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Witney: A Nazi Target

I recently undertook a research visit to the US National Archives in Washington DC. Whilst I was there I discovered this document – a target photograph of the airfield at Witney taken by the Luftwaffe in August 1940. It’s certainly strange seeing somewhere so intensely familiar annotated and analysed by distant Nazi’s planning its potential destruction. Thank heavens they never properly …

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Witney’s History of War, Murder and Drunkenness

You’d be forgiven for imagining that Witney, David Cameron’s very own comfortable market town, has always been sleepy and dull. Didn’t it just make blankets for centuries and then become a pretty place for middle-class women to shop? Well yes, but it’s also had its fair share of drama. Here are five historical examples of Witney’s actually being totally screwed up. …