grave. It was an honour to remember Elsfield's past residents, and to ensure they were not forgotten.
Hi. In response to a very old post, from Dr Diana Leitch, I can confirm that her Gt Grandma Ann Harris (bapt 1843) in Elsfield, did indeed marry John Bridges of Drayton St Leonard. John is my 1st cousin 4 x removed. Ann died in the March Qu of 1900, in Runcorn Cheshire. Her father, Robert Boddington Harris married Jane Mortimore, of Oakley Bucks, and the Harris' finished their days in Sutton Courtney. I had the pleasure of visiting Elsfield churchyard when I was researching my husband's family tree, and strangely coincided with the anniversary of one of their deaths. I returned a few days later and place a single rose on the grave. It was an honour to remember Elsfield's past residents, and to ensure they were not forgotten.
14th November 2011:
my great grandmother Mary (Edith) Cox worked as a housemaid at Elsfield Manor during the 1890's. Any record of her would be appreciated.
my great grandmother Mary (Edith) Cox worked as a housemaid at Elsfield Manor during the 1890's. Any record of her would be appreciated.
6th March 2009:
In my retirement I am travelling round Oxfordshire villages to take photographs. I havent visited Elsfield yet, but I hope to soon as I can.Good to see you have a village website. Many villages dont!
In my retirement I am travelling round Oxfordshire villages to take photographs. I havent visited Elsfield yet, but I hope to soon as I can.Good to see you have a village website. Many villages dont!
9th January 2009:
to Christine Hatt: my email as follows was returned- Just visited the website and viewed your request; my mother Kathleen is 91 and grew up there until 1940, she remembers the 'gentleman farmer' Jonny Hatt at Church Farm: he had 2 sons- Mervin, a doctor, and one who worked for Reuter; and 2 daughters- one (Gladys) married a Dutoit...the other was named Eileen. any use?
to Christine Hatt: my email as follows was returned- Just visited the website and viewed your request; my mother Kathleen is 91 and grew up there until 1940, she remembers the 'gentleman farmer' Jonny Hatt at Church Farm: he had 2 sons- Mervin, a doctor, and one who worked for Reuter; and 2 daughters- one (Gladys) married a Dutoit...the other was named Eileen. any use?
29th August 2008:
my great grand mother lived and worked in elsfield her name was francis gemima beckett taylor burns it was great to beable to see where my great grand mother lived her nick name was fanny gemima
my great grand mother lived and worked in elsfield her name was francis gemima beckett taylor burns it was great to beable to see where my great grand mother lived her nick name was fanny gemima
11th April 2008:
I visited Elsfield last summer, I wished to get a feel of the place as my mothers people had come from here in the 1790's Their name is Mobley and they worked on the Sescot Farm. I found Elsfield very quiet and peaceful. Regards Derrick Mutton
I visited Elsfield last summer, I wished to get a feel of the place as my mothers people had come from here in the 1790's Their name is Mobley and they worked on the Sescot Farm. I found Elsfield very quiet and peaceful. Regards Derrick Mutton
29th February 2008:
Hello My maternal grandmother, Kathleen Mary Simmonds, nee Warner, was born in Elsfield.
Hello My maternal grandmother, Kathleen Mary Simmonds, nee Warner, was born in Elsfield.
5th November 2007:
trying to find any information about my wifes father,he sadly died while she was still a baby.the only information we have got  is from her birth certificate. his name is gordon alfred willis he lived at 2 terrace cottages elsfield and he was an excavator driver ,he died around 1962,my wife and her mother moved to nottingham soon after the death.we think he may be buried in the churchyard at elsfield. thank you, david toon
trying to find any information about my wifes father,he sadly died while she was still a baby.the only information we have got  is from her birth certificate. his name is gordon alfred willis he lived at 2 terrace cottages elsfield and he was an excavator driver ,he died around 1962,my wife and her mother moved to nottingham soon after the death.we think he may be buried in the churchyard at elsfield. thank you, david toon
20th August 2007:
Great people. We have a marvelous time.
Great people. We have a marvelous time.
13th January 2007:
I saw mention of the name Ellsfield in Boswell's Life of Johnson. It seems to have lost an L along the way but appears as beautiful as ever.
I saw mention of the name Ellsfield in Boswell's Life of Johnson. It seems to have lost an L along the way but appears as beautiful as ever.
14th November 2006:
I made an entry some time ago but it apparently didn't register. My Grandfather (also Charles Firman) was born at Elsfield Manor in the late 1800's. His father was the butler. If anyone has any info from this period it would be greatly appreciated.
I made an entry some time ago but it apparently didn't register. My Grandfather (also Charles Firman) was born at Elsfield Manor in the late 1800's. His father was the butler. If anyone has any info from this period it would be greatly appreciated.
24th October 2006:
I am looking forward to visiting Elsfield as my great great great grandparents lived there in the 1800s. Their names were Joseph (born in 1809) and Mary Lock and they had 14 children. I am descended from their daughter Matilda who was born in 1854 and married Thomas Stopp from Islip.
I am looking forward to visiting Elsfield as my great great great grandparents lived there in the 1800s. Their names were Joseph (born in 1809) and Mary Lock and they had 14 children. I am descended from their daughter Matilda who was born in 1854 and married Thomas Stopp from Islip.
15th March 2006:
WALKER, Joseph was a Gamekeeper in Elsfield in 1861. I believe him to be my great great grandfather. I am assuming he was a Gamekeeper on the Manor estate, but I am not sure. Is anyone able to advise? Many thanks
WALKER, Joseph was a Gamekeeper in Elsfield in 1861. I believe him to be my great great grandfather. I am assuming he was a Gamekeeper on the Manor estate, but I am not sure. Is anyone able to advise? Many thanks
14th September 2005:
God Bless you all for your part in restoring/maintaining the Elsfield church. Thank you for putting the pictures & history online. A family of my ancestors were baptized & married in that church & no doubt buried on the grounds. I'm sure they would be pleased to know that their place of worship is still cherished & cared for. May your efforts be blessed. Are there any descendants of Anthony Clay & Elizabeth Roberts among the current parishioners?
God Bless you all for your part in restoring/maintaining the Elsfield church. Thank you for putting the pictures & history online. A family of my ancestors were baptized & married in that church & no doubt buried on the grounds. I'm sure they would be pleased to know that their place of worship is still cherished & cared for. May your efforts be blessed. Are there any descendants of Anthony Clay & Elizabeth Roberts among the current parishioners?
30th January 2005:
my interest is self evident in my name (buchan). just read the presbyterian cavalier and thought i'd search on elsfield, might visit someday
my interest is self evident in my name (buchan). just read the presbyterian cavalier and thought i'd search on elsfield, might visit someday
26th January 2005:
Nice site! I came here through browsing for John Buchan stuff, as I'm a bit of a fan. I went to his school in Glasgow, where, of course, we proudly read The 39 Steps, and I'm now a student at Oxford University - not at Buchan's college, Brasenose, but living within a stone's throw of it. I must come and see Elsfield one day.
Nice site! I came here through browsing for John Buchan stuff, as I'm a bit of a fan. I went to his school in Glasgow, where, of course, we proudly read The 39 Steps, and I'm now a student at Oxford University - not at Buchan's college, Brasenose, but living within a stone's throw of it. I must come and see Elsfield one day.
20th June 2004:
I live in Winchester (Hants) and I recently met a man from Seattle USA. He has connections with your village and in anxious to trace his family history (surname : WADLEY). Is that name known to you? Will the Church have any Parish records I might consult on his behalf? He understands that there is a place named "Wadley Hill" in or near Elsfield. Would appreciate any help. Regards - Tony Dowland (0962) 881874
I live in Winchester (Hants) and I recently met a man from Seattle USA. He has connections with your village and in anxious to trace his family history (surname : WADLEY). Is that name known to you? Will the Church have any Parish records I might consult on his behalf? He understands that there is a place named "Wadley Hill" in or near Elsfield. Would appreciate any help. Regards - Tony Dowland (0962) 881874
23rd March 2004:
it is nice to find that there is a sight for the village that i come from.I used to live in post box cottage (next to mrs sandford) for the first nine years of my life.I can just remember the post office and the school (38yrs old).I love the place greatly and visit it and beckley (my school) every once in a while. You are very lucky people to live in a place like this. Mark
it is nice to find that there is a sight for the village that i come from.I used to live in post box cottage (next to mrs sandford) for the first nine years of my life.I can just remember the post office and the school (38yrs old).I love the place greatly and visit it and beckley (my school) every once in a while. You are very lucky people to live in a place like this. Mark
21st February 2004:
wonderful website! A friend of ours sent us this piece of information about Elsfield- It made me wonder if we could paste bits like this together to make a local history? I'll try and fish out what Boswell has to say on Johnson's visit. 'Thought you might like another scrap of Elsfield history. Second World War poet Keith Douglas (1920-44), letter to Toni Bennett, October 1939: 'So I thought to myself ah, I'll go for a walk to see about the riding at Elsfield, and then when I come back there'll be a note waiting for me. So here I come, very tired of walking...' , ed. Desmond Graham, (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2000), p. 84. Douglas was a keen rider.'
wonderful website! A friend of ours sent us this piece of information about Elsfield- It made me wonder if we could paste bits like this together to make a local history? I'll try and fish out what Boswell has to say on Johnson's visit. 'Thought you might like another scrap of Elsfield history. Second World War poet Keith Douglas (1920-44), letter to Toni Bennett, October 1939: 'So I thought to myself ah, I'll go for a walk to see about the riding at Elsfield, and then when I come back there'll be a note waiting for me. So here I come, very tired of walking...' , ed. Desmond Graham, (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2000), p. 84. Douglas was a keen rider.'
12th February 2004:
My gtgtgrandfather Robert Boddington Harris was christened in your church in March 1817. His 7 brothers and sisters were too as the Harris family seemed to live there from about 1786. He married Jane? from Oakley, Bucks and my gtgrandmother, Ann Harris, born 1843 was also christened in your church. The family then seemed to move to Sutton Courtenay where Ann married my gtgrandfather, John Bridges, who came from Drayton St Leonard. They moved to St Helens in Lancashire in 1873 so that he could work in the chemical industry which was developing there. Their descendents are mainly scientists who live in the NW England. Are there any Harris gravestones in your churchyard and any other descendents of this family that you would know of? I hope to visit your village sometime and I think the website is delightful.
My gtgtgrandfather Robert Boddington Harris was christened in your church in March 1817. His 7 brothers and sisters were too as the Harris family seemed to live there from about 1786. He married Jane? from Oakley, Bucks and my gtgrandmother, Ann Harris, born 1843 was also christened in your church. The family then seemed to move to Sutton Courtenay where Ann married my gtgrandfather, John Bridges, who came from Drayton St Leonard. They moved to St Helens in Lancashire in 1873 so that he could work in the chemical industry which was developing there. Their descendents are mainly scientists who live in the NW England. Are there any Harris gravestones in your churchyard and any other descendents of this family that you would know of? I hope to visit your village sometime and I think the website is delightful.
18th August 2003:
Just found out that there were some HATT's living in your village at the turn of the 20th century. Do you have a village History Society? Can anybody help me track down where John Daniel and his family lived and farmed? I am doing a talk about HATT ABODES in September and any help would be welcome. I only live in Maidenhead, so it would be easy for me to come and take photos. Many Thanks, Christine
Just found out that there were some HATT's living in your village at the turn of the 20th century. Do you have a village History Society? Can anybody help me track down where John Daniel and his family lived and farmed? I am doing a talk about HATT ABODES in September and any help would be welcome. I only live in Maidenhead, so it would be easy for me to come and take photos. Many Thanks, Christine
16th July 2003:
Having visited your church today, Wednesday 16th July, to meet the Vicar and Mrs Caroline Brown, I want to thank you for showing us your new rooms and the description of your fundraising etc. We were all impressed, and hopefully theose who had fears will have food for thought. Again our sincere thanks. Daphne Edgar/
Having visited your church today, Wednesday 16th July, to meet the Vicar and Mrs Caroline Brown, I want to thank you for showing us your new rooms and the description of your fundraising etc. We were all impressed, and hopefully theose who had fears will have food for thought. Again our sincere thanks. Daphne Edgar/
13th June 2003:
I am John Buchan's most recent biographer and readers might be interested to know that my book 'The Presbyterian Cavalier' will be published by David Godine in August. There should also be a Canadian edition next year. I can also supply the three volume complete short stories published by Thistle Publishing and the complete short stories published by Scottish Cultural Press which I edited.
I am John Buchan's most recent biographer and readers might be interested to know that my book 'The Presbyterian Cavalier' will be published by David Godine in August. There should also be a Canadian edition next year. I can also supply the three volume complete short stories published by Thistle Publishing and the complete short stories published by Scottish Cultural Press which I edited.
27th October 2002:
Great homepage!
Great homepage!
23rd July 2002:
Thank you very muchr these informations. I am a reader from John Buchan since many years and I like his books more than many others.
Thank you very muchr these informations. I am a reader from John Buchan since many years and I like his books more than many others.
21st June 2002:
We'll have to find a nice picture of Echo for the web site...
We'll have to find a nice picture of Echo for the web site...
1st June 2002:
Congratulations on this village site! I think Elsfield is a really friendly village and it's good to see it has it's own website. I own the rather big, hairy cart-horse (Echo), who lives by the old barn! (I know he looks just like a cow!) Keep up the good work:)
Congratulations on this village site! I think Elsfield is a really friendly village and it's good to see it has it's own website. I own the rather big, hairy cart-horse (Echo), who lives by the old barn! (I know he looks just like a cow!) Keep up the good work:)
21st April 2002:
I lived in Elsfield at Home Close with my Parents Sidney and Mary Warner and my four sisters Hilda, Agnes, May and Emily from 1919 to 1940.
I lived in Elsfield at Home Close with my Parents Sidney and Mary Warner and my four sisters Hilda, Agnes, May and Emily from 1919 to 1940.
30th March 2002:
Congratulations on setting up the Elsfield website.
Congratulations on setting up the Elsfield website.
24th March 2002:
If you visited this site, please leave a nice message!
If you visited this site, please leave a nice message!

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