Thomas Stanley

The Machinist

The son of Thomas Stanley & Elizabeth Miles and elder brother of my ancestor Samuel Stanley, baptised in Chipping Norton in 1822.

Thomas Stanley married Alice (maiden name unknown) in Brailes, Warwicks., in 1846. They had five children.

  • Henry James (1846 - 1914)
  • William Tom (1848 - 1934)
  • illegible female (1854 - aft 1861)
  • Eliza Louisa (1860 - aft 1925)
  • Lem (?) (1861 - aft 1871)


The family continued to live in Brailes until the early 1850s when they returned to Chipping Norton. Thomas had many occupations through his working life, blacksmith, general smith, machinist, beer retailer & engineer.


Henry James Stanley (1846-1934)

The son of Thomas Stanley & Ann, baptised in Brailes, Warwicks., in 1846.

In 1871 Henry Stanley married Maria Eden in the town, Maria was from nearby Salford. They had one child.

  • Maud Louisa (1879 - aft 1905)
    Married Joseph Alan Belcher in 1905.


Originally an engineer like his father from 1877 he is seen running the George public house in New Street. From 1881-1883 he was running the Blue Boar in Penbroke Street/Goddards Lane before taking over the Three Tuns in 1887.

In 1895 the Three Tuns changed its name to the Oxford House, a name it still holds today. Henry Stanley was still the innkeeper there in 1901.

Maria died in 1893. Henry’s second wife was Adaline Charlotte Bennett whom he married in 1905 at the age of nearly 60. They had one son, born in Salford.

  • * Henry James (1906)
    Later married Doris.


He died in 1914 and is buried in Chipping Norton.


Tom Stanley

County Court Bailiff

The son of Thomas Stanley & Ann, baptised in Brailes, Warwicks., in 1846.

In 1873 Tom Stanley married Matilda Reddell in Chipping Norton. Their children were all born in the town.

  • Nellie Louise (1867)
  • Alice (1874 - aft 1881)
  • Thomas Edward (1876 - 1955)
  • Nellie Louisa (1878 - 1878)
  • Elizabeth “Aunt Lizzie” (1880)
  • Matilda (1880)
    Married William Saunders, 1896.
    Kept the Duke of Wellington in Maidstone, Kent.
  • Ellen Louisa (1885 - 1949)
    Married Harold Whipp, ca. 1905.


Between 1877-1880 he ran the King William public house on New Street. He was then briefly an engineer & machinist and then a timber merchant before becoming a bailiff to the county court around 1887. The family were then living at Horsefair. From that point on he was primarily the county court bailiff until around 1907, although he does also list himself as a timber merchant from time-to-time.

He died in 1934 and was buried in Chipping Norton.

His grand-daughters, 'Ena and Mary, said "He was quite stocky and known affectionately as 'Granpy Stanley. He was a gentleman, although he could be a 'ladies man' when it suited him".


ian@stanleyorigins.org.uk