Banburyshire Rambles Photo-Journal

Paul Mobbs’ photographic record of his walks around ‘Banburyshire’ and ‘The Irondowns’, and occasionally, as part of his work around Britain, the areas beyond.


Banburyshire’s Ancient Sites

This section of the Banburyshire Rambles Journal explores the standing stones, earthworks, and other ancient features that are part of the landscape of North Oxfordshire

It brings together some of my ‘best’ photos and my past walks to document one of a little known gems in this part of the world; the large number of standing stones and other ancient sites in north and north-west Oxfordshire.

My hope is that in visiting these sites people will not only come to know more about the local landscape and our ‘indigenous’ past; they will also reflect on how that relates to life in the present-day.

Yes, many people have heard of The Rollright Stones, but there are many more sites accessible in the local landscape. By accessing them on foot you get a better feel for how they, and ‘you’, exist in that landscape today.

It is possible to access the pages of the guide by clicking on a map, or by scrolling down through a complete list of the sites in the guide. To find out about how to use the accessibility controls in these pages, see the ‘Accessibility Information’ page.

For a more detailed explanation about the ‘Ancient Sites’ guide, go to the ‘About the Guide’ page.

For a list of walks around some of these sites, see the local walks page.

The ‘Banburyshire’s Ancient Sites’ guide is not intended to be a ‘finished’ work; as and when the opportunity becomes available I will add new photos and sites to the guide (see updates list below). Likewise, any feedback would be appreciated (click on social media/contacts icons at the top of the page to get in touch).

Updates to Banburyshire’s Ancient Sites


Landscape image, ‘A Frosty Dawn at Rainsborough Camp’, 30th November 2016 Banburyshire Rambles Journal,
Beltane 2021 (launched 22nd April):

‘Banburyshire’s Ancient Sites’
A landscape to experience across the local area

In one sense this is a collection of memories. Of walks which produced some of my favourite photos. As I look through the images in my collection though, I realised it described something more. A skeleton; a super-structure of places on which the essence of the local landscape sits. Its collection of ancient sites.

Click here for the ‘Banburyshire’s Ancient Sites’ collection.