Thu 22 June Winslow History Project workshop, 16 McLernon Way, 19:45-21:45
Drop in at any point in the evening or stay for the whole evening.
Transcribing 18th-19th century wills and other documents.
If coming by car, please park in McLernon Way before you reach the speed bump.
Thu 29 June No meeting
Thu 6 July Winslow History Project workshop, 16 McLernon Way, 19:45-21:45
Drop in at any point in the evening or stay for the whole evening.
Transcribing 18th-19th century wills and other documents.
Thu 13 July Winslow History Project workshop, 16 McLernon Way, 19:45-21:45
Drop in at any point in the evening or stay for the whole evening.
Transcribing 18th-19th century wills and other documents.
Sat 9 Sep (Heritage Open Day) 14:00 - 17:00: Keach's Meeting House and the Guides' Headquarters will be open
17:00: Winslow History Walk, starting at Keach's Meeting House

If you would like to join in the transcribing but don't want to come on a Thursday evening, please contact - there is plenty of material which you can work on at home.


Trade tokens:

The Portable Antiquities Scheme has recently (2016) recorded some trade tokens found in or near Winslow. They don't seem to match any of the known Winslow types.

Winslow books for sale:

  • David Noy, Winslow in 1556: The Survey of the Manor (Bucks Archaeological Society, 2013): £5
  • David Noy, Winslow Manor Court Books 1327-1377 and 1423-1460 (2 vols, Bucks Record Society, 2011): £50
  • Alan Wigley, A Window on Winslow (Winslow, 1981): £5 - this contains many historical photos of Winslow

Please contact for more information.

  • Jennifer Moss, Ways and Means: A study of the life and career of William Lowndes, Secretary to the Treasury and his descendants: £20

Available from the author. Please contact her at

Additions to website

15 June 2017 Will of John Sayer of Buckingham, grocer, 1802 (proved 1803): husband of Mary Budd of Winslow
Statement of Henry Langley, 1711: he had to deliver writs to some very menacing people for riot and assault
8-9 June Will of John Plomer of Stone, yeoman, 1715: co-owner of The Bell, but the will doesn't mention it
Will of John Harris the elder of Great Horwood, yeoman, 1785 (proved 1792): he married into the Hewiett family of Great Horwood and Winslow
Court rolls, 1715: more purchases by William Lowndes
Churchwardens' accounts 1845-46: gas lighting was installed in the Churchyard
Churchwardens' accounts 1852-53
2 June Will of George Jones the elder, gentleman, 1823 (proved 1836): he lived at Blake House (Tinker's Corner), which his wife had inherited
25-26 May Will of Thomas Hughes, victualler, 1767 (proved 1769): he kept the Old Crown
Will of Thomas Bowler the elder, wheelwright, 1779 (proved 1795): he lived at 9 Horn Street, and owned 28 Horn Street and 14 Market Square
Will of Elizabeth Line of Shipton, spinster, 1786
Will of Joanna Hinton, widow, 1797
Will of Ann Read of Whaddon, widow, 1821 (proved 1834): owner of the site of Lakers Nursery
19-20 May Administration of Charles Clark, grazier, 1789
Will of Sarah Sayer, spinster, 1803 (proved 1804)
16 May Letter of William Spooner to William Lowndes, 1681: an offer to sell some land, providing information about how William Lowndes began his property empire
Will of Henrietta Tookey of Hemel Hempstead, widow, 1846 (proved 1847): previously lived at Lawn House
2 May Court rolls, 1748: an extract concerning the Seaton family, with a family tree
Will of Thomas Lomath, cordwainer and leather cutter, 1852 (proved 1859): a substantial property owner
23 April Orders made at 1714 manor court: very complicated arrangements which seem to result from people not keeping to the spirit of open-field farming
Will of Thomas Blake, proved 1762: full transcription now available
Will of John Blake, baker, 1804 (proved 1815): he lived at 8-10 Horn Street
Will of Sarah Blake, widow, 1807
12 April Will of Mary Turnbull, widow, 1792 (proved 1799): a draper, and a member of the Hogg family of Adstock
Church accounts 1839-40: including a project to replace the pews, paid for by pew fees and a grant from the Society for Englarging Churches
1-2 April Will of Thomas Deely, bricklayer, 1714
Churchwardens' accounts, 1838-39: including expenditure on "Winding up the Church Clock & Chimes"
30 March Will of John Turnbull the elder, draper, 1787
19 March Court rolls, 1714: transactions concerning property in The Walk, Tinkers End and Sheep Street, and a survey of charitable property in Winslow
16 March Will of William Selby, formerly Lowndes, 1807, proved 1813: he changed his surname to inherit Whaddon Hall; he already owned Winslow Hall
9 March Will of Hannah Merwin of London, spinster, 1725: owner of 10 High Street, sister of Winslow's leading lawyer
28 February Will of William Hogg of Adstock, yeoman, 1752: owner of some land in Winslow
26 February Will of William Hobcraft the elder, yeoman, 1768 (proved 1776): husband of Mary (see below)
22 February Court rolls, 1713: Joseph Bigg was given permission to built an underground "vault" on the south side of his house (25-27 Market Square), evidently the first cellar to run under the Square.
19 February Administration of George Carpenter, tanner, 1798: he lived at 30 Horn Street
13 February Will of Mary Hobcraft, widow, 1778 (proved 1791): she probably lived at 47 Sheep Street
9 February Station Road page revised, with more information about the road's creation and a plan of the land in 1849
7 February Court rolls, 1712: death of Peter Lowndes; more property mortgaged to William Lowndes
Will of John Goodman of Winslow, victualler, 1796: he kept The George (the original one, now part of The Bell)
3 February Will of William King the elder, carpenter, 1784 (proved 1795): owner of extensive property including 12 Market Swuare
2 February Will of Richard Hall of North Crawley, victualler, 1769 (proved 1772): owner of property in Horn Street
24-25 January Will of Mary Lowndes of Cosgrove, spinster, 1805 (proved 1812): daughter of Richard Lowndes of Winslow Hall
Will of Richard Lowndes of Hillesden, esquire, 1775: he had retired from Winslow Hall when his son got married
19 January

Will of William Verney Mallett of Great Horwood, gentleman, 1809: a "Great Expectations" style story of someone who came into unexpected wealth

16-17 January Will of William Hogg of Adstock, yeoman, 1772 (proved 1778): he owned property in Winslow on the "Market Hill"
Will of John Townsend of Hinton in the Hedges, gentleman, 1710: the biggest landowner in Winslow after the Lowndes family, but his will doesn't mention Winslow
Court of Survey 1660: we've now got the full text of the questionnaire which the Duke of Buckingham sent round to all his newly recovered estates, and the answers provided by the tenants of Winslow
7-8 January Court rolls, 1661: several transactions by Wendover Lowndes, who lived next to The Bell.
Winslow Road Names updated with some new roads.
Will of Anne Lowndes of Cosgrove, spinster, 1812 (proved 1817): daughter of Richard Lowndes of Winslow Hall
4 January Wills of Charles March, butterman, 1746, and Jane March, widow, 1754: Charles March, originally from Dinton, lived in London but ran a butter business whose Winslow end was based at Lawn House
3 January Court rolls, 1663: includes a reference to The Rose, and probably one to Tinkers End Cottage
Copyright 15 June, 2017