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History of the Lye Valley


The Lye Valley a hundred years ago

The photographer Henry Taunt describes the Lye Valley as it was in 1915:

New housing at Bulan Road and the 43rd Regimental Barracks, Headington, from the north-west, 1928 - Britain from Above

Aerial view showing part of Lye Valley in 1928

Click on the thumbnail on the right to see ‘New housing at Bulan Road and the 43rd Regimental Barracks, Headington, from the north-west, 1928’.  The north fen area is clear, the south fen is just cut off on the right-hand side. The cottages at the head of the valley can be discerned at the left-hand end.

Memories of Lye Valley in the late 1930s

Richard Brown, who was born at 7 Dene Road in 1933 and lived there until 1940, describes the Lye Valley when he played there in the 1930s:

Lye Valley

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Inversnaid”

Friends of Lye Valley, 2013–2017