Thu 22 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.
If coming by car, please park in McLernon Way before you reach the speed bump.
Thu 29 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 5 April 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 April 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.
Sun 15 April Council for British Archaeology: Buckinghamshire Archaeological Review (to be held in Winslow)
Thu 19 April No meeting because of the Winslow Annual Town Meeting
Sat 8 September Heritage Open Day in Winslow - more information to follow

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

20-21 March 2018 Will of Sarah Eagles, widow, 1805 (proved 1831): daughter of Benjamin Ingram of the Sow & Pigs
Will of Thomas Bowler, gentleman, 1833 (proved 1836)
Manor court, 1718: criminal cases concerning murder and smallpox
15 March Will of Thomas Barton of Little Horwood, shopkeeper, 1717/18 (in 1719 manor court roll)
Will of George Cowley, surgeon and apothecary, 1854 (proved 1855)
14 March Will of William Norman of Steeple Claydon, grocer, 1700 (proved 1701): related to the Winslow Baptists
Manorial chest, 1718: it had to be opened in Shipton because of smallpox in Winslow
Manor court, 1766: includes an entry about the Red Bull
11 March Grant Harris of Westminster, water-closet maker (d.1819): owner of 1 Church Street
8-9 March Will of Elizabeth Clark, widow, 1821 (proved 1826)
Will of Hannah Martha Jones, spinster, 1832 (proved 1833)
Winslow Hall building accounts 1700-03: mainly entries involving Winslow people, including 3 suppliers of bricks
5-6 March Court rolls, 1718
Court rolls, 1719
26 February Additions to: Bowling Green, Charities, King's Head, Lock-up, Turnbull, Twining
Philip Walker was sentenced to 6 months hard labour in 1833 for stealing some hens
Winslow Benevolent Association, established 1830
Railway proposals, 1845: three routes which would have come through Winslow but were abandoned by 1846
20 February Will of Robert Sinfield, victualler, 1822 (administration 1823): he wrote his own will, using Bucks dialect
Grant of the Rectory to Joseph Seare, 1658: his contract included an obligation to repair the chancel
Register of electors for Bucks, 1831: a majority of the 8 voters with property in Winslow supported the Reform Bill
15 February Will of Walter Tomlyns of London, mariner, 1644 (proved 1645): a younger son who had moved away
Bucks Assizes, Lent 1662: several cases involving Winslow people, including one who avoided hanging because he was literate
Bucks Assizes, Summer 1681: Mary Glenister of Winslow was accused of housebreaking in Cublington
Station Road: new photo from 1963 (scroll to bottom of page)
Windmill: a case in Chancery in 1662-63 which refers to a recently-built house at the mill
Will of John Dover, dairyman, 1840: ancestor of the Monk family of Tuckey Farm
11 February Zilpah Walker (court case, 1838)
Selby Lowndes sale, 1875: houses in Sheep Street and land in Buckingham Road
Sale of 1-2 Nevada Villas, Buckingham Road, 1881
Winslow Book Society, 1845: a lecture in the old Tithe Barn using an early form of slide projector
8 February Will of Alice Foxley of London, widow, 1646: a member of the Lambert family of Buckingham, and a mortgagee in Winslow
5 February Court rolls, 1646: the first appearance of some families which became very prominent (Henley, Townsend)
3 February Court rolls, 1645: the first manor court for two years, presumably due to the Civil War
1 February Report on charitable property in Winslow, 1677
31 January William Lowndes & others v estate of Richard Barker, 1720: many Winslow traders and professional men were trying to recover money owed to them
Stephen Bigg v William Baldwyn & Joseph Tofield, 1727: Stephen went to Chancery against his son-in-law over part of his daughter's marriage portion
29 January Will of John Deverell of Swanbourne, yeoman, 1704 (proved 1705): owner of some property in Winslow
Will of Mary Elizabeth West, spinster, 1862 (proved 1878): inherited extensive property from her aunt and left it to her niiece; lived at 17 Market Square
24 January Will of Anthony Dodsworth of Whaddon Park, gentleman, 1640 (proved 1641)
22 January Will of Robert Watson of Shipton, baker, 1816 (proved 1817)
Sale of part of Selby-Lowndes estate, 1865: including land north and west of Winslow, Selby Villa and the former Tithe Barn
Additions to: Red Hall Farm (sale of equipment, 1840); Vicarage (sale of contents, 1841); Windmill (Oddfellows song by Mr Wigley, 1844); 14 Market Square (sale of stationery and fancy goods, 1882)
19-20 January Court rolls, 1642-3: at the height of the Civil War, the main issue in Winslow was (apparently) the new kitchen at The Angel
Sequestration Committee, 1647: George Reeve's lease of the manor of Winslow was confirmed
17 January 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).
Copyright 21 March, 2018