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Watery Lane, Sparsholt by Roger Sweet

Watery Lane, Sparsholt  by Roger Sweet

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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 Bints.
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 1589.

Sparsholt, 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 Wales 1870 

In 1327 John Bineyse was listed on the Sparsholt Subsidy Rolls. He may have been one of our earliest ancestors.

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 heightened.



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 1902.


Raymond was born at Goosey in 1931. He married Christine Ruth Spinage (bn 1933) at Wantage in 1956. The couple were to have seven children.

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, Wiltshire.


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 months old.

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 around 200,000.


Charles Thomas Bint 1867-1944 who married Charlotte Black from 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 Abbot's table.

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.

Name Born Registration District Died Registration District


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 Bint.
Hi, 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
Our 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.
The family 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.

This 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 was  6,089.

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 Wiltshire.

(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 1833)



*** 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 Bint (1843).

Children of John Bint (1766-1837) and Sarah Coalle (1757-1842) who were married at Sparsholt in June 1787

Name Born Registration District Died Registration District

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.

Children of Francis Bint (1728-1802) who was born at Kingston Lisle, and Mary Johnson (1737) from Sparsholt, who were married at Wantage in February 1760.
Name Born Registration District Died Registration District

Children 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.


Children of Robert Bint (c1643-1714) from Sparsholt and Lettice Tawyer (1656-1729) from Stanford-in-the-Vale. who were married at Wantage in May 1684.

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.

Children of Robert Bint (1616-1696) from Sparsholt and Elizabeth Paty who were married at Sparsholt in November 1640

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.

Elizabeth HampsonI 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 2013

The widow 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 1841)

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

My 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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I have more records on members of the Sparsholt family. If your own Bint ancestors are not recorded on this page - please make contact.  Should you also have any family photos - that would be a bonus!         Tom Bint


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