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Marston 1938–1965

1938 (John Piper, Shell Guide to Oxfordshire)

Marston. Overpowering development on Oxford road. Village spared. The church has a lot of its old woodwork


1942 (Arthur Mee, The King’s England)

Marston. A quiet place among elms and green fields


1949 (Reginald Turnor, Oxfordshire)

Marston might please the ‘Waterstock, Wytham, and Waterperry’ poet. There is a ferry over the Cherwell; a stubborn hold on the Oxfordshire village sense in some charming stone, thatch, and even pink wash; and the nearness to Oxford. But I think it is too near. Summertown and an arterial road and Headington hedge it about too closely. It would be easy to be there ‘student and don’, but hardly, I fear, ‘countryman’. Still, it is perhaps more fortunate than any other village so close to the city


1965 (James Morris, Oxford)

The ferry across the Cherwell at Marston has been in continuous use at least since the thirteenth century…. The parish church at Old Marston is a well-known centre of bell-ringing: in 1958 its ringers rang a world record peal of doubles, 12,600 changes in 6 hours 20 minutes, beating a record established in 1775, and if you look at the board in the belfry you will find that the methods they have initiated there include the Magdalen Bob, the Wadham Bob, the Nuffield Bob, and even one named for St. Frideswide…. The Victoria Arms at Marston Ferry, with a nice peeling inn-sign of the young queen, is a popular place to punt to for breakfast on May Morning…. The fourteenth-century chalice at Marston church is probably the oldest in use anywhere in England


© Stephanie Jenkins

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