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Michael Oakeshott

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Michael Oakeshott

Professor Michael Oakeshott

About Michael Oakeshott

Michael Oakeshott (1935-2004) was a past chairman of the Trust and the author of several histories of the parish.

A graduate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he read medieval history, he went on to an illustrious career in school, college and adult education which culminated in him being conferred Emeritus Professor of History by Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education in 1991.

Once retired to South Cerney, where he and his wife had moved in 1984, Michael resumed his passion for historical research, becoming Chairman of the Trust in 1993.

HRH Visit in 1999
Visit of HRH Princess Royal in 1999
(L-R) Peter Jay, HRH Princess Royal
and Michael Oakeshott

Among his many achievements was the confirmation of South Cerney's Saxon charter status of 999 and his involvement in the millennium celebrations of 1999 which were graced by the Princess Royal.

Then came his books about the village - first in 2001 Fertile Fields and Small Settlements: A History of South Cerney and Cerney Wick; then All Hallows, South Cerney: A Guide and Some Historical Notes to the village church (2002).

His third book - The Parish in Pictures: South Cerney and Cerney Wick around 1900 - was published in 2003.

Michael Oakeshott's books on the history of South Cerney and Cerney Wick are available to purchase here.