Welcome to the Bartons' History Group

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Update February 2015: Events. Family folders Jenkinson through to Parsons. Update August 2015:Steeple Barton Church Documents. Annual Autumn Talk: Friday November 13th 2015: The Shipton-on-Cherwell Railway Crash, 1874.

The Bartons' History Group is based in the villages of Middle Barton, Westcote Barton and Steeple Barton in North Oxfordshire, UK.


Over the last 40 years the late Audrey Martin and others built up a unique photographic collection of life in our villages from late Victorian times to the present day. She assembled 27 folders containing 2,350 photographs. Over the last few years we have been able to restore and digitise these folders, finally making their contents available on the internet. These photographs are in Audrey's original format with the titles and captions she provided. This still represents only a fraction of the Group's total material......


Click on the Photographs tab to go to the full Audrey Martin collection.

Click on the Documents tab to go a collection of historical documents.

Find out about forthcoming events by clicking the Events tab.

Buy one of our products by clicking the Books and dvds tab.

Get in touch with us by clicking the Contact tab.

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Bartons' History Group would not have been able to create this web-site without the assistance of funding sponsors and contributions from village residents. Steeple Barton Parish Council, Westcote Barton Parish Meeting, West Oxfordshire District Council and The Bouttell Trust have financially supported us through the years from 2007 to 2015. Additionally village residents have provided both donations and many hours of unsung, volunteer work. Thank you.

August 2015.