News update 9th May 2021

Just like the rest of the country, the history group has been in lock down since March 2020. We have resisted the chance of a zoom meeting and are now excited as we reach the reopening of public events in June. We are all keen to get the group back up and running and look forward to a packed schedule of events.

We will kick off with a group meeting at the Dun Cow and start to plan out the next 12 months. Here's hoping for a clear road ahead.

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Second House in Progress....

The fallen down house in the image above is where the new houses on Millers Lane are being built. The Crawley family who lived there were descendants of the late Martin Hemmings. Martin, kindly unveiled the Hornton Commemoration stone, as Mr Crawly was one of the Hornton soldiers who was killed in the First World War. The Great War

Rushing ahead!

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Further developments on the "Trooper" John Rush family history, The image to the left shows Barbara Greenhalgh with members of the Rush family who visited Hornton from the states. Barbara, who sadly died in 2019, was responsible for all the research on the Rush family. We have since had further communication from other branches of the family, including an email this week, 27th April 2021, from Charles Hart. He is a  descendant of John Hart who married Susannah Rush.  Assuming the accuracy of the marriage record; (, John and Susannah married in England in 1681 before emigrating to Pennsylvania. 

He added "Interestingly, the John Hart who married Susannah Rush had a grandson named Oliver Hart, later Rev. Oliver Hart (Baptist), from whom I descend.  That Oliver had a grandson named Oliver who also had a grandson named Oliver, who was eventually the Rt. Rev. Oliver Hart (Episcopal), whose son Oliver was my father.  Only after discovering the story of Trooper Rush did it occur to me that this long line of Oliver's in my family are likely all namesakes of Cromwell, although they may not all have realized it.  How I escaped being another Oliver is down to my mother."

Charles Hart

The Rush Family in Byberry

John Rush Research

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Anglo Saxon


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This beautiful Anglo Saxon broach that was found in Hornton is still on display in The Banbury Museum.

It's well worth a visit, the broach's existence in the British museum was discovered by Barbara Greenhalgh. Again Barbara's research uncovered the history of the original find at the end of the 19th Century. It was stored in a drawer at the time, in The British Museum and it took a lot of hard work and persuasion to get it on display in Banbury. Barbara in conjunction with The Banbury Museum managed to get the broach on permanent display in Banbury after many months of negotiation and form filling.