I began this page after an
enquiry by Kay Beard from Swindon about her family tree.
Kay's grand-father Charles John Stanley Bint, born 1904, was
one of the Goosey family and descended from the Sparsholt
Having collected a fair number of parish and
other records relating to that area over the last three
decades I was about to begin the daunting task of building a
tree from 'scratch' when a casual search on Ancestry pointed
me to Linda Elliott, another Sparsholt Bint descendant, who
has already extensively researched the same family. Linda's
tree traces the Sparsholt family as far back as Christopher
Bint who married Agnes Rowland at their Parish Church in
a parish in Wantage and Faringdon districts, Berks; near the
Wilts and Berks canal, 2 miles SSW of Challow r. station, and 3½
W of Wantage. It includes Kingston-Lisle and Fawler; and has a
postal pillar-box under Wantage. Acres, 6,340. Real property,
£8,340. Pop., 863. Houses, 190. The property is divided among a
few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value,
£363. Patron, King's College, Oxford. The church is chiefly
decorated English, and has a peculiar Norman doorway. A chapel
of ease is in Kingston Lisle. There are a national school, and
charities - £20.
Imperial Gazetteer of England and
In 1327 John Bineyse was listed on the
Sparsholt Subsidy Rolls. He may have been one of our earliest
An old wooden Saxon Church once stood on this site and dated
from the 8th century. All that remains of that original church
today today is a plain stone font.
The Norman replacement was built in the late 12th century.
The present building mostly dates from an almost complete
rebuilding in the late 13th & early 14th century when the
chancel and the two transepts were added and the tower
Sparsholt enclosures 1802. Is
'Bent's Ground' on West Street a mis-spelling?
In a Sparsholt Estate sale during
July 1798, Taylors Leaze, Upper Bent's Ground, Middle Bent's
Ground, and Lower Bent's Ground were all listed.
Desmond Bint's Family
I guess it will be easier
if I start this family history in more recent times with Desmond
Bint's family as that is where the
original query came from via his daughter Kay.
Desmond Bint and his brother Raymond, were the sons of farm
worker Charles John Bint (born Goosey 1904) and Winifred
Horsell whose birthplace was the Rifleman's Hotel at Swindon in
Raymond was born at Goosey in 1931. He married Christine Ruth
Spinage (bn 1933) at Wantage in 1956. The couple were to have
By 1933 Charles and Winifred had moved to the Swindon, Wiltshire
area where their second son Desmond was born in 1933. He married
Margaret Ann Tilling at Ashbury in 1958 and the couple settled
at Stratton St Margaret. They had six children. Desmond's
daughter, Kay Beard, who contacted me, now lives in Melksham,
Charles Bint's wife Winifred was the daughter of Swindon born
Albert John Horsell (1873-1903) who in 1901, and at the time of
her birth, was listed as the landlord of the Rifleman's Hotel in
Regent Street, Swindon and married since 1895 to Kitty Humphries
(1875) from Frome in Somerset.
Albert tragically died in 1903 when Winifred was only a few
Her husband Charles John Bint (1904-1978) was the thirteenth
child of farm worker Charles Bint (1853) from Goosey and his
wife Ann Neville (1857).
"Swindon is a market town in the hundred of Kingsbridge, eighty
miles from London, thirty-eight from Salisbury, nineteen from
Devizes, and eleven from Marlborough; pleasantly seated on the
banks of the Wilts and Berks canal, by which navigation the
trade of this place is much facilitated; - Mr William Dunsford,
whose residence is at the Wharf, is the superintendent.
Adjoining the church yard is a fine spring of water, which turns
a corn mill within fifty yards of its source; and about a mile
and a half south of the town is a reservoir, covering upwards of
seventy acres, for supplying the canal. The population of the
entire parish, according to the census of 1821, consisted of
1,580 inhabitants." (From
Pigot & Co's National Commercial Directory for Cornwall,
Dorsetshire, Devonshire, Somersetshire and Wiltshire, 1830)
In 1832, members of the Bristol Merchant Venturers and the
Bristol Corporation proposed a rail link between London
and Bristol. By 1840 the line was in use and Daniel Gooch
and Isambard Kingdom Brunel decided that a locomotive depot
would be ideally situated in Swindon. An estate of
stone houses in neat rows, back to back, were built for the
workers to live in.
Daniel Gooch records in his diary that machinery started at the
Swindon site on 28th November 1842 with the factory beginning
work on 2nd January 1843 resulting in the building of a major
industrial construction and repair centre. This was in a
location with, at that time, no schools, recreational
facilities, shops or markets within easy reach.
In 1841 the population of Swindon was just 2,495, but the GWR
works expanded and the area became a magnet for labour. By the
turn of the century Swindon was already an industrial town with
a population of about 45,000.
At the outbreak of the First World War the local railway
industry had reached its peak. The GWR works employed about
15,000 persons and with another 1000 employed on the railways
themselves it is estimated that three in every four jobs in the
town at that time were in the railway industry, with many others
indirectly dependent on it.
The railway works finally closed in 1986, however thanks to a
diversified economy, Swindon was well able to ride through the
recession of the early 1990s and is now one of the most
economically successful towns in Britain and has a population of
Charles Thomas Bint 1867-1944 who married Charlotte
a Gypsy Family
Charles Thomas Bint,born 1867 in Wiltshire,was the grandson of
farm labourer Joseph Bint 1777-1848, whose father, Thomas Bint
1739, was from Marlborough in Wiltshire.
He married 24 year old Charlotte Black at the Thameside town of
Wallingford, Berkshire in June 1891.
Charlotte was the daughter of Walter Willis Black who was born
21st June 1842 at Kintbury, in Berkshire. Walter called
himself a 'hawker of brushes. He and his wife, Eliza Hughes,
were married 1 October 1877 at Bentley, Hampshire and raised at
least eight children.
Goosey, a chapelry in Stanford-in-the-Vale
parish, Berks; near the river Ock and the Great Western railway,
3½ miles NW by N of Wantage. Post town, Stanford-in-the-Vale,
under Faringdon. Acres, 958. Real property, £2, 397. Pop., 202.
Houses, 37. The property is divided among a few. The living is a
p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Stanford-in-the-Vale, in
the diocese of Oxford. The church is good. Imperial
Gazetteer of England and Wales 1872
The name comes from Goose Island; this
part of the Vale having once been a marsh, and the 'ey' part
meaning 'island' is very common locally indicating a number of
island settlements. Geese were kept in the village by the
Benedictine monks who had a cell on the site of Abbey Farm. The
manor belonged to Abingdon Abbey after Offa, King of Mercia gave
it to the Abbot of Abingdon in 785. The monks established
dairies in the village which provided dairy produce for the
|The Goosey born 13
children of Charles Bint who was baptised there in 1853 and his
wife Ann Neville. They were married at Goosey in 1876.
|The Descendants of Percival
Thomas Bint (1882) son of Charles & Ann Bint who were
married at Goosey in 1876
Steve Bint from
Malmesbury, Wiltshire contacted me in August
2014 querying the family tree of Percival Thomas
I was searching the net trying to find out a bit
more about my family name. Unfortunately my
father and grandfather have died and so valuable
information has now to be researched. I am the
son of Kenneth Bint from Swindon. He was the
only surviving son (other son Colin died at an
early age) of Percival Cyril Charles Bint. I
know my great grandfather was Charles Bint and
he originated from Goosey. Looking at the Bint
family history page I recognise some names and
places that were mentioned to me in my past like
Childrey. I live now in Malmesbury ( just
outside in Hullavington). My Gramp and Dad
seemed to originate from Albion Street, Swindon
and then moved to Wheeler Avenue. My Dad lived
down the road at 106 where I was born. I have an
older brother Ian and younger sister Leah. My
dad moved us to Highworth in 1969. Steve
research reveals that Percival Cyril Bint, born
at Childrey (1908-1992), was the son of Percival
Thomas Bint (1882-1969) and Ada Stone. Percival
Thomas (1882) was the son of farm labourer
Charles Bint (1853-1922) and his wife Ann, who
lived at Goosey Green.
Their earliest known ancestor was Christopher
Bint who married Agnes Rowland at their
Sparsholt Church in 1589.
The 1911 census
recorded the family living at Childrey. Percival
Thomas Bint (1882), who had dropped his first
name and was now Thomas, had two children, Cyril
(3) and Freda (8mths). He and Ada (1887) had
been married for five years. He was recorded as
being employed as a blacksmith's striker. The
couple had two lodgers, one of whom was also a
blacksmith's striker, Harry Grafton, a 28 year
old widower from Yorkshire.
appears to have moved to Swindon before 1915
when Percival Thomas was recorded as a member of
the GWR Sickness Benefit Club.
See Family Tree
|Our first photo shows
Percival (Thomas) Bint (1882-1969), the second
with his son Percival (Cyril) Bint (1908-1992)
and the third is of Cyril at his retirement
presentation after 50 years service with BPW.
historic document was supplied by Steve Bint's
family. It shows that Percival Thomas Bint was,
like many of Swindon's rail workers, a member of
the GWR sick fund in 1915. This was an
independent society, which was started in the
year 1844 by the employees for the purpose of
providing, allowances if workers were too ill to
work, an eye clinic, an undertaker and funeral
service, dentists, chiropodists, a pharmacy and
public baths, plus a superannuation allowance
upon retirement. The number of members in 1934
It was back in 1871 that the blue print for the
National Health Service was founded by staff
from the Great Western Railway. With the aid of
a hefty £1,000 donation, from the chairman of
GWR, Sir Daniel Gooch, the GWR Medical Fund
Hospital was set up on Milton Road in Swindon.
The medical fund was a community service with a
pioneering approach to healthcare.
Decades ahead of its time it offered a holistic
approach, a "from the womb to the tomb" service,
paid for by the community. Small Swimming Bath,
c1905 Small Swimming Bath, c1905Sick railway
workers, subscribing to the medical fund, were
not only given access to a dispensary, dental
surgery, ophthalmic clinic and ENT department
but physiotherapists and chiropodists as well.
And by 1892, having merged with the GWR welfare
services, they were also getting access to the
very first medical centre in the country. It was
this new healthcare service, in the heart of
Swindon, that was to become the model for the
new National Health Service. BBC
|(1) Cyril with his wife Irene Newman.
(2)With great grandson Matthew Stephen Bint. (3)
Steve's parents, Kenneth & Joyce Bint.
|Goosey children of John Bint
(1788-1858) from Sparsholt,
and Mary Davis (1811-1889) from Faringdon (married there in
|*** John Bint is the common ancestor
of Desmond Bint, Stephen Bint and New Zealander Linda Elliott.
The two Swindon families are
descended from Charles Bint (1853), and Linda Elliott from Thomas
Children of John Bint (1766-1837) and Sarah Coalle (1757-1842)
who were married at Sparsholt in June 1787
|Elizabeth Bint (born
Sparsholt 1826), the daughter of Wiliam Bint (1797) married
Abraham Dance (bn 1822) at Childrey in 1847. They settled at
Childrey and had five children.
Francis Bint (1728-1802) who was born at Kingston Lisle, and Mary
Johnson (1737) from Sparsholt, who were married at Wantage
in February 1760.
of Francis Bint (c1690-1744) who was born at Kingston Lisle and
Mary Marie Davis (1697-1771) from Stanford-in-the Vale
who were married at Ashbury,
Berkshire in November 1717.
Robert Bint (c1643-1714) from Sparsholt and Lettice Tawyer
(1656-1729) from Stanford-in-the-Vale.
who were married at Wantage in May
The Hearth Tax returns for Sparsholt
1662-1689 lists Robert Bint as having one hearth and also
records Christopher Bint of Westcott. The hearth tax was imposed
by Parliament in 1682 to support the Royal Household of King
Charles ll. One shilling was payable twice-yearly for
every fire-hearth or stove in all dwellings and was payable at
Michaelmas, the 29th of September, and Lady Day, the 25th of
March. This unpopular tax was abolished in 1689 when
William & Mary came to the throne.
Robert Bint (1616-1696) from Sparsholt and Elizabeth Paty
who were married at Sparsholt in
Children of Robert Bint (1590-1648) from
Sparsholt and Alice Agnes Barre (1593-1641) from Wantage who
were married at Sparsholt in June 1613. Robert (1590) was
the son of Christopher Bint and Agnes Rowlands who were married
at Sparsholt in October 1589.
Hampson. I live in
Burlington, Ontario, Canada and am trying to trace the subject
lady. She was born Aug. 4, 1805 to Wm and Susanna Bint at
Westcot and married John Puzey Hampson in 1825, both in
Sparsholt. He died Nov. 1838 in Wantage. Eliz. Bint Hampson and
sons Joseph age 11 and Henry 8 arrived at the Port of New York
May 24, 1844. The boys appeared in separate locations in the
1851 census near what is now called Kitchener, Ontario (was
Berlin pre-WW1) and I have information on Joseph Hampson’s
branch. I think a widow with 2 children would have come out to a
Bint or Hampson family for security in a new, rough country but
I can find no trace of Elizabeth Bint Hampson. Your “Bint Family
of Sparsholt, Goosey and Swindon” doesn’t have names to match
the above.In the footnote to your excellent Bint Family Tree you
offer to look at your other records. Would you please search for
any Bints who came to Canada prior to 1844. Most of my above
information came from the generous Linda Elliott also.
Regards, Norm Willis August
Elizabeth Hampson (nee Bint) was living with her two sons Joseph
(8) and Henry (6) at Lord's Lane, Wantage in 1841. It is now
renamed Betjeman Lane in honour of the poet who lived there
between 1951 and 1972. The Hampsons sailed to North America from
Bristol in the barque 'Cosmo' in 1844. Tom
|7. Betjeman Lane. Previously
known to some locals as Lord’s Lane. The location is featured in
the poem On Leaving Wantage 1972.
8. The Mead. Home of the
Betjeman family. (William Hazell 1799 -Yeoman- lived there in
Elizabeth Hampson was the daughter of
William Bint and Susanah Lovelock who were married at Sparsholt
on 13th February 1797. The couple had three children. James
(1799-1802), Elizabeth 1805, and Martha (1802-1846). James died
in infancy and Martha married James Farmer (1790-1855)
William Bint (1761-1827) was a son of Francis Bint
(1728-1802) who was baptised at Kingston Lisle, and Mary Johnson
from Westcot who were married at Wantage in 1760. His
grandfather who was also named Francis Bint (1690-1744) had
married Mary Davies at Ashbury in 1717. He was the son of Robert
Bint (1643-1714) who married Lettice Tawyer (1656-1729) at
Wantage in 1684. Robert was the son of Robert Bint (1616-1696)
who married Elizabeth Paty at Sparsholt in 1640. He was the son
of Robert Bint (1590) who married Agnes Barre at Sparsholt in
1613 and his father was Christopher Bint who married Agnes
Rowland at Sparsholt in 1589. Tom Bint
efforts at producing this page have been aided considerably by
the generous and free access to her tree allowed me by Linda
Elliott. A keen and experienced genealogist she helps other
family researchers with her own informative web-site.
Linda has been researching the Sparsholt and Goosey Bint
families for a number of years linking her tree back to
Christopher Bint who married Agnes Rowland at their Parish
Church in 1589. She has hopes one day to have the opportunity to
delve into Berkshire and Oxfordshire manorial records and
discover more about the wider family.
Linda is a great-grand-daughter of Thomas Bint who was
baptised at Goosey in 1843. The daughter of Thomas William
Elliott (1908-1989) who was from Aldershot, she was born at
Farnborough in Hampshire. Linda now lives in New Zealand.
Tom Bint 2011
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