Thu 18 January 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 25 January 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 1 February 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 8 February 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 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.


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

17 January 2018 Court rolls, 1641: 20 people in Winslow were fined for using illegal measures to sell beer
14 January Hearth Tax, 1662/3: a list of 94 people who paid; the biggest house had 7 hearths
Robert Lowndes v Henry Wyatt, 1664: a dispute arising from dealing in sheep in Cheshire
10 January Duke of Buckingham and trustees v William Gyles, 1677: a very well-documented case about the market (over 11,000 words of evidence) which provides a lot of information about Winslow in the 1630s-70s
8 January Court rolls, 1640: including arrangements for a brother who was "devoid of reason"
4 January William Lowndes' 1709 notebook: Winslow-related income and expenditure
1 January Court rolls, 1639: a long list of offences including blocking the road with dunghills and failing to work on hghway repair
28 December 2017 Anonymous manuscript description of Winslow, c.December 1702: the first eye-witness account of Winslow Hall
Court rolls 1638: The Fige family are prominent including Valentine, a London apothecary who was later a friend of Samuel Pepys
11 December Court rolls 1637: Some unusual offenders were punished, including a night-walker and a shunner of daylight
5 December Court rolls 1636: problems included illegal sub-letting and over-grazing; the Grant alias Miller family were very active in the land market
4 December Court rolls 1619: 17 people were selling beer, and Thomas Stonehill used illegal measures for selling wine
27 November Poll books 1705-22: The lord of the manor and (usually) the vicar voted Tory, the Baptists voted Whig
21 November

Court rolls 1656: several people were penalised for building houses illegally
Court rolls 1657: mainly about Little Horwood, but one entry seems to concern 6 High Street
Burglary, 1832: 3 teenagers sentenced to death for stealing some bacon

19-20 November

Taxation certificate of Silvester Claver, 1663/4
Sequestration of the Rectory, 1658
Will of Joan Forde, 1644: details added of a case in Chancery brought by William Lowndes
More about Roger Vaughan of Little Horwood (d.1715)

13-14 November

Will of Andrew Veal, retired officer of excise, 1855 (proved 1857): lived at 3 Market Square
Will of Robert Ivatts, grocer and tallow chandler, 1812 (proved 1821): he lived at 1 Horn Street
Hearth Tax, 1670-3: a list of exempted householders, 80 in all

10 November Will of Francis Robinson, tailor, 1812 (proved 1813): he lived at 24 High Street
Will of Richard Gibbs, yeoman, 1812 (proved 1816): the last of the bell-ringing Gibbs brothers
Will of George Cross, draper and maltster, 1862 (proved 1864): lived at 15 Market Square
9 November Charities: the decisions in 1863 which led to the establishment of the present Winslow Charities
Vestry minutes, 1867: Rev. Preston had to sign the minutes of a meeting which denounced him to the Bishop. A number of people applied for permission to install bow windows.
6 November Vestry, 1839: minutes of a very well attended meeting
Additions to: Poor's Piece; Firefighting and fire insurance; Lock-up
2 November Will of Richard Mayne, yeoman, 1840
26 October Will of Sarah Mayne, spinster, 1852: she kept a school at 27 Market Square
17-18 October Will of Mary Lowndes Selby, 1785 (proved 1786): wife of William of Winslow Hall
Will of William French of Buckingham, gentleman, 1845 (proved 1846): father of three Winslow businessmen
Will of Thomas Ridgway of Thornborough Grounds, yeoman, 1818: owner of some property in Winslow acquired from the Budd family
12 October Will of Elizabeth Turney, widow, 1848 (proved 1849): a farmer's widow living in The Walk; she disinherited her niece
Administration of Elizabeth Lee, singlewoman, 1821
10 October Will of George Cross the Elder, maltster, 1842 (proved 1846): owner of Churchwalk House, formerly a blacksmith
Will of Ann Griffin (nee Gyles), 1727 (proved 1732): another member of the Baptist family
8 October Will of Piercy Harding, grocer, 1814 (proved 1816): lived at 2 Horn STreet
5 October Gyles Family: over 60 18th-century descendants of William and Mary Gyles, Winslow's leading Baptists
2 October 1790s Directory: notes by A.J. Clear added; it can now be dated to 1795, not 1798 as previously thought.
The George: page completely revised with separate histories of the two buildings making up the present George.
Turnpike updated with information from the newly published book: Peter Gulland, The Toll Roads of Buckinghamshire 1706-1881 (Bucks Archaeological Society, 2017).
29 September Willis family of lawyers: a letter from Frederic Willis aged 12 to his brother David Thomas (1819); the articles of David and Frederic to their father (1821-3); obituary of D.T. Willis (1884)
Will of Elizabeth Blake, widow, 1823 (proved 1824): she was very keen to make sure her property didn't go to her son-in-law
19 September Will of Rebecca Evans of Shipton, widow, 1813 (proved 1814): owner of property in Horn Street
Will of Sarah Mayne, widow, 1811 (proved 1816): she and her daughter lived at 27 Market Square
Will of John Jellyman, ropemaker, 1790 (proved 1796): also had property in Horn Street; originally from Bloxham
13-14 September

Court rolls, 1717: transactions concerning 2A High Street; more purchases by William Lowndes
Will of Jane Harding (nee Gyles) of Aylesbury, widow, 1755 (proved 1761): includes a bequest to the Winslow Baptists
Cecil Walker (1901-1962): born at 33 Avenue Road

8 September Will of John Chinnall, 1619: probably the miller
6 September Will of George Jones of Buckingham, lacebuyer, 1835 (proved 1836): owner of The Bull
1 September Will of Charles Bowler of Whitchurch, wheelwright, 1810 (proved 1812): descendant of the Bowler and Eden families of Winslow
30 August Will of John Harding of Aylesbury, gentleman, 1750: owner of The Bull
28 August Court rolls, 1716: includes details of the 286 acres of land which William Lowndes had acquired since 1703
24 August Will of Robert Gibbs, maltster, 1794 (recorded 1795): owner of extensive property including 18 Horn Street and Churchwalk House
Will of Reverend Mark Kerr, 1853 (proved 1855): former curate of Winslow, died in Alton Lunatic Asylum
21 August Will of James Morecraft, butcher, 1844 (proved 1845): he lived at 12 High Street
Administration of Thomas Aldridge, victualler, 1814: landlord of the Old Crown
Administration of James Hall, victualler, 1823: landlord of the Rose and Crown
Administration of Ann Jones, 1828: wife of George Jones jr, lacebuyer
Administration of John Brise of Shipton, dairyman, 1840: he lived at Red Hall Farm
Administration of Richard Shelton, currier, 1805 & 1820: administration was sought 20+ years after Richard's death
18 August Administration of Matthew King, 1841
10 August Will of Abiel Whichello, peruke maker, 1810 (proved 1811): he lived at 5 Market Square
4 August William Lowndes' real estate, 1722: a list of property and tenants in Winslow and elsewhere
Will of William Walker of Buckingham, butcher, 1815 (proved 1816): owner of 4 The Walk
Will of Thomas Jones, farmer 1856 (proved 1857): he lived at 8 Buckingham Road
Cattle Market and Avenue Road: some modern photos added
Copyright 17 January, 2018