Presents an unusual oral history focussing on the development of a mixed middle-class neighbourhood in north Oxford during the 20th century. Tracing a general shift from 'town' to 'gown' among residents, this book documents both typical social changes and some remarkable individuals.
Table of Contents
List of interviewees and contributors. Foreword. Introduction by Paul Thompson. 1 The development of the seven roads. 2 A changing middle-class community. 3 Born and bred. 4 'Local celebrities' 5 Children's Lives. 6 School and university. 7 Working lives. 8 Houses. 9 Summertwon and its shops. 10 Organistations, activities and events. 11 The neighbourhood and neighbourliness. Appendix 1 Houses and builders. Appendix 2 Summertown shops in 1936 and 1976. Index.
Perilla Kinchin (b.1951) came to Oxford as a graduate student after studying Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She was a lecturer at Trinity and Merton Colleges before a change of direction in 1988, when she wrote a book on Glasgow's Great Exhibitions and established White Cockade Publishing. She has published, and also written, a number of books in the area of social and design history, and oral history.