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the Minster Lovell experience

Minster Lovell is a village and civil parish on the River Windrush about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west of Witney in Oxfordshire.

The team is working on a series of projects to record the village history, involving as many residents and ex-residents as possible.

What’s happening?

The film we made of the history of Minster Lovell has been updated and reworked in 2020. We also made a short film on how the team created that film. They bring back many memories. We hope you enjoy them.

We have created:

  • A book of war veterans (2016) and two books on village history
  • A 30 minute film on the history of the village, starring numerous residents in costume, narrated by Nathaniel Parker
  • A set of two DVDs containing photos, family trees, documents, stories, war dead, monumental inscriptions, maps and much more on the village.

We are continuing to work on:

  • Analysing Oxfordshire DNA and researching Oxfordshire surnames
  • A giant village family tree

The books and DVDs are available to buy from this website to support further research.

Do you have Minster Lovell ancestors? Contribute to our project and join in the DNA testing.

Want to know what we are doing? Check out the blog.

See the events page for an update on what is happening, including talks and outings with the History Club.


The talks for Spring 2019 are in the Events page of this website.

If you can't think of a Christmas present, why not a DNA test? Our Oxfordshire group is looking for males whose surnames are based in Oxfordshire back in history, who are willing to buy a Y-37 or Y-67 test. There is a Christmas sale on until 31 December 2018 at and Oxfordshire testers can then join the Oxfordshire project. Contact dna (at sign) if you have questions on tests and the Oxfordshire project.

There is a DNA sale on for 14-21 November 2018. We need more Oxfordshire people tested. See the blog for details.

We need Oxfordshire males whose surname was in the county before 1875 to buy a DNA test for an Oxfordshire research project. See the blog for details.

New book published on those who served in the military in the 20th century. Now 3 books available to buy.