Book cover with portrait of William Lowndes NEW BOOK: 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): £50
  • Alan Wigley, A Window on Winslow (Winslow, 1981): £5 - this contains many historical photos of Winslow

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Additions to website

29 Nov 2021 Disappearance of the Relieving Officer, 1896
Liberal meeting in the Centenary Hall
25 Nov Parish Council: additional report of Feb 1896 meeting (about the Parochial Committee)
Winslow RDC: report on Winslow highways, 1896
The George: annual dinner of the Winslow Constutitional Association, i.e. the Conservatives
Choirboys' strike: like all Victorian employers, the church reacted by sacking the ringleaders, not addressing the grievances
Church: departure of Rev. P.H. Eliot, 1896
24 Nov Redfield: death of H.R. Lambton, 1896
Church Houses: death of Charles Wilford the postmaster, 1896
Celebration at The Plough of building "Mr Illing's new stables"
Rose & Crown: a fight in 1896 ended up in the magistrates' court
Sale of 12 cottages belonging to the estate of Richard Willmore (1896)
Vestry, 1895: church and charity finances
Winslow RDC: inquiry into the disposal of refuse in Winslow, 1895 (with vivid descriptions of conditions)
Board of Guardians: minutes for Nov-Dec 1838
22 Nov Board of Guardians: minutes for June 1838
18 Nov Board of Guardians: minutes for March 1838
31 Oct Congregational Church: celebration of John Elley's 80th birthday, 1895
The Bank: departure of Mr Freegard the manager
Workhouse: letter from the master Cyrus Evans outlining the current position and protesting against possible closure
General election, 1895: a high poll in Winslow but little recorded activity
22 Oct Bucks County Council election, 1895: another narrow Conservative win
Baptist Tabernacle: meeting of the Women's Liberal Association (all but one of the speakers were men)
Charities: letter to the Buckingham Advertiser complaining about their administration
21 Oct Railway: building the Iron Bridge and planned upgrading of Winslow Road Station (1895)
Buckingham Road: opening of the Town Mill powered by "paraffin-gas" at no.34; photo also added
Market Square: negotiations about Winslow RDC taking over the rights of the lord of the manor
Additions from 1895 to Grace's School, Football, Freemasons, Oddfellows, The George, Avenue Road, George D. Day
19 Oct Charities: Some temporary job creation to help the unemployed in 1895
Cricket club AGM 1895: they no longer got their ground (where the Arboretum is now) rent-free
Old Crown: reported as derelict and uninhabitable (after which it closed as a pub)
Additions from 1895 to Congregational Church, Workhouse, Gymnasium, Grace's School,Rose & Crown
14 Oct Rev. John Rawbone's reply to a printed list of questions sent by the Bishop of London, 1766
1 Oct Wills of Dinah and Sarah Delafield of Bradwell, spinsters, 1775: buried at Keach's Meeting House
19-20 Sep New page: The Stag Inn (166 High Street)
Rifle Volunteer Corps: report of the foundation of the Winslow sub-division in 1860
Western House: valuation of contents in 1899 with a full list of rooms and horses
Church inventory, 1552
16-17 Sep Golden Lion: valuation of fixtures in 1898 when it was acquired by Phipps & Co.
World War One: image of postcard sent in 1905 by Amos Walker, one of the casualties
Station Road: information about the Creamery and photo of one of its churn labels
13 Sep Will of Dame Mary Busby of Addington, 1712 (proved 1714/15)
Sir John Busby's memoranda book, 1676: JP and business activities concerning Winslow
9 Sep Will of Elizabeth Dunkley, widow, 1893 (proved 1895)
Will of Herbert Alfred Hurlstone, ironmonger, 1894
4 Sep Will of Joan Tomlyn, widow, 1592 (proved 1593)
Will of John Hogson, 1598
Will of Thomas Stonhill, yeoman, 1631
Will of George Elliott of Shipton, 1631
Will of James King, surveyor, 1877 (proved 1894): two bankruptcies didn't stop him being vice-chairman of the Board of Guardians
31 Aug The first Parish Council election and the Buckingham Advertiser's thoughts on the Liberals' disappointment
Additions from 1894 to The Boot, 15 Market Square and 27 Market Square
30 Aug Will of Robert Busby of Addington, 1648/9 (proved 1655): his will shows some effects of the Civil Wars
Will of Elizabeth Busby of Addington, spinster, 1661
Redfield: Winslow v Redfield cricket match, 1894 (Redfield won)
Workhouse: retirement of Mr Minter the Master for 44 years, and discussion about closure
Politics in 1894 including the formation of a Women's Liberal Association
Avenue Road: sale of three newly-built cottages
Clear family: adverts mentioning A.J. Clear's Library
Bell Hotel: Social Club, a very exclusive group in 1894
Vestry, 1894: arguments over the sexton's pay and the use of the harmonium
Volunteer Corps, founded 1860
29 Aug Sewage question: the Board of Guardians was threatened with legal action for allowing sewage to enter a watercourse
Gymnasium: athletics display and concert, 1894
Congregational Church: Tennis club and Nonconformist cricket club
Church: anecdote about the first harmonium
Station Inn: you could see a dentist on Saturday evenings, thanks to the train from Buckingham
Red Hall Farm: sale of growing crops, 1894
Winslow High School: Mr Warne handed over to Mr F.R. Kitto from Carlisle
Technical education: public meeting (1894); Mr Neal thought the money would be better spent in reducing the taxation on land
Bankruptcy of Harry Ingram, 1894
27 Aug Obituary for John Corkett (1894) with a lament for the effects of the parcel post on the trade of shops
Winslow Hall: sale of contents (1894) on the departure of Mr Chinnery
George King: sale of contents of 2A High Street after his death
Oddfellows: 133 members in 1894
Shipton: demolition of "a fine old cottage"
The Bell: the magistrates upheld a local custom of letting a hedge-cutter keep a "fagot" of wood each day
24 Aug Mr Twining (4 High Street): you could go to him in 1849 to see a dentist or to buy port
21 Aug Baptists: accounts of Benjamin Keach and the foundation of the Baptist Tabernacle
19 Aug Will of Sir John Busby of Addington, 1684 (proved 1700/1)
17 Aug World War One: photo of Harry Foskett added
13 Aug Will of George Dunkley, insurance agent, 1867 (proved 1893): lived at 14 Church Street
Will of John Gordon, traveller, 1893: he had the first Roman Catholic funeral in Winslow for over 300 years
Will of Charles Keys, farmer and beer retailer, 1882 (proved 1892): landlord of The Stag
List of shops with Christmas decorations, 1891: in effect a directory of the town
10 Aug Vestry, 1893: the main issue was drainage, and a scheme for new sewers was drawn up, but by the end of the year nothing had been done
High School: prize day in 1893
8 Aug Oddfellows' fete, 1893
Workhouse: a proposal to send 50 paupers from Chelsea to Winslow
More about the theatrical career of Sylvanus Dauncey (W.J. Jones)
Will of Dr Thomas Busby of Addington, 1712/13 (proved 1725)
7 Aug Railway: meeting to protest against increased charges, 1893
Election for the Board of Guardians: unsuccessful attempt to oust James East the Liberal
Baptist Tabernacle: the Centenary Hall was the venue for a protest meeting about the Irish Home Rule Bill
5 Aug Fire insurance 1792 for John & William Goodman (covering pubs in nearby villages)
Market Square: trouble with the well in 1893
Activities in 1893 at The Bell, The George, Reading Room,
4 Aug 27 Market Square: sale in 1893 after death of Grant King the owner
Winslow Town F.C.: 1893 AGM, 9-a-side competition, and results
Silver wedding celebrations for T.P. and Sarah Willis
Activities in 1893 at the Rose & Crown, Nag's Head, Brook Hall and by the Technical Education Committee
2 Aug Fire insurance 1791-92 for 5 Vicarage Road, Arundel House, Redfield, various properties of Robert Gibbs, The Bank, Greyhound, Rose & Crown, property of William Blake, Blake House, The Bull
30 July Winslow Parochial Schools: In 1890 the Charity Commissioners imposed new regulations which put the schools firmly under Anglican control
21 July Fire insurance 1789 for 5 Horn Street and the Old George.
19 July Vestry 1892: arguments about highways, lighting and the fire brigade
5 Horn Street: Winslow's first recorded lawn tennis tournament
The Bank: celebration of the opening and detailed description
Bucks County Council election, 1892: a Liberal split and a Conservative win
General election, 1892: better news for the Liberals
18 July Lectures: you could study Shakespeare, chemistry, drawing and agriculture at evening classes in 1892
Oddfellows' Fete including a procession around the town
Girls' Friendly Society: service in the church and garden party at Redfield
Proposed new railway: Winslow wanted the Grand Central Railway (now part of the HS2 route) to go via Verney Junction
Provident Society: death of the secretary James Spooner (1892)
Workhouse: treatment of vagrants in 1892
17 July Football: 1892 AGM and results
Opening of the Gymnasium (later the Public Hall)
Congregational church, 1892: cricket v the Baptists, football v Royal Latin School
27 High Street: Mrs Jones in trouble for not having a licence to keep a servant
Jones family: death of Silvanus' youngest son Davy, a professional musician
Death of Harriet, widow of T.B. Saving
16 July Brook Hall: fire insurance policy in 1787, showing how the new owner James Burnham had gentrified it
The Bank: William Turner's insurance policy, 1788, showing the nature of the property before it was "Georgianised"
Redfield: insurance of Dudslow Farm by Thomas Read, 1788
Winslow Hall: advert for a footman, 1892
Western House: an extra storey added for Mr & Mrs Greaves
13 July Inventory of Thomas Fyge, 1705: a wealthy London apothecary descended from a Winslow family
5 July Jones family: William Jones became secretary to Beerbohm Tree in 1891 and wrote another play under the name Silvanus Dauncey
His friend George D. Day also put on a new one-act play
1891 Vestry: arguments about who was responsible for pavements and the Market Square
Technical education: a vote by every household showed that the most popular subject was agriculture and allotments. Drawing and agriculture classes were also available at the High School.
Reading Room: activities of the Parish Club in 1891
Workhouse: proposal to send paupers from Edmonton to Winslow
The Swan: proposed alterations
Cattle market: boys were working at the market instead of going to school in 1891
1 July Board of Guardians: minutes Dec 1837
University Extension Lectures (started 1890) and an essay written for the course on European statesmen
Winslow Town F.C.: foundation in 1891 and results of their first matches
1891 North Bucks by-election: another Liberal win
29 June Congregational Church: Mutual Improvement Society, 1891
Station: serious accident involving milk for the Creamery
The Bell: a course on butter-making backed by the British Dairy Institute, 1891
Church: a dig at the vicar by the churchwardens
Misfortunes of Thomas Simons, formerly of 14 Market Square
28 June Board of Guardians: minutes Oct-Nov 1837
Schools Committee: in 1891 the committee was completely taken over by Anglicans
The George: Quadrille party ball until 4 a.m.
The Boot: landlady taken to Stone Asylum, 1891
Baptists: departure of Rev. G.T. Gillingham in 1891 with "nothing to show" for his time in Winslow
Station: improvements to the booking and ticket offices
21 June Parish meetings 1948: decided to go ahead with the Recreation Ground
Parish meeting 1949: decided to update the War Memorial
19 June Parish meetings 1947: problems with allotments and public conveniences
15 June Parish meeting 1946: election of the parish council which later acquired the Recreation Ground for the town
13 June Dr Newham (d.1890): sale of his furniture less than a month after he died
Winslow politics in 1890: the Conservatives were suddenly much more active than the Liberals
Cricket match between the Odd Fellows and Hearts of Oak
11-12 June Cricket Club and Reading Room activities in 1890
Winslow High School: extensions and alterations
Church: new organ installed, 1890
Congregational Church: Sunday school festival, 1890
Charities: allotments provided at Shipton; accounts for 1890
Norden House: argument between Dr Vaisey and the Board of Guardians about the footpath to his new house
Quarter Sessions 1770-74: alleged cases included a husband assaulting his wife and a group of men committing riot and assault
10 June Vestry, 1890: much controversy over James King's conduct as surveyor
Station Inn: more about the death of the landlord John Bennett in 1890
Station: new waiting rooms built on the "up" platform
Winslow Choral Society inaugurated at Brook Hall School in 1890; most of the committee were Anglican women
8 June Complaint of hedge-breaking in Shipton, 1642
6 June Will of Joan Forde: in 1647 Chancery ordered her executor to pay the legacies she bequeathed to the children of William Lowndes
Will of John Redding Holland of Aylesbury, grocer and tallow chandler, 1804 (proved 1805): owner of 1 Horn Street
2 June Obituary and will of Lt-Col. William Selby-Lowndes of Tinker's Corner, 1951
31 May Will of Thomas Dawney of Aylesbury, gentleman, 1815 (proved 1816): a Baptist who was buried in Winslow and helped set up the Baptist chapel at Swanbourne
27 May Vestry, 1889: arguments about the charities and cleaning the Market Square
20 May Proposed School Board, 1889: a hotly contested vote was heavily influenced by the vicar
North Buckinghamshire By-Election, 1889: this seems to have aroused less feeling at Winslow
The Bell: Winslow Volunteers' prize shooting and dinner, 1889
19 May Baptist Tabernacle: a change of pastor in 1889
Crowning the Queen of the May: an Anglican response to Congregationalist use of this ceremony, 1889
Church: departure of Rev. Hamilton Douglas-Hamilton in 1889
Cricket Club: ended the 1889 season successfully despite the vicar's withdrawal of support
Winslow High School: ran a football team which played "Winslow Town" (not an organised club at the time)
5th November was celebrated in Winslow as "Mask Day"
Will of George Willmore, farmer, 1888 (proved 1889): he lived at 32 Sheep Street
17 May Parishioners' meeting 1924: S.P. Wigley's attempts to bring electricity and water supplies to Winslow
Board of Guardians minutes, Sep 1837: The workhouse acquired new gates, and Joseph Neal got the contract for supplying liquor
William Robyns, butcher, was pursued in 1485 in the Court of Common Pleas for a debt of 6 marks
16 May More information about Richard Edmunds (d.1605)
Board of Guardians minutes, June 1837: payment of numerous bills
Bucks County Council election: some additional reports from early 1889
The George: a ball for 70 guests
The Black Horse: celebration of the completion of T.P. Willis' new offices (28 High Street)
Church: decision to build new chancel aisle and vestry, 1889
Salvation Army: first anniversary in Winslow
Winslow High School: technical education in 1889
Cricket Club: a big argument with the vicar in 1889
9 May 6 High Street: sold to J.G. Hawley in 1869 by his uncle's executors
Board of Guardians minutes, May 1837: the master and matron of the workhouse were suspended
6 May Board of Guardians minutes, March 1837: including beer and coffins for the paupers
3 May Winslow's first election for Bucks County Council (1889): it was decided by four votes, and a stag and a cat became involved
1 May Vestry, 1873: plans for the new Infants' School due to a dispute with the vicar
Vestry, 1876: G.D.E. Wigley refused to serve as Guardian
Obituary of Henry Wigley (d.1888), "intellectual Liberal", and sale of property
Bankruptcy of George Grace Lee, saddler at 4 High Street
Copyright 29 November, 2021