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8:56am Monday 8th January 2007
Death has always been an inevitable part of life, but today, more people die in hospital, and undertakers, rather than local women, lay out a corpse. Few people now keep the body in the house until the funeral, so many traditional death rites have disappeared.
11:30am Tuesday 24th October 2006
The phases of life are marked in religion by christening, confirmation, marriage and the last rites of death and burial. People have developed many superstitions to encourage good luck at these times.
9:41am Monday 11th September 2006
Until the Reformation, the Church dominated society, physically as well as mentally. Churches were the most important buildings of the village and the church exerted influence over almost every aspect of life, from baptism to death, with rituals for the expulsion of evil spirits, to drive away thunder and to bless many aspects of life and work.
1:23pm Tuesday 8th August 2006
Oxfordshire was once rich in woodland such as Wychwood Forest, which covered an area from Woodstock to Witney, Burford and Chipping Norton, and Shotover Forest. These woodlands were owned by the reigning monarch, and only he and favoured retainers held the right to catch any type of animal in the forest.
2:38pm Friday 21st July 2006
10:41am Tuesday 20th June 2006
We carefully wove our way along a grassy path illuminated by candles suspended from the gnarled branches of the apple trees. It was a magical night. Only the lightest of light breezes brushed our cheeks and caused the glass jars in which the lights were fixed to sway.
9:35am Tuesday 16th May 2006
Highwaymen were a hazard to travellers for centuries. One notorious highwayman was Captain James Hind, a saddler's son, who was born in 1616 in Chipping Norton, educated at the local grammar school and apprenticed as a butcher. James however wanted a life of adventure and left to seek his fortune in London.