ALDRIDGE FAMILY OF BENSON
Trade directories of 1911 and 1924 record the many businesses of this family, who were "carpenters, cabinet makers, painters, wheelwrights, furniture removers, motor proprietors, drapers and boot and shoe makers."
ARTHUR FAMILY OF BENSON
Charles Arthur lived in Benson from 1816 until 1833, when he retired and handed over his coachmaking business to his eldest son, Benjamin. The business moved to premises opposite the Old Red Lion in the High Street, where it continued until 1842, when Benjamin moved to High Street, Wallingford. Three of Benjamin's brothers, including Frederick Arthur, exported their coachbuilding and coachpainting skills to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
COSTAR FAMILY OF BENSON
There were many branches of the Costar (formerly Costard) family established in Benson in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, but one particular branch produced some notable businessmen. All of these were descended from Richard Costar, a wheelwright.
DINES FAMILY OF BENSON
"Mr W H Dines, who lived at the Old Observatory, Brook Street, Benson, from 1914 until his death in 1927, was a distinguished meteorologist"....................
Observatory Close was built on
the site formerly occupied by Observatory House.
LANE FAMILY OF BENSON
Members of the Lane family have lived in Benson since the mid 1700's and several lived and worked in Birmingham Yard. In 1902, they formed the village Fire Brigade. David Lane writes, "During our searches we have unearthed the usual selection of skeletons, illegitimate births, unmarried couples and family feuds but no murders. However the Lane families of Benson appear to conform to the old traditions, they were generally good, law-abiding, citizens............"
Joe and Elizabeth Lane
LITTLEBOY FAMILY OF PRESTON CROWMARSH
The Littleboy family were one of the influential Benson families of the 19th Century, residing mostly in Preston Crowmarsh where they ran the Corn Mill for many years.
In 1884, Isabelle Littleboy was married in Benson to John Henry Derby in what was probably the wedding of the year - a daughter of a well to do local family marrying into a mega rich society family amid a media frenzy..........
An old photo of Preston Crowmarsh mill