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I thought I’d do a quick blog on our research over the past year. We made major progress on proving all Willingales are related with the moving of the Samuel & Charles branches over to the main family tree, although the DNA Surname project results for the Charles branch are still somewhat confusing. Back in […]

The December issue of The Lopping Times, our society journal, was posted out to all members today.

As a young whippersnapper- as my father would have said – I was told of a legendary figure who was a lopper and had fought for the freedom of Epping Forest. The legend was sketchy, but hinted at harsh imprisonment and consequential death. It may have been knowledge of this legend, or perhaps just natural curiosity, that caused me to arrive in the village of Willingale late on one damp January afternoon in 1971, with patchy snow on the ground, to start a search for my roots. The timing had been intended to coincide with pub opening time – as a naval officer I was something of a connoisseur of hostelries – but I was early, the Maltsters Arms was not yet open, and two churches complete with churchyards of tomb stones beckoned as a possibly productive alternative area for research.

Some time ago we came across an 1826 parliamentary poll for Maldon which listed people with the surname Willingale who were living in London yet were entitled to vote in the Maldon election. Several of these men we were able to identify, by address and occupation, as Willingales that we had in the main tree […]

Another early Willingale is mentioned in the Patent Rolls of 1331: Confirmation, in mortmain, of a grant by John, late bishop of Bath and Wells, to Nicholas de Wyllinghale of Leukenore, as rector of the church of St. Mary, Wauton, of a grove in that town called ‘Holmengrove’, part of the bishop’s demesne land, with […]

Just a reminder that all membership to the Willingale Family Society expires on 31st July. If you have not recently joined or recently renewed your membership then your access to the members’ area of the website will shortly be removed. Please see the membership page for joining/renewal information.

We have received another offer of a photo for our archives. This one is from Richard Smith in Scotland, who has a photo of his mother Marie Louisa Willingale taken in 1946. Marie Louisa was adopted at birth by Arthur & Florence Bancroft and her name was changed to Olive Bancroft. Richard contacted the WFS […]

Surfing the web a while ago I came across an article from the local press on the formation of the society.