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The Squirrel-Nut Issue 6, Nov 2014

Welcome to the Autumn/Winter Edition of The Squirrel-Nut.

Autumn leaves

Persistent mild weather has delayed the onset of autumn – as we write this, beech leaves in Newbottle Wood, near Banbury, remain stubbornly green.

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Richard & Su Wheeler
Fircone Books

More reviews for ...

Oxfordshire's Best Churches

Since our last newsletter, more kind words have been written about Oxfordshire's Best Churches in a series of lovely reviews: ‘A must-have.’ Church Archaeology; ‘This wonderful book...would provide as much delight and knowledge from the comfort of your favourite armchair.’ SPAB Magazine; ‘A pleasure to read.’ Church Monuments; and 'A delightful record.’ Oxford Today Magazine. Read more on our News page or buy a signed copy today.

Bookshelf Note

Churches for Communities

Although this is not a Fircone book - it was commissioned and published by the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust - Churches for Communities: Adapting Oxfordshire's Churches for Wider Use was recently reviewed with Oxfordshire's Best Churches in the Ancient Monuments Society Newsletter: ‘It is important that anybody charged with establishing the future of a listed church in the county should read both, one to understand why these buildings matter so much to people with a strong visual and historical sense, and the second to show why in the best circumstances that need not be compromised.’

New Board on Pinterest

Stained glass on Pinterest

We've just added a new pin board showcasing the beautiful variety of stained glass in Oxfordshire's churches. Unusual details and stunning artistry - take a look and follow us at: www.pinterest.com/firconebooks.


Oxford College Chapels

Since the publication of Oxfordshire's Best Churches in July last year, Richard has been hard at work on a new book.

Oxford College Chapels will be a richly illustrated in-depth guide to the college chapels of the University of Oxford.

Oxford College Chapels
Merton College Chapel floor - time-worn and beautiful

Although covering a smaller number of buildings, due to the depth of research needed, publication is not expected before 2017. We will keep you updated on progress!

Remembering a Record-breaker

Eyston St Mary plaque

Dinky Thunderbolt

Never judge a person by their monument. This simple brass plaque in the Catholic church of St Mary in East Hendred betrays nothing of the drama of the life it memorialises. Captain George Eyston was a multiple land speed record holder, piloting his monstrous 6,000 hp record car ‘Thunderbolt’ to 357.50 mph in 1939. The car – more a fighter jet with the wings pulled off – was itself commemorated in a Dinky toy of the 1950s.

Inspiration for the Frog Band Books

Building in 'Alphonse and the Stonehenge Mystery' Building in 'Alphonse and the Stonehenge Mystery'

In our regular slot on Jim Smith's inspiration for the Frog Band books, the green bay window in the row of houses below Wolfgang's airship in Alphonse and the Stonehenge Mystery was copied by Jim from the actual house shown in the photograph.

The building is in Salisbury, where Jim lived and where he found much of the inspiration for his illustrations.

Three Wheelers Return

The original Three Wheeler

Fairly or unfairly, 3-wheelers have had a bad press. So when the Morgan Motor Company decided to recreate their version from the 1930s and ‘40s – as driven by the dastardly Nick Gristle in Alphonse and the Stonehenge Mystery – even they had modest expectations.

However, this characterful little sports car – ‘designed to resemble a fighter plane with a leather-lined cockpit’ – has become the firm’s most popular model, with buyers now facing a long waiting list.

These three were spotted outside a pub in Herefordshire.

Read more in The Sunday Telegraph

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