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The Bells and Ringers of Cholsey Church By Barrie Charles
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Church bells stir emotions. A glorious peal of bells at a wedding awakes feelings of joy, while the slow tolling of a heavy bell speaks of sadness and death. Such sounds have echoed across the... More > fields around Cholsey, a typical English village near Oxford, for a thousand years. This book follows the development of ringing from the first monastic community in Saxon times to the present day. In olden days bells were blessed with magical powers, able to dispel storms and drive away evil spirits. More recently they have become powerful musical instruments where a thousand different tunes are sounded by skilled players using the art of change ringing. Written for both experienced ringers and those who know nothing of the craft, this book follows the development of ringing from a monastic community in Anglo-Saxon times to the present day.< Less
Cholsey's Great War Dead By Barrie Charles
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The memorial to the Great War dead in St. Mary’s church in Cholsey, a village near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, lists 41 names. Who were these people and how did they come to die? Six of the... More > 41 names remain to be identified, but for the remainder there is information about when they were born, who their families were, their occupations, their military career and how they came to die. A further 26 war dead with connections to the parish are also described.< Less
Cholsey School: Two Centuries of History By Jeanne Money
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Rev Henslow, vicar of Cholsey as well as a professor at Cambridge University and a close friend of Charles Darwin, had bold new ideas on how to improve the parish. He wanted to educate the young and... More > in 1838 his dream was realised with the creation of Cholsey School. Through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the school grew and changed, evolving from rows of pupils in wooden desks with slates, to open plan teaching and computers. Based on extensive new research, this book chronicles the changes to the buildings, the school disasters and successes, and the personal stories of some of the noteworthy teachers and pupils. Jeanne Money came to Cholsey when she was six years old and attended Cholsey School in the years before the war. Her expertise in local history is well known in the village, and she has produced a fascinating chronicle that will be of interest to all existing parents, past and present pupils.< Less
Crime and Calamity in Cholsey: Life in a Berkshire Village 1819-1919 By Barrie Charles
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What was life really like in days gone by? What did local people gossip about after church or in the alehouse? As today, the news and scandal centred on local crimes, personal disasters and the... More > external changes that would affect lives. This book features some of the untold stories of the people and events concerned. They range from the spat between the vicar and his clerk in 1819, to the decimation of local men in the Great War a hundred years later. Most of the crime was minor, but the village also saw assault, rape, arson, infanticide and manslaughter. Even more common was the personal tragedy arising from sudden death, whether by disease, accident or suicide. Some of those who committed crimes were desperate, while others were more a source of gossip, such as the curate who committed adultery with the schoolmistress and absconded from the village after running up gambling debts. These and many other events are related through the fascinating personal stories of our predecessors.< Less

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