Bensington Society History Group
Should you wish to join the History Group or find out more about it, please contact the Group by email through the History Group website, see below, or phone the Secretary, Sue Brown on 01491 837885
One of the aims of The Bensington Society when it was formed was to preserve all that is best in Benson and so early on a History Group was formed. The Bensington Society’s History Group have had many achievements since the Society was formed. One early success was the discovery of the old village hand and horse operated fire engine in a barn, which was lovingly restored by founder members.
While researching for the book `A Century of Change 1900 to 2000' a substantial number of old photographs was collected. These have now been placed on a website below for all to view. There is also a display of some of the photographs on the Gallery Page to whet your appetite.
Over the years the Group has built up a wealth of historical information in both paper and electronic archives. Some of this material can now be found on the History Group website.
For further information on the history of Benson, you are recommended to visit the websites below.
Recently, the History Group decided to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War by researching how the war affected the inhabitants of Benson. The results were presented to the village in the form of a fascinating exhibition, which included stories of individual servicemen, battles in which they fought, maps, films, photographs and personal artefacts. Some of this material can be read on the 1914-1918 page of the website.
The Bensington Society has responded generously to funding research by the Victoria History of Oxfordshire for their research on the history of Benson for inclusion in their series of 'Red Books'.