27 Market Square (Market House)

N.B. This building was demolished in 1947 to widen the entrance into High Street. It was sometimes known misleadingly as "the Wren House" or "the Market House". Meanwell's Shop
   
1764 Will of Grace Tofield, spinster
  I Give and bequeath unto my Kinsman William Tofield  All that my Messuage or Tenement Situate and being upon the Market Hill in Winslow aforesaid and now in the Occupation of William Gibbs
 
 
   
1777 8 April              Sun Insurance               11936/256/382480
   
  John Gibbs of Winslow cooper
   
  On his household goods in his now dwelling house situate as aforesaid
  brick and tiled 50
  Utensils and stock therein 50
  Two houses only in Cow Street in Winslow aforesaid in the tenure of Charles King  thatched 50
  Workshop only near in his own tenure thatched 10
  Utensils and stock therein 15
  Barn only separate  thatched 10
  Utensils and stock therein 5
  Utensils and stock in the yard adjoining 10
    ___
    200

     
1781 Land Tax  
  Wm Tofield: John Gibbs           8s 3 ½d  

     
1785 Land Tax  
  Wm Tofield: John Gibbs           9s 0 ½d  

     
1783 5 May           Sun Insurance                11936/313/477379  
     
  John Gibbs of Winslow cooper  
  On his household goods in his now dwelling house only  
  situate as aforesaid  brick and tiled 50
  Utensils and stock therein 50
  Two tenements adjoining at Winslow aforesaid in the tenure of Charles King  thatched 45
  Workshop only near  thatched 10
  Utensils and stock therein 10
  Barn and workshop adjoining near  thatched 15
  Utensils and stock therein only 10
  Hovel only separate  thatched 3
  Utensils and stock in the yard adjoining 7
    ___
    200

     
1794 28 March                            D 82/2/315  
     
  Admission of Grace Martin wife of Samuel Martin of the Island of Antigua Esq, Daughter and heir of George Savage heretofore of the Island of Antigua deceased

All that Messuage or Tenement situate standing and being at the corner of the Market Place in Winslow aforesaid late in the occupation of Bigg[?] Tofield and now in the tenure or occupation of John Gibbs with the appurtenances

And also all those two Messuages or Tenements adjoining to the last mentioned dwelling house now in the several tenures or occupations of Stephen Gibbs and George Cross with the appurtenances

And also all that lot plot piece or parcel of land or ground lying in a certain field now or late called or known by the name of New Mill Field 3a 1r 16p

And also all that lot piece or parcel of land or ground . Old Mill Field 0a 0r 38p exchanged by the said William Selby Lowndes Esq for a plot of ground called Mill Garden

And also all that Messuage or Tenement in Little Horwood with the Home Close now in the tenure or occupation of William Rand
 

     
1795 Land Tax  
  Wm Tofield: John Gibbs cooper            9s 1 ½d  

     
1797 27 & 28 Oct                                                    D 82/2/435  
     
  Admission of William Tofield of Stewkley yeoman eldest son and heir of William Tofield late of Wing yeoman deceased

All that Messuage or Tenement with the outhouses buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in the Market Place at Winslow in Co. Bucks formerly in the occupation of William Gibbs and now of William Mayne
Surrendered to said William Mayne
 

     
1798 Directory  
  William Mayne [F.] saddler  

     
1805 Land Tax  
  Wm Mayne late Tofields: self    9s 1 ½d  

     
1811 Will of William Mayne of Winslow saddler leaving messuage in Winslow wherein I now dwell to daughter Sarah Mayne  

     
1830 Directory Academies
Sarah Mayne (day) Market Square
 

     
1832 Land Tax  
  Sarah Mayne: Sarah Mayne house        9s 1 ½d  

     
1841 Census (see full return)  
  Sarah Mayne 60 Ind  

     
1851 Census Market Square
Sarah Mayne 76 school governess
Fanny Markhand 27 school teacher
Mary Ann Barton 50 Independent
 

     
1852 23 Dec Will of Sarah Mayne of Winslow spinster proved PCC  

     
1853 Directory  
  Grant King linen & woollen draper hatter hosier & postmaster, Market Square  

     
1853 14 January  
     
  MARKET SQUARE, WINSLOW  
     
  ELIGIBLE BUSINESS PREMISES, CONSISTING of a roomy DWELLING-HOUSE, situate in the most Business Part of the Improving Town of Winslow, with a Double Frontage to the Market Square and the High Street, commanding a good Tenant at a High Rent, recently occupied by the late Miss Sarah Mayne, deceased.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY Mr. James King, AT THE GEORGE 1NN, WINSLOW, On FRIDAY, the 14th Day of JANUARY, 1853, AT 5 O'CLOCK IN THE AFTERNOON, Subject to such Conditions as will then be produced.

All that substantial brick-built and tiled Dwelling-House, situate at the corner of the Market Square and the High Street, in the most central situation for business in Winslow, comprising, in the basement, a large kitchen, scullery, with pump and well of excellent water, and roomy, arched cellars, extending under the whole of the house and for a considerable distance under the Market Square, being dry and well suited for store-rooms; on the ground floor, a large room in the front, fitting for a shop for any description of business, a parlour at the back, and a wood-barn, with back entrance; on the first floor, a pleasant drawing-room, with a balcony, protected by a very handsome wrought iron railing, and a lofty bedroom at the back; on the second floor, two large and lofty bed-rooms; and on the third floor, three roomy attics, one of which contains a large lead tank for rain-water, communicating with the basement story by a lead pipe and tap; on the top of the house, with entrance from the attics, is a large drying-ground, protected by a parapet, commanding a beautiful and extensive prospect over the surrounding country for several miles.

To a person wishing to enter into any kind of business, in the populous and thriving Town of Winslow, these Premises present an opportunity rarely to be met with; or, as an investment, they will ensure a high , rate of interest.

The Property is Copyhold of the Manor of Winslow, being nearly equal in value to Freehold. The only outgoings are a Quit-rent of 3d. and a Land-tax of 9s. 1 d. per annum.
Immediate possession may be had.
The House may be viewed on application to Mr. Grant King, draper, Winslow; and further particulars obtained from David Thomas Willis, Esq., solicitor, or at the Auctioneer's Offices, Market Square, Winslow.
 

     
1853 31 Oct                                                 D 82/6/324  
     
  Surrender: John King of Winslow land surveyor  
     
  Admission: Grant King of Winslow draper  
     
  £482  
     
  All that Messuage or Tenement with the outhouses buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in the Market Place in Winslow aforesaid within this Manor formerly in the occupation of John Gibbs afterwards of William Mayne since of Sarah Mayne widow late of Sarah Mayne spinster and now unoccupied to which premises the said John King was admitted tenant 4 May 1853 on the surrender of Grant King as devisee in trust under the will of Sarah Mayne spinster deceased  

     
1861 Census  
  Grant King 53 draper & postmaster  

     
1864 Directory  
  Grant King silk mercer woollen & linen draper hosier haberdasher & postmaster, Market Square  

     
1871 Census  
  Grant King 63 draper  

     
1877 Directory  
  Thomas Sare draper & outfitter Market Square  

     
1881 Census  
  Thomas Sare 31 draper  

     
1885 London Gazette, June  
  Bankruptcy of Thomas Sare, linen draper and tailor, declared at Banbury
October: First dividend of 5s in the pound was declared by Mr Collinson of 99, Cheapside, London.
 

     
1887 Kelly's Directory  
  Luxmoore, Benjamin, draper, Market Square  
     
The balcony with Luxmoore's sign
The balustrade on the balcony matched the one which is still there on The George
     
1910 Valuation 27 Market Square
(Occupier): Cowper, R.J.
(Owner): Lownds, Mrs, 24 College Road Bromley Kent
     House & shop, Market Square
 

     
1911 Directory  
  Cowper Robert J. draper Market Square  

     
1919 1 September                                         D82/9/371  
     
  Surrender: Mildred Jane Baxter of 24 College Road Bromley Kent
Wife of William Baxter retired chemist devisee in the will of Martha Jane Lownds deceased

Admission: Robert James Cowper of Winslow draper

620

All that Messuage or Tenement called or known by the name of Market House with the outhouses and buildings thereto belonging situate in the Market Place in Winslow in Co. Bucks within that Manor formerly in the occupation of Sarah Mayne afterwards of Grant King then of Benjamin Luxmore then of Augustus George Stevens and now and for some time past of the said Robert James Cowper
 

     
1920 8 September                                         D 82/9/388  
     
  Surrender: Robert James Cowper

     Admission: Arthur Meanwell of Winslow draper

     1,000
 

     
1946 Buckingham Advertiser, 29 June  
  OLD BUILDINGS TELL TALES
It seems strange that when people are clamouring for "roofs to be put on" one has been taken off the Market House at Winslow. This action recalls parochial meetings and much discussion and many contend that the building should not be demolished on account of its Christopher Wren attribution, also because of the part that it played in making the general picturesque effect of the Winslow Market Square. During the war it has served many useful purposes. It was a much-valued Evacuees Club and has been headquarters of the W.V.S. During this period it was visited by Royalty and by the present Prime Minister (then Deputy)!
 
 

Copyright 23 September, 2016