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Salter's Boatyard at Folly Bridge in 1906  by Andrew Lang 1844-1912.  William Ewart Bint (born 1880) and his son William Bint worked here in the 1920s.

 

Philip Bint's son James was born in 1832 at Eaton. On the 1851 census he is recorded as one of three farm labourers working on Henry Toovey's 80 acre Eaton farm.

He married Eaton girl Harriet Ann Barnett (1834-1903) at St Paul's Church, Walton Street, Oxford on the 15th of January 1861. Harriet already had one child born out of wedlock, Edward Charles William Barnett (born 1855) who after their marriage took his step-father's surname. Linda has pointed out that the first twins, William and Henry were also born out of wedlock at St. Ebbes on the 21st of August 1860, though James is named as the father. She also mentions that their surname was wrongly recorded as 'Bent' on both the registration and baptism.

The couple settled in the St Ebbes area of Oxford and remained there for the rest of their lives, spending at least 40 years at Blackfriars Road.

They had seven more children. William and Henry in 1860, Walter Henry 1863, Herbert Willis and Fanny Eliza 1865, Frank 1869,and Louisa Annie in 1872. 

The first twins William and Henry both tragically died before reaching their second birthday, William on the 22nd of March 1862, and Henry on the 30th of May at St Ebbes, Oxford.

James Bint was employed as a labourer for most of his life though the 1901 census describes his occupation as a 'faggot maker'. His wife Harriet  gave her occupation as 'laundress'     A faggot maker in Victorian times was usually employed producing bundles of firewood.

James died at Gloucestershire in 1905. He was probably living with his son Walter after Harriet died at St Ebbes in 1903.

 

Walter Henry Bint  (1863-1928) married Alice Davis (1862) at Oxford in 1886. She was from Bran Green, Newent in Gloucestershire. After their marriage the couple moved to the city of Gloucester. They had eight children, Edith was born at Oxford and the other seven at Gloucester. On his daughter Beatrice's marriage certificate to 22 year old painter Robert Jackson at Huntley, Gloucestershire in 1915, Walter's occupation was given as a "GWR  plate-layer" and his residence as Longhope. He died at Leeds, Yorkshire in 1928. (his son Ralph had settled there).

Edith Bint 1886, Elsie Bint  1888, Florence Bint 1891, Beatrice Alice 1893, Clara Lucy 1896, Ralph Horace Bint 1898, Alexander Sidney Bint 1901, and Stanley Lionel Bint 1905

Their son Ralph Bint (1898-1966)  enlisted in the army at Gloucester in 1916. He married Gladys M Housley (1904) at Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1925.  Their son Leonard Bint was born in the Leeds area in 1928.

At least three of Walter's daughters stayed in the Gloucester area and were married to locals.

 

Walter's brother, Frank Bint (1869-1946) married Oxford born Edith Bessie White (1869-1916) at Oxford in 1890. He was a painter and decorator. Four of their five children, Ivy Bint 1891, Stanley Theodore Bint 1895, Vera Ruby Bint 1897, Frances Bint 1903, were born at Oxford. Herbert Vivian Bint (1906-1991) was born at Merthyr Tyfil, South Wales. He married Oxford born Kathleen Shepheard (1906) at Oxford in 1937.

Frank died at Oxford in 1946 aged 77.

 

Frank's sister Louisa Annie Bint (1872) married Thomas East (1870) at Holy Trinity Oxford in 1891. He was a cricket ball maker and they lived at 43 Friar's Wharf, St Ebbes. By 1901 the family had moved to Clapton, London. Their first two children were born in Oxford and the other seven in Clapton.

 

Frank's brother Herbert Willis Bint (1865) appears to have remained single. On the 1881 census his occupation is 'painter', in 1891 a college labourer, and 1901 a college servant.

 

 

Frank's other sister Fanny Eliza Bint (1865 - 1949) married painter and decorator Henry Perryman (1865) from Sussex.

Their marriage was  at Lamberhurst, near Tunbridge Wells in 1888, and their twelve children were all born there.

The 25 year old Fanny was listed as 'deaf' on the 1891 census. 

(The border village of Lamberhurst was recorded as in Sussex on the 1891 census and Kent in 1901. The line of the county border was adjusted following the Local Government Act 1894, which required that parish boundaries be aligned with counties)

 

Edward Charles William Bint was born at Eaton in 1855. When he was 16 his occupation was listed as 'chemist's apprentice'. He  married Long Combe born Minnie Busby (1858) at Oxford's Methodist Free Church in 1878. She was the daughter of a St Giles, Oxford stonemason, George Busby (1821), who was also born at Long Combe in Oxfordshire.

Edward and Minnie opened a refreshment house at nearby Eynsham around 1880 in partnership with his 18 year old brother Walter William Henry Bint, now calling himself Henry on the 1881 census return.

The couple had moved back to Oxford by 1891 and for a number of years had a coffee house and restaurant at 77 George Street, West Oxford (now Nando's). They were listed there in 1895-96 but by the time of the 1901 census they had moved to a restaurant at the nearby Corn Exchange Buildings.

By 1911, 55 year old Edward was employed as a clerk by the Gas Company and living at Adelaide Street, Headington. He and Minnie both died in 1937.

Edward and Minnie had 10 children. All born at Oxford. Florence Alice Bint 1878-1880, William Ewart Bint 1880, Frank Herbert Bint 1885, Bertha Bint 1888, Harold Bint 1890, Albert Reginald Bint 1893-95, Bertie Clarence Bint 1897, and Ralph Bint 1900.

According to the 1911 census there were 10 children of Edward and Minnie (my late mother always said there were 10, but I thought she was getting muddled with the PRICKETTS, Grandma's lot!   Sorry Mum, you were right!
I know that Albert Reginald died as a young child, but I have yet to find the other 3.  I think one may have been Florence Alice born just after they got married, but have yet to find a baptism. 
Linda

I have found one of the missing Bints. I had to splash out on a birth certificate, but it proved that Minnie and Edward had another child before my Grandpa. (William Ewart). She was called Florence Alice.Sadly, she died in the 4th quarter of 1880, aged 2. Linda September 2011.

Frank Herbert Edward Bint (1885-1964) was a printer by trade. He married Oxford born shop assistant Louisa Harriet Clark (1882-1946) at Headington in 1913. They had one child, Lilian Alice Bint (1916-1994) who followed her father into the printing business.

Bertha Florence Bint (1888) was unmarried and employed as a nurse. Some of her life was spent in the Southampton area. She died at Bournemouth in 1947.

Harold  Edwin Bint (1890-1960) married Oxford born Ellen Eliza May (1892-1959) at St Pauls, Oxford in 1919. Harold was employed as a butler. They had two children, both born at Oxford, Margaret J Bint (1923) and Marion Bint (1926).

Albert Reginald Bint was born at Oxford in May 1893. Baptised on the 25th of June at the Paradise Square Methodist Church and was only 19 months old  when he died in January 1895. His burial was at St. Sepulchre's Cemetery.

Bertie Clarence Bint (1897- 1979) was also baptised at the Paradise Square Methodist Church. He  married Annie Iona Clarke (1893-1980) at Oxford in 1920. They had two sons, Roy C.R Bint (1921-2008)  and  Dennis Edward John Bint  (1923-1943). (see bottom of page).

 

Ralph Bint (1900-1957) married Oxford born Evelyn Talboys (1904-1988) at Oxford in 1925. His occupation is given on Ancestry as 'tennis umpire'.   I quote the Lytham St. Annes-on-Sea Lawn Tennis Club web-site from their history section...      "Mr Ralph Bint, a member of the St Annes and Marton clubs won the Lancashire Singles in 1950.  He was an umpire and a good administrator but, sadly, died in 1957 playing the game he loved. His widow provided the Ralph Bint Trophy in his memory."    

That club had been responsible for the annual Open Tournament which had been a popular feature of Lawn Tennis in the North West since its inception in 1932. It became the mini-Wimbledon of the North.  Many famous players such as Fred Perry, `Bunny’ Austin, Dorothy Round, Kay Stammers, G.P. Hughes and Angela Mortimer appeared in exhibition Matches over the years.                  

Ralph and Evelyn had one son.

He was Peter Ralph Bint (1926-2004) who married Derby born Vivienne Hore (1931) at Yeovil in 1952. He  was born at Oxford and baptised in the Paradise Square Weslyan Church, Oxford in 1926.  They had three children, David John Bint (1955), Ralph Bint (1958), and Robert (1962).

I found this in Oxfordshire Studies (soon to be amalgamated with Oxfordshire Records Office in St Lukes Church, Cowley) - though goodness knows how they are going to get everything in there!! 

It is from a booklet written about the Home Guard by my Great Uncle Ralph Bint (1900-1957). Kind Regards   Linda

 

 

William Ewart Bint was born at Oxford in 1880. He appears on the 1901 census with his occupation as boat builder. He married Edith Lavinia Prickett at Oxford in 1903. Their children were: Edith Minnie Bint 1905-1984, Florence Bint  1907-1907, Phyllis Ruby Bint  1909-2005, Mabel Marion Bint 1910-1989, and William Edward Bint  1913-1972.

Edith was the daughter of Wootton, Oxford carpenter and joiner John Alexander Prickett (1850). Her brother William Alexander Prickett (1871) was also a boat builder. He had married Derby born dressmaker Alice Tyrrell (1876) at Oxford in 1902. 

William Bint and William Prickett with their families moved to the yachting centre of Burnham-on-Crouch. Essex. Alexander Walpole Prickett was born there in 1902. His sister Winifred Prickett in 1905, and their cousin Edith Minnie Bint in 1905.

By 1909 both families had moved to another yachting area, Cowes on the Isle of Wight . Phyllis Ruby Bint was born there in 1909, Mabel Marion Bint in 1910, Harold William Prickett in 1912 and William Edward Bint in 1913. 

 

The Prickett family settled at Cowes, William dying there in 1962. His son Alexander Walpole Prickett (1902-1976) also remained on the island and became an aircraft designer with the Westland Air Corporation. He helped develop the hovercraft and was credited with at least two patents for the design of a skirt assembly. see Hovercraft patents.

The introduction of the flexible hovercraft skirt was a crucial engineering breakthrough. The skirtless SR.N.1 of 1959 could only operate on calm seas at low speeds. After the SR.N1 was fitted with a 4-foot flexible skirt in 1962, it could cope comfortably with 6-7-foot waves, cross marshland with gullies up to 4 feet deep and clear obstacles over 3 feet high. In addition, the SR.N1 could now operate at twice its original weight with no increase in lift power. Just one decade after the introduction of Cockerell's hovercraft, its descendents, fifty times heavier and three times as fast, would ferry a third of all passengers and cars across the English Channel for some thirty years' duration.

 

 

By the 1920s William Ewart Bint (1880-1957) and his family were now back in Oxford where for a short time he was employed as a boat-builder for Salter's Boatyard at Folly Bridge in Oxford, before joining Radley College as a boat-man.

He died at Oxford in 1957 and his wife Edith at Abingdon in 1967.  His son William Edward Bint (1913-1972) was also a boat-builder. 

Generations of Radley wet-bobs will learn with sorrow of the death of Willam Ewart Bint on March 17th after a short illness. For 25 years, from 1921- 1946, be served the College faithfully as head boatman and one cannot speak too highly of his loyalty and his craftsmanship.

After serving his apprentice-ship in Oxford he worked for Saunders Roe at Cowes, and after a while with Hobbs at Goring, he came to Radley in 1921. 

To quote from Boyd's History of Radley: 
"No account of the Boathouse would be complete without a mention of W.E. Bint, who joined as boatman when the building was going on. It is difficult to imagine anyone better fitted for: the job. For twenty-five years he was always at his post, smiling, wet or fine. He built many boats, .including tub-fours and forty sculling boats. The trolley for getting these to the river bank was his contrivance, and he was an expert with all rowing gear. And then he stayed on beyond the usual age, until 1946, to see us through the war, and for most of it he was single-handed. The Boat Club indeed owes him a great debt." 

The Radleian      May 19th 1957.

 

Family researcher Linda King is the daughter of Phyllis (Ruby) Bint (1909-2005) above who married Londoner Harry Adkins (1904-1974) at Radley, Berkshire in 1930. 

 

William's brother, Bertie Clarence Bint (1897-1979), was a linotype operator. An American invention, the first linotype machine printed the New York Tribune in 1886. It had revolutionised printing and especially newspaper publishing, making it possible for a relatively small number of operators to set type for many pages on a daily basis. The first British newspaper to use this composing machine was the Newcastle Chronicle in 1889 and by 1893 there were more than 250 throughout the UK.

Bertie married Annie Iona Clarke (1893-1980) at Oxford in 1920. They had two sons, Roy C.R Bint (1921-2008) and Dennis Edward John Bint  (1923-1943). 

Bertie's son Roy Charles Reginald Bint (1921-2008), another printer, married Kennington born Ruth Broomfield (1927) in 1947. They had two children, both born in Oxfordshire, Stephanie (1955) and Graham (1959).

 

Pilot Officer Dennis Edward John Bint DFM, was born in March 1923 at Warwick Street, Oxford. His parents were Bertie and Annie Bint. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1940 aged 17. His service number was 124612. Having qualified as Pilot he would often be seen flying low level over his parents home who would wave at him with tea-towels from the garden!

He flew 30 missions over Europe between Sept 1941 and June 1942 for which, together with his gallantry while flying, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. He was then trained as a flying instructor. 

Dennis was killed whilst flying at 00.15hrs, 11 April 1943.

On approach in to RAF Little Horwood, Buckinghamshire his Wellington bomber crashed in to the water tower at Mursley.

He and his crew are commemorated at the site on a Memorial Plaque. 

He was later cremated at Oxford Crematorium and is remembered in the Garden of Rest on a Green Slate Plaque together with the names of 46 other members of the military who were killed and then cremated at Oxford. Nigel Robinson.

Flt Sgt Dennis Bint DFM Citation   'This captain of aircraft has always attacked with determination and courage. On one occasion, when his port engine was hit and ceased to function, by exercising superb skill he returned and landed safely at base. Flt Sgt Bint has displayed great courage when in action, which is the admiration of all ranks in the squadron. His example has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.      London Gazette 11 August 1942

My thanks to Geoff Mann and his friend Steve Bond for tracking the citation down.  

 

Mursley water tower is a local landmark, which was built by the Buckinghamshire Water Board in 1938. It services north and central parts of the county. 

On 11th. April, 1943, at 00:15hrs a crew of 4 men was sadly killed when a Wellington, BJ879, which was doing training circuits and landings and hit the side of the tower and exploded.

The conditions were very foggy and the Wellington had tried twice to land, each time making a dangerous and low approach to Little Horwood airfield. On the third attempt it was given permission to land. The pilot made a similar approach but suddenly there was a blinding flash in the sky followed by an explosion. The aircraft had hit the water tower at Mursley and all the crew were killed.

The unfortunate airmen were:-
P/O D E J Bint- Pilot - of Oxford.
SGT F B McHugh -Pilot- of Dudley.
SGT J L L Belanger-RCAF- Air-gunner- of Canada.
SGT C.T Fox - Wireless operator and gunner - of Lincoln.

The crash blackened the exterior of the tower and distorted some of the large pipes.

Repairs were swiftly made and the tower was back working within a week. Yet not until a renovation of the tower in 1968 were the wartime scars removed.

In 1995 Anglian Water, which owns the tower, decided to open it to the public for half a day and they also set about providing a memorial plaque. Two families and ten relatives of the aircrew were contacted and 1,000 local people attended the memorial service, during which a plaque to honour the 4 airmen, who were killed, was uncovered.

 

My sincere thanks to Teddi from Canada,  Nigel from Woodstock, and Linda King from Oxford, for their unhesitating help and for allowing me to use their valuable and extensive research.

 



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