from films shot locally
Information about relatives living or working in Windsor around 1846
came across a Kelly's Directory of 1846 which features an extensive
list of 'Gentry' and 'Traders' living and trading in the town
The Blythes of Castle Ditch
A descendant of the family who lived in Thames Street, in the houses demolished in the 1850s recounts some family history. The Blythes of Windsor in Victorian Times
Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji of The Willows
We shall shortly be creating a complete page to Sir Dhunjibhoy as he was a considerable benefactor to Windsor. New photographs taken at a variety of events at The Willows has come to light through the kindness of a contributor and we shall be featuring these extensively to provide an idea of the man, his times and his generosity towards Windsorians.
The Royal Albert Laundry
Windsor Forest Bowmen club captain was Bernard Mummery who lived in Kings Stable Street, Eton. He used to be the Royal Clock Winder at Windsor Castle. A similar position was featured at length in the BBC TV programme 'Queen's Castle' where one of Mr Mummery's successors was shown undertaking the major task of adjusting all the clocks at the Castle, and in and around the Great Park, when British Summer Time started.
by his granddaughter, Jane Puzey
I am trying to find some history on boxing at the Star and Garter where my grandfather, Harold Puzey, boxed in the years between 1925- 1945. I would also like some photos of him in the boxing ring. He won a cup but was eventually told that he couldn't go professional because he was deaf. That shattered his dreams.
Harold Puzey married 'Queenie' Doris Maude Large and in 1946 they adopted a son, Edward Kent. During this time they lived in Windsor Great Park grounds. their son was a chorister at the private Royal Chapel and sang solo for the Queen.
Harold worked for over thirty years looking after the cattle in Windsor Great Park as well as undertaking some forestry work. He received the Royal Victorian Medal (silver) from the Queen. He lived in the white cottage just inside the park gates and was also presented with a Coronation medal. Harold was also a skilled gardener and continued to win trophies in his retirement. In later years he moved to Queen Anne's flats where he died.
Any information would be welcomed. please contact Jane Puzey here
Gilbert Tozer, (1874-1897)
Organist, Windsor Parish Church
Gilbert Tozer was organist at Windsor Parish Church for just four years in the 1890s before he died of TB in 1897 at the age of just 23. He was an accomplished musician, and much admired and respected by those who knew him. Our article comprises an obituary from Windsor Parish Magazine at the time.
Arthur Jacobs, 1863 - 1928
A Local Football Team from the 1920s.
Charles Knight 1791 - 1873
Founder of the Windsor and Eton Express, 1812. Charles Knight article
Ernest Stickland ARICS - Borough Engineer from 1897-1930
We are delighted to include a picture and an article from The Windsor Express of September 1930 which records the marathon career of Mr E A Stickland, Borough Engineer of Windsor from 1897 to 1930, a total of 33 years. Our thanks to Mr Stickland's grandson Peter for the information. E A Stickland article
A casualty of the First World War and remembered by a photograph taken in St Leonards Road of his funeral cortège in 1915. Trooper Brown Funeral Cortège - Story and picture
Stan is one of Windsor's most famous
athletes from the 1950s through to the 1970s. He also ran a sports
shop in St Leonards Road for around 25 years from 1961. He has
written a book, A Life on the Run.
See also Windsor Forum.
Walter Veldsman has created a web site for his family history, much of which features Windsor and Clewer from as far back as 1720. His ancestors were residents of Bier Lane, now River Street.
Here is a link to the Fish website. The Windsor Fishes
In the section, Then and Now, we feature a postcard showing the 2nd Life Guards in St Leonards Road. We are reproducing an enlarged section from the postcard here as the hoarding in front of one of the taller buildings reads E Bampfylde. In the 1901 Census, Edward Bampfylde is listed, aged 49, born in Dunreton, Somersetshire. In 1901 he is listed as a resident in New Windsor, Berkshire. His occupation is shown as 'Builder'. Shown below are his premises. His family included three daughters (we assume) Maria Bampfylde, aged 24, Builders Clerk, Jessie Bampfylde, aged 21, and Nina Bampfylde, aged 8. His wife was Sarah Bampfylde, aged 50, born in London at St Pancras.
View the original post card here
In Kelly's Directory of Windsor dated 1934 there appears the following advertisement.
In 1934 his entry is listed at 21 & 23 Frances Road and reads: 'E Bampfylde, F.I.O.B. Assoc. San. Inst. builder and decorator; central heating, hot water installations & sanitary work estimated for. Tel. Windsor 56. See advert.' In an advert from the 1950s Bampfylde Builders states that the company was founded in 1877.
In July 2009 we received the following from Judy Bennett (nee Bamfield)
I was interested to read the piece about Edward Bampfylde on your website and can give you a little more information about him.
Edward Bampfylde was born in Dunkerton, Somerset in 1852, the son of Charles and his first wife Jemima Bampfylde and cousin to my G. Grandfather (also Edward) who lived with them.
Charles was the engineer in charge of the pumping station on the Somersetshire Coal Canal.
Edward moved to Windsor around 1870. He was apprenticed to George Griggs Smith, a house decorator. In 1845 Edward's uncle had married George's daughter Sarah Ann Smith.
The 1881 census shows that Edward was living at 1 Argyle Villas, New Windsor with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Maria and Christina (Jessie). He gives his occupation as Master Decorator. George and Sylvia Smith lived next door at 2 Argyle Villas and by 1891 Edward had moved to 23 Frances Road where he had his building firm 'E Bampfylde'.
In 1893 Edward's third daughter, Nina, was born.
The 1911 census gives Edward's occupation as house builder with daughter Nina then 18, working in her father's office. Both Maria and Jessie had married. Nina married Henry Halliday in 1912.
Edward was also an Alderman, JP and Honorary Officer for the Windsor Fire Service.
He was still listed in the 1938 phone directory (when he would have been 86) at the same address in Frances Rd. I don't know when Edward died or who continued to run his business if it was going in the 1950's for he didn't have any sons. [Editor: The Kelly Directory of 1956 still includes an entry for Bampfylde's, builders and decorators, but by the 1965 directory the entry no longer featured.]
Regarding the spelling of the surname, Edward's father Charles was actually born Charles Bamfield but began spelling his name Bampfylde around 1850. His 2 brothers kept to the original spelling.
Additional information is available for a small fee from this site at the National Archives - 1901 Census.
Patrick and Julia Canniff
lived at 32 Bexley Street at the end of the 1800s having moved
to Windsor in 1885 soon after their marriage. Patrick was a tailor
and cutter and it is said that he made the Guards uniforms for
Windsor Castle and the school uniforms for Eton College. The
family lived at 32 Bexley Street, Windsor. During my research
at the Windsor Library I also noted Patrick's address as
being in St. Leonard's Road. According to a fellow researcher
63/63a St. Leonard's Road used to be a tailors' around 1900-1915.
This could have been my great grandfather's business! The researcher
mentioned that her great grandmother (Lucket(t) or Barlow), apparently
worked there, but she could not find any records. I would appreciate
any information on the tailors of St. Leonard's Road.
I was also told by my grand aunts, that some of them did the monograms on the Windsor Castle linens, a tradition that continued in our family. They also had a very neat way of folding socks, allowing one to just slip into them, a tradition I use to this day. All the Canniff family are on the 1901 census for Bexley Street.
brother Ernest actually worked for Buckingham Palace, I am assuming
he was a tailor and cutter as well. His son Jim is alive and
well and living in Scotland. He remembers being evacuated to
Windsor with all the other children during the war. My great
greatgrandmother Margaret (a tailoress) and her two other sons,
according to the census, lived in St. James, London. It was just
Julia and Patrick that moved to Windsor after they were married
at Our Lady of the Rosary, Marlylebone Road in 1885. The picture
of them above was taken on glass plates. Fortunately, I made
copies of them, before Julia's glass plate fell off the mantel
ending up in pieces. My sister Julia has the only remaining one
Kelly's directory of Windsor 1899 lists Canniff, James, tailor's cutter, 3 Lamorna Villas, Frances Road. The house is pictured below, painted cream, and is numbered now No. 9. The terrace name of Lamorna Villas is no longer obviously displayed. Incidentally Lamorna is the name of a small and comparatively insignificant cove beyond Penzance in Cornwall, not far from Lands End in the farthest west of England, and doubtless involved in smuggling in years gone by, When it came to naming Lamorna Villas, I suspect the influence of a Cornishman!
We are grateful to Eric Graham for this mini-biography about a one time resident at 23 Thames Street. The story is here
I would like some information on the
in Windsor with particular info on a William Frederick Crosson.
The interest in the Home Guard is due to the fact William Crosson was a relation of mine and I know he lived in College Crescent Windsor for a number of years.I also know that he was in the Home Guard during the War.
What I would like to try and obtain are some photos of him during this period and any info about his duties in the Home Guard.
I am a Windsorian myself having lived in the Windsor area for 52 years.
Look forward to hearing from you
Mick Hughes [Please click to email me!]
We recently came across a photograph of George Tuck and have included it here.
We are grateful for a photograph of Frederik Dyson and have included it here.
Benjamin Baud was for 14 years an assistant architect to Sir Jeffrey Wyatville and assisted with the alterations to Windsor Castle from 1826 to 1840. We are planning to include a selection of engravings from the book 'Architectural Illustrations of Windsor Castle' [R A Sprigg, Bloomsbury, 1842. Folio] by Michael Gandy and Benjamin Baud which describe the extensive modifications made in the 1820s to Windsor Castle by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville [d. February 1840].
My great great great grandparents were
coal merchants around the 1880s in Windsor. They are recorded
in the 1881 Census at Nursery Road, which we cannot find. Does
anyone know what became of the road? The only other reference
we have is Eliza Puddle, Nursery Road, Windsor, Coal Merchant.
Also, does anyone have any information about the 'Dell' family and their coal business, in the 1700s and 1800s.
Please email any suggestions or information. Regards Brenda
Hello, my great-great grandparents, John & Mary Simmonds, lived at 7 Queen Street in 1830. I believe that Queen Street is now Market Street. As the Three Tuns Pub is 8 Market Street. I wonder if the house next door could have belonged to my great-great grandparents. John Simmonds was a post-boy at The White Hart Hotel [now known as Ye Harte and Garter) He was born in Hackney, but I cannot find anything about Mary who was born about 1805. She appears on census records but place of birth is listed as Unknown. They had their first child, Charles, in 1830 in Windsor and in around 1832 they moved to Bagshot, Surrey. Any info greatly appreciated. Please contact S. Jones. North Wales.
Certainly Market Street was known as Queen St for a short time between around 1811 and 1829. It was formerly Butchers Row and The Shambles. These two dates reflect contemporary references to the street. There would have been an overlap in old and new naming conventions and usage, of course.
Quartermain, Joseph, is listed in the
1881 Electoral Role as living
at 52, Victoria Cottages. In the 1950s another Joe Quartermain,
perhaps of the same family, was a well-known figure in Windsor,
removing furniture piled impossibly high on his barrow that he
briskly pushed in his plimsoled feet. He was regularly to be
seen in Vansittart Road Recreation Ground beating carpets by
hand. He was a great Chelsea supporter (football) and was once
credited with walking to Stamford Bridge and arriving before
the coach from Windsor. His barrow was the costermonger variety
with two large wheels in the centre upon which the load was balanced.
We are hoping to find a picture of Joe who can truly be called a Windsor character.
E. Cochrane was a one time photographer
and post card printer/publisher in Windsor. Many of the cards
that he published featured his business and, presumably, home
address as 27 Queens Road, Windsor but we also have an example
of postcards that feature the address 28, St Leonards Avenue.
His business is believed to have been in operation in Edwardian
times. A number of his cards have been featured on the Royal
Windsor Website and an article about him is planned. Many of
his photographs seem to be primarily of a military nature, such
as soldiers marching through the town or other events where crowds
would gather, quite possibly as this would lead to extra sales
to the townspeople and soldiers who featured in his pictures.
Information about additional Cochrane photographs and postcards of Windsor would be welcomed, either to buy or to copy and make available on the RWWS. Many of his cards feature either his address in Queens Road, or St Leonards Avenue, or are marked TC, often with a number, written on the front. We are currently unsure which address came first.
The photographs that we have found to date and know to be his work are listed below. The number in brackets is handwritten on the image negative alongside the title. Certain images are reproduced elsewhere on the RWWS and are linked to from this list. More photographs will be included as time permits.
1. Motorcars in Long Walk for Garden Party, 1908
2. Guests arriving in landaus (4) at Henry VIII Gateway for Garden Party, 1908
3. A second similar photo including a car said to be 1907
Life Guards going to drill, Windsor (27) View Note: Appears to be in Great Park
Clewer Church TC32
Scots Guards, Windsor. View Note: Marching up Castle Hill
Corporation Sunday. View Note: Mayor and Aldermen leaving Parish Church
Thames Street, Windsor (TC47)
Drums and Fifes, Irish Guards. ()
Royal Procession to Ascot, (124)
The Chapel Eton College (TC? indistinct) (127)
First Grenadier Guards (165)
We have seen a selection of photographs and postcards, marked 'JR' or 'J Roberts', of views and events in Windsor in the early 1900s. Along with T E Cochrane above, we plan to research his activity in Windsor.
The first photographs that we know to be his work are:
View note: Lower Ward
View note: (Pre 1915)
Stan Mew died in March 2003. A popular
regular at The Bexley Arms, Stan was a member of the crew of
Challenger II when, in 1951, the deepest known area of the ocean
anywhere in the world was discovered. The discovery, still known
as the Challenger Deep, was located in the Pacific Ocean, off
the island of Guam at the southern end of the Mariana Trench.
It is 35,838 feet deep, 10,924 metres. If you could put Everest
in it, there would still be a mile of water above the mountain!
Stan described how the crew would pay out weighted piano wire over the side of the Challenger until it touched bottom, then they would log the depth, cut the piano wire and move on to survey the next area. It took around one and a half hours for the bottom to be detected.
During this tour of duty, Stan was away from the UK for three years and his ship covered 70,000 miles.
Before his retirement Stan worked at Windsor Hospital. He had a keen interest in local history and took the opportunity to photograph a panorama of the Windsor skyline from the roof top balcony of the hospital. We are pleased to feature the panorama on The Royal Windsor Web Site. View Stan's panorama.
Hi! My name is Lynn and I am trying to
trace Thomas Groves who apparently used to be a fireman at Windsor
Castle. I know that he had a son called Henry, born 1834. All
I know is his name and that Eton comes in somewhere.
Would greatly appreciate any information about firemen at Windsor Castle.
Looking for the EAGLES family, New Windsor
from about 1770 or so.
I have a William EAGLES married Maria ??? They had one son (William EAGLES born 1798, a carpenter, m. Mary Bantin) but there could be other children.
William EAGLES had 6 children I have their names and have found 2 lines. The children are:
1. Caroline, born 1830 (I have not found her)
2. James, born 1832 (this is my line). He moved to Carshalton, Surrey .
3. Henry, born 1834. (I have not found him)
4. William EAGLES, born 1835. (I have not found him)
5. Lucy Louisa EAGLES, born 1837. Married 1863 in Lambeth. I have this line.
6. Edward Augustus EAGLES, born 1839. (I have not found him)
I am not having much luck in find anything on any of them from New Windsor. I live in New Zealand and am hoping to come to England in 2004 and would love to know more about my family before I come over, so any help would be good!
G Johnson (EAGLES)
Turangi, New Zealand
For a long time I have wanted to find an RAF friend from WW2, his name Cyril (Sid) Elvy. I spent a few of my weekend passes at 'The Wellington' pub in Peascod St when his Dad was landlord. The pub was taken over by Sid after his father died. Not too long after, Sid and his wife, Lil, with their son Arthur went to a pub called 'The Risiing Sun' not very far away. My wife and I visited them there just after the war when another little Elvy had arrived. Somehow unfortunately we lost track. Sid had one or two sisters living in Slough whom we visited but have no idea where that would be now. I realise it is about 55 years ago and cannot expect much now, as I was under age in the services I guess I beat some of the guys but any info would be very welcome.
Please contact Bill Carter Canada
My father's family lived in the Windsor area between the 1890s (if not before) and the 1950s. Dad's name was Charles Barnett (like his father), and the family of three girls and four boys lived in Alma Road and, later, East Crescent. Charles Senior, whose father Harry had worked at the Royal Mews, married Margaret Fellows nee Winchcombe about the end of WWI. I believe my father and his siblings went to Royal Free School. Would any Windsor people have any memories or information to add to the small amount that I have? Living in New Zealand makes research rather hard!
Please contact Nick Barnett, Wellington, New Zealand
We have created a story on its own about Billy Wilkins.
I am wondering if any Windsor
locals have any recollection of the Vivian family, apparently
from Windsor? Charlie Vivian, a stonemason, left to live
and work in Somerset, and was my great grandfather. He would
have left around 1890? I believe that there may be Vivians
buried in the graveyard in Windsor. Unfortunately, I live at
the opposite end of England, so am reliant upon good folk like
yourselves to search on my behalf. I would be grateful for any
Thankyou in anticipation
Anthony and Elizabeth are both from Windsor and married at Clewer Church in 1951 [above]. Anthony Colley worked as an upholsterer at Windsor Castle for a time and Elizabeth (nee Law) worked across the road at Caley's department store. After getting married they emigrated to Brisbane, Australia and now are retired on the Gold Coast in Queensland. They would love to hear from their friends back in Windsor. Email: Tony Colley and Elizabeth Colley (nee Law)
Both Rosie (from Australia)
and Carole (from Canada) have provided stories about their school
days in Windsor.
Rosie writes: "I wonder if you recognise yourself in the following photograph? There is a page about the school on this website with snaps of St Stephens school, where of course my photo is from".
Carole writes: "I would like to let you know how thrilled and delighted I was to come across the Royal Windsor Web Site. I was particularly interested in the CLEWER ST. STEPHENS PRIMARY SCHOOL article by Rosie Burnett. I also attended St. Stephen's in the 60's and remember my time spent there as if it was yesterday."
about St Stephens School
about St Stephens School
Wainwright and Howard-Wroughton
I am trying to find some
detailed history and pictures if possible, about Lady
Victoria Wainwright, who lived in or around Windsor and married,
Godfrey Howard-Wroughton. (I believe there is a connection with
a Fleming House / or Farm. which may be where they lived).
Walter and Rosa Webb, Windsor
Walter and Rosa Webb, residents of Windsor,
taken in the early 1900's by The East Terrace at Windsor Castle.
Sir Christopher Wren
For some years it was rumoured that Sir Christopher Wren lived for a time at The Old House Hotel by Windsor Bridge. In 2010 it was decided that this suggestion was not based on fact, partly because the house was built too late for Wren to have been a resident.
Sir Christopher Wren did however have a connection with Windsor. Wren's father was the Dean of Windsor and in his early years the family lived in the Deanery within the grounds of Windsor Castle. Wren was born in 1632 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, and first made his mark as a scientist by becoming a Professor of Astronomy at London's Gresham College in 1657. He won his first architectural commission in 1663 for a chapel at Pembroke College, Cambridge and the Sheldon Ian Theatre in Oxford. Appointed Surveyor General by Charles II, he was chosen to design the new St Paul's Cathedral and more than 50 other churches to replace those destroyed by the Great Fire of London. He was knighted in 1672.
St Paul's Cathedral was declared complete by Parliament in 1711, 36 years after the original foundation stone was laid when Sir Christopher Wren was 34 years old. He was 79 at its completion. Wren may have been involved in the building and completion of the magnificent Windsor Guildhall.
I wonder if you can help me. Some of my ancestors lived on Castle Hill from 1818 to 1827 and I wonder if there are any maps available of the area for that time. I know that there were far more houses on Castle Hill then there are now and quite possibly my ancestors lived in one of those that were demolished around 1828. I am also trying to discover the whereabouts of Isset's Alley in Windsor and the White Horse on Datchet Lane. Any help you could give regarding these queries would be most appreciated.
Regards Jackie Dinsdale
News of Ellen Honan
My grandmother's name was Ellen Honan
and was born within sight of the castle. My mother's birth name
was Nora Phillips, and she was born in Rochester, New York in
1903, the last of 13 children, twelve of whom grew to full adulthood.
My mother died in March of 1998 at the age of 95.
Three Tuns Hotel, Market Street, Windsor
I found your site by pure chance, and am thoroughly enjoying it. What can you tell me or find out about the "Three Tuns Hotel" Market Street, Windsor?
I was born there and my grandmother Dorothy Reay was the licencee for many years and before her my maternal great grandmother Annie Alma Minnett was licencee. I would be very interested to find out when my family first became involved with the "Three Tuns".
I was told as a girl, that the "Three Tuns" was used as the Guild Hall, before the present building was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren. So that makes the "Three Tuns" quite a stately old lady.
I would be very interested in any information you may be able to give me, and I would also be delighted to help in any way. I will have a look through some of our old photographs.
From The Editor
I have included a little about the Guildhall here.
The Three Tuns was built in 1518 for the Guild of The Holy Trinity, a charitable and religious institution. It was their new meeting place and was known as Trinity House.
Edmund Bristow, 1787 - 1876
The painter Edmund Bristow was born in 1787 and lived at Windsor under the patronage of the Duke of Clarence, who became William IV. Bristow died almost unknown in 1876 at the age of 88. Known for sporting, animal and rustic style paintings.
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