Book cover with portrait of William Lowndes NEW BOOK: HOW ONE MAN TRANSFORMED A TOWN:

Why does Winslow Hall dwarf the rest of the town?  Why is there a vast open space in front of it?  Why has Winslow got so many houses with a mixture of architectural styles from different centuries?  Why are all the farmhouses hidden away in the fields?

This book tries to answer those questions, starting with Winslow in the 1640s when it was a town of small-scale farmers and craftsmen and had two visits from Oliver Cromwell.  William Lowndes went off to London in 1667 and soon made enough money to start buying up land in Winslow and knocking down houses.  He turned the town into a place where one family owned most of the land, and built a mansion in a style Winslow people had never seen.  Meanwhile the Baptists became very influential for a time and built their own meeting house.  Lowndes family money helped to create a town full of doctors and lawyers who modernised their houses, and the market and turnpike road provided business for inns and shops.  The open fields were enclosed and farmers moved out into newly built farmhouses.

The book’s 386 pages also include ten detailed studies of Winslow families and 28 photos and maps.  It is available from the Bucks Archaeological Society ( for £11 + £3.50 p&p.  If you’re in Winslow you can get it for £11 direct from David Noy (16 McLernon Way, tel.711683,

Please sign the petition to stop the closure of the TSB Bank in Winslow: click here.
The Bucks Family History Society has published a transcription of the Winslow parish registers 1560-1901 on CD-ROM: click here to order
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

26 Jan 2021 New page: The Station Inn / Hotel: opened 1851, closed 1961
24 Jan Thefts of horses, 1820-21
Additions to: Workhouse (1827), Red Hall Farm, Station Road, The Greyhound, 27 Market Square
21 Jan Inventory of John Grace, 1885: the full contents of a Victorian middle-class house
19 Jan Vestry, 1881: a new idea about solving the water supply problem, and a proposal to close the churchyard
Rev. Alfred Preston had an unsuccessful "adventure school" in the Reading Room
Adult education at the Baptist Tabernacle
Meeting at The George about starting an Oddfellows' lodge
17-18 Jan Tuckey Farm: success of Samuel Cole's racing pony Miss Finger, 1838-39
Election for Assistant Overseer, 1887: the first time a Liberal defeated a Conservative in Winslow
Football: Winslow beat Bicester, Feb 1881
Literary Institute: festival in April 1881
Biggin: report on possible relics from the chapel displayed at the restored Granborough church
Church clock: renovation in 1881
May Day: celebrated in 1881 by a procession of sweeps
Congregational Church: Winslow's first ever performance of African-American spirituals
Church Houses: bankruptcy of Charles Wilford's grocery business (but he remained postmaster)
Baptist Tabernacle: Hon. Rupert Carington M.P. opened a bazaar at the Centenary Hall which turned into a Liberal party platform
11 Jan Inventory of Sarah Baseley of Swanbourne, widow, 1885
8 Jan Debate about building a public room, 1880
Fatal accident to Emmanuel Carter at Winslow Station
Royal and Central Bucks Agricultural Association Show, 1880: a major event where the latest farming equipment was displayed
6-7 Jan Old George: sale in 1821
Football: three more reports from early 1880
Benefit societies in 1880: The Hand in Hand and Provident held their annual festivals but the Foresters was wound up
"Our Flower Show": Dr Newham's advice on cottage gardening
Nag's Head: annual tripe supper, 1880
Literary Institute: founded in 1880
Buckinghamshire Election, 1880: Henry Wigley wrote a victory song for the Liberals
The George: sale of furniture in 1880
4-5 Jan Keach's Meeting House: an account of Benjamin Keach with a description of the building as it was in 1929
Schools: opening of the Misses Barton's school at 20 Horn Street, closure of Mrs Williams' school at 1 Station Road
United Schools: accounts for 1879
Baptist Tabernacle: building of the Centenary Hall, 1880
Relocation of the gasworks and formation of the New Gas Company, 1880
1 Jan Additions to: The Bell (amateur theatricals in 1889), Buckingham Road (sale of Gubblesgore, 1906), Jones family (a play by W.J. Jones performed in London in 1898)
Football: Winslow Junior Rovers, 1893-4
31 Dec 2020 Additions to: Nag's Head (an incident in 1878), Market Square (report of Boxking Day meet, 1923), Keach's Meeting House (letter about the porch, 1929)
27-28 Dec Redfield: valuation of the contents of Selby Lodge and farm after the death of Edward Selby-Lowndes, 1885
Schools: Dr Newham's side of the argument about the United Schools Committee
Market Square: report of the Michaelmas fair in 1879; almost a fatal accident outside W.H. French's shop
Football: Winslow v Schorne College, 1879
Baptist Tabernacle: Rev. F.J. Feltham's first anniversary, 1879, and report on recent progress
Closure of the Reading Room, 1879
More about the short-lived National Land & Labour Union and its General Secretary Lewis Clarke
23 Dec Flower Show: accounts for 1878 and a poem about the 1879 show in Winslow dialect
United Schools Committee: Dr Newham's report for 1878
Football: more from the 1878-79 season
Benefit Society festivals in 1879: there were now three, the Foresters, the Winslow Provident and (new) the Hand in Hand
21 Dec Winslow Past and Present (Bicester Herald, 1879): a comparison between Winslow in 1879 and 50 years earlier, probably by Arthur Clear and/or his son A.J. Clear
19 Dec Will of Thomas Adams of Little Horwood, maltster, 1704/5 (proved 1706/7)
Will of Thomas Curtes of Little Horwood, yeoman, 1609
Will of John Gerard of Drayton Beauchamp, clerk, 1649 (proved 1650): second husband of Rebecca Fige and apparently a strong Puritan
Account of the trial of Benjamin Keach in 1664, published in 1775 and printed in the Buckingham Advertiser in 1877 (PDF file)
16 Dec An attempt to suppress the sale of the Oxfordshire Telegraph, 1878
A description of insanitary living conditions in Winslow, 1878
Baptist service commemorationg Benjamin Keach
Royal Oak: incident of drunkenness outside and accidental slur on its reputation
Sale of Miss West's furniture, 1878
Football: Winslow v Quainton 1878; this is now the earliest known match of the Winslow team
Benefit / Friendly Societies: newspaper reports of annual feasts, 1850s-70s
Sale particulars for 1-5 Vicarage Road, 1950, claiming that part was the old vicarage
13-14 Dec More debate about the United Schools Committee, 1878
30 Horn Street: sale of the furniture of the late Sarah Carpenter
9 Dec New page: Arundel House (35 High Street): Grace's School and later the Electricity Showroom
7 Dec Will of Richard Hurst of Addington, grazier, 1750 (proved 1751): owner of property in Winslow
Vicarage Road: information from 1929 rating valuation added
5 Dec Will of Nathaniel Haslewood, 1689: more information added
Board of Guardians: business included vaccination for smallpox and sending local paupers to live in Manchester
1 Dec Board of Guardians: minutes for 2 & 9 Nov 1835
28-29 Nov W.H. French cycled to London and back in a day, 1877
Postmaster controversy, 1877: an early example of a Conservative MP rewarding one of his supporters
Chandos Arms: collision between a ginger beer cart and a milk cart
Bowling Green: poem to celebrate T.P. Willis' purchase in 1877
Church: proposal for restoration of the interior rejected
Amateur Athletic Sports 1877
Board of Guardians: minutes for 19 Oct 1835 including details of 7 Winslow paupers
Additions to George Inn
26 Nov Congregational church: purchase of the original building in 1816
Punch House: lease to Susannah Hill in 1816
Old Crown: lease to Richard Barton in 1816
Schools meeting 1877: a stormy meeting which ended with everything carrying on as before; some correspondence in the local press followed
24 Nov Station: serious accident in 1877
Refusal of Anglican burial service for an unbaptised baby
Station Road: sale of 1-2 Belle Vue Terrace, 1877
Vestry, 1877: they wanted to look into the removal of the railings on the Market Square
Sale of the Bowling Green and Walled Garden, 1877
Sale of 9 Horn Street and adjacent property under the will of William Bowler
Board of Guardians: minutes for 5 & 12 Oct 1835
22 Nov Parson's Close: sale in 1946
Projected building of Glebe Farm, 1930
Church: notes by A.J. Clear on gallery and harmonium
Congregational Church: tombstone of Daniel and Mary Sear, and sign from the Ship Inn
Board of Guardians: minutes for 21 Sep to 5 Oct 1835 - the original alignment of the new Workhouse was changed
20-21 Nov Board of Guardians: minutes for 7 & 14 Sep 1835 - trouble with the contractors for building the Workhouse
Manor court 1815: encroachments - a list of people who had taken over roadside land to use as gardens
Additions to: second bankruptcy of James King; Baptist Tabernacle (new pastor in 1877); Lewis Clarke (agent for emigration to Queensland); National Agricultural Labourers Union (activities in 1877); conviction of Walter Essex Cross; Workhouse (three inmates who had been there for more than five years in 1861); Congregational Church (temperance address, 1896); Redfield (sale of the remains of the Lambton estate, 1950)
18 Nov Selby Villa: advertised to let in 1863 as a hunting box
Verney Road: sale advert for "Fairview", 1948
Redfield: will of H.R. Lambton, 1896
Keach's Meeting House: an account by A.J. Clear printed in 1934
14-15 Nov Will of John Markham of London, gentleman, 1837 (proved 1838): lived at 28 Horn Street until 1835
Will of John Gerard of Drayton Beauchamp, clerk, 1649 (proved 1650): husband of Rebecca Fige
Board of Guardians: minutes for 26-31 Aug 1835
9-10 Nov Pigot's Directory, 1830
Church: Opening of the chancel aisle and vestry, 1889: the last structural part of the Victorian restoration
Baptists: An account of Benjamin Keach and of the foundation of the Baptist Tabernacle printed in 1866
4-6 Nov Robert Maynwaring the vicar was severely reprimanded in 1609 for resorting to alehouses and playing at dice and cards
Will of Robert Maynwaring of Granborough, 1694 (proved 1695): the vicar's son
Will and inventory of Robert Maynwaring of Granborough, 1721 (proved 1732): the next generation
St Albans Archdeaconry Court 1567-1602: list of cases concerning Winslow people
John Deverell (d.1758): photo of his name engraved on the inside of a watch he made
31 Oct Will of Mary Gent spinster, 1877 (proved 1888): aged 89 when she died
Will of Richard Willmore of Shipton, farmer, 1873 (proved 1883)
27 Oct Board of Guardians, 1835: list of people still receiving outdoor relief, mainly elderly women, orphans and illegitimate children
25 Oct Will of Samuel Rowe, labourer, 1881 (proved 1885): lived in Verney Road, previously at The Boot
Will of Hannah Fyge of London, spinster, 1736 (proved 1738): last bearer of the Fyge surname which had been very important at Winslow
Administration of John Stevens of Granborough, 1731: his widow arranged it on the day she married her second husband
Ann Hazzard of the Three Pigeons: repayment of a mortgage
Trade union activities in and around Winslow, 1874
More about William Ridgway of the Golden Lion, 1874
21-22 2020 New page: Seaton family: an important family in the 17th and 18th centuries which disappeared from Winslow in the 19th
New page: Vicarage Road, Verney Road and Furze Lane: history of the houses from the 1680s to the Second World War
Will of Ann Hitchcocke of London, widow, 1632: Valentine Fige was overseer of this very Puritan will
Sale of 13 Market Square, 1876
United Schools: 1876 inspection report
1876 by-election: the Liberals went to the Crooked Billet and the Conservatives to the Bell
Assault by James King on his sister Charlotte after the death of their brother
18-19 Oct Will of Ann Hazzard, widow, 1845 (proved 1851): owner of the Three Pigeons
Board of Guardians, June 1835: agreement to buy land from Richard Staniford for a new workhouse
Letter to the Buckingham Advertiser in 1876 about "early" closing of shops (6 p.m. on Thursdays)
Golden Lion: sale of the contents, 1876
Burial of William Henry Lomath at Keach's Meeting House after he was refused an Anglican burial
16 Oct Will of George William Ingram, retired farmer, 1920 (proved 1922): lived at 86 High Street
Return of owners of land, 1873: this shows how most land in Winslow still belonged to the Selby-Lowndes estate
Goodyear v Thorpe: slander case at the Buckingham Archdeaconry Court, 1715-17
12 Oct Will of Thomas Morecraft, gentleman, 1860 (proved 1861): lived at 5 Station Road
7-8 Oct Minutes of the Board of Guardians of Winslow Union, June 1835, discussing whether to build a new workhouse
John Ingram: reports from Bucks County Asylum, 1873-74: he was regarded as quite sane by 1874 and released in December
James Bond (d.1869): another Winslow patient at the Asylum
Henry Arthur Jones: announcement of his marriage, 1875
Correspondence about the Tent Mission including strong criticism of the vicar
15 Market Square: new partnership of John Hathaway and A.R. French
A case brought by John Yeulett about payment for supply of coal to the poor
Sale of 22 High Street and premises at the rear, 1875, by Mary Mayne's trustees
29 Sep Chandos Arms: to let in 1875 with a ginger beer plant
School accounts, 1875: the three teachers were paid £60-£70 p.a.
Athletic sports, 1875: first record of a popular event
The George: dispute with a dentist who had hired a room for monthly visits
The Bell: death of George Odell who drove the coach from the station
The Greyhound: lengthy legal ruling made in 1826 about the man attended there by Dr Gent
Estate of Edith Mary French (died 1900), 1910: a lawsuit after her brother disappeared
Will of Edith Jane Jones of Ramsgate, spinster, 1922 (proved 1926): owner of a lot of property in Winslow
Will of Susan Adams of Little Horwood, widow, 1669 (proved 1670)
Will of Roger Adams of Little Horwood, gentleman, 1678 (proved 1679)
25 Sep Sale of the Chandos Arms and other property, 1870: this included Rosemary Cottage and Horsemead Piece
23 Sep H.A. Jones: information from his will made in 1927, including a statement of his views about English theatre
Will of William Blake of London, 1632: brother-in-law of Valentine Fige
13-14 Sep New page: The Three Pigeons (27 High Street) and 29-31 High Street
Will of John William Ingram, retired builder, 1905 (proved 1918): owner of a large number of houses
Will of Ann Cross, spinster, 1864 (proved 1875): she lived at 13 Market Square
7-8 September Second bankruptcy of James King, auctioneer, 1874
Sale of John Ingram's grocery business, 1874
A pub crawl with stolen money, 1874
1874: sale of land which later became part of Redfield
1874: discontinuation of Winslow fair
13 Market Square: sale of contents, 1874
Cattle Market: Harrison & Son of Buckingham took over James King's market in the High Street, 1874, and George Wigley established his own market
Will of John Grace, schoolmaster, 1885: one of Winslow's most prominent inhabitants
Wills of John Adams senior and junior of Little Horwood, yeomen, both proved 1663
5 Sep Will of Joseph Bowden of Shipton, farmer, 1865 (proved 1867)
United Schools Committee, 1874
1 Sep New page: The Swan: built in 1850-51, and in George Robinson it had perhaps Winslow's longest-ever serving landlord (1879-1933)
31 Aug Trial of John Ingram, 1874 and Will of John Ingram of Steeple Claydon, farmer, 1876 (proved 1877)
28-29 Aug Will of Elizabeth Adams of Little Horwood, widow, 1707 (proved 1710)
Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire, 1895: comprehensive list of businesses and private residents
Quarter Sessions 1764: William Walker was fined £4 for trading as a butcher without serving an apprenticeship
Alleged assault on and by a gamekeeper, 1770
Avis Burrall v Thomas Bett in a case of slander, 1698-1700
Will of Jane Cox of Little Horwood, widow, 1710 (proved 1711)
22-23 Aug Advert for agricultural equipment sold by W.H. French, including the latest horse-drawn reaping machine
Advert for contractors to build the magistrates' court, 1873
14 Market Square: 14C (the narrow 4-storey building) was described as "nearly new" in 1873
Discovery of Roman objects between Winslow and Great Horwood, 1873
Buckingham Road: sale of nos.4-6, 1873
21 Aug Will of Henry Sandys of Little Horwood, esquire, 1657
Will of Thomas Illing of Little Horwood, husbandman, 1657
Attempted wife murder, 1873
Will of Thomas Cox, yeoman, 1868 (proved 1876): he lived in Tinkers End and owned the cottages in Short Lane
Workhouse: a lukewarm reference for Hannah Adams, schoolmistress in 1851
More about the "school question", 1873
Fire Brigade: grand concert to raise funds, 1873
Vestry, 1873: an uncontroversial year
William Jennings, sexton (d.1872): commemorated with a poem in the Bicester Herald
18 Aug Park Road: sale of building plots, 1906
Will of Thomas Goodger, gardener and brewer, 1856 (proved 1868): he lived at 110 High Street and owned 112-116
Will of Thomas Warner, yeoman, 1845 (proved 1872): owner of some cottages in Western Lane but his effects were valued at less than £20
More about the bankruptcy of William Ridgway of the Golden Lion, 1873
More about Elizabeth Miles (nee Burnham), d.1871
16 Aug Will of George King, tea dealer, 1893 (proved 1894): his shop was at 2A High Street
12 High Street: added billhead of William Ingram, 1896
14 Aug 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
Copyright 26 January, 2021