ABOUT JERICHO - HISTORY

Facing the past

Posted - October 29, 1997

Cbanging Faces of Jericho

After years without any new books on Jericho, sure enough two come along at once. Following the Jericho Sketchbook, featured in our last issue, we now have The hanging Faces of Jericho. This is one of a series on different parts of Ox­ford and is written by Julie Kennedy. She now lives in Woodstock, but lived in Juxon Street in the mid-1970s. Julie is an accountant, but also a member of the Family History Society.

One of her starting points, she says, was a map of Jericho she saw in the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies. She then went on to talk to many individuals and businesses, and worked on the book for about six months. Published in June, it is proving popular: by the end of August it had sold about 500 copies.

Julie is now preparing for ‘Jericho - Book 2’. This, she says, will be ‘more of the same’ with materials that she could not find the first time round. So she is keen to hear from anyone who has in­ formation, and particularly photographs, that they would like to be included. Her phone number is: (01993) 812258.

Did you know?

The origins of Walton?

Walton is derived from “wall town” which was used centuries ago to indicate a location outside the Oxford city walls. The ancient manor of Walton was certainly in existence before the Norman conquest in 1066.

About the church bells?

Originally the Church only had the single ‘Barney’s Bell’. In 1890, when the clock was installed, it was decided to add a set of tubular bells to ring the chimes and the hour strike, as well as a tune or ‘carillon’. The are driven by an elaborate mechanical contraption.