Marsh Gibbon

Most of the farms and stone terraced cottages are owned by the Ewelme Charity Trust, and the rents help provide for 13 poor men and two chaplains at Ewelme in Oxfordshire.
The Greyhound Friendly Society was formed in 1777 as a sick club. Today it has about 160 members and a 'Feast' is organised at the Village Hall following the parade to church with the Marsh Gibbon Silver Band leading the procession. The band celebrated its 80th anniversary in 1986.

The Parish Church of St Mary's dates from Norman times and the lovely old manor house stands nearby. Westbury Manor is situated near a moat in the centre of the village and Oliver Cromwell is said to have stayed at Cromwell House on his way to the Battle of Edge Hill.

The village has changed over recent years with small developments taking place. The new inhabitants have fitted into the way of life extremely well, many commuting to Oxford, London, Banbury, Thame, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes from here. In 1971—72 and 73 the villagers organised three successful steam rallies which helped raise enough money to build a new Village Hall which was opened in 1976.

Article written by members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes for the publication "The Buckinghamshire Village Book" (1987) and reproduced here with their permission