Adderbury visit

Yesterday we joined Banbury Historical Society’s visit to Adderbury (Oxfordshire). This is the home of my 3 times great grandfather (Robert Baughen 1816 – 1876 who married Sarah Isles Dearing 1811 – 1882). They had 8 children, all born in Adderbury. Robert was a tailor by trade. Robert and Sarah are buried in Adderbury. Robert’s nephew Henry Baughen/Boffin was the organist at Adderbury church at the time of the 1861 census.

The photos at are from the visit.

Photos 1 – 15 and 23 are of the parish church. I’m waiting to hear about the age of the organ but suspect that it would have been the one Henry played although the location of the organ in the church may have been different. The church has had many alterations over the centuries but there are many old parts remaining. The carvings in photos 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15 show mainly musicians (of old); there is only 1 depicting religion. Photos 16, 17 and 18 are of the old Rectory.

Phot 20 is of the girls school but now the library. It originally had a thatch roof. Robert’s girls would have attended this school.

Photo 21 is of the old tithe barn. At one stage it housed the fire engine but the horse used to pull it was kept 1/2 mile away.

Photo 22 is the entrance to the original infants school.

Photos 24 – 26 are of the Adderbury Quakers Meeting House, which was originally located outside of the village. Quakers were active in this part of Oxfordshire, especially in the 17th century.

We thank the committee of the Banbury Historical Society for organising the visit and for the Parish Council for allowing us to see the Quaker Meeting House.

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