Redfield, originally known as Selby Lodge, was built after 1842 for Edward William Selby-Lowndes. It replaced Dudslow or Mobbs' Farm, an enclosure farm, part of the Selby-Lowndes estate. It also incorporated Heighton's Farm, which was bought by William Selby-Lowndes in 1865.

1781 Land Tax (it's not certain that these entries all refer to the same pieces of land as the later Land Tax)
Owner: Ingram, Benjamin
Occupier: Richard Gibbs maltster £3 17s 4d
Occupier: Thomas Wilson £2 0s 0d
Owner: Lowndes, William
Occupier: Augustine Seaton £1 13s 6d
Occupier: James Cox £3 14s 9½d

1786 Land Tax
Owner: Ingram, Benjamin
Occupier: Thomas Read £6 7s 4d
Owner: Selby, William
Occupier: Augustine Seaton £1 16s 6½d
Occupier: James Cox £4 1s 10¼d

1788: Royal and Sun Alliance fire insurance 11936/345/534570 (LMA)
The farmhouse was insured separately by William Selby (see Fire Insurance)

534570 £1  Mich(aelma)s 1788 £1”1”8      Wright B
Thomas Read of Winslow Bucks Farmer On his Household Goods in his now dwelling
house & offices adjoining situated as aforesaid Thatched not exceeding Fifty pounds
Utensils & Stock vizt In his Barn & Stable only adjoining near Brick & tiled not exceeding
Fifty pounds 
In the Rickyard & on the Farm not exceed(in)g One Hundred & Ten Pounds
In his Barn only separate (late Piddingtons) Thatched not exceed(in)g Fifty Pounds
In his Barn only near Tiled not exceed(in)g Forty Pounds
In the Rickyard & on the Farm not exceeding One Hundred Pounds
NB. Free from Loss on such Hay or Corn as shall be destroyed or damaged by its natural

1792: Royal and Sun Alliance fire insurance 11936/379/586328 (LMA)
The farmhouse was insured separately by William Selby (see Fire Insurance)

586328  17/6 Mich(aelma)s 1792  Wright B
Thomas Read of Winslow Bucks Farmer On his Household Goods in his now dwelling
house & offices adjoining situated as aforesaid Thatch'd not exceeding Fifty pounds
Utensils & Stock in his Barn & Stable adjoining near Brick & tiled not exceeding sixty Pounds 
Utensils & Stock in his Barn (late Piddington) thatch’d  not exceeding sixty Pounds
Utensils & Stock in his Barn near tiled not exceeding fifty Pounds
Utensils & Stack in his Rick Yard & Farm aforesaid not exceeding two hundred & fifty Pounds
Utensils & Stock in his Barn separate late Bowdens thatch’d not exceeding twenty Pounds
Utensils & Stock in his Barn Stable & Cowhouse adjoining near thatch’d not exceeding twenty Pounds
Utensils & Stock in his Rick Yard near & on said Farm not exceeding forty Pounds
NB. Free from Loss on such Hay or Corn as shall be destroyed or damaged by its natural

1795 Land Tax
Owner: Ingram, John
Occupier: Thomas Read £6 7s 4d
Owner: Selby, William
Occupier: Thomas Read jr £1 16s 9½d
Occupier: John Richardson £4 1s 11d

1805 Land Tax
Owner: Ingram, John
Occupiers: Hawley, Cranwell & Warner £6 17s 11d
Owner: Selby, William
Occupier: Thomas Read jr £1 16s 9½d
Occupier: Henry Mobbs £4 1s 11d

1814 Land Tax
Owner: Ingram, John
Occupiers: G. Hawley & W. Ingram £6 17s 11d
Owner: Lowndes, William Selby £6 17s 11d
Occupier: Thomas Read sr £1 16s 9½d
Occupier: Henry Mobbs £4 1s 11d

1823 Land Tax
Owner: Ingram, John
Occupiers: Jas Tuckey J. Arnott & G. Cross £6 17s 11d redeemed
Owner: Lowndes, William Selby
Occupier: Mrs Read £1 16s 9½d
Occupier: Joseph Neal £4 1s 11d

1832 Land Tax
Owner: Highton, Edwd, esq.
Occupier: Mr Small, house & land ["unoccupied" inserted above, or below previous entry]
£6 10s 6d redeemed
Owner: Lowndes, William Selby
Occupier: Joseph Neal
House & land late Read £1 16s 9½d
House & land late Mobbs £4 1s 11d

One of these houses was Selby Villa, built in the 1820s.

1838 Register of Electors
James Hawley, occupier of house & land, Heightons Farm
Joseph Neal, occupier of house & land, Read's & Mobbs Farm

Oxford Chronicle, 27 March 1841
DARING BURGLARY. – During the night of the 11st inst a most daring burglary was committed in the house of Edward Heighton, Esq. in the Parish of Winslow, situate by the side of the turnpike-road, leading to Great Horwood.  The villains lighted two wax candles, and procured some beer from the cellar, which they drank in the parlour; they afterwards proceeded to Mr. Heighton’s bedchamber, and took his small clothes from under his pillow, without awaking him, abstracted his keys from the pocket, and commenced rifling the house.  Mr. Heighton’s housekeeper hearing them, aroused her master, when the villains decamped, taking with them £64 10s. in gold, three watches, and a great quantity of plate, the whole of which amounted to about £200, with which they made their escape undiscovered.

1842 manor court
Surrender: Edward Highton of Leicester gent on 5 March 1842 for £950
To William Selby Lowndes esq of Winslow lord of the manor
Includes: Inclosed lot in New Mill Field containing 7a 0r 36p now divided and forms the whole or greater part of 3 several closes containing according to recent admeasurement:
Bottom Harwood 4a 1r 37p
Middle Harwood 3a 0r 7p
Upper Harwood 1a 2r 25p
Late in the occupation of George Cross or undertenants, now James Hawley or undertenants
Edward Highton admitted 31 Oct 1824 on surrender of Benjamin Ingram, Thomas Miller, Henry Dalby & Mary Ingram widow

1864: death of Clara Selby-Lowndes, nee Hartman, wife of Edward Selby-Lowndes of Selby Lodge.

1874: sale of land under the will of George Cross, later part of Redfield.

1881: Census
Selby Lodge, Buckingham Road

Edward William Selby-Lowndes Head wid 67 Magistrate - no profession b. Winslow
Lucy Do Dau unm 35   b. London
Meyrick Edward Do Son unm 32 no profession b. Winslow
Clara Elizabeth Do Dau unm 32   Do
Selina Humphreys Serv unm 38 Cook b. Greatworth, Northants
Hannah Roberts Serv unm 22 Housemaid b. Kidlington, Oxon
Hannah Rhyman Serv unm 16 Housemaid b. Caulcott, Oxon
Ann Gurnett Serv unm 17 Kitchen maid b. Swanbourne

1885: Buckingham Advertiser, 18 April
  OBITUARY.- It is with most sincere and deep regret that we have to announce the loss to this district of Edward William Selby Lowndes, Esq., of The Lodge, Winslow.  The deceased gentleman was distinguished for the urbanity of his manner, and his kindliness of heart was no less conspicuous than the geniality and tact with which he conducted the various public duties that devolved upon him.  He had been a magistrate for forty years, having been placed on the commission of the peace in April, 1845; he was also a Deputy Lieutenant for the County, and a Commissioner of Taxes.  He was an able and upright magistrate, remarkable for extreme fairness, and one “always prone to lean to mercy’s side,” very painstaking to ascertain the true facts of the cases that came before him, and even ready to relinquish his own private pursuits at the call of any public duty, and being for many years the only resident magistrate in Winslow, these calls were at times very frequent.  He was an unostentatious and liberal-minded gentleman, always willing to assist in any movement calculated to promote the happiness and good of others, and was universally esteemed by all who knew him.  His illness was of short duration, and terminated fatally on Monday morning, April 13th, in his 72nd year.  The utmost sympathy and regret at the affliction and the bereavement of the family has been evinced throughout the neighbourhood as shewn by the frequent enquiries made at his residence.

1885: Valuation by George Wigley (Centre for Bucks Studies, D/WIG/2/1/14)
Valuation of Live & Dead Farming Stock, Corn, Straw, Household Furniture, Plate, Linen and Effects late the property of Edward W. Selby Lowndes Esqre Dec(eas)ed April 29 : 1885
Rooms listed: Drawing Room, Breakfast Room, Miss Lowndes's Room, Miss Clara Selby-Lowndes's Room, Mrs Hall's Room, Spare Room, Box Room, Late Mr Lowndes's Dressing Room & Bedroom, Mr Meyrick Selby-Lowndes' Room, Landing, Hall, Gun Room, Dining Room, Storeroom, Butler’s Pantry, Box Room, Housekeeper’s Room, Kitchen, Larder, Spare Room, 3 Servants' Bedrooms, Harness Room. There is also a full inventory of farming equipment and stock.
Contents include a vast range of mahogany and rosewood furniture, a stuffed eagle, two bidets and a model of the Alhambra.
Full inventory (with Mr Wigley's own system of writing down numerals): Redfield Inventory (PDF file)

(Centre for Bucks Studies, D/WIG/2/1/14)
Valuation of Timber on the Selby Lodge Estate. The property of the Trustees of the late Edward W Selby-Lowndes Esq. for sale by Auction
July 21st 1885
1717 feet Oak @ R/o   193. 3.0
1917    “    Elm @   6d   47.18.6
1768    “    Ash @ p/t   132.12.0
727     “ Beech @ p/t    54.10.0
                                 £428. 3.6

1885: Principal Probate Registry
BE IT KNOWN, that at the date hereunder written, Letters of Administration of the personal estate of Edward William Selby Lowndes late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham Esquire deceased, who died on the 13th day of April 1885 at Winslow aforesaid a Widower and intestate, were granted by Her Majesty's High Court of Justice at the Principal Registry of the Probate Division thereof to Meyrick Edward Selby Lowndes of Winslow aforesaid Gentleman the natural and lawful son and one of the next of kin of the said intestate, he having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same.
Dated the 3rd day of July 1885
Gross value of Personal Estate £2232-15-8

After Edward Selby-Lowndes' death in 1885, the estate was auctioned in London and purchased by Henry Lambton. Meyrick Selby-Lowndes got married in 1891 to Mary Louisa Dauncey and lived at Horwood House with his wife's family; by 1901 he was at The Grange, Mursley, with his wife and five children.

Bucks Herald, 18 July 1885


DISTINGUISHED as SELBY LODGE, within half a mile of Winslow Station, on the Oxford and Banbury branch of the London and North-Western Railway, nine miles from Bletchley, within an hour of London, in the centre of the meets of Mr. Selby Lowndes’, the Duke of Grafton’s, and the Bicester Foxhounds, and Sir Nathaniel de Rothschild’s Staghounds;  comprising a very superior FAMILY RESIDENCE, delightfully situate, a pleasant distance from the Aylesbury and Buckingham Turnpike Road, environed with Plantations of Fir, and approached by an avenued Carriage Drive, with Entrance Lodge, surrounded by several INCLOSURES of RICH PASTURE LAND and some highly productive ARABLE, the whole of the Estate handsomely Timbered, and embellished with ornamental Plantations, and embracing an area of 167 ACRES, in a ring fence, exceptionally attractive for its compactness and privacy.  The House is most substantially built, and contains handsomely proportional Reception Rooms, spacious Corridors and 12 well-appointed Bed Rooms, with Domestic Offices commensurate with the Establishment.  There is extensive and excellent Stabling, Gardens, Greenhouses and Vineries, and a set of first-class well designed Farm Buildings.  The Property adjoins the domain of the Rt. Hon. J. G. Hubbard is part Freehold and Copyhold, and for the most part is Tithe-free and early possession may be had.  The undeniable position and character of the Estate, situate in the midst of a favourite residential locality, and in a neighbourhood proverbial for its healthy character and salubrity, render it a most desirable Property to any gentleman fond of hunting and country pursuits combined with the advantage of being such a short distance of London.

Is favoured with instructions from the Trustees of the late Edward William Selby Lowndes, Esq.,
T O    S E LL    B Y    A U C T I O N,
On TUESDAY, JULY the 21st, 1885 at Two o’ClockPrecisely,
The above important Property.

→Particulars, with Plans and Orders to View, may be obtained of Messrs. Willis & Willis, Solicitors, Winslow;  or of Mr. Geo. Wigley, Land Agent, Winslow.

Sale Catalogue 1885: Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies D/WIG/2/2/41Q


Particulars, Plan, and Conditions of Sale of the Highly Valuable and Attractive Residential Estate, distinguished as SELBY LODGE in the Parishes of Winslow and Great Horwood, comprising a Very Superior Family Residence, excellent Domestic Offices, extensive Stabling 166a 3r 17p of First Class Pasture and Arable Land, beautifully situate in a ring fence, about half a mile from Winslow Station, on the Oxford and Banbury Branch of the London & North Western Railway.

Also an excellent Brick Yard containing 3a 1r 39p.

To be Sold by Mr Geo Wigley, at the Mart, Tokenhouse Yard, City of London, on Tuesday, July 21st, 1885, at Two o'clock precisely, by direction of the Trustees of the late Edward William Selby Lowndes Esq.

With Early Possession
Particulars with plans, and orders to view may be obtained of Messrs Willis & Willis, Solicitors, Winslow, or of Mr Geo Wigley, Land Agent, Winslow, Bucks.

A Beautiful Residential Property within half-a-mile of Winslow Station on the Oxford and Banbury Branch of the London and North Western Railway, from which there is an excellent service of trains to Bletchley, within an hour of London, and at which thirty express trains to London and all parts of the Kingdom stop daily; half-a-mile from the town of Winslow, 6 miles from Buckingham, and 10 from Aylesbury, comprising a very superior Family Residence, Delightfully situate a pleasant distance from the Aylesbury and Buckingham turnpike road, environed with Plantations of Fir, and approached by an avenued Carriage Drive with Entrance Lodge, commanding magnificent and extensive views over a richly diversified tract of hill, dale and woodland, sheltered from the north and east by plantations, and having Lawns, Gardens, Orchards, Conservatories, Extensive Stabling, and a set of first-class well-designed Farm Buildings, and possessing every feature of a Charming Residential Estate

The House, which is brick-built and slated, is of most substantial and modern elevation, and contains handsomely proportioned Reception Booms, spacious Corridors, and well-appointed Bedrooms and Domestic Offices and comprising
On the Ground Floor, A lofty Entrance Hall 42ft. by 9ft 9in. Dining and Drawing Rooms each 20ft. by 24ft. Morning Boom 15ft. 9in. by 15ft. Gun Boom.
On the First Floor, 6 principal Bedrooms, 2 of which are 20ft. by 24ft., Dressing room, 5 Secondary Bedrooms with spacious Corridors and Landing.

The Domestic Offices, comprise Housekeeper's Room, Butler's Pantry, Servant's Hall, Store Room, large Kitchen, Scullery, Larder, and 3 capital Ale and Wine Cellars in the basement. Detached brick and slated Wash-house, Men's Mess Room. Shoe and Knife House, Coal House, Hen-house and Potato Room.

The Whole is in a first-class state of cultivation, having been highly farmed by the late Proprietor for half a century. The Grounds are particularly well fenced with thriving hedge-rows. The Grass Land is of excellent feeding quality, and a most invaluable feature of the property is that every ground possesses a never-failing supply of water. The Arable Land is of a most productive character and grows the finest crops of Wheat, Barley & Roots. There is a Brick and Tiled open Hovel, Chaff-house, and feeding house in No. 5. There are also two Brick and Tiled open Hovels and Rickyard in Nos 21 & 22.

The Estate is bounded by the handsome Turnpike Road from Buckingham to Aylesbury, and also by the Road from Winslow to Stony Stratford.

Buckingham Advertiser, 25 July 1885

  PROPERTY SALE.- Selby Lodge Estate, the property of the late Edward William Selby Lowndes, Esq., comprising 170 acres of good land, in the parish of Winslow and Great Horwood, with superior family residence, gardens, orchards, shrubberies, conservatories, stabling, and extensive farm buildings, was submitted to public auction at the Mart, Tokenhouse Yard, London, on Tuesday, July 21st, by Mr. Geo. Wigley, and was purchased by H. R. Lambton, Esq., of Winslow Hall, at £17,500.  The Brickyard on the same estate, containing 3a 1r 39p, was also purchased by Mr. Lambton, at £450.

Postcard of Redfield

Following his purchase of Selby Lodge in 1885, Henry Lambton rebuilt the front of the house in red brick and renamed it Redfield. He extended and developed the Redfield Estate, building distinctive estate-workers' cottages on the Great Horwood Road. Redfield was a centre for foxhunting, and outdid Winslow Hall as the town's most opulent residence.

Portrait of H.R. Lambton1886: Buckingham Advertiser, 20 Feb
  H. R. LAMBTON, ESQ., of Winslow Hall, is having extensive alterations and additions made to his recently purchased mansion, Selby Lodge, including cottages for grooms, gardeners, &c.  Messrs. Parnell and Son, of Rugby, are the contractors, and are employing considerably over 100 men on the works.

Right: portrait of H.R. Lambton by William Edwards Miller, now in Discover Bucks Museum

1886: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 4 May
Up to November 1st, 1886, close to the town;
By direction of Henry Ralph Lambton, Esq.
CREDIT will be given till August 1st, on the usual conditions.
The Company will oblige by meeting the Auctioneer at Sand Pit Field, at Four o’Clock.
Also, will be sold, immediately after the Grass Keeping,
Two Ricks of Beautifully–secured Hay,
About 60 Tons, standing on the above Estate.
  Catalogues may be had at the Offices of the Auctioneer, Winslow, and Town Hall Offices, Fenny Stratford.

1886: Buckingham Advertiser, 22 May
  FALL FROM A SCAFFOLD.- On Wednesday last, an accident happened to one of the numerous men engaged in building Redfields.  H. R. Lambton’s Esq., new mansion.  The man whose name is George Middleton Measures, was glazing one of the windows, when he had the misfortune to fall off  the scaffold, severely shaking himself and fracturing his nose.  He was conveyed home and attended by Mr. Vaisey, and is progressing favourably.

1886: Buckingham Advertiser, 10 July
  ATHLETIC SPORTS.- On Saturday last a pleasant day’s amusement was carried out by a committee chosen from among the work-people engaged at Winslow Court, consisting of Messrs. Eagles, Goddard, Jerrams, Ladbrook, Leggins, Measures, Musto, Tickelpenny, Wilkins, Woodley and Wilson.  The spot chosen was the large field adjoining the “Swan” kindly lent by Messrs. Robinson and Wilmore, and the proceedings commenced with a cricket match between Winslow Town and the Court Cricket Club, in which the latter were victorious.  After the match tea was provided, to which a good number sat down, after this were the sports… There was also dancing and other amusements.  There was a large company of spectators present.

1886: Bicester Herald, 26 Nov
H. R. Lambton, Esq., is at Claremont Villa, not having at present gone into the occupancy of his new mansion, Redfields.

1887: Buckingham Advertiser, 29 Jan
An invitation ball was given at Redfield, the new residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lambton, on Tuesday, 18th January.  Upwards of 80 responded to the invitation.  The ball was kept up till about half past 2.- On Wednesday night following, the servants’ ball took place over 70 being present to participate in the enjoyment so kindly provided by Mr. and Mrs. Lambton.  The supper was all that could be desired, and Mrs. Williamson, the housekeeper, deserves great praise for the excellent way in which it was provided.  Mr. Rively, the butler, also deserves praise for the manner in which he exerted himself in providing refreshments for the company.  Mrs. Lambton with Mr. Merriman opened the ball, and all the young ladies and the two sons joined the merry company for an hour.  The dance was kept up with great glee till 6 o’clock in the morning.  At the close the health of Mr. and Mrs. Lambton was drunk with musical honours, and the company reluctantly separated.

1891: Census

NAME and Surname of each Person RELATION TO Head of Family CONDITION as to Marriage
AGE last birthday
Redfield - Buckingham Road
Henry Lambton Head M
Living on his own means Durham - Hebburn
Elizabeth d(itt)o Wife M
Berks - Clewin
William d(itt)o Son S
Lieut Coldstream Guards Middlesex - St George's
Bertha d(itt)o Daur S
Middlesex - St George's
Margaret d(itt)o d(itt)o S
Middlesex - St George's
Dorothy d(itt)o d(itt)o S
Middlesex - St George's
Alice Barnett Visitor Wid
Living on her own means Northumberland - Newcastle
Marie Volckmann Teacher S
Teacher of German Germany - Berlin
Frances Ansted Serv Wid
Lady's maid - Domestic Servt Hampshire - Southampton
Frances Young d(itt)o S
Housekeeper - d(itt)o Scotland
Alice Martin d(itt)o S
Lady's Maid - d(itt)o d(itt)o
Louise Ashley d(itt)o S
d(itt)o- d(itt)o Suffolk - Brandon
Amelia Bradley d(itt)o S
Housemaid - d(itt)o Berks - Wantage
Emma Barnett d(itt)o S
Kitchenmaid - d(itt)o Leicestershire - Prestwold
Mary Roberts d(itt)o S
Schoolroomaid - d(itt)o Nottinghamshire - Eastwood
Sarah Newport d(itt)o S
Housemaid - d(itt)o Bucks - Windsor [sic]
Amy Sage d(itt)o S
d(itt)o- d(itt)o Suffolk - Layham
Kate Bowden d(itt)o S
KitchenMaid - d(itt)o Hampshire - Hythe
George Myles d(itt)o S
Butler - d(itt)o Middlesex - Edmonton
Charles Kerley d(itt)o S
Footman - d(itt)o Dorsetshire - Shapwick
Arthur Summer d(itt)o S
d(itt)o- d(itt)o Oxfordshire - Wootton
John Gardner d(itt)o S
Hall Boy - d(itt)o Shropshire - Whitchurch
The Lodge Buckingham Road (4 rooms)
John Petty Head M
Agricultural Labourer Bucks - Tingewick
Harriet d(itt)o Wife M
d(itt)o - Thornboro'
Maud M Teagle Visitor S
Housemaid - Domestic Servt d(itt)o - Shenley
Gt Horwood Road
Walter L Merriman Head M
Coachman - Domestic Servt Leicestershire - Sutton Bonnington
Elizabeth S. d(itt)o Wife M
London - St George's
Fred W. d(itt)o Son
Scholar Bucks - Winslow
Leonard A. d(itt)o d(itt)o S
d(itt)o d(itto) d(itto)
Percy W. d(itt)o d(itt)o
d(itt)o d(itto) d(itto)
Earnest E. d(itt)o d(itt)o
d(itt)o d(itto) d(itto)
Sydney A. d(itt)o d(itt)o
d(itt)o d(itt)o
Bertram d(itt)o d(itt)o
4 mths
d(itto) d(itto)
Gt Horwood Road
William Deacon Head M
Gardener - Domestic Servt Northamptonshire - Little Houghton
Catherine d(itt)o Wife M
d(itto) d(itto)
Eleanor F. d(itt)o Daur S
Housemaid - Domestic Servt Bucks - Winslow
William J.H. d(itt)o Son S
Bothie - Domestic Servt d(itto) d(itto)
Annie E. F. d(itt)o Daur
Scholar d(itto) d(itto)
George H. d(itt)o Son
d(itt)o d(itto) d(itto)
Charles J.F. d(itt)o d(itt)o
d(itto) d(itto)
Jemima Archer Monthly Nurse Wid
Monthly Nurse d(itto) d(itto)
x Deacon daur
1 Mth
d(itt)o d(itt)o
Redfield Cott. Redfield
Charles Langley Head Widr
Stud Groom- Domestic Servt Lincolnshire - West Ashby
Lucy d(itt)o Daur S
Bucks - Buckingham
John d(itt)o Son S
Groom - Domestic Servt d(itto) d(itto)
Elizabeth d(itt)o Daur S
Scholar d(itto) d(itto)
Eva d(itt)o d(itt)o S
d(itt)o d(itto) d(itto)
Elsie d(itt)o d(itt)o S
d(itt)o d(itt)o Winslow
Eliza Yeulett Servt M
Housekeeper - Domestic Servt d(itto) d(itto)
Redfield Stables (4 rooms)
Joseph Harding Servt S
Stableman - Domestic Servt Bucks - Winslow
Harry Warner d(itt)o S
d(itto) d(itto) d(itto) d(itto)
Alfred F. Holt d(itt)o S
d(itto) d(itto) d(itto) d(itto)
William Hancock d(itt)o S
d(itto) d(itto) d(itto) d(itto)
William Riley d(itt)o S
d(itto) d(itto) Yorkshire - Rotherham
Stenning Charles d(itt)o S
d(itto) d(itto) Surrey - Dunsfold
Redfield Bothie (2 rooms)
Thomas Jones d(itt)o S
Gardener - d(itt)o Shropshire - St George's
Thomas Halford d(itt)o S
d(itto) d(itto) Warwickshire - Alveston

1892: Bucks Herald, 9 Jan: deaths
CRAWFURD.- At Redfield on the 3rd inst., Mrs. Elizabeth Harriet Georgiana Crawfurd, widow of the late General James Crawfurd, and mother of Mrs. H. R. Lambton, of Redfield, Winslow.

1894: Buckingham Advertiser, 8 Sep
  This match was played at Redfield, on Thursday, August 30th. 
[The following was the team for Winslow.]
Rev. T. K. Norman, J. White, J. Clare, W. Eliot, R. Yeulett, H. K. Byard, C. Watson, C. Bridger, W. A. Newcombe, N. Benbow, J. Walker, Geo. Turner.
[The following was the team for Redfield.]
J. Langley, W. Rolfe, W. Deacon, J. Riley, C. Langley, J. Airey, F. Clark, W. Berry, W. Lambton, E. Judge, F. Merriman, W. Hancock.
Ist Innings, Winslow 22, Redfield 46.
2nd Innings, Winslow 53, Redfield 66.
[A win for Redfield.]

1896: Buckingham Advertiser, 1 Feb
  We much regret to record the death of Mr. Henry Ralph Lambton, which took place on Friday last, at his London residence, Eaton Place, after a somewhat protracted illness.  Mr. Lambton came from Bicester to Winslow about 20 years ago, and occupied for some years the fine old Mansion known as Winslow Hall, but on the death of Mr. Edward Selby Lowndes, and the consequent coming of his estate into the market, it was purchased by Mr. Lambton, who had the present handsome and commodious residence known of [sic] “Redfield” erected on it.  Mr. Lambton was principally known as a hunting gentleman, being one of the most regular followers of the three packs that hunt this and the adjoining Bicester district that could be found, and no doubt he will be greatly missed in that capacity.  As a townsman he was a very quiet and non-interfering man, but always ready to support a good object financially, and a very liberal helper of all the work carried on in connection with the Parish Church.  As an employer of labour, he was both just and generous, and there is no doubt that his loss will be keenly felt.  He died at 7 o’clock on Friday evening, but the news did not reach Winslow till Saturday morning, and a muffled peal of bells was rung at 7 o’clock, on Saturday evening.
  Owing to the death, the local Hunts were cancelled.

1896: Letter from Winston Churchill to his mother, written from Tring Park (a Rothschild house), 26 Jan
My dear Mamma,
There is no hunting tomorrow owing to the death of Mr Lambton, a prominent member of the hunt, so I shall be back in time for luncheon.

H.R. Lambton was buried at Great Horwood.

1896: Bucks Herald, 8 Feb
MR. W. .H. LAMBTON wishes to Recommend most highly ONE COVERT LAD and FIVE HELPERS, who are leaving him owing to the Stud being sold.  They will be at liberty after March 1st, and all have the best of characters.- Apply to him, or to Mr. C. LANGLEY, Redfield, Winslow.

1896: Bucks Herald, 29 Feb
I understand that fifteen of the late Mr. Lambton's horses and hunters are being submitted to public auction this week, which will bring the Redfield stables down to half their normal number of horses. The name of Redfield having become quite a household word in Winslow, the following note from the pen of Mr. Clear, senior, may not be out of place:— The late Mr. Lambton, a few years since, erected a commodious mansion at Winslow upon a site then known as "Selby Lodge," but formerly as "Mobbs's Farm." This residence he designated "Redfield;" but it so happens that this appellation is a somewhat historical one at Winslow and long attached to another site in quite a different part of the parish. It is generally considered that the word "Win" at the beginning of the names of places comes from the Saxon "Win," a battle, or fight, and denotes that some battle had been fought there. In like manner the prefix "Red" applies to the immediate spot where such battle occured. In the Hamlet of Shipton is an old farmhouse known as "Red Hall," and the land adjoining is designated "The Red Field" in the Enclosure Act, 1743. This would seem to indicate that there was the probable spot where in long past days a severe engagement may have taken place between some of the Saxon tribes.

1896: Bicester Herald, 26 March


The personal estate has been valued at £466,957 8s. 9d of Mr. Henry Ralph Lambton, of Redfield, Winslow, Bucks., and of 47, Eaton-place, senior partner in the bank in Newcastle-on-Tyne of Messrs. Lambton and Co., who died on the 24th of January last, aged 71, and of whose will which bear date July 9, 1887, with a codicil made the 20th of July, 1894, the executors are his partner, Mr. George Anthony Fenwick, of Hillmorton, Rugby, and the testator’s sons, Mr. William Henry Lambton, of Redfield, and Mr. Ralph Edward Lambton, of the bank in Newcastle-on-Tyne, probate having been renounced by the testator’s widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Mary Caroline Lambton, daughter of Mr. William Bernard Harcourt.  To her he bequeathed the plate which belonged to her before her marriage, £1,000, his leasehold house in Eaton-place the pictures, prints, china, and books not otherwise bequeathed, the use and enjoyment of such plate and plated articles as she may select, and an annuity of £1,500 during her widowhood, to be reduced in the event of her re-marriage to an annuity for the remainder of her life of £1,000.  Mr Lambton devised the Redfield estate in trust to the use of his son William Henry for his life, with remainder to his first and other sons successively in tail male, with remainder to the testator’s second son Ralph Edward and his first and other sons.  The pictures and miniatures which the late Mr. Lambton inherited from his uncle, Mr. R. Lambton, are left to devolve as heirlooms and the other effects at Redfield are bequeathed to Mr. W H. Lambton.  The testator bequeaths upon trusts for his daughters £30,000 each;  to his son Ralph Edward £50,000, to his groom and to his coachman £100 each, and to Madame Caroline Marchand, of Stantonville, United States, formerly governess to Mrs. Lambton, a life annuity of £100.  Mr. Lambton left all the residue of his estate in trust for his son William Henry absolutely.  The trustees are authorised to invest upon the security of landed estate in England and Wales only.

1903: Buckingham Advertiser, 31 Jan
Winslow Petty Sessions 28 Jan
CLUB LICENSES. The first of these under the New Act was granted to Mr. Chas. Langley, for the Redfield Servants Club.

1904: Postcard postmarked 28 Dec, addressed to Mr A. Lawrence, Clouds [East Knoyle], Salisbury

Front view of Redfield

Message reads:
Redfield Winslow
Dear A
Thanks for card you will be sorry to hear George is laid up been in bed a month and likely to be there as long again hope you had a good time this Xmas
kinds regards to all yours Jack.

"George" must be George North of Drayton Parslow (born at Swanbourne), footman at Redfield. "Jack" might be Mr Clarke the butler.

1905: Buckingham Advertiser, 4 Feb
OBITUARY.-  On Tuesday last the second funeral for the present year took place in the above village.  The deceased, a young man, full of promise, named George North, had for several years been in the service of Mrs. H. Lambton, of Redfield, Winslow, as footman.  In December last he had a severe attack of influenza, from which he partially recovered.  He then came home to his parents at Newton Longville; rheumatism and other complications followed, so that he gradually sank, and passed peacefully away on January 27th.  Throughout his illness Mrs. Lambton and his fellow servants have showed the greatest kindness and sympathy both to himself and to his friends.  The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. H. K. Byard, of Winslow, assisted by Reb. J. A. Andrews of Drayton Parslow.  The funeral cortege first wended its mournful way to the Baptist Chapel, where a most impressive service was held; again reforming, it returned to the church-yard, where the concluding obsequies were performed in a solemn and reverend manner, the hymn sung at the graveside being “For ever with the Lord.”  A large concourse of relatives and friends of the deceased were present both at the chapel and in the grave-yard.  Among the number were Mrs. H. Lambton, of Redfield, and six of his fellow servants, the latter joining in the funeral procession, Mrs. H. K. Byard, Mr. J. Dickens (Ex.-P.C., Newport Pagnell), etc.  The chief mourners were the father and mother of the deceased, brothers and sisters of the deceased, servants from Redfield, viz., Mr. Clarke (butler), Mr. Langley (stud groom), Mr. Goodin (coachman), Mr. Smith (valet), Mr. Piper (footman), and Mr. Hubbard (chauffeur), relatives and friends, members of the Baptist Church, representatives of Newton Longville Cricket Club, etc. ….

1905: Buckingham Advertiser, 21 Jan
  Capt. Lambton is introducing the sport of curling at Redfields.

1909: Postcard postmarked Aug 16, addressed to Mr F. Fuller, The Gardens, Edgcote Park nr Banbury.

Workmen around front door of Redfield

Message reads:
Dear Frank,
Just a line to you after all this long time  I meant to have wrote before now but I keep putting it off all the while, am sending you one of our photos we had took in front of the house  You will see our foreman on the right with a can, and one of the gardeners next to me.  We are getting on very well here with the work, but have had a lot of watering this last week  How are things looking at Edgcote daresay you have got plenty of work all the while  I don’t think I have any more to say this time as will bore[?]  hoping this will find you well  I remain
Yours sincerely

1911 Census
Redfield: 38 rooms

William Henry Lambton Head 43 Single Private means b. London
Elizabeth Mary Caroline Lambton Mother 67 Widow do b. Windsor
Dorothy Lambton Sister 37 Single do b. London
Florence Catherine Burrough Servant 53 Single Lady's maid b. Croydon
Gertrude Mary Isabel Bath Servant 26 Single Lady's maid b. Bristol
Antoinette Monin[?] Servant 50 Widow Cook housekeeper b. France
Annie Mountstephen Servant 24 Single Housemaid b. Langley, Bucks
Matilda White Servant 23 Single Kitchenmaid b. Warnborough, Hants
Olive Laura Hobbs Servant 18 Single Housemaid b. Bentworth, Hants
Stanley John Attrell Servant 33 Single Butler b. Broadwater, Sussex
Hubert George Trapp Servant 26 Single Footman b. Upton on Severn[?], Worcs
James Stone Servant 20 Single Footman b. South Farnborough, Hants

Living in cottages and stables on the estate were a stud groom, gamekeeper, gardener / bailiff, coachman, 6 grooms and 2 under-gardeners.

1914: Assessment (TNA, IR 58/2347)
Assessment no.175
Redfield: House, stables & c
10 acres
Occupier & Owner: Capt W.H. Lambton
Market value £16,800
including Site value £740


A Red brick with stone facings and Slated Residence containing on the GROUND FLOOR:- Entrance Hall with part tiled and oak parquet floor, Lavatory and Cloak Room, Library 31 X 18’ 6, Dining Room 28 X 21, Staircase Hall with garden entrance Small Drawing Room 20 X [blank], Large Drawing Room 30 X 18, Boudoir 16 X 14, Housekeeper’s Room, Servant’s Hall, Brushing Room, 2 Larders, Scullery, kitchen and butler’s pantry and 6 cellars.   On the FIRST FLOOR  approached by principal and secondary staircases, Bath and W.C.  8 Bedrooms and one Dressing Room, Wardrobe Room and W.C.  In the Wing are W.C. Bathroom (h & c)  4 Bedrooms, 2 Housemaid’s Closets, W.C.  SECOND FLOOR  in the main block are W.C. and 8 Bedrooms, Dressing Room, W.C.  H.M’s Closet and Linen Room, There are also 4 Bedrooms and W.C. in the men’s quarters approached by a separate staircase.

The house is well fitted and conveniently arranged having central heating apparatus, Company’s Gas and private water supply.

The substantially built STABLING consists of Fruit Room, Store room and Dressing room, 4 stalls and loose box 6 stalls on the opposite side of archway with corn and hay loft (7 bins) Saddle Room, washbox with cornbin, boiling room, Range of 6 Looseboxes and ditton [sic] range of 8 Looseboxes Four coachhouses, mess room, scullery, 6 cubicles for the men and 1 Room (heated) outside W.C. Shoeing Forge, Coachhouse and 4 Division leanto coachouse,  The other outbuildings comprise Timber and thatched 4 div: fowlhouse, iron dutch hovel – Brick and Slated Range of gardeners’ boothy, forcing shed, 2 potting sheds, stoke hole, bedroom and living room, W.C

Walled-in kitchen garden with range of greenhouses and in the grounds is a four roomed Bungalow and Brick and tiled 6 Roomed Cottage,

The FARMBUILDINGS consist of a Brick and tiled angular Range of cowhouse for 10, haystore, 2 looseboxes and another for 4, mixing house & 4 div: piggery and in the fields are Brick, timber & thatched 2 Div: loosesbox and fodder shed,

Another Block of brick and tiled buildings of 3 bay open hovel, timber & iron 3 Bay implement hovel, B(rick) & S(late) 2 div: piggery, 2 stall stable, T(imber) & S(late) stabling for 2, two T & I(ron) 4 bay open hovels & 3 bay ditto, B(rick) & S barn, also a B & T(ile) Det(ached) 6 Roomed Cottage and a Pair of wellbuilt B & T Cottages of 6 Rooms each.

Redfield west front
This image, labelled "West Front", was pasted into the Assessment

Assessment no. 176 [Redfield Farm]
Situation              Redfield
Description         Farm with Farm buildings
Extent   AC 105 : 0 : 0 RB
Gross Value:      Land      £237 - 10
Rateable Value: Land     £225 – 12 - 6
Owner                  Capt William Henry Lambton
Interest of Owner            Freehold
[red] on form 37
Particulars, description and note made on inspection       10.12.14
A Brick & Tiled Detached 6 Roomed Cottage together with the farm buildings described overleaf
174 A : 2 R : 9 P
Valuation – Market Value of Fee Simple in possession of whole property in its present condition      £8450
Deduct Market Value of Site under similar circumstances, but if divested of structures, timber, fruit trees, and other things growing on the land                                                                                       £7300
Difference Balance, being portion of market value attributable to structures, timber &c.                £1150
Divided as follows:-
Buildings and structures                                                                                                               £775
Timber                                                                                                                                         £200
Other things growing on land                                                                                                       £175
Add for Additional Value represented by […]
Charges (excluding Land Tax) [illegible]                                                           £186
Description of Buildings
Brick & Tile Angular Range of Cow house for 10
haystore, 2 Looseboxes & another for 4
?cows : [...]cing house & 4 Div Piggery
Brick Tile & Thatch 2 Div Loosebox & fodder shed
Brick & Thatch 3 Bay Open Cattle Hovel
Timber & Iron 3 Bay Imp Shed
Brick & Slate 2 Div Piggery 2 Stall Stable
Timber & Slate Stabling for 2
Two Tile & Iron 4 Bay Open Hovels & 3 Bay Ditto
Brick & Slate ?Barn

29        5.628
28        6.604
20        18.693
19        5.618
18        7.941
17pt     7.848
21 pt    .348
9            .604
7          2.890
6          1.035
5          7.389
22          .242
14          .388
1          12.184
2          4.068
3            .184
10        13.128
11        4.985
12          .158
13        10.097
            .660 Garden to Cottage -  adjust 17

GREAT HORWOOD [total] 63.669

Assessment no. 182 [Stud groom's house]
Situation              Redfield
Description         House
Gross Value:      Land      £13 - 10
Rateable Value: Land     £10 - 15
Owner                  William Henry Lambton
Interest of Owner            Freehold
[red] ON FORM 37
Particulars, description and note made on inspection       30/4/30
Brick & Slate house fairly well built
4 Bedrooms & boxroom         3 Rooms & Scullery
Coal house & W.C.
Wood & Slate Storehouse at end of garden  
28’ front                34 poles
Valuation – Market Value of Fee Simple in possession of whole property in its present condition          £350
Deduct Market Value of Site under similar circumstances, but if divested of structures, timber, fruit trees, and other things growing on the land                                                                                       £17
Difference Balance, being portion of market value attributable to structures, timber &c.                £333

Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/65 (March - Nov 1917)
Valuation of Redfield, Mrs Elizabeth Mary Lambton [deceased?]

CBS, D/WIG/2/1/87 (June - Nov 1926)
Valuation of Redfield, probate of Henry Smith

The Lambton family occupied Redfield until it was requisitioned by the Air Ministry during the Second World War. The land continued to be farmed.

1940-42 Farm Survey: return for Redfield. 106 acres managed by G. Balkwell.

After the War, Buckinghamshire County Council bought Redfield for use as a tuberculosis hospital. In fact, the County Coucil used it as an old people's home and divided the land was into smallholdings. The following extracts from the County Council minutes of the period show the diligence of the Council and its officers in fulfilling the terms of the various Acts of Parliament governing welfare and agricultural affairs.

Buckinghamshire County Council: Public Health and Housing Committee 9 May 1946


Additional Accommodation for Tuberculosis Cases

Your Committee have for some time been endeavouring to find suitable premises to provide additional accommodation for cases of pulmonary tuberculosis, and have recently entered into negotiations for the purchase of a property known as Redfield, Winslow. These premises comprise a Georgian mansion, with five reception rooms and twenty-seven bedrooms, and an estate of 185 acres with cottages and farm buildings. Fifty-nine acres of the farm land are let to a tenant, but vacant possession of the remainder will be given on completion, and your Committee are of opinion, that the latter area could suitably be used as a farm ancillary to the institution. The property would provide accommodation for between fifty and sixty patients.

Negotiations were still proceeding at the date of your Committee's meeting, and the necessary recommendations are being submitted through the Finance Committee.

Buckinghamshire County Council: Public Health and Housing Committee 28 November 1946

Redfield, Winslow

With reference to your Committee's report to the Council in May last the purchase of Redfield, Winslow, for the purpose of providing additional accommodation for cases of pulmonary tuberculosis was completed on 7th October last. Negotiations are now taking place with he Air Ministry regarding the purchase of fittings installed by them in the premises when they were requisitioned by the Air Ministry, and the County Architect is preparing plans and estimates of the adaptations and alterations necessary to fit the property for its intended use.

In the meantime your Committee have made arrangements to continue farming that part of the estate, amounting approximately to 131 acres which is in hand. The County Land Agent has agreed to supervise the farm, and a Sub-Committee has been formed to which all questions relating to it will be referred.

Buckinghamshire County Council: County Health Committee 27 July 1950


Redfield, Winslow

With reference to your Committee's last report, the Minister of Health, has now formally approved the appropriation of the mansion house, gardens and surrounding land at Redfield, Winslow, for the purpose of Part III of the National Assistance Act, 1948, in order that it may be adapted for use as an old persons' hostel. Your Committee have accordingly given instructions for the preparation of detailed drawings and bills of quantities with a view to tenders being invited for the work of adaptation for which the Council approved an estimate of 18,000 at their last meeting.

The Small Holdings Committee have now obtained the approval of the Minister of Agriculture in principle to the appropriation of 156.462 acres of the farm land at Redfield for small holdings purposes, and have accordingly asked your Committee to recommend the appropriation of this area. The Minister of Agriculture considers that the remaining area of 10.2 acres should not be included in the small holdings. This area is part of the park land through which the drive runs, and immediately adjoins some of the land included in the appropriation for welfare purposes. Your Committee therefore consider that this land should be added to the area held for welfare purposes, and will arrange for its letting as a bare land holding. The land would be managed for your Committee by the County Land Agent.

Your Committee accordingly recommend that, subject to the approval of the Minister of Health, the Council should appropriate
(a) 156.462 acres of the farm land at Redfield, Winslow, including the buildings standing thereon, for small holdings purposes;
(b) 10.2 acres of the park land which lies on either side of the drive at Redfield, Winslow, for the purposes of Part III of the National Assistance Act, 1948.
and that the sums to be transferred in the Council's accounts should be determined by the District Valuer.

Buckinghamshire County Council: Small Holdings Committee 27 July 1950


Your Committee reported to the Council in May, 1949, that they had appointed a small Sub-Committee to consider the use for small holdings of Redfield Farm, Winslow, which had been purchased by the Council for public health purposes, but was not now required for those purposes.

After careful consideration, your Committee are satisfied that this farm is suitable for conversion into small holdings and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries have approved, in principle, the appropriation of approximately 156 acres for this purpose. Your Committee, therefore, support the recommendation which appears in the report of the County Health Committee for the appropriation of this land for small holdings.

Three holdings will be provided on this land and your Committee have already arranged tenancies as from Michaelmas next at rents totalling 474 10s. 0d. per annum.

The estimated capital cost of equipping the three holdings is 6,700 and the estimated annual deficiency on the scheme, i.e., the excess of outgoings including loan charges, over income is 413, 75 per cent of which will be borne by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Bucks Herald, 6 Oct 1950


Properties in the parishes of Winslow, Great Horwood and Whaddon were sold by public auction by Messrs. Geo. Wigley & Son, of Winslow and Aylesbury, at the Bell Hotel, Winslow, on Friday, by direction of the personal representatives of the late Captain W. H. Lambton and of the trustees of the late Mr. H. R. Lambton.

The freehold farm “Roddimore,” in the parishes of Winslow and Great Horwood, occupied by Mr. A. Perkins, comprising 72a. 3r. 31p. of grass and arable land, together with Roddimore Covert, of about 5a. 3r. 9p., was bought for £3,300 by Mr. T. Bradshaw, of High Wycombe.  An accommodation holding of 29a. 2r. 16p. of grass and arable land, in the parish of Winslow and approached from the Great Horwood road, was bought by the tenant, Mr. W. J. Brudenel, for £1,700.  The freehold agricultural holding Red Hall Farm, Winslow, approached from the Swanbourne-Leighton Buzzard road, with frontage to the Little Horwood road, the whole comprising an area of 172a. 2r. 2p., and including the “Canada,” “Spring Corner” and “Sun Hill” coverts, was bought for £6,300 by Mr. H. G. Beckett, the tenant.  “Thrift Lodge,” a holding in the parish of Whaddon, with brick and tiled bungalow, and the “Broadway” and “Thrift” woods, in all about 105a. 1r. 10p., was purchased by Mr. H. L. E. Perks of Bedford, for a client, at £1,200.

Buckinghamshire County Council closed the old people's home at Redfield and sold the property 31 January 1978 to a housing co-operative. The successors of this Co-operative still own and live at Redfield.

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