Interesting Local Individuals

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Interesting Local Individuals

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In the history of any community, certain characters come to stand out and Oakridge is no exception. 

Some of the people who have been influential in various ways such as William Rothenstein and his extended group of literary and artistic friends are featured in the Arts and Crafts Movement Collection.

A selection of people, some born here but moved on, some born and stayed and other 'in-comers' are featured here. Some affected the village directly, others made significant contributions to music, politics, business the army and more, both nationally and internationally.

We are quite certain that there are many more 'Intersting Individuals' that have not yet been featured in this Collection - if you would like to suggest additions, even yourself, please do so!

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Mabel Dearmer - actress, novelist, illustrator, playwright, elocutionist, theatre producer, vicar’s wife, and mother
Pictures and Documents, L - R, T - B :1. Mabel Dearmer, aged sixteen in 18882. Mabel Dearmer, aged eighteen in 18903. A short biography of Mabel Dearmer4. A letter to the Times regarding Mabel's death and other's work in Serbia5. Pen and Ink Sketch6.…

Admiral Sir James Somerville
Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Fownes Somerville GCB, GBE, DSO, DL (17 July 1882 – 19 March 1949) was a Royal Navy officer. Sir James lived at Frampton Place from the 1930's until he moved to Somerset to take over his family estate. He purchased…

Sir Robert Perkins, MP for Stroud, with his plane at Lime Kiln Lane, Bisley from where he used to fly to London from his home at Rookwoods, Waterlane
Sir Walter Robert Dempster Perkins, also known as Robert Perkins (3 June 1903 – 8 December 1988) was a Conservative Party politician in England. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Stroud in Gloucestershire at a by-election in May 1931,…

Norman Shrapnel, Journalist and Author
Norman Shrapnel (5 October 1912 – 1 February 2004) was an notable journalist, author and parliamentary correspondent who lived at Laburnum Cottage, Far Oakridge.Shrapnel was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, and was educated at The King's School,…

Robert Mawdesley, Actor
Robert Mawdesley (c. 1900 – 30 September 1953), resident of Far Oakridge, was an actor, best remembered as the voice of the first Walter Gabriel in the long-running radio programme The Archers, which has been running as a daily serial on BBC Radio…

Cecil James Sharp (22 November 1859 – 23 June 1924) was the founding father of the folklore revival in England in the early 20th century. Many of England's traditional dances and music owe their continuing existence to his work in recording and…

John Drinkwater, poet and playwright
John Drinkwater the poet and playright, introduced to Oakridge by William Rothenstein, so loved the setting that he stayed at Winson Cottage for a year!The image is a painting of John Drinkwater by William Rothenstein.Drinkwater was attracted by the…

Major Robert Francis Le Bailly (1866 - 1945) and Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly (1915 - 2010)
Major Robert Francis Le Bailly (1866 - 1945), a Civil Engineer, moved from Bristol to Oakridge in 1924 with his wife and children, one of whom, Louis, then nine, was destined to become Vice Admiral Sir Louis Edward Stewart Holland Le Bailly KBE, CB…

Charles Mason, astronomer and surveyor 1728 - 1786
Charles Mason was born at Wherr (now Weir) Farm, Oakridge Lynch (although others say he was born at Bakers Mill), the son of Charles Mason, a baker and miller, and Anne Damsel Mason. He attended Tetbury Grammar School and (probably) received…

George & Dorcas Juggins
An couple who, though they did not live in the village, were a familiar sight in Oakridge travelling by donkey or pushing a pram to transport their purchases, and using the village shop and the pub as their local, George and Dorcas JugginsGeorge and…
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