In this fascinating 1947 newsreel from British Pathé, we see how the village and community of Harwell Village had to cope with the nuclear facility suddenly erected in their neighbourhood. When this newsreel opens, we’re in a quiet rural community. Farmers and horse trainers in the fields, small children walking along deserted lanes, and centuries…
The MG factory in Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was an important centre of local manufacturing and national pride.
Harold Wilson became an Oxford don at the age of 21, was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary by Clement Attlee as soon as he entered Parliament, served as the youngest member of a British Cabinet in the 20th century, and is best remembered for his years as British Prime Minister 1963-1970 and 1974-76.
In 1988, a Didcot resident picked up his home video recorder and filmed parts of the local area about to change forever. It has turned into a remarkable and rare record of the Oxfordshire town’s rural boundaries before development.
The county of Oxfordshire is famous for the city of Oxford, which is home to Britain’s oldest university (established in AD1096), for the annual regatta on the River Thames at Henley, and for the picturesque villages dotted around the countryside.