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Headington Quarry Oxfordshire
Gipsies were attracted to Headington Quarry becuase of being able to camp on the vast waste land and many of them settled
They established a regular settlement in the village [of Headington Quarry] some time between 1859 and 1861 they were accepted as part of village life, even though they travelled away in the summer.
SMITH (the traveling ones) settled in Headington Quarry after being baptised all over Oxon and Bucks.
Hercules Smith was Baptised on the 26th December 1779 at Bletchington Oxford, the son of JASPER AND SARAH Smith
According to the Journal of Gypsy Lore he had a son Henry who was married Priscilla Bagley Priscilla and Henry had one son Au/GUSTUN Smith (baptised 1838) who lived at Headington. (Gustin bpt 1838, md Sarah Tolley, 12/11/1860 at Headington, witnesses, Wisdom Smith and Ellen Tolley.After Henry's death she married Henry's cousin Wisdom the son of Thomas Smith of Headington Quarry
BUCKLAND ( Gypsies ) of Langley Burrell Wiltshire and later settled in Headington Quarry Oxfordshire
Raphael Samuel in his "Quarry Roughs" chapter in his book "Village Life and Labour" has a number of references to the Buckland gypsies, who were travelling showmen who used to set up their stalls in the pits of Headington Quarry:
"Shows at Whitsun and in November were provided by the Bucklands, a well-known family of travellers, who treated Quarry as their winter base and then in the spring took their pony roundabout on the circuit of the local feasts and fairs."
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|PenelopeS40||Smith family : Headington Quarry / Stonesfield / Woodstock||4||Nov 1 2012, 12:31 PM EDT by PenelopeS40|
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Hello ! I am trying to trace my Smith /Gypsy family back beyond 1805. My GGG Grandparents were William Smith born 1805 in Stonesfield and Sarah ( don't know her maiden name ) also born in Stonesfield in 1810. They had 12 children, the youngest of whom was my GG Grandfather Francis G Smith , born in 1850/51 in Stonesfield and married to Mary Ann Paxford born 1854 also from Stonesfield.
Would appreciate any information or search suggestions . Penelope Smith
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