Edward Winslow's English Origins
The Road to Kempsey
: Volume one of two, by Liam Donnelly, a new publication in 2022
Liam Donnelly has traced the origins of Edward Winslow, one of the Pilgrim Fathers, back to Medieval Winslow.
Click here for the flyer with full details of the book.
Copies of Liam's book are available for £20 plus postage: contact him through

Book cover with portrait of William Lowndes HOW ONE MAN TRANSFORMED A TOWN:

Why does Winslow Hall dwarf the rest of the town?  Why is there a vast open space in front of it?  Why has Winslow got so many houses with a mixture of architectural styles from different centuries?  Why are all the farmhouses hidden away in the fields?

This book tries to answer those questions, starting with Winslow in the 1640s when it was a town of small-scale farmers and craftsmen and had two visits from Oliver Cromwell.  William Lowndes went off to London in 1667 and soon made enough money to start buying up land in Winslow and knocking down houses.  He turned the town into a place where one family owned most of the land, and built a mansion in a style Winslow people had never seen.  Meanwhile the Baptists became very influential for a time and built their own meeting house.  Lowndes family money helped to create a town full of doctors and lawyers who modernised their houses, and the market and turnpike road provided business for inns and shops.  The open fields were enclosed and farmers moved out into newly built farmhouses.

The book’s 386 pages also include ten detailed studies of Winslow families and 28 photos and maps.  It is available from the Bucks Archaeological Society ( for £11 + £3.50 p&p.  If you’re in Winslow you can get it for £11 direct from David Noy (16 McLernon Way, tel.711683,

The Bucks Family History Society has published a transcription of the Winslow parish registers 1560-1901 on CD-ROM: click here to order
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): £10 (drastically reduced price)
  • Alan Wigley, A Window on Winslow (Winslow, 1981): £5 - this contains many historical photos of Winslow

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Additions to website

29 Feb 2024 1919 Parish Council election: Winslow elected its first Labour council, but the result was reversed when a poll was called
25 Feb Keach's Meeting House: new information 1812-1853
Will of John Walker, greengrocer, 1912, and sale of 82-84 High Street
18 Feb Attempted murder, 1860 updated
15 Feb List of Winslow pupils at the Royal Latin School, Buckingham (1907-22)
11 Feb Workhouse: Guardians' minutes about the James Spicer scandal (1850)
Keach's Meeting House: account of events c.1807-1812
Will of John Illing of Little Horwood, yeoman, 1609
7-8 Feb Board of Guardians: minutes and orders for outdoor relief, 1849-50
3-4 Feb Land Tax Assessment, 1832: extensive list of owners and occupiers of houses and land
Fire insurance policies from 1742 for John Budd, William Firth
Bucks County Council election, 1907: a Conservative win, reversing the previous trend
Winslow RDC election, 1907: with a poem
Winslow Hall: Agricultural Show, 1907
News from 1907 about: The Swan, water supply, Shipton, tennis
Map of the proposed Relief Road (1980s)
1871: sale of land by trustees of George West
31 Jan News from 1907 about Winslow Hall, telephone service, Flower Show, Workhouse, Market Square well, church
'Don' Slate Club: a new mutual aid society with 50 members
30 Jan News from 1907 about Oddfellows Hall, Winslow United FC, hockey, tennis, Evening School, 14-16 Church Street
Workhouse: appointment of new master and matron
School: installation of a new flagstaff
Evangelical tent mission in the Flower Show field
Sale by executors of James & Elizabeth East: 9 Station Road, 60 & 124 High Street
25 Jan Bull Inn: fire in 1928
Silvanus Jones: anecdotes about the Three Pigeons and the Northampton Mercury in the 1830s
Henry Arthur Jones: obituary; sale of remaining property (1929)
23-24 Jan Board of Guardians: additions to minutes 1841-43
Henry Rodwell, protester and emigrant (1811-1898)
14 Jan Workhouse: the scandal of James Spicer the master, who embezzled funds and suffered from "alcoholic mania". The inspector's notes also point out that it will cost 33s 9d per week to keep a family in the Workhouse where they could stay in their own home if the father was paid 9s a week for his work as a farm labourer.
9 Jan Workhouse: another complaint from some paupers, this time about bad sanitation and a collapsing wall
Return of emigrants assisted to go to Australia by Poor Law funds, 1848-49: the Goodger and Budd families
7 Jan New page: 28-30 High Street. T.P. Willis turned some older properties (including a short-lived inn called the Black Bull) into his house and offices, "The Elms". In 1939 it was occupied by Czechoslovakian refugees.
4-5 Jan Lawsuit from 1481 concerning John Worsop
Lawsuit between Henry Hughes and Robert Gibbs, 1664
Lawsuit between John Pearse and William Hogson, 1664
Silvanus Jones: picture added
Fire insurance: list of Royal & Sun Alliance policies, 1787-93
3 Jan Board of Guardians: orders for outdoor relief 1841-44
31 Dec 2023 Workhouse: appointment of schoolmistress and inspection of schoolmaster ("improvement required") (1849)
Case of debt involving Robert Lowndes (father of William) in 1664; the money was borrowed in 1659
28 Dec Workhouse: letter of complaint sent by some paupers to the Poor Law Commissioners describing conditions; the Guardians blamed it all on a Chartist agitator (1849)
New information about the suicide of William Wilson (1829)
New information about the estate of Thomas Wilson of Shipton (d.1804)
24 Dec Tennis: Winslow beat Vale of Aylesbury, 1903
Station Road: sale of clover and grass, 1908
19 Dec Board of Guardians: minutes June 1840 - March 1841, including a surprising amount of outdoor relief
12 Dec Will of William Ingram, butcher, 1922 (proved 1928): owner of 12 High Street and Staniford House
Will of Mildred Sleath Jones, 1940 (proved 1949): owner of 20 Horn Street
9-10 Dec Will of Frances Hickox, widow, 1902 (proved 1916)
Will of Fanny Clara Hickox, spinster, 1920 (proved 1940) - both lived at 20 Horn Street
Will of Elizabeth East, widow, 1903 (proved 1907): of Chesham House, 160 High Street
8 Dec New page: 20 Horn Street: history of the house and site from late 17th century to 1949
6 Dec More correspondence of Viscount Fermanagh with Robert Lowndes and Nicholas Merwin, 1712-13
Dismissal of excise officer, 1713
3 Dec General election, 1906: a Liberal victory despite a lot of Conservative activity at Winslow
Blackberry trade (1900-06)
Hockey match, 1906: the first one recorded in Winslow
Miles Charity: distribution of coal, flannel and blankets in 1906
1 Dec School sports 1906: held at the cricket ground in Buckingham Road
15 Market Square: clearance sale for H. Horwood, special offer on corsets
Flower Show: held in 1906 on "Winslow Hall Cricket Ground"
30 Nov Obituary of G.D.E. Wigley (d.1906)
Workhouse: dismissal of master and matron (1906)
28 Nov Congregational Church: presentation to Harry Turnham and Hetty Gibbs (1906)
Rev W.F. Armstrong: presentation and praise when he left Winslow (1906)
Tuckey Farm: paternity case involving a former servant
Erection of telegraph poles, 1906
News from 1906 about The George (sale of furniture), Lace (lacemaking equipment advertised by Fulks & Son), Evening School (supported by Bucks CC), Oddfellows (attempted formation of a female branch), Winslow United FC (trouble with Granborough)
27 Nov Flower Show: moved to a new venue in 1905 (now the Arboretum)
Church: donation of bishop's chair and book display cupboard
Silvanus Jones: retirement sale of stock at North's Hill Farm
List of donors towards the New Schools, 1901
News from 1906 about The Bull (Fire Brigade dinner), Church (disappearance of the sexton), Tuckey Farm (death of Henry Holt), Midgley family (marriage of E.R. Midgley), Ingram's china shop (retirement sale), Winslow United FC (1906 AGM and results)
26 Nov Draft agreement for Daniel Seaton to sub-let his land in Middle Claydon, ?1710
Letters from Robert Lowndes to Viscount Fermanagh, 1709-10
Letter from Nicholas Merwin to Viscount Fermanagh, 1710
22-23 Nov New information about Robert Lowndes
New information about Nicholas Merwin
New information about the funeral of William Gyles (1713)
21 Nov Letter of Viscount Fermanagh to William Lowndes about materials for building Winslow Hall
Letter from 1711 about whether the Winslow poor had to wear badges
17 Nov Will of Thomas Hogg of Adstock, yeoman, 1702
12 Nov Will of Daniel Stevens of Adstock, yeoman, 1705: connected to various Winslow families
5 Nov Letter from Robert Lowndes to Viscount Fermanagh, 1719, asking for a loan of £100
List of Granborough landowners, 1717: compiled for Viscount Fermanagh
Nicholas Merwin: description of him in 1740 when he was about 72
Richard Lowndes: letter to Sir Thomas Lee about 1734 election
Will of Elizeus Clarke of Adstock, yeoman, 1715: drawn up by the Winslow lawyer Peter Goldsworth
30 Oct Bill from the lawyer John Markham for Viscount Fermanagh, 1717/18
Letter from Viscount Fermanagh in 1716 about appointing the next vicar of Winslow: "I believe Mr Lownds interest will carry it"
Sale of Henry King's property in Horn Street, 1717, to cover his debts to the Verneys
Correspondence between the lawyer Nicholas Merwin and Viscount Fermanagh
Enclosure: letter about possible enclosure of Shipton in 1716
More about the sale of John Stutsbury's property, 1703
27 Oct Letter from John Croft, vicar of Winslow, to Sir John Verney, 1703
Letter from William Lowndes to Sir John Verney, now Viscount Fermanagh, 1703, about John Stutsbury
Undated draft letter from Viscount Fermanagh to William Lowndes
23-24 Oct Return of pauper lunatics, 1849
Will of Thomas Ridgway of Shipton, gentleman, 1905
Exhibition of Antiquities, 1905
More about the dispute over the estate of Anthony Godwin (d.1706)
20 Oct Additional information from the Verney Papers about Crooked Billet, Philip Bayley, William Gyles, John Markham, John and Daniel Seaton, Lowndes family, Nicholas Merwin
The case of "Betts's daughter" and how long she lived at Shipton (1723)
Will of Richard Barton jr of The George, 1830
17 Oct Will of Jane Grange of Great Brickhill, spinster, 1643/4 (proved 1645)
8 Oct News from 1905 about: Congregational Church, The Swan, Oddfellows Hall, Gasworks, Winslow Hall (Church Army meeting), Sheep Fair, Winslow Town Band, Baptist Tabernacle, Workhouse
6 Oct Will of John Ridgway of Shipton, gentleman, 1900 (proved 1905)
Charities: photos added of painted boards set up in the Church in 1847-8
4 Oct Valuation of The Bell in 1918: includes the contents of the cellars and a list of rooms
29 Sep Visits to Winslow by John Newton, 1765-67: the writer of "Amazing Grace" met "serious souls" in Winslow several times
20 Sep News from 1905 about: Workhouse, Windmill Inn, Henry Ingram (sale of household furniture), Red Hall Farm, Centenary Hall, Winslow United F.C.
Geo. Wigley & Son held Winslow's first wool fair
Board of Guardians: Mr Lorkin the Labour member tries unsuccessfully to make the Guardians pay more for their luncheon
Presentation to Rev. W.H. Shackel by members of the Winslow Beagles
19 Sep News from 1905 about: Winslow Lace Industry, Ingram family, Station Road, Redfield (curling was played during the severe weather in January), A.J. Clear, Liberal Party (meeting in the Centenary Hall), Football (500 people celebrated Winslow winning the Buckingham Schools Cup), Oddfellows Hall, Provident Society (wound up), Oddfellows, The Creamery
Edward VII travelled through Winslow by car in 1905
17 Sep Photograph of tombstone of Dinah Delafield (d.1775) at Keach's Meeting House
Will of Thomas Everett of Adstock, yeoman, 1709: witnessed by the poet Sarah Fyge Egerton
12-13 Sep Will of Henry Dover of Little Horwood, yeoman, 1642 (proved 1658)
Will of George Smith of Little Horwood, yeoman, 1719 (proved 1719/20)
New document in the dispute over the estate of Anthony Godwin (d.1706)
8 Sep Keach's Meeting House: appointment of new trustees in 1828
Will of William Tillier, gentleman, 1903 (proved 1904): aged 96, lived in Park Rod
Copyright 29 February, 2024