Carolyne Larrington

Spicing up local history —with a giant, a dragon and an ancient yew

Christopher Hadley investigates his village’s rich folklore — but, disappointingly, the myths dissolve into mundane legalities

How interesting is local history? The history of my Cotswold village — recently celebrating the centenary of the Armistice with a well-researched exhibition and booklet on events in the Sibfords in the first world war — fascinates me, but I am not sure that people from other parts of Oxfordshire, let alone further afield, would agree. 

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