Water, water, everywhere… But not a drop to drink (on the surface). The river Og is a bourne, originally meaning a river that is dry in summer months. That is why when you look at old maps of the area, you will find that many houses shared wells, to get water during the summer from deeper underground. In the last few decades, wells have been replaced by domestic water supplies. But water is still extracted on a massive scale by Thames Water’s bore holes. Local farms that need water for their livestock are now having to redrill their own bore...Read More
What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health… In this part of Wiltshire, there was the Roman settlement at Dvrocornovivm (Wanborough), connected by road to Cunetio (Mildenhall). The area we now call Ogbourne St.George lay on the connecting road. Local historians and experts at the Association for Roman Archaelogy (ARA) believe that the Og valley contained several Roman buildings. Evidence of this can still be found in old stones walls in the area, where a trained eye can find lumps of Roman...Read More
The Railway This web site details, in pictures and words, the Midland and South Western Junction Railway. This railway passed through Ogbourne St George but was closed in 1961. The route of the track past our village is now the Chiseldon to Marlborough Cycle track. Visit SwindonsOtherRailway (choo choo… you’ll see what I mean when you open this...Read More
Ogbourne Camp We occasionally get asked where Ogbourne Camp was. Mainly by folk whose father or grandfather had served there. Ogbourne Camp was never a holiday destination run by Butlins or Pontins. But it did contribute to Britain’s war effort (during WW2) and then briefly before the Suez Canal episode when Signals Engineers were based there. Location It doesn’t appear on any current Ordnance Survey maps, as the whole site has long been demolished. But there are old maps that show the extent of the camp. The best reference point is the top of the short hill west of...Read More
Ogbourne St George Charities There is an ancient but still active Charity which specifically benefits the residents of Ogbourne St George. It was first established under an Inclosure Award dated 25th May 1796, when an area of about 20 acres of Bytham Down was allotted to the Lord of the Manor (at that time, the Provost and Scholars of Kings College, Cambridge) to be held for the purpose of raising furze for use as fuel by the inhabitants of the Parish of Ogbourne St George. The custom was that any parishioner could cut and take away as much furze as could be carried, but...Read More
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