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Resources - Libraries, Databases, Museums:
Click 'Culture and Heritage', then 'Heritage Services'. Choose from:
1- Centre for Oxfordshire Studies: The principal resource for local history and genealogical research. Primary and secondary sources, library, photographic library, maps and related material.
2- Oxfordshire Record Office: Now relocated at St Luke's Church, Cowley Road, Oxford, in much larger premises.
3- Victoria County History (VCH). See for their current project:
a Heritage Lottery-funded project called England’s Past for Everyone (EPE). EPE is working with academics and local communities to produce a series of paperback books, resources for schools and an interactive website.
Their website provides free access to 1000s of local history resources including images, transcribed wills and documents and town trails.
In Oxfordshire they are working on two projects, looking at the histories of Burford and Henley-on-Thames. Website resources include building surveys and transcribed wills.
Bodleian Library, some online images and info.
Ashmolean Library, some online images and info.
Oxfordshire parish register copies, entry for Iffley and Iffley St Mary.
Historical Manuscripts Commission, National Register of Archives database.
Oxfordshire Family History Society, publications on microfiche.
River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, exhibits and library on 'The River Thames'.
South East Museums Agency, links to many museums in S.E.England: Oxon, Berks, Bucks, Hants, Isle of Wight, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Channel Islands.
Directory of British Archaeology, S.Midlands. See 'National Bodies' at the bottom of the page.
Chiltern Open Air Museum, over 30 actual buildings through the ages rebuilt in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks. 'For Researchers' for archive on old buildings and building methods, and 'Buildings' for a few photos.
Rural History Centre, Reading. Big database of bibliography and images.
Public Record Office - repository of central government and lawcourts national archives for England, Wales and UK. Lists service centres for access.
1901 census online, searchable database, 32 million names. Viewing individual's transcription - 50p, (person's name, position in household, married or not, age, profession, employment status, where they were born and current address.) View image of original census page - 75p. Min session - £5.
Aims to give easy access to information and links to the main UK family history sites on the web.
'Navigate' for Site Map. 'Compass' for huge international historical image and text database, ' Tours' - Iron Age and Viking, great Pre-history and Anglo-Saxon/Viking weblinks in Education, etc, etc

For a modern OS map of Iffley, click on Large Map for street map of Iffley and search for 'Iffley, Oxfordshire'.
For modern British and international maps.
1886 OS County Series 1:10,560 Scale First Edition map. Search for 'Iffley, Berkshire'. Can buy A3 map 1:2,500 scale.

Individual Iffley Sites:

St Mary's Church, Iffley
St Mary's Church, Iffley, official website, history, services, information.
Very good. 48 photos of details of St Mary's Church, Iffley, 35 of exterior, 13 interior. Taken with tower scaffolding up.
Good colour photo of Iffley Church and Rectory, 1999.
6 photos of Iffley Church under 'Churches' and 'Villages'. Robert Stevens
Granite church in Maine inspired by St Mary's in Iffley, built 1890-1950.

Iffley Mill:
Photo of Iffley Mill, c1900.
The Francis Frith Collection, click 'search photo'. See photo: 'Iffley, The Mill Lock and Bridge, 1890', which can be ordered.

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John Newman, Vicar of Littlemore, 19thC and the Oxford Movement
John Newman, (vicar of St Mary's, High St, 1828-1843, and of Littlemore village, which had no church), and the Oxford Movement.
Extract from Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua, 1864, P.92 by Dr John Henry Newman, Vicar of St Mary's, Oxford from 1828, describing part of Littlemore being in Iffley parish in 1844.

" 1844 I lived at Littlemore; two or three miles distant from Oxford; and Littlemore lies in three, perhaps in four, distinct parishes, that of particular houses it is difficult to say, whether they are in St. Mary's, Oxford, or in Cowley, or in Iffley, or in Sandford, the line of demarcation running even through them."
'Newman's Church at Littlemore' - Fundraising and construction. In 1835, 'the foundation stone was solemnly laid by Newman's mother Jemima, who had gone to live at Rose Bank, Iffley, in 1830.' Grove Bank is the former name of Grove House.
History of St Clement's Church, originally in The Plain, next to the turnpike toll-house, and the young vicar, John Newman (of The Oxford Movement). He revived the church and parish from population explosion in the 1820s. The new Norman St Clement's church at the bottom of Headington Hill was possibly inspired by Iffley Church.

Other Iffley-related sites:
Good b/w photo of the Iffley Mathematical Bridge and history of its being inspired by one in Cambridge, see the Cambridge Queen's College website.
Donnington Hospital Trust in Newbury, important land-owner in Iffley, 'The provision and management of almshouses', some financial figures and contact details.
For the BBONT website (see Hotspot 30 and Snakeshead Fritillaries) and information on their guide to local nature reserves.
Fritillaria meleagris, good photos of snakeshead fritillary, an occasional native British plant, found in Hotspot 30.
How a Roman kiln works, reconstruction project with detailed explanation, diagrams and photos.
History of the Headington Union Workhouse, 1838-1930s, which served the Iffley Parish amongst others.

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