About Quarry WI

Why should I join the WI ... ?

Because you will
  • Meet people and make friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Attend talks, workshops and training
  • Take part in holidays and trips
  • Make a difference in your local community
  • Gain a voice through campaigns and lobbying
  • Receive special offers and discounts
Quarry WI is a part of the Oxfordshire Federation of WIs (OFWI). We are open to all women who wish to join us, regardless of age or background. The majority of our members come from Quarry itself or from the adjoining areas of Headington, Risinghurst, Sandhills and Barton, but if you would like to travel to us from further afield you are very welcome to do so!

We recognise that some members struggle to get to meetings, so a bus is provided within the local area, offering a door to door service.

About OFWI

OFWI has nearly 4,500 members with around 150 WIs throughout the county. It publishes a monthly newsletter “News and Views” which you will receive as a part of your subscription. OFWI’s headquarters are just north of Tackley. For more information about OFWI:
Telephone 01869 331081

Headington Quarry and Shotover

If you like reading about local history you may be interested in "Headington Quarry and Shotover" written by members of Quarry Women's Institute and published in 1933. Whilst the book is no longer in print, second hand copies are available if you hunt around. For a preview of what the book has to offer click on the cover below.


About Quarry

Headington Quarry lies two miles north-east of Oxford. Its fascinating history and wonderful mix of architecture led to it being designated a conservation area in 1971. As the name indicates, it owes its origins to the quarrying that took place here for more than six hundred years; and while the quarrymen stopped work more than half a century ago evidence of the area’s history remains apparent from the warren of hills and pits, alleys and winding streets.

The older buildings in the Quarry do not form a conventional village but rather show where the quarrymen built their cottages amongst the pits. The oldest remaining buildings date from the 18th century, with many 19th century cottages and examples of architecture from every decade of the 20th century. Buildings constructed before the 1870s, including the Holy Trinity Church (where CS Lewis is buried) and the Quarry School, use the local stone while brick is the predominant material since that time.

Much of the stone that you see in the buildings of Oxford University comes from Headington quarry, with New College’s bell-tower being the first piece of major construction work at the end of the 14th century. All Souls was the next project, built from more than 6,000 cartloads between 1438 and 1443. By the seventeenth century Headington stone was being used for every new building in Oxford and it was during this period that a village began to grow up around the pits; but by the mid- eighteenth century it was realised that the stone was liable to erode badly and its popularity dropped away.

In the nineteenth century brick became the building material of choice and Headington quarry was the location of the city’s brickyards: by the beginning of the twentieth century more than half the population of Quarry worked in the yards.

The final pit to be worked, now the site of the Magdalen Nature Reserve, was in operation until 1949. It has since been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the exposed rock faces.