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."
COOK FAMILY OF BENSON
The Cook family were landlords of the Three Horseshoes in Oxford Road. William Cook was mentioned in various criminal and newspaper records.
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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.
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
NEWTON FAMILY OF CROWMARSH BATTLE FARM
Dr. Anne Millar writes, "Thomas Newton’s house was raided at 2 a.m. by a mob who demanded that he listen to their grievances."
MANLEY FAMILY OF BENSON AND PRESTON CROWMARSH
One of the the more important residents of Benson in the post war period was R.O.B. Manley, Britain’s first commercial beekeeper, who ran the Chiltern Honey Farms in Preston Crowmarsh, his significance being as the author of three seminal books about apiculture which remain relevant to this day; Robert’s observations on honeybee disease and treatment having been revived recently in the fight against varroa and other modern bee diseases that threaten the very survival of that species.
John Manley joined Chiltern Honey Farms in the early 50’s and together he and Robert developed Manley Pure Foods Ltd, in its heyday a massive private label honey packing company and a significant local employer, all in barns and sheds built in the back garden.