Stonesfield ~ Oxfordshire
Historic Cotswold Village

Help wanted

Stonesfield Players need people with DIY and craft skills

The Stonesfield Players - The Wind In The Willows, adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett will be performed on May 24, 25 and 26 at Stonesfield Village Hall
Scenery and Prop Making Workshops, will be led by Michael Taylor - Professional Theatre Designer. Local people are invited to help make and paint the large props for The Wind In The Willows.
Dates are Tuesday 3 April 10am-10pm & Wednesday 4 April 10am-10pm at Sothams Farm Barn, Peakes Lane (corner of Peakes lane and Pond Hill).
Please note all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact Lindsey Thompson or call 01993 898620.

Current Location of the "Stonesfield Mosaic"?

Stonesfield Roman Villa
An enquiry from visitors coming on a walking tour from USA next year who are keen in archaeology raises the question, ‘where is the current location of the Stonesfield Mosaic?’.

A quick search seems to reveal the Bacchus Mosaic discovered at the Roman Villa in the 18th Century was destroyed by farming in the 19th Century. No fragments are known to exist.

Does anyone know better?

Update: 'A History of Oxfordshire' by Mary Jessop in the library states, on page 24, that "At Stonesfield the 4th-century villa had very elegant pavements. One, depicting Bacchus and the panther, was found in 1712 during the course of ploughing, but arguments between the landlord and tenant of the site about sharing the profits of showing it to the public led to its destruction by the tenant who 'maliciously tore it to peices'. In 1779-80 two geometric pavements were exposed, but at the time of the enclosure in the 19th century the site was divided between three proprietors and the pavenment were gradually destroyed by ploughing'.


Help wanted - Stonesfield war gift?

Nathan Oliver asks:

“I have in my possesion a medal belonging to my grandfather of whom I never got to meet and it’s a bit of mystery. His name was William Oliver and was the ownerlandlord of the white horse in stonesfield,i know he was in world war one because of photographs.The medal reads stonesfield war gift around the border with his initials engraved in the centre. If there is anybody who knows about these medals/gifts please could you contact me, thankyou.”


Latest information request - how were slates were transported away from the village

Mike Yeadon wants to know “is there anyone in the village that could give me more indication of the old quarries used in the slate industry, together with information on how the slates were transported away from the village.”

“I have an interest in industrial archaeology and railways and have decided to take up railway modelling again. I am looking for a prototype that never was and I am tempted by a narrow gauge railway that could be based around a fictitious line from stonesfield to possibly eynsham to give it a focus and some realism! Just started the research and an English narrow gauge slate line appeals.”

Round up of questions to the webmaster

With the relaunch, and the recent mention in The Slate, I'm getting quite a few odd questions from locals and non-locals that I can't answer.

So it seems like the site is working as a forum for information for visitors and those seeking general information. I hope readers can help with any of the following questions; please make any comments in the Comment field to this post!

  • The Orchard Children's Centre wants to know if it's possible for someone on benefits to receive a grant to purchase a bicycle to get them mobile. “We were wondering if there are any community or parish grants that we can apply for on their behalf.”
  • M. Macpherson asks “Is there any type of accommodation available in or around the village?”
  • Fred Montague asks “I would be grateful if you could help me. I am researching the family history of someone locally (Winchester)and his ancestor William Bishop is shown in the 1871 census as being born is Stonesfield, Oxfordshire and, at the age of 4 years was living with people called Tidmarsh in Stonsfield. When I try to find details of his birth from freebmd (so I can find his parents), I come up with someone called William Francis Bishop, born in the Registration District of Bradfield, but when I check the area covered by Bradfield Registration District I find no reference to Stonesfield. My question is; What Registration District is Stonesfield in?”
  • Jeanie Patterson (nee Haynes) asks “Can you help.Does any one know my cousin Jackie Fuller last known address 20 Longore.I would like to make contact with her.”

Any answers appreciated! Please click 'Comments' below.