Thu 20 February No meeting
Thu 27 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 5 March 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 12 March 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 19 March 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 26 March 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 4 April Winslow Public Hall, 13:00-17:00
BAS Conference: HS2 Archaeology, discoveries along the line – Year 2
More information

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.


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

19 February 2020 Response from Nash about losses in the Civil War; they had to pay for troops quartered at Whaddon Hal
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
28 November Will of Hannah Varney, widow, 1826 (proved 1828): the first will written by D.T. Willis and his brother
20 November Will of Thomas Woodward of Shipton, gentleman, 1891 (proved 1893): he had retired from Red Hall Farm
15 November Will of Susanna Colles of St Bride's, London, widow, 1647/8 (proved 1648): a relative of the Fige family
Duke of Buckingham v William Gyles: it now turns out that the case against Gyles was first brought in 1673, and Gyles claimed (among many other things) that the market was originally held in Horn Street
Tax assessment for Granborough, 1647: 38 individuals or places named
14 November Will of Fred Phipps, innkeeper and blacksmith, 1900 (proved 1902): landlord of The Windmill
Will of Grant King, draper, 1887 (proved 1892)
Will of William Grace, retired innkeeper, 1894 (proved 1900): former landlord of the Rose and Crown
7 November New page: Queen Victoria's coronation, 1838: This includes a full list of the 760 people who received a pound of pork, a pint of beer and various other gifts, and another list of the subscribers who paid for it.
Indentures of 1638 between Peter Fyge senior and junior about the office of bailiff and the Winslow tithes
Lowndes Roll 2: purchases by William Lowndes, 1710-15
4 November New page: Fires, 1748. There were two big fires, one in or near Horn Street and one on the east side of the High Street
Bucks Militia (1794-1810)
Manor court, 1728: one transaction concerning a cottage in Sheep Street
Manor court, 1631: transaction concerning the Deely family
31 October Church terrier and inventory, 1810
26 October Parish Council 1918: the provision of more allotments was the main topic throughout the year
Parish meeting 1919 about a permanent War Memorial
New page: Selby Villa (The White House) stood on the corner of Great Horwood Road from the 1820s to 1930s
Fire insurance policy of Thomas Bowler, 1783, covering 9 and 28 Horn Street
24 October Will of Susanna Bainbridge, 1846 and legal dispute about 30 Horn Street, 1879-81
21 October Parish Council 1917: they organised various activities to increase local food production
11-13 October Inquisition post mortem of Edmund Paxton, 1597: owner of a 60-acre freeholding in Winslow
Dispute concerning Robert Bowden of Granborough, 1656-61
Parish Council 1916: Air raids were still a worry
8-9 October Parish Council 1915: The main issue was whether to turn off the street lights as protection against airship raids
1636: Reference to the Duke of Buckingham's property in Winslow
Grant of the manor to Sir John Fortescue, 1599: the legal document by which Fortescue became lord of the manor
3 October Schedule of Mary Worrall's goods when she married John Seaton in 1694
Administration of Edward Selby-Lowndes, 1885: the owner of Selby Lodge, which became Redfield
Will of Arthur Stead Midgley, solicitor's clerk, 1892 (proved 1894)
1 October Court Leet, 1876: the traditional business of the manor court took place, mainly in The Bell
Redfield: Sale of Selby Lodge (the earlier building) in 1885
27 Market Square: sale of contents in 1885
Football match v Bicester, 1880 with a (nearlY) full list of the team
The Charge of the Fire Brigade: anonymous poem from 1926
30 September Will of Geoffrey Lowndes of Swanbourne, 1580
T.P. Willis: final list of creditors (1912): everyone from his own nephews to the Rogers Free School and the Winslow New Gas Company
21 September A letter to the Bucks Chronicle about Thomas Lomath, appointed Winslow's first paid policeman c.1823
19 September Parish Council 1914: contrary to what you might expect, the big issue in Winslow was whether to build a water tank for the fire brigade
18 September New page: The Cock
The existence of this previously unlocated 1740s/50s inn/alehouse has emerged from a dispute between John Turner and Peter & Mary Goldsworth in 1749. Click on the link to find out where it was. Another lawsuit brought by the Goldsworths concerned the estate of Mary's grandmother Ann Bigg.
17 September Bigg v Bigg 1746-58: A Bleak House-style dispute between various Biggs which dragged on for over a decade. It includes information about the windmill and 21-25 Market Square.
11-12 September Daniel Seaton v Mary Seaton and others, 1709: a legal dispute between Daniel and his stepmother with a lot of information about the problems which arose when people remarried.
William & Martha Short v John Longbridge, 1710: this concerns 15 Market Square and among other things contains the first reference to someone in Winslow owning a landscape painting, which was supposed to be treated as a fixture in the house.
7 September Gyles family: additions to Daniel Gyles and his children
2 September Parish Council 1913: trouble with the Town Band and the pavements
1 September Purchase of property in Winslow by Baron Rothschild of Mentmore, 1863
Additions to The Bull
Copyright 19 February, 2020