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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

23 May 2020 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
26-27 January Will of John Smith, late dairyman now gentleman, 1819: formerly of East Claydon
Will of Benjamin Dudley, formerly plumber and glazier, 1834 (proved 1836): owner of 1 Sheep Street
Will of George Hawley, grocer, 1821 (proved 1837): owner of 6 High Street
Will of Sarah Carpenter, spinster, 1878: owner of 30 Horn Street
Defamation, 1772: a public apology
Banbury, Buckingham, and Winslow Machine: a "flying" coach service to London, 1773
More documents from the Chancery case about the estate of W.H. French, 1901
20 January Sale of the Winslow Classical & Commercial School 1885-6: documents include a description of the building and a summary of the curriculum
15 January Will of Mark Morris of Thornton, dairyman, 1771: owner of property in Church Street
Will of Daniel Grace, yeoman, 1868: retired schoolmaster
Court Book 1840: grant of the site for the fire engine house and "cage"
10 January Will of Ellen Mary Greaves of Western House (1929, proved 1937); her brother was Director of the London School of Tropical Medicine
Will of John Morecraft, butcher, 1856 (proved 1859): he lived in Church Street
Will of George West, gentleman of Oxford, formerly tanner of Winslow, 1864: an unexplained change of fortunes for a Winslow native
8 January Responses from Addington about Civil War losses; they suffered badly from "our poore village lynge betweene the two Armies"
Will of W.H. French, 1899: the builder of 3 Market Square and a prominent Liberal and Congregationalist
Proposed public room: new report from February 1887 added
Meeting about a new fire engine (21 Nov 1926) and poem about the fire brigade published on 1 Jan 1927
30 December 2019 Will of George Elliott: added document from 1734 in which his children acknowledged receipt of bequests
Response from Little Horwood about losses in the Civil War; they had a lot of troops quartered there, even in 1646
27 December New page: Buttermarket: 3, 5 & 5A Market Square, 2 Bell Walk
20 December Response from Adstock: they had to supply the Parliamentary army with a lot of cheese. Adstock still had a military presence in September 1646
13 December Response from Padbury about losses in the Civil War: they also had a visit from Oliver Cromwell on his way to Hillesden, and four troops of dragoons going to the Battle of Naseby
Response from Wing: they had more troops billeted with them, and had to supply oats to the army
10 December Letter concerning William Lowndes and his mortgage, 1779
Will of John Bampton of Little Horwood, yeoman, 1667, and lawsuits of Elizabeth Bampton, 1669
8 December Will of William Neal, innholder and farmer, 1883 (proved 1889): proprietor of The Bell
5 December Will of Joan Lowndes of Swanbourne, widow, 1582
2 December Letters of Richard Lowndes and his son William Lowndes: including some concerning the mortgage of their Winslow estate
Copyright 23 May, 2020