Bucks Quarter Sessions, 1737-43

Centre for Bucks Studies, Q/SM/2

The Quarter Sessions were held at Aylesbury by JPs from all over Bucks, including (at least once a year) Richard Lowndes of Winslow. The following cases concerned Winslow. Most of them are about claims of settlement, where someone had been sent back from Winslow to their home parish or vice versa, in case they became a charge on the poor rate.

13 Jan 1736/7
Winslow & Emberton. Emberton appeale

Order Read. Two Ind(entu)res of Apprentisship read signed by Thomas Bates a Poorman resideing at Winslow.
Not 40 Days Service after Date of Inden(tu)res.
There appearing Fraude in the Takeing of the Apprentices.
Order confirmed

Winslow & Adington Concerning Settlemt. of Hugh Miller
Addington appeale - Order Read
Hugh Miller Sworne says he was hired to Thomas Gibbs the First Statute before Mich(aelm)as for a year & served him the year from the Mich(aelm)as to the day after Mich(aelm)as day following & had his wages at Addington
Daniel Miller Sworne
William Evans Sworne
Elizeus Seare \Sworne/  says he was present when Thomas Gibbs hired Hugh Miller in Winslow about a fortnight \9 or 10 Days after/ Mich(aelm)as on a market day & not a statute in the Three Tunns Ale house
William Stephens Sworne says Hugh Miller was gone away before Mich(aelm)as from Thomas Gibbs & this Witness was employed by Gibbs till Miller came into Service a full fortnight after Mich(aelm)as when he came as a hired Servant
Joseph Meakes sworne sayd he Lived with Gibbs before Miller Came & the year Miller Lived there when Miller [deletion] went away before Mich(aelm)as
Thomas Gibbs Sworne says Hugh Miller Lived about a month before Mich(aelm)as & Served him with(ou)t any Contract for Wages other than his Victualls & went away before Mich(aelm)as & after a Fortnight after Mich(aelm)as hired Hugh Miller only until Mich(aelm)as following & not for a year at anytime
                                                                Order Quasht


13 July 1738
Winslow & Great Horwood

Robert Hill sworne says he was hired for a year six year agoe & served a year & had his wages & then Hired again f [blank]

Richd Lovell swarne says he hired Robert Hill on a Thursday at Winslow a fortnight after Mich(aelm)as so twas a Month after Mich(aelm)as & then agreed to Give 15 till Mich(aelm)as & he Lived untill Mich(aelm)as & then hired for a year & he Lived untill after Ladyday


3 May 1739

Thomas Bates of Swanborne Lab(ourer) acknowledges £20 to prosecute William Gibbs & Thos Adams.

Thomas Adams of the same acknowledges £20
William Grasshum of the same Carpenter £10
Thomas Gibbs of Winslow Baker £10
for the appearance of Thomas Adams to answer Thomas Bates

William Gibbs of Swanbourne £20
The same William Grasshum & Thomas Gibbs each £10
for the appearance of William Gibbs to answer Thomas Bates


14 Aug 1740
Winslow & Mursley

Elizabeth Scott sworne says she was borne[?] Winslow, her Husband dead who says he told her he Lived there Two years to Jno Cooke

Henry Burrell sworne says he heard Cook own he hired Scott for a year at Mursley & that he served accordingly

Order Confirmed


9 Oct 1740

Robert Stevens of Winslow £20
John Allen of the same £10
Joseph Thorp of Hogston £10
for appearance of Robert Stevens to answer Mary Bailey


7 Oct 1742

Wm Glenister of Swanbourne Baker £20
Tho Spratley of Winslow Cordwainer
John Hurste of Little Horwood Butcher each £10
for appearance of Wm Glenister for an assault on Richd Viccars

William Smith and William Glenister Each pleaded Guilty for an Assault upon Richard Viccars Each Fined one Shilling & paid to the Sheriffe


12 Jan 1743/4

East Claydon & Bottle Claydon and Winslow
Order Read

Thomas Hughs sworne says he was hired for a year at Bottle Claydon and Entred his hire[?] & served a year & gained a Settlement.
afterwards Took & rented Closes of one Gibbs at £4 10s and a House also at six pounds £6 at Winslow

Order Quasht

This case is also mentioned in Verney Letters of the Eighteenth Century, 2.207 (Lord Fermanagh to Earl Verney, Claydon, 15 Sep 1743):
The Parish Officer has been to take an opinion upon Hughes's settlement. Mr. Millward [Claydon estate steward] went with the Parish Officer to Chilton to Mr. Justice Carter, who behaved with great civility to em. The Justice told em that he could not act at the Sessions if he gave his Opinion in writing, as it was contrary to his Oath, but if they would sit down and show him their Case he would give his opinion in a friendly manner, which he said was entirely in favour of East Claydon. They told him by word of mouth the whole case, he said Hughes belonged to Winslow. He would not take a Fee.

Copyright 17 October, 2018