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Oakley Index of Pages

The following pages are designed to give a brief history of some aspects of the community. They are certainly not intended to be exhaustive and more work could be done, for example, on the interesting buildings with reference to census returns, electoral registers and name searches for owners and/or occupiers amongst our other archives, or on churches with reference to the parish records. We hope that reading these pages will encourage you to do more research of your own. If you find additional information on any of the pages below or, indeed, information on aspects of the community not covered here, we would love to hear from you and could publish your research here, giving credit, of course, where it is due!



The Parish of Oakley in General

Oakley Maps

Oakley Before The Midle Ages

Prehistoric Oakley

Romano-British Oakley

Early Medieval Oakley

Medieval Oakley

Oakley in 1086

Oakley Reynes Manor

Social History

Witch Testing at Oakley in 1735

Oakley in the 1890s

The Oakley Hunt

Background to the Oakley Hunt

The Beginnings of the Oakley Hunt

The Oakley Hunt in the 19th and 20th Centuries

List of Oakley Hunt Masters and Officers to 1949

Oakley and the Railways

Oakley Station

1 to 6 Railway Cottages Oakley

Fatal Railway Accident at Oakley in 1938

Fatal Railway Accident at Oakley in 1949

The Barons Ampthill

The Barons Ampthill

Lord Ampthill on the Western Front 1917

The Established Church

The Architecture of Oakley Church

Alterations and Additions to Oakley Church

List of Oakley Vicars

Adam Ace - Violent Vicar

Oakley Vicarage


Oakley Registrations and Early References

Baptists and Congregationalists in Oakley

Methodism in Oakley


Early Education in Oakley

Oakley School 1802 to 1902

Oakley School in 1904

Oakley School From 1903

Lincroft School Oakley

Sources for Education in Oakley

Interesting Buildings

Bedford Estate Cottages

The Reasons for Building the Bedford Estates Cottages

Types of Bedford Estates Cottage

A Commentary on Bedford Estates Cottages

Church Lane

Oakley Bridges

Oakley Mill

College Farm, Oakley

Saint Mary's Cottage, Oakley

29 Church Lane, Oakley

High Street

26 and 28 High Street, Oakley

Middle Farmhouse, Oakley

Queen's College Farmhouse, Oakley

48 to 74 High Street, Oakley

Lovell Road

The Lovell Almshouses, Oakley

Pavenham Road

Stafford Bridge

Station Road

9 to 15 Station Road, Oakley

19 to 25 Station Road, Oakley

27 to 33 Station Road, Oakley

35 to 41 Station Road, Oakley

The Grange, Oakley

The Drive

Maze Cottage, Oakley

Reynes Cottage Oakley

The Little House Oakley

Oakley House

Groom's Cottage Oakley

The Mallows, Oakley

Westfield Road

Town Farm House, Oakley

Westfield Farm Oakley

Yew Tree House, Oakley

Licensed Premises

The Former Bedford Arms Public House, Oakley

The Present Bedford Arms Public House Oakley

The Five Bells Public House Oakley