Thame Local History
The George III Period Dates (1760 - 1820)
Death of Philip, sixth Viscount Wenman, who built Thame Park House.
Death of the third Earl of Abingdon, Willoughby Bertie.
|1763||Thame Churchwardens advertised for someone to run a local workhouse.|
There were food riots in Thame, over the price of basic food such as bread and cheese.
Roman Catholic Eleanor Bertie married Philip the seventh and last Viscount Wenman. More
|1769||The Swan was purchased from the Earl of Abingdon's estates by Hannah Bennet.|
Aylesbury to Shillingford Turnpike opened and went through Thame.
The Earl of Abingdon's Hunt began between Thame and Tetsworth.
|1774||Earl of Abingdon won the Jockey Club Plate, with the racehorse Transit.|
Earl of Abingdon paid Capability Brown £2,888 for work at Rycote.
John Wesley preached at Thame.
|1779||Sale of interior goods at Rycote House.|
The Thame to Postcombe road was turnpiked.
Lord Torrington visited Thame and made disparaging comments.
The Battin family began a 137 year association with the Nags Head.
The name Birdcage was first used for the pub formerly the Cage. More
Thame troop of Yeomanry formed, one of the first in the country.
Jesuit Priest Father Bernard Stafford buried in Thame Park chapel. More
|1790||Local workhouse opened in Pound Lane, now Wellington Street.|
|1792||French religious refugees accommodated at Thame.|
In popular expressions of opposition to the ideas of Tom Paine,
a republican with links to the American and French Revolutions,
there was a 'loyalty meeting' held at Thame.
|1796||Thame housed 50 French clergy. They stayed until 1802.|
|1798||In a great flood, a wagon was swept off the Long Crendon causeway.|
|1799||The fourth Earl of Abingdon died.|
The seventh and last Viscount Wenman died.
|1803||Volunteer corps of three companies formed at Thame, under P.T. Wykeham of Tythrop (for fear of a French invasion).|
|1806||Napoleonic prisoners accommodated at Thame.|
|1807||Sale of exterior fabric of Rycote House.|
Arthur Young, the agricultural reformer, spoke of 'very depressing poverty' in Thame.
|1811||The sum of £3,686 required through the Poor Rate at Thame.|
Rumours of marriage between the Duke of Clarence and
Sophia Elizabeth Wykeham of Thame Park.