Part of the William Smith Meeting: 200 Years of Smith's Map

In the morning participants will visit the village of Churchill where Smith was born and grew up. The afternoon will be spent examining the Smith Archives in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Please note this trip is now sold out

Date: 25 April 2015

Location: meet at Thornhill Park & Ride at 9.30 am

Cost (includes lunch): £35 SOLD OUT

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The coach will travel from Oxford’s Thornhill Park and Ride to the village of Churchill, famous as the birthplace of William Smith. There we will visit 1) the site of the house in which Smith was born, 2) the Smith monument erected by the Earl of Ducie in 1891, with its controversial  commemorative plaque,  and 3) view the Smith display in the Heritage Centre (the former old church chancel).  If time permits we will travel a short distance to Stow-on-the-Wold to view the Manor House on the Square where Smith was a pupil and apprentice to a land surveyor, Edward Webb, and where he learned initial skills in surveying and engineering.

Lunch will be taken at the Crown Inn at Church Enstone on the return trip to Oxford. The afternoon will be spent examining the Smith Archives in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, under the guidance of Archivist Ms Kathleen Santry.  The party will then return to the Thornhill Park and Ride at approximately 17.00.

Getting to the Thornhill Park and Ride, Oxford

There is extensive car parking at £2 for up to 11 hours at the Thornhill Park and Ride. Meeting there avoids the traffic congestion in Oxford Centre from the train station and allows more time in the field.

The party will meet the field trip coach at 9:30am outside the Thornhill Park and Ride. The coach will be waiting across the A40 from the park and ride and will return field trippers there at the end of the day.

The Oxford Tube and the X90 are direct coach services that take you from central London to the Thornhill Park and Ride in around 100 minutes and run every 12-15 minutes.  The coach routes begin at Victoria Coach station and has several pickup points in London. The coaches have electricity, wifi and toilets and are far more economical and convenient than the train. For details of fares, stops and time-tables, please see and

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