1870 1879

A timeline of news, stories and pictures from 1870 1879.

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Oxford City Court

Tuesday 11 January 1870

James Martin, Frederick Martin, jun., George Hill, Wm. Arnett, and George Terry, were charged with being drunk and riotous in the Corn Market on the 11th inst. They pleaded guilty. Inspector Soames stated that at one in the morning the defendants were playing several instruments; they were returning from the Rifle Corps dinner, where they had been musicians; they were not playing in unison; they said they had Captain Fane's permission to play, and play they should for all anyone. The Mayor remarked on the annoyance of people being disturbed in the middle of the night by the playing of discordant notes, but said the Magistrates were disposed to deal leniently with the defendants, and would dismiss them on their paying the costs, 6s. each.


Note Was this the same George Terry who was later conductor of the Headington Brass Band? We're not sure but it's a good story!

Britannia Benefit Society

Tuesday 6 June 1876

Britannia Benefit Society.—This club held its anniversary dinner on Whit Tuesday. The members assembled at the Club House at ten o'clock, and then marched to the church, headed by a brass band supplied by Mr. G. Terry, of Iffley-road. ... In the afternoon the members, headed by the band, paraded the village....

OXFORD TIMES - 17 June 1876

Note Was this the Headington Band? The article is not specific, but George Terry was conductor of the Headington Brass Band during the 1880s.


Monday 30 July 1877

This association held their annual picnic in a field kindly placed their disposal by Mr. Henry Pether, on Monday week, when the weather was all that could desired. At three o’clock the Headington brass band, under the direction of Mr. Taylor, marched through the village to the field, where tea was ready, and upwards of 80 of the parishioners sat down. Ample justice having been done dancing commenced to the strains of the capital brass band, and was kept up until nine o’clock. .

Oxford Times - Saturday 11 August 1877

Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Monday 2 June 1879

Headington Independent Order of Odd Fellows. —The members of the Loyal Havelock Lodge, No. 4820, will hold their annual dinner on Whit Monday, at the Britannia Inn. The Headington brass band, headed by the splendid banner of the district, will parade the village during the day.

Oxford Times - Saturday 31 May 1879