This timely exhibition not only commemorated those who died, but also remembered those who came back, and how the war affected the lives of everyone in the two villages.
The History of Cotswold Sheepwashing and the Restoration of the Sarsden Washpool
The older inhabitants of the village can remember seeing the Sarsden washpool in action, but it has been overgrown and overlooked now for many years. Happily Rupert and Amanda Ponsonby, who live at Sarsden Glebe, have been working hard to restore the pool, and research its history. There is also a connection with William Smith, who would have been able to watch the sheep being washed from his home, and in 1818 was asked to prepare an irrigation and drainage scheme lower down the Sars Brook - of interest because there are so few physical remains of Smith’s work in Oxfordshire.
The Sarsden washpool is easily seen from the road
In the middle of Churchill village with Chipping Norton behind you and the pub on your right, leave the church on your left and go down the hill – signposted to Sarsden and Merriscourt.
The washpool is on the left hand side of the bridge over the Sars Brook at the bottom of the hill.
With thanks to Oxford University Museum of Natural History who are curating this exhibition, and to Nina Morgan, author of The Geology of Oxford Gravestones, for her help and advice.
William Smith’s Bicentenary Exhibition March – September 2015
Curated with the help and support of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
2015 was the bicentenary of the publication of Smith’s famous map, and this exhibition which included original maps, diaries and letters, and specially commissioned audio recordings, commemorated his life and work and celebrated his legacy.
Local Farming (including audio recordings by Peter Crudge (pictured), Tony Huffer, Roger Shorter, Derek Woods
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