During ditching operations on Nollands Farm in Oxhill during the mid 1960s, a skeleton was discovered. This was in a sitting position, and experts believe it to be of the Stone Age period. Unfortunately however, upon removal most of it crumbled away, leaving only a part of the skull intact. This is at present in the keeping of the Shipston Historical Society.
Among the collection of miscellaneous documents at the County Record Office is a letter written on behalf of a Lady Beauclerk to the Rev. Farebrother, curate here at the time. This concerns what is described as the building of a “large handsome house” in Oxhill. The letter says in fact that Lady Beauclerk has quite given up the idea for reasons not necessary to mention, and that the Rev. Farebrother must build the sort of house he thinks fit, as shewn on the plan. The question arises as to the cutting of timber to be used in the house, and her Ladyship says that she would rather contribute a sum of money towards buying or procuring it, since once you start cutting timber “there is no knowing where it will end.”
The letter is dated 25th February, 1766, but which house is referred to, or what eventually happened is not known. Beauclerk was the family name of the first Duke of St. Albans, who was the son of Charles II and Nell Gwynne. This Lady Beauclerk must have been his daughter-in-law.