(previously Oxford Occasionals
Edwin Macadam and Sheila Girling Macadam
2016 Church Visitation
will take place on
Saturday 3rd September 2016
southeast and southwest of Adderbury
commencing at 10.00 am at Souldern.
10.00 – 11.00
The Church of
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
Map 191 : OS Ref 522317
Post Code : OX27 7HU
Leave the motorway at Junction 10, and take the
A43 towards Northampton. At the first roundabout
turn LEFT onto the B4100 towards Souldern, Aynho
and Adderbury. After about 2.25 miles turn LEFT into Souldern
village, then RIGHT into Church Lane.
roadside before the church. The lane leads to
the sewerage works!
There is no WC at Souldern.
suggested that the use of the Services at the
Motorway Service Station could well be
beneficial to Visitors!
This is a very comprehensive website, and
deserves exploring further! This church is one
we had to omit two years ago, and it is worth
arriving a little early in order to look around.
The Church of
Map 191 :
OS Ref 514331
On leaving Souldern Church, retrace your
steps to the B4100, and turn LEFT. Turn LEFT
again where this road meets the B4031, and,
still on the B4100, Aynho is the next village.
The church is on the left hand side of the road,
partially hidden by a high estate stone wall
which the road follows for some little way.
There is a small car park if you turn LEFT
through a gap in this wall, towards the west end of the church, and
immediately LEFT again behind the wall adjacent
There is a WC
in the church.
12.20 – 1.30
Red Lion, Adderbury
View from road.
RED LION MENU **
Map 191 :
OS Ref 475356
Post Code :
LUNCH will be
partaken at the Red Lion, Adderbury
On leaving the church at Aynho, turn LEFT on the
B4100. This takes its path back over the M40,
and meets the A4260. This is the Banbury Road,
and within 100 yards or so you will find the
Village Green. The Red Lion is on the left at
the far end of the Green. It has its own
forecourt, essentially part of the old road in
front of the Inn.
available through the archway to the rear yard
of the Inn. Alternatively there is additional
parking around the Green.
The Church of
St Mary - Our Lady of Bloxham
Map 191 :
OS Ref 431356
On leaving the Red
Lion (we are not singing at Adderbury church) turn
LEFT down the Oxford Road A4260 - it changes its
name either side of the Green - towards
About a half mile
down the A4260, the road swings to the right,
passing the Station Yard Industrial Estate.
Almost immediately, turn RIGHT onto a C class
road called Berry Hill Road. This becomes the
Milton Road to the village of Milton, then
continues to meet the A361, at which point turn
RIGHT towards the centre of Bloxham
The church is on the RIGHT of a
busy main road, but there is private parking
available for the church in the Doctors' surgery
carpark. I BELIEVE THIS TO
BE THE CASE, BUT AM AWAITING CONFIRMATION.
Godswell Lodge, Church St, Bloxham,
Banbury OX15 4ES
This is a Simon Jenkins **** church, and is
worthy of some study - probably far longer than
given on this Visitation. Bring
binoculars, and be preparfed to make a second
For a guide and
more pictures, see:
3.00 – 3.45
the church of
By Ben Nicholson, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Map 191 :
OS Ref 391333
On leaving the church at Bloxham,
continue driving southwards along the A361, ie
retrace your steps to start with but keep to the
main road, not back to Adderbury.
South Newington is the next
village, but not very visible from the main
road. Once you have passed the pub called the
Duck on the Pond, the road goes into a series of
bends. Take the next turn RIGHT to Wigginton,
which is immediately after a left hand bend.
The road climbs uphill through
the village, and as the village hall is lower
down the hill you may find it easier to turn
round in the area past the church and park
pointing the way you came
It is a narrow road at this
point, and there seems to be just a little more
room for parking in the road uphill of the
4.00 – 4.45
Wigginton Village Hall
OS Ref 391332
Tea is in the Village Hall, and
as this is about 100 yards away, it is probably
easier to walk from the church to the hall
rather than having to park again. Having
said that, there is a small parking area behind
the hall, but I have not counted spaces
5.15 – 6.00
The Church of
St Peter ad Vincula
Map 191 :
OS Ref 408333
Click on map, and download larger version
Wigginton Road back to the main A361. There are
two ways to reach the church, see the map below,
which can also be enlarged and copied/printed:
The better route
is to turn RIGHT on the A361, then immediately
LEFT onto the Barford Road. Take SECOND LEFT
into the High Street, at the end of which you
will see the church diagonally opposite.
Hopefully there will be parking spaces in the
The following URL
depicts the famous wall paintings at South
This is the
This is another of
the Simon Jenkins recommended churches, so it is
hoped that Visitors may be able to find the time
to stay the course!
Wall paintings and
a raised set of seating for the Quire
The Duck on
The Village pub is 'The Duck on
the Pond', building 11 on the village plan. This
is recommended, as it is the only pub in the
area. It is beside the main road, and may
also attract significant custom!
You will have passed this on the
way from Bloxham to Wigginton.
Action NOW, please.
is a music booklet this year.
Singing will be from The Sacred Harp,
Praise & Glory
Please bring your copies if you have
numbers of each will be available on the
will probably sing one or two old
Gibraltar, Birmingham, Shropshire, etc,
so if you need
and have the music, please bring it.
TEA at Wigginton Village Hall is to
be provided by local church ladies.
LUNCH at the Red Lion, Adderbury
to us what you would like to eat,
who wants to eat it, and
SEND us a cheque
(made payable to
S & E Macadam)
for the cost beforehand.
Please add to
this cheque the sum of £5 to
cover the cost of the music booklet,
Please do not give us cash or cheques on
Lunch orders (and who ordered what!)
should arrive no later than
30 August, and preferably well before!
you also be prepared to make a
donation of at
least £1 per person to each of the
that we visit.
See below for contact address, etc,
for Oxford Psalmody.
Listen to the following mp3 files, recorded by Gary Sherman:
Africa - Sacred Harp
music from St Michael's, Northgate, Oxford
Babylon Streams - Trinity
Cookes Canon - University College
Psalm 69 in a setting by Jarvis -
St Michael's, Northgate
The 'Worms' Anthem by William
Knapp - Trinity College Chapel
Shropshire Funeral Hymn -
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
for further recordings of the
2008 tour of Oxford churches and college chapels, and from where you
can download a number of free media files. You also have the chance
to comment on them!!
September 2000, a group of singers and instrumentalists from many different
parts of England have spent a day each year, touring churches and chapels in
different parts of the County and Diocese of Oxford, to recreate the psalmody and
hymnody of more than 150 years ago.
Psalmody is a gathering of members of the
West Gallery Music Association, formed
in 1990 to revive the music of the rural parish churches, so much beloved
of Thomas Hardy and exemplified in his novels and poetry.
of times past, the days when his father and grandfather were members of the
local church ‘band’, playing to accompany the quire in the specially
constructed ‘west gallery’ in
The psalm tunes used during, before and after services in country churches,
were often by local, untutored composers, frequently bearing the
names of local streets, villages or landmarks. This raw and exciting
music was much beloved, and jealously guarded, by its custodians in the west
gallery; records exist of quires refusing the vicar’s instruction to sing a
particular tune to the psalm of the day, preferring to use another more to
their liking. With the passing of the years, all too frequently what
was initially a tussle for control of the conduct of services became an
issue of conflict with the clergy and the squire as patron.
emergence of Tractarianism and the
Oxford Movement, together with the
introduction of Hymns Ancient & Modern in 1861,
wresting back of control by the church establishment, with the introduction
of surpliced choirs, often with small boys taking the tune, previously the
sinecure of adult, male, tenors. The installation of keyboard
instruments, such as harmoniums, barrel or finger organs spelt the end of
the accompanying band of cellos, clarinets,
violins, flutes, bassoons and the (more than) occasional serpent.
These instrumentalists, and their singing companions, first found their way
to the Independent chapels, where they continued to sing and play the old
tunes they loved, but by the beginning of the twentieth century, in all but
a few outposts, the old way of church psalmody was lost and virtually
forgotten in England.
Such a fate
did not attend the descendants of those settlers who took English country
psalmody to America. In New England, from as early as the middle of the
eighteenth century, English psalm tune books were being sold in Boston
within months of their publication in England. This music inspired
native-born composers, just as untutored as their compatriots on the other
side of the Atlantic, and by 1770 a leather tanner,
of Boston, had produced the first compilation of psalm tunes by a colonist.
There was a flowering of ethnic composition immediately before and after the
War of Independence, and the fervour for native psalmody spread throughout
the Eastern United States, finding its firmest and what has become a
foothold to this day, in the southern states, particularly Alabama and
Georgia. Here the music notation has evolved with shaped note heads as
a singing aid, rather than the ordinary round note heads and thus the term
‘shapenote music’ is often used to describe American psalmody.
Oxford Psalmody sing from both the English
and the American traditions. Our native tunes are usually accompanied, as
they were intended to be, but the psalm tunes of our American cousins are
sung a capella. These tunes are vibrant and exciting, and are a great joy to
sing and play. The group have as their watchword the instruction of a
Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford - John Wesley - to “sing lustily and with good
Pictures are taken from the West Gallery
Music Association publication Good Singing Still by
Rollo G Woods, Totton, Hants 1995 ISBN: 1 899947 00 0.
them have previously appeared in an edition of a novel by Washington Irvine.
Psalmody and Oxford Sacred Harp Singers
regularly to sing Sacred Harp music on the "Teenth" Thursday
of every month between January 1999 and December 2015 in
continue to sing together on the annual Oxford Church
Visitation tour at the beginning of September, and at the
annual Oxford Sacred Harp singing day at Botley, Oxford, at
the end of June.
When the occasion arises they are happy to host visiting
Sacred Harp singers from abroad; please let us know when you
are likely to be in the area!
30 Eynsham Road, Botley, Oxford. OX2 9BP
Tel: +44 (0)1865 865773
Emails: (replace - at - with
|shelwin8 - at - tiscali.co.uk |
|edwinmacadam - at - gmail.com|
Google Map to get there.
for the Oxford Sacred Harp Singers.
See also Immanuel's Ground,
the west gallery quire based in Warwick which we run, and
which supports Oxford Psalmody.
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