New book on the history of South Oxhey

Launching 30th June 2012

By David Reidy

Book cover for Poor but Proud

David Reidy, a former South Oxhey resident [1948-69], has been editing a fairly substantial history of the Estate for the past eighteen months. It includes many unpublished pictures, maps, diagrams, etc. 

The book will be launched on Saturday, 30th June 2012 between  2 and 5 p.m. at All Saints Church in Gosforth Lane, Mr David Gauke MP has kindly agreed to attend. Everyone welcome.

David Reidy would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would either be interested in attending or purchasing a copy. He can be contacted via 0208 668 2991 or

This page was added on 25/01/2012.

Comments about this page

  • Would love to know if copies of this book are still available to buy

    By Jason (23/01/2018)
  • Copies of the book are still available from David Reidy. His contact details are as above.

    By Susan Waller (23/01/2018)
  • What a fantastic book to sit and read. You can keep going back to read it again as it is so interesting and informative. Hope David writes a book about Clarendon in the near future

    By Susan butler (04/05/2014)
  • The book costs £20 . It is sold in the local cafe 26 Little Oxhey Lane.

    By Jason (12/10/2013)
  • How much does this book cost?

    By Lou (21/09/2013)
  • Went on a memory lane visit to South Oxhey today. Went in the library and found this book which upon reading found that I was actually in the book which amazed me. I immediately sent an email to David Reidy once I got home to purchase a copy.

    By susan butler (17/09/2013)
  • Hello Alison, to get a copy of this book please contact David Reidy, his telephone number and e.mail address appear under the book information on this page.

    By Susan Waller (26/01/2013)
  • Where can I get a copy of this book from please?

    By Alison (25/01/2013)
  • What an amazing book, full of nostalgia. We moved to South Oxhey in 1958/9. I enjoyed your book immensely. Thank you.

    By Carole Stevens (Nee Barwick) (22/12/2012)
  • I was so pleased to hear that David’s book about Oxhey had a successful launch and I will be making contact to purchase a copy. I also noticed the comment from Margaret Davis nee Ravening as we were in the same class at Hampden School she lived just around the corner to me.

    By Josephine Parsons (nee Searle) (16/07/2012)
  • John, that would be my father and it would have been my sister Rina that you taught. There were 6 of us all told, Poppy, Harry, Ricky, Louigi, me and Rina. Dad passed away in 1971

    By Bob Battaglia (09/07/2012)
  • Firstly, may I say how much I enjoyed travelling down from Co.Durham to participate in the launch of Poor but Proud. Thanks for the kind words, Neil-good to see you again! I wonder if Bob Battaglia is a relation of the former Italian prisoner-of-war, who used to come and cut the hair of the Swain household in Hayling Road throughout the 1950s? A lovely fella, to be sure, and I think I taught one of his daughters at Clarendon School in 1962. Small world, ain’t it?

    By John Swain (05/07/2012)
  • Oops sorry should have read above eager to get a copy !!

    By Bob Battaglia (03/07/2012)
  • Can someone please tell me where I can buy a copy of this book…having grown up from 1950 on the estate I am extremely interested in owning a copy!

    By Bob Battaglia (03/07/2012)
  • Well done David – a great afternoon and a great book – a real labour of love

    By Neil Hamilton (30/06/2012)
  • Hi David, I had a phone call from my sister saying that you had written this book and I intend buying it.  Well done, it really looks a ‘must read’ for those who went to live there, we were offered a house because Pat one of the twins was left with a damaged lung after whooping cough at 6 months, the Doctors said the good clean air would help a good recovery.

    By Margaret Davis nee Ravening (26/06/2012)
  • This is a book really worth reading, for anyone who lives or has lived in South Oxhey or has an interest in the area. Thankyou David, I really enjoyed reading it. Some lovely early photographs that I had not seen before.  A real trip down ‘Memory Lane’.

    By Susan Waller (20/06/2012)
  • I enjoyed all the pictures very much

    By Terry Trainor (26/02/2012)

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