Forbes Oldham Directory of 1908 (Covers Fenny Stratford, Bletchley, Winslow and Woburn Sands)

Woburn Sands section

Woburn Sands, formerly known as Hogsty End, when it was a hamlet of Wavendon, is now an ecclesiastical parish, with an area of 341 acres, and in 1901 had a population of 1043, now increased, as Woburn Sands is a growing place – to about 2,000 people or even more – and attractive as a residential locality, owing to its situation, just below a spur of the Chilterns, where salubrity of site and beauty of scenery combine to render retirement agreeable. The assessable value (1907) is £5,641.

In 1907, “that portion of Woburn Sands, lying in the parish of Wavendon and the County of Bucks…” was separated from the other portion of Wavendon, and constituted a Civil Parish by itself, with a separate Parish Council, Parish Officers, and District Representatives. This, no doubt, is the first step towards carrying out a scheme of sewerage and sew­age disposal and a water supply scheme; but when these come off a portion of Aspley Guise, which lies in the County of Beds. must be included in the area affected by either or both. With the division of the ancient Parish of Wavendon, new officers and officials had, as already said, to be elected, or appointed, for Woburn Sands, and the following now hold office in that new Civil Parish.

Cover of the 1908 directoy
This example was found for sale in America. The Swan has the only advert with a photo in the whole book

Advert from the 1908 directory

Parish Council: Mr. J. T. Luttman (Chairman); Dr. T. D. Holmes (Vice-chairman); Messrs. H. Day, C. Dudley, A. Boyes, W. H. Bazeley, Rev. D. W. Henry, Messrs. T. Tomlin, T. Jackson.Assistant Overseer and Clerk: Mr. H. Gregory.
Parish Constable: Mr. H. Gregory.
Overseer: Mr. F. Day.
Guardians and R.D.C.: Mr. W. Inwood and Mr. J. Pikesley, sen.
Vicar: Rev. D. W. Henry.
Churchwardens: Mr. Thos. Wodhams and Mr; A. C. Plater.


Here is a recently built Meeting House of the above named Society, on the front of which is this inscription:- Friends Meetings have been held in this Parish from about the year 1659. The Burial Ground was purchased 1674.  Hogsty End Meeting House stood here 1675 – 1901. This Meeting House was opened 12 Month 8, 1901.

This place was one of the most important centres of Quakerism, and second only to Jordan’s in this county. The Wavendon parish register affords copious evidence of this, as between 1658 and 1750 there are about 150 entries of burial, specified as those of Quakers, and taking place at Hogsty End. After 1750 none is so indicated, though doubtless many took place, and the little trim and well-kept burial ground of about an acre contains the mortal remains of probably several hundred people. A large number of those interments were of Friends who died elsewhere, even as far off as London. In the registers of adjacent parishes, Quarter Sessions records, and other documents and records, are found evidences relating to the “sectarii tremularii” – e.g.

1659, Friends riding to a meeting at Wandon had their horses confiscated as a punishment for Sunday travelling.
1658 Dec. 9, Joane, ye wife of Robert Trannis, was putt into the ground, by him, a Quaker.
1706 July. Thomas Harry, yeoman, Quaker, dyed being buried in his garden.
1710 Mar. 9, Richard Underwood, bury’d at Hogsty End Meeting House (dying at Aylesbury, in prison.)

The above extracts are from Wavendon register book.  Among those who lie buried here are: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen, who was celebrated as a poet and scholar, translator of Tasso of Garcilasso: and who died in 1836, at the early age of 41. Also his brother Benjamin Barron Wiffen, who was famous as a Spanish scholar. Another remarkable member of this meeting was Richard How, who accumulated a library of over 5,000 rare and valuable books.

The present Meeting House cost about £1,700, and can accommodate about 500 people. On the occasion of the opening, Sir Joseph W. Pease, Bart., M.P, for Darlington, attended, and presided at the evening assembly.

Advert from the 1908 directoy
Both well-known tradesmen in the village with High Street shops

Advert from the 1908 directoy


1 Call Office Post Office
2 J. Barker, Horse Dealer Woburn Sands
3 R. L. Brander, Surgeon Woodfield
5 G. Collin, Tailor, etc. Westbury House
6 C. Grimshawe Aspley Guise
4 R. T. Hammond, Hotel Proprietor Swan Hotel
21 W. Harrington, Draper, etc. Woburn Sands
7 S. Harris The Malting House, Aspley Guise
x7   “ “ The Holt, Aspley Guise
12 G. C. G. Lockhart, J.P, for Beds. The "Dene."
13 J. McMurtrie, House Furnisher, etc High Street
15 W. Needham Haydon House
16 Powage Press, Ltd., Printers & Publishers Powage House, Aspley Guise
21 T. H. Redfern, Solicitor Sandymount
8 T. M. Stewart Heather Bank, Aspley Heath
17 C. Sinfield, Builder, etc. Aspley Guise
18 Station brick & tile works (C. Dudley) Woburn Sands
19 Station Hotel, Railway Station
Russell Street Station Grove The Leys
Harry Barker Joseph Bettle Noah Ambrose
George Bywater George Bodsworth George Austin
Enos Climer John Coleman Charles Barden
Joseph Collins Frederick Charles Crute George Berry
Harry Creamer Thomas Dickens Arthur Boyes
Frederick Crute Jesse Mitchell John Braddy
Frederick William Gregory William Munn Tom Brandom
Henry Gregory Thomas Randall John Thomas Branston
Frederick Harry Jackson Thomas Seardefeld Thomas Capp
John Jackson Alfred White George Edward Coleman
William Mapley John Collins
Kemmish Massey Henry Cook
Thomas Parrott Philip Carwell Cook
Alfred Randall Chapel Street John Driscoll
Walter Smith Leonard Adams E. Dunnett
Aubrey Tansley James Alfred Boon Frederick Foolkes
David Two James Clarke John George
Henry Two Thomas Clarke Joseph Griffin
Daniel Creamer Charles Haines
Frederick Day Frederick William Hall
George Day Charles Hutton
Weathercock Lane Walter George Day Solomon Jackson
George Collins Aaron Devereux Thomas Jackson
Albert Saunders George Dolton Arthur Jones
Richard Stimson Reeves Fathers George King
George White John Gardner Albert Edward Leadbeater
Harry Giles John Meager
Thomas Giles Samuel Morris
Thomas Hallworth Arthur Holme Mowbray
Station Road Frederick Arthur Hammond John Arthur Negus
Gibson Andrew William Higgins Stephen Steele
John Barker Edwin Hobley William Stocks
John Sail Barrett Charles Jackson George Thomas
John Barton William Lawrence Joseph White
William Henry Bazeley (Factory) John Pearce Thomas Woods
Henry Brill Henry Rice
Alfred Butlin Charles Spring
Major Campbell John Walker
Robert A. Cheetham William White High Street
Charles Clark Charles Byway
James Clarke Walter Cattell
William Clarke Frederick John Culver
George Collin Erasmus George Dovey
Charles Dudley Theydon Avenue Frederick Jos. Easton
James William Dudley Thomas Charles Bowler Arthur George Ellingham
C. M. Featherstonhaugh James Page Chapman Joseph Elliott
John Fletcher Arthur Cross Joshua Emms
Edward Glaisyer James Davis Henry Edward Grace
Ernest A. Gregory Hugh John Jackson Herbert Gregory
Thomas H. Gregory John Leatherdale William Harrington
A. Hardy Jacob Pearce G. Hammond (Swan Hotel)
James Hunt Hicken William Rice Henry Jones
Thomas D. H. Holmes William Smith Edward George Miller
William Henry Inwood Frederick Tomlin James McMurtrie
William Jakeman John Turney John Pikesley, jun.
Walter Keep George Edward Popple
William Lane George Tansley
John T. Luttman (Station Hotel) Ernest Alfred Tomlin
Andrew Medcalf William H. Toogood
William Needham Walter George Wells
F. W. Parker (Station House)
John Pikesley (Post Office) Wood Street
George Saffery Scott George Arnold
Stonebridge and Foll Walter Barker
FrederickSpreckley Arthur Thomas Collins
George Spreckley James Collins Vicarage Street
James William Steers Benjamin Giles Charles Belton
Charles Taylor William Hunt Frederick Field
Richard E. Whitlock Robert James Lilley Henry Giles
George Wilson George Thomas Ormerod David Hallworth
Frederick Wingrave James Perry William George Hallworth
Thomas Wodhams Thomas Preston William Linnell
John Rogers Rev. D. W. Henry, The Vicarage
William Saunders
William Henry Sear
William Stone
Jabez Stonebridge
Hardwick Street Albert Edward Tyers
Harry Marshall Freear
Thomas Hudson
William Thomas, Gas Works
Sandfield Cottages John Cook, Inwood’s Yard
John Butcher William Clarke, jun., Smith's Brickyard
George Clare George Warren, Smith's Brickyard
Charles Higgins Arthur Gilbert, Watkin's Brickyard
Charles Litchfield Mrs Sargeant, The Terrace
W. B. Stonebridge, The Terrace
Ebenezer E. Vallance, The Terrace
George Durrant, Bow Brickhill Road
Advert from the 1908 directoy
I’m not sure how much call there was for habit-making in Woburn Sands….

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