As we explained on the home page, Ettington has existed for a very long time, being both recognised as a Saxon and Roman settlement. The Shirley family, the Lords of the Manor at the time of the Domesday Book are still residents, and the ancestral home is now a quality hotel known as the Ettington Park Hotel. This residence is outside the village lying on the A3400 Oxford to Stratford upon Avon road.
Below are some photographs gathered from residents past and present which help to tell the story of the changing village.
Some of the photographs and articles have helped to bring together people who have had associations with the village and it's residents and we are happy to continue to publish photographs and articles about experiences of village life.
The help of Tony Biles in providing pictures and information is much appreciated.
Let us have your pictures and memories of Ettington past or present.
The Saracen's Head
Kevin Sparks has provided this information about the Saracen's Head, which is now his home.
The Heritage Connection
We received this email from Gillian Heritage:
"I have been looking at your site and was thrilled to find a photo of The Saracens Head. My great, great grandfather, Thomas Heritage, was Innkeeper there from at least 1841 to 1861 when his son took over.There were Heritages there until at least 1901. This is all I know of them. I would love to find out more. Have you any suggestions please?"
Any help for Gillian from our Ettington Historians?
The Choir 1939
What are they doing now?
Mervyn Lister has pointed out that the minister in the centre of the picture is his grandfather, Ewing Boyd Wilson, who died in 1964 aged 70 years.
Any suggestions of when this might have been?
Ettington Main Road
For more information and images of Ettington station look here.
Village from Church
19 to 27 Banbury Road
'Biles' - the Old Stores
Home Guard NCO's
The Home Guard NCO’s.
Football Team 1920
Peter Mumford wrote:
"In the 1930's my uncle, Harry Cox, played football for Shipston Early Closers, now Shipston Excelsior when they were playing at Ettington, a cup match in the Hospital Cup. He scored the winning goal, and a woman ran on to the pitch and attacked him with her umbrella. Fortunately he was not hurt. It seems that there were football hooligans even in those days. I am not sure if Shipston went on to win the cup that year."
Football Team 1950-51 Season
Ettington Football Team. 1951-1952 season
Footbal Team around 1922
Football Team circa 1922
Village Maypole circa 1933
Ettington Village Maypole circa 1933
Short Lane Ettington
Bob Widdows wanted to know where exactly was Short Lane Ettington as it was home to some of his family.
Chequers Inn and Smithy
Ettington Village - Middle
Banbury Road as it used to look before the days of traffic calming
View towards Stratford upon Avon. Chequers Inn on right, White Horse out of sight on left.
You can just spot the sign amongst the greenery!