Heritage Open Day will go ahead this year in a reduced form, according to whatever regulations and guidance are in force at the time.  Please check here or contact David Noy (, tel. 01296 711683) for the latest information.  Because of limited capacity, you are asked to book in advance for the indoor events.

On Saturday 19 September, 14:00-17:00, you can visit:

KEACH’S MEETING HOUSE, BELL WALK.  Visitors can see inside the small Baptist chapel built in 1695, which has open-backed benches, box pews, a gallery, pulpit, communion table and memorial tablets.  Information will be available about the building, Benjamin Keach (Baptist preacher in the 1660s, put in the pillory for his writings) and the history of the Baptists in Winslow, including their struggles with the authorities in the 17th century. Please email d.noy@btinternet (no later than 18:00 on 18 Sep) to book a time slot.

28 HIGH STREET (TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES). In 1886 the solicitor T.P. Willis bought from the Maydon family “an excellent brick and tiled residence”. He combined it with his adjacent newly-built house, The Elms, and turned it into the offices from which he and his clerks managed the business of Winslow Rural District Council, the Board of Guardians and the Winslow New Gas Company.  It has now been taken over and renovated by Winslow Town Council, and one of the rooms will be open, with a display of information about the history of Winslow. Please email d.noy@btinternet (no later than 18:00 on 18 Sep) to book a time slot.

There will be a WINSLOW HISTORY WALK, starting at Keach’s Meeting House and lasting about an hour, on:

We’ll stroll around the centre of Winslow looking at the outside of some of the historic buildings erected between the 15th and 19th centuries.  This year’s national theme for Heritage Open Days is “Hidden Nature”.  We shall look at the relics of medieval farming, enclosure of the open fields in the 18th century, Winslow’s water supply, and the clay which made the bricks for Winslow Hall.   The walk will have a slightly different route from previous years.  If you are intending to come, please email in advance with your details (for "Track and Trace" purposes).

If you would prefer to take part in a small-group, pre-booked walk instead, these will be available on:

Contact David Noy (details above) to book, and you will be told where to meet.


A transcription of the Winslow Congregational registers, with lists of members and abstracts of some minutes, is now available from the Eureka Partnership.

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.

Additions to website

14 Aug 2020 New page: 12 High Street (Mercy in Action, formerly Ingram's Butchers and the National Westminster Bank)
New page: The Greyhound (Hare and Hounds): a pub from the 1750s to 1820s
12 Aug Will of Samuel Burnham Dudley, land agent, 1880 (proved 1883): one of Winslow's most prominent citizens
Will of Thomas Clark of Shipton, yeoman, 1841 (proved 1853)
9 Aug Election to the Board of Guardians, 1886: an unsuccessful attempt to displace two Conservatives
7-8 Aug New page: 14 High Street (the Farm Deli): it was the Royal Oak c.1699-1795 and a shoe shop c.1863-1981
Description of Benjamin Keach by the bookseller John Dunton (1705)
Will of Sarah Hinton, widow, 1836 (proved 1837)
2-3 Aug Will of George King, grocer, 1879 (proved 1884): he ran a shop at 2B High Street for 60 years
Another resolution passed in the dispute about the Infants' School, 1872
Contested election for the Board of Guardians: A Congregationalist defeated an Anglican
Sale of the stock of the Station Brickyard
Theft from an office at the railway station
Letter complaining about the lack of weekday services in the church, 1872
31 July Will of Phillis Cox, spinster, 1856 (proved 1868): occupant of part of 5 Horn Street
Will of Thomas Turnham, butcher, 1866 (proved 1868): his shop was at 12 High Street
Sale of Silvanus Jones' property, 1915: houses in Horn Street, Church Street and Tinkers End
28-29 July Will of John Dudley, 1808 and will of Benjamin Dudley, 1739 (proved 1742): information added
Will of Robert Williatt Jones of Winslow, gentleman: owner of Blake House
Golden Lion: William Ridgway the landlord had a theft from his butcher's shop, went bankrupt and was prosecuted for fraud
25-26 July Will of Mary Mayne, spinster, 1875: lived at 22 High Street, and left bequests to many relatives
Church clock: the new clock paid for by D.T. Willis' bequest, 1885, and an appeal for funds to clean it in 1929
New information about the Black Horse (17 Sheep Street)
23 July Will of John Procter, gentleman, 1825 (proved 1841): his daughter married into the Hawley family
19 July New page: Western Lane: its medieval origins, high-density housing in the 19th century, and Winslow's first council houses
16 July Concert for the Winslow Wesleyan Chapel building fund, 1871
Dispute over infants' school, 1871
14-15 July Will of Henry Hughes, yeoman, 1827 (proved 1828)
Sale of property by George West's executors, 1871
Dudley v Stonhill, 1871: a dispute about the sale of pigs with a lot of information about market days in Winslow
Penny readings continued in early 1871
Vestry, 1871: discussion about providing a water tank for the fire brigade (still being debated in 1914)
11 July Vestry and correspondence, 1870: an abusive poem about John Ingram led to the exposure of some alleged corruption
Fire brigade: practice with the new engine showed the water supply wasn't adequate (leading to 60 years of arguments)
Penny readings returned in December 1870 after a year's break
Married v single cricket match, 1870
9-10 July Dudley v Monk, 1870: S.B. Dudley claimed damages for libel after Henry Monk told the company in The Bell that he had robbed everyone
The Bell: lectures to encourage a "goodly life" and amateur dramatics including a new play by Mrs Boisragon, 1870
King's Head: theft by an actress, 1870
Death of Charles James King after a shotgun accident
6 July Will of Elizabeth Dockray, widow, 1868 (proved 1871): nee Mayne, lived at 3 Station Road
3 July Will of Hannah Gray, 1827: probably a servant at the Vicarage
Will of Thomas Edwin, farmer and dairyman, 1852 (proved 1853): tenant of Rands Farm (as it wasn't yet called)
1 July More legal action between the King brothers, 1869
Rev. Alfred Preston introduced a new form of Harvest Festival
The Bell: amateur dramatic performances, 1869
Sale of The Boot and cottages in Church Street by the trustees of the will of Thomas Lomath
29-30 June Will of George Mayne, gentleman, 1867 (proved 1868): owner of extensive property including Piccadilly, 4 High Street and Furze Lane Cottage
Penny Readings 1869: the end of the third season included controversy over a "political" reading and the behaviour of the front row
Will of John Maydon, butcher, 1818 (proved 1829): he lived at 28 High Street
28 June John King attacks his brother with a poker again, at The George
Sale of the properties which became 3 Market Square, 1869
The Plough: accidental death of John Smith in a nearby cesspit
Reopening of the restored church, Dec 1884 with a detailed description
New page: Church clock
Congregational Church: detailed report of the opening of the new church, Jan 1885
Proposed School Board (1885): the failure of this proposal is the reason why Winslow still has a Church of England school
26 June More about the case of John Arden v John Chester concerning Biggin, 1584-85
Addition to the case of Allen v Jackson (now dated to 1614) concerning The Bell
24 June James King (auctioneer) has a fight with his brother John King (land surveyor) in The George, 1868
Bowls: detailed report of a match at Bicester, 1868
Wesleyan Methodist meeting established in Keach's Meeting House, then called the Old Tabernacle
Railway: opening of the line through Winslow Road Station, 1868
11 v 22 cricket match, 1868
Will of Dr John Denne, 1862 (proved 1867)
Will of Josiah King, yeoman, 1861 (proved 1864)
21 June The Bell: description by Thomas Cogan published in 1776
Will of George Maydon, gentleman formerly farmer, 1869 (proved 1876): lived at 28 High Street
Will of Catherine Conway Gent, spinster, 1861: George Maydon's sister-in-law, lived at 18 High Street
Rev. Alfred Preston: conclusion of the correspondence in the Buckingham Express
Penny readings: end of the 1867-68 season
15 Market Square: John Hathaway's shop reopens after alterations
5 Horn Street: sale of building materials from houses belonging to Phillis Cox, presumably due to rebuilding
Winslow Hall: sale of the contents of Dr Boisragon's lunatic asylum
19 June Baptist Tabernacle: Evidence that in 1867 you could lose your job for being a nonconformist
Rev. Alfred Preston: extensive correspondence about his shortcomings after the vestry censured him
17 June Baptist Tabernacle: Alfred Walker becomes pastor and Miss Hooper "the celebrated lady preacher" visits, 1867
Sale of furniture at 2 High Street by Mr Smith, draper
High Street cricket match, 1867: an interesting list of married and single players
Amateur Brass Band Fete, 1867
15 June Penny readings: end of the 1866-67 season and beginning of 1867-68, still with disruptive behaviour
Petty sessions, 1867: a newspaper correspondent criticised the magistrates
8-10 Horn Street: sale advert with detailed description of the bakery in 1867
Shipton: sale of the stock of Joseph Bowden's farm, 1867
Sale of the site of the Tanyard in the High Street, 1867 (now Greyhound Court)
Memorial window in the church for Rev. John Miles, husband of Elizabeth Burnham
Suicide of Thomas Langton on the Market Square, 1872
Meeting of the Literary Institute in the Reading Room, 1886
Report of a "football" match (with tries and touchdowns), 1886
Decision to restore the Church and report by John Oldrid Scott, 1883
12-13 June New page: Blake House (Tinker's Corner), Horn Street: from its medieval origins to the 1940s
Cattle market: new market established in 1867 so that there were three markets on the same day for a time
Bankruptcy of James King, 1867: another of Winslow's most respectable citizens in financial trouble
Article by A.J. Clear about Biggin and the Gibbs family
Will of Edmund Cox, retired cooper, 1815 (proved 1820): founder of a charity which still exists
9-10 June Penny readings, 1866: amateur entertainment which led to at least one appearance in the magistrates' court
1713 election: more voters from Winslow added (6 Tory, 2 Whig)
7 June New page: The Crooked Billet, a pub from around the 1740s until 1990
Obituary of Mrs Greaves of Western House, 1937
Sale of stock at the Vicarage Farm, 1866
Accidental death of Mary Clarke, 1866
Sale of the estate of the late George Cross, 1866, including Churchwalk House and what became 12-14 Horn Street
5 June Post Office Directory, 1864: full list of businesses
Air disaster: another newspaper report added
Sale of Miss Monk's grocery business, 1866 (on the site of the St Laurence Room)
Clearance sale of Matthew Fulks' drapery stock, 1866
Dr Denne in further trouble, 1866 and 1869
3 June Will of Robert Goadby, 1806 (proved 1807): probably butler at Winslow Hall
Will of James King, gamekeeper, 1871 (proved 1884): he lived at 11 Sheep Street
Congregational Church: proposal to build a new church, 1882
Assault by highwaymen, 1732
Sale of stage waggons, 1781
Death of James Walker, 1846: a former soldier aged 71 who died after being caught upside down in a tree
31 May 15 Market Square: sale of draper's stock on dissolution of partnership, 1865
The Windmill: sale of wheelwright's stock on retirement, 1865
Vestry, 1865: after a poll of the parish, the proposal to impose a church rate was defeated, and someone wrote a poem to celebrate
Biggen [sic] Farm: sale of George Maydon's stock, 1865
Messrs' King's livestock market moves to a new site, 1865
Sale of Benjamin Todd's livestock and crops, 1865
Baptist Tabernacle: ordination of Rev. R. Sole
29 May The Bell: concert by Winslow Amateur Brass Band, 1865
The Windmill: sale in 1865
Whaddon Chase Steeplechases, 1865: held over a 3½ mile course between Shipton and Swanbourne
27-28 May Church lecture, 1630: intervention of Bishop Laud of London
Will of John David Dockray, gentleman, 1857: actually a railway engineer who died while sailing overseas
Report on food supply and relief of the poor, 1631
25 May Sale of the Old Tanyard, Horn Street, 1813
Sale of Charles King's house and workshop in Church Walk, 1813
Sale of Joseph Mead's malting equipment, 1814
Dr John Denne: reports of his bankruptcy in 1864 and death in 1877
23 May Congregational Church: new minister in 1864, Rev. W.S. Rae
Old Crown: sale in 1864
Baptist Tabernacle: opening services, Sep 1864
19 May Vestry, 1863
Selby Villa: departure of Dr Rogers, 1863
8 High Street: Advert for J. Corkett, boot & shoe manufacturer
Sale of the stock of the Vicarage Farm, 1863
The Bull: theft of a game cock (evidence that cock-fighting was still going on in 1863)
Vestry and subsequent correspondence, 1862: a dispute in the local press about collecting the rates
Royal wedding: Winslow celebrates the marriage of the future Edward VII and Princess Alexandra of Denmark with a public dinner for gentlemen, rustic sports for the lower classes and plum pudding in the Workhouse
Grant of British citizenship to Joseph Loffler, jeweller from Baden, 1867
16 May More about the beef case
Anglican evening classes, 1862
14 May Sale of the stock of William Mayne, saddler, 1811
Activities of Dr Newham in 1862
The Winslow beef case, 1862: successful defence of two butchers
More about Joseph Dudley (1764-1812)
12-13 May Will of Thomas Grimes of Steeple Claydon, yeoman, 1721 (proved 1723): owner of land in Winslow and related to the Seatons and Goldsworths
Winslow road names updated
Sale of Thomas Ingram's business and furniture, 1812
Insolvency of John Turnbull, draper, 1809
8 May King's Head: dispute about repairs, 1861
Buttermarket: advert for T.R. Brown's Fancy Repository, 1861
Congregational Church: acrimonious departure of Rev. Fogg, 1861
5-6 May A hunting visitor who didn't pay his bills, 1860
Attempted murder, 1860: Jesse Harding tried to shoot his wife at their cottage in Western Lane
Workhouse: advert for new master and matron, 1837 (despite the capacity of 250, the number of inmates is said to be below 60)
Workhouse: correspondence about building a new engine house (for the fire engine) and cage (lock-up)
Will of Lewis Clarke, currier and leather cutter, 1882 (proved 1889)
2 May Brook Hall School, 1859: the proprietor Miss Field becomes Mrs Todd
Congregational Church, 1859: appeal for funds to enlarge the Sunday School
30 April Will of Thomas Daniel Curtis, 1924 (proved 1938)
Poor Law correspondence, 1837: resignation (under pressure) and replacement of Workhouse master and msitress
29 April Letter about sale of redundant workhouse, 1836
New page: F.J. Munt, jeweller and watchmaker 1855-59
Fire next to The Bell, 1856
Tuckey Farm: sale of stock, 1856
Winslow's first photography service, Christimas 1856
Sale of the Tan Yard, Horn Street, 1856
Death of W.H. Cross in Australia, 1856
Telegraph service comes to Winslow, 1856
Visit by Rev. C.H. Spurgeon (Baptist), 1856
Departure of Rev. Attenborough (Congregational), 1856
Completion of Western House, 1859
Anti-social behaviour, 1859
Letter about the water supply, 1859
26 April Wedding of Maria Louisa Willis and Dr Thomas Newham, 1859
23 April Letter from Charles Willis to the Poor Law Commissioners, 1835
Appointment of D.T. Willis as Clerk to the Board of Guardians
Parish cottages, 1835: the parish owned a large number of cottages, mostly let at 6d per week
Anti-slavery meeting at the Congregational Church, 1858: a lecture was given by the escaped slaves Ellen and William Craft
Change of market day from Thursday to Wednesday (1858)
Visit by the Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon in 1858
22 April Workhouse: letter about creating a Poor Law union and providing a new workhouse, 1834
Congregational Church: appointment of new minister, 1857
10 Horn Street: sale in 1857
Rands Farm: sale of hay and livestock, 1857
Dr Lovell's School: one of the masters opens Chandos Villa School in Buckingham
Mrs Brown's Lace Repository, 1857
20 April Flower Show: photo added of prize certificate from 1922 athletic sports
18 April Brook Hall School: Rare performance in 1905 of “The Garland” by Albert Ketèlbey, later a very popular composer
More about Ned Piggott and his wheelbarrow walk from the Chandos Arms to London in 1879
Celebrations of 5th November 1855 at the Workhouse and Windmill Inn
Misfortunes of Samuel Boneham, 1855
15-16 April Will of Mary Morecraft, spinster, 1922 (proved 1931) + eulogy from the Buckingham Advertiser
"The farmer and the labourer", 1879: a poem about the poverty of farm labourers, and information about their Winslow trade union organiser Lewis Clarke
1855: Millinery business of the Misses Stevens in part of the building which became the Bank
Dispute about the will of George West, 1827: detailed evidence about the unusual way he made his will
Accident at Winslow station, 1852
Will of Thomas Newham, doctor of medicine, 1887 (proved 1891) + obituary and report of funeral
11 April New page: The Chandos Arms and Rose Cottages: the Chandos Arms existed from 1839 and Rose Cottages from around 1880; they were destroyed in the 1943 plane crash
10 April A new name added at the beginning of the list of Vicars of Winslow, from the 1280s
7 April Additions to: The Bell (Christmas Ball 1839); Buttermarket (insolvency of Mark Bunce, 1844); Church (meeting about church rate, 1854); Station Road (proposed toll gate, 1854); 6 High Street (use of illegal weight, 1854)
Executors' accounts for Thomas Bowler, maltster and wheelwright, 1811
David J. Critchley: "St Laurence's Church, Winslow: Towards a new structural sequence" (revised April 2020) (PDF file) - updated version of earlier article
4 April Upholsterer's sale, 1854: the extensive furniture stock of Thomas Willis in Horn Street
Gas comes to Winslow, 1842-43
3 April Administration of Henry Cox, 1789
Disappearing money at The Bell, 1845
May Day, 1841 (newspaper article) and 1906 (photo)
1 April Whitsun fete, 1932: an alternative to the Flower Show
31 March New page: Church Street: a detailed survey from the 17th to the mid-20th century
Additions to Black Horse (theft of a tea-kettle, 1853), Tuckey Farm (emigration of Benjamin Cole to Australia)
29-30 March Wedding of Thomas Price Willis and Sarah Cowley Willis, 1868
Appeal for the family of Rev. Thomas Walpole, 1841
Assault by paupers on George Grace the assistant overseer, 1835
Petition against the Poor Law Amendment Act, 1836; this also shows how the old system had operated in the Winslow area
Additions to Winslow Road Station, Old Crown Inn, Windmill Inn (case of theft in 1853), King's Head (anti-social behaviour, 1853)
27 March Winslow Flower Show (1875-1948): the biggest annual event in Winslow until 1931, but it disappeared after several attempts to revive it. Including Shire Horse Show (1888-1949) and Gymkhana (founded 1944): the Gymkhana was the direct ancestor of the present Winslow Show
19 March Estate of W.H. French: another document dated 20 Dec 1902, by which time his son had apparently disappeared to America; also photo of his letterhead from 1874
Additions to: Dispute about 30 Horn Street, sale of land east of the High Street (photo added), Rose and Crown (photo added), John Curtis' family (photo added)
12-13 March Will of John Lownes of London, dyer, 1660 (proved 1661): a younger son who had been apprenticed in London
Sale of land east of the High Street, 1886: this sale largely explains the layout of the land around Greyhound Lane car park
Additions to: William Coleman (d.1703), Thomas Lomath (d.1859); Fige family
5 March Civil War accounts of Thomas Tyrrell, 1643-46: references to Winslow and surrounding villages
Complaint of Peter Lowndes, 1699: concerning the estate of his sister Dinah Teagle, partly against Joseph Gyles
Bell Hotel: image of stoneware flagon with William Neal's name
1 March Will of John Curtis, farmer and dairyman, 1858 (proved 1859)
26 February Will of Thomas Morecraft, farmer, 1859 (proved 1860): owner of property in Church Street and land around Winslow
Civil War records for Granborough (also some additions to Winslow and Little Horwood)
Highway surveyors' accounts, 1850
Draft letter to Charity Commissioners, 1863
19 February Response from Nash about losses in the Civil War; they had to pay for troops quartered at Whaddon Hall
13 February Nicholas Merwin v Robert Gibbs, 1700: a dispute about 18 High Street and its access rights via nos.20-22
Greene v Grant, 1613: case brought by William Greene of Knebworth about the land of his grandfather George Robinson d.1557)
Responses from Middle Claydon: including a payment made to Major Alford at Winslow
6 February Scott v Lines and Egerton, 1699: legal case concerning the inheritance of Elizabeth Scott nee Clarke
Estate of Thomas Bishop, draper: more documentation about a case from 1692
Copyright 14 August, 2020