The Ascott Martyrs were sixteen women some with babies in arms who were imprisoned in 1873 for supporting their striking farm worker husbands in the Oxfordshire village of Ascott Under Wychwood. The traumatic event led to riots and a reprieve from Queen Victoria. Their legacy today is that picketing was made legal in 1874 and local religious leaders were no longer appointed Magistrates. The project will provide continued awareness in the local schools and the wider community as well as a national online centre for information and research.

Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust…

Who is who? 

Carol Anderson  - Chairman 
Cynthia Briant - Secretary
Andrew Weaver  – Treasurer
Paula Nielsen-Tickner 

Historical Advisors
Beverley McCombs 
Wendy Pearse

Study Group
Coordinator - Andrew Weaver 

Website - Mark Pidgeon
Facebook Admin - Paula Nielsen-Tickner 

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Seats Beneath the Martyrs Tree

The Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust

The aim of the Trust is to advance the education of the public in the subject of the Ascott Martyrs by the provision of such educational material and research as the Trust sees fit.


The Trust achieves its objectives by a variety of means, principally by encouraging research into what is often called the Chipping Norton Incident, and the sharing of the results of that research to engage a wider community with the story itself and aspects of life in an Oxfordshire village at this time.


Trustees are available to give talks on various aspects of the event and support a Study Group to encourage research, and the recording and sharing of the results. 


One of the Trust’s first actions in partnership with the WEA, was to sponsor the creation of a commemorative hanging textile by local women, some of whom are descendants of the Martyrs, which is now on display in the parish church.

The Trust has also provided information plaques telling the story of the Martyrs, which can be seen on the commemorative seats that surround the chestnut tree on the village green.


If you would like to know more about the story of the Martyrs, and their family histories, copies of Beverley McCombs’ book (Mark can you add hotlink to Bibliography page ?) can be purchased from the Trust, as can a full colour, illustrated booklet about the making of the commemorative textile. For more information, please email