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Leafield, London and Oxford

A presentation created by ICT Club September 2013


     Leafield school

     Oxford and the University



London - our capital city

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The Tower of London


It is also known as the bloody tower.


There are many horror story's written about it.


There are many sections of the tower built over ti


Famous prisoners in the Tower


 Ann Boleyn                    Sir Walter Raleigh       Lady Jane Grey       Princes Edward and Henry

Guy Fawkes


London Olympics

The total of 65 medals, including 29 Golds, is the best tally recorded by Britain  at any Olympics since 1908.

Howthe Olympic Games started

The Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, in southwest Greece. The games were part of The Greek Olympics, thought to have begun in 776 BC, inspired the modern Olympic Games that begun in 1896.The Games were held in honour of Zeus, king of the gods, and were staged every four  years at Olympia, a valley near a city called Elis. People from all over the Greek world came to watch and take part



History of Leafield

By the 17th century the local area was becoming the centre of the gloving industry in Oxfordshire and by the 18th century was a major national centre of gloving. There is no doubt that the decline in agricultural incomes led farm-worker’s wives to take on gloving at home to supplement the family income. Undoubtedly by the end of the 19th century in most local villages including Leafield virtually every cottage contained a gloveress. The quality of hand sewing in the area was internationally renowned at 8 stitches to the inch!

Jackie is our Lunchtime Supervisor at School. Jackie’s mum made gloves for the royal family including the queen mother and the queen. She also made gloves which she took to Charlbury train station which were taken to people in the war. One of the cottages within the village of Leafield served as a depot. Here a “Bag woman” received a bundle of cut skins each week via the carrier, and these were taken in dozens to the out-workers, to stitch and complete in their own homes. She stored finished articles and distributed new orders. This practice continued into the early 20th century.

       This is the sewing machine that Jackie's mum used to sew gloves   for the Royal Family




Hand sewn glove

Machine sewn glove


Craft club have been sewing their own dloves by hand


They also use Jackie's mom's machine to sew their  own gloves


      Leafield is also famous for it's pottery


The medieval industry

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Leafield was an important centre for the production of country pottery, but the industry was probably established here very much earlier. The raw materials for pottery manufacture were all available on the spot -clay from the deposits close to the surface round the perimeter of the village, water with which to mix it from the village pond and wood for the firing from Wychwood Forest.


The Church History

The present church is the third church building on the site, the first chapel dating back to at least 1458. In 1857 the wealthy and energetic Rev. Henry Worsley was appointed to the living. He considered that the chapel was “the very worst in the Diocese, singularly unsuited to its sacred purpose”, and the vicarage, Lowborough House, “a bad one and sited at an inconvenient distance from the chapel and the people”. Worsley, aided by Lord Churchill, set about a complicated series of land exchanges and purchases to acquire a large plot at the junction of Lower End and Witney Lane. Several cottages had to be demolished and the village blacksmith persuaded to move to a new site next to the Baptist chapel with an acre of land attached given by Lord Churchill.



November 5th Bonifire Night



The famous rhyme:


          remember the fifth of November

       Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason,

 Why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot

The GunPower Plot Plan
A group of men led by Robert Catesby, plotted to kill King James and blow up the Houses of Parliament, the place where the laws that governed England were made.
The plot was simple - the next time Parliament was opened by King James l, they would blow up everyone there with gunpowder. The men bought a house next door to the parliament building. The house had a cellar which went under the parliament building. They planned to put gunpowder under the house and blow up parliament and the king.

Every year on November 5th, we celebrate Bonfire Night, we light a big fire and make a guy to go on top, to celebrate the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament.


We have fireworks, sparklers and yummy food.





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