The Witney & Fairford Branch Through Time

The Witney & Fairford Branch Through Time

Woking Buses 1911-1939

Woking Buses 1911-1939

Witney Through Time

Series: Through Time

Publication Date15th May 2012

Book FormatPaperback





This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Witney has changed and developed over the last century
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Witney grew up as the result of deliberate planning on the part of successive Bishops of Winchester, a spacious, wedge-shaped market area being laid out parallel to the river Windrush. The whole area was surrounded by a drainage ditch known as Emma's Dyke. By the end of the Middle Ages it had grown into a populous market town with a developing blanket industry, and 1800 there were five textile mills in and around the town. In 1951 Smiths Industries established a large factory on Witney Aerodrome, so the local economy was no longer dependent upon the woollen industry. But the town remained famous as a centre of the blanket manufacturing industry until the closure of the last mill in 2002. This fully illustrated narrative brings the fascinating history of Witney to life and will be enjoyed by all those keen to know this Cotswold town a little better.

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