1850 1859

A timeline of news, stories and pictures from 1850 1859.

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Heyford and Aston Friendly Society

18 May 1859

On the 18th inst., the Heyford and Aston Friendly Society, attended divine service at Upper Heyford church, where the Rev. Thomas Browne preached an eloquent amplification of St. Peter’s precept, “love the brotherhood." The village choir was suffering from an attack of the sulks, and would not sing. Both before and after the service the Headington brass band, one of the best in the county, performed in their usual effective style. The dinner took place at the Red Lion, Steeple Aston. This society is the largest in Oxfordshire, having 156 benefit members, and a capital of £758.

Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette - Saturday 28 May 1859

Alfred Taylor's Cricket Success!

18 July 1857

Cricket at Kidlington

In 1857 the Headington Brass Band were reported playing a cricket match against Kidlington... and winning! Among the players was Headington Carpenter Alfred Taylor, supposed founder of the band, and his three brothers.

Rural Fete at Headington

4 September 1852

Rural fete at Headington

The amusements commenced soon after two o'clock by dancing to the music of the Headington Brass Band, who gave their valuable services on the occasion, and added greatly to the enjoyment of the fete.

Islip Friendly Societies

25 May 1850

Islip Friendly Societies

On Monday last the members of the Swan benefit society, and those of the Union fellowship society, held at the Fox and Grapes, met at their respective inns, and afterwards proceeded to church ... At the Fox and grapes the dinner was served in very excellent manner by the worthy secretary... The pleasures of the day were greatly increased by the Headington Brass Band. The conviviality was kept up until a late hour, and it may be truly said that a more pleasant and agreeable day was never spent.