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Name: William Boyes

Burial Number: 0868

Gender: Male

Occupation: Solicitor

Born: 28/06/1846

Died: 04/06/1917

Buried: 09/06/1917


William was born in Stony Stratford, Hertfordshire, the son of William and Charlotte. He was baptised in the town on 12th September 1846. His father was a master draper with a shop in Market Square.

William was a student at St John’s College, Cambridge in 1863 and qualified as a solicitor in 1870. He opened a practice in Barnet and besides normal work, he became registrar of Barnet County Court and a magistrate’s clerk.

On 15th April 1875, William married Susan Annie Coles at Olney. The couple had eight children, six surviving to adulthood. By 1893, Susan’s health was giving concern. She suffered from asthma and a weak heart.

William moved the family to Worthing but kept his practice running in Barnet. He bought a house in South Street, Tarring, calling in “Corndale”. William needed a place to work and relax away from the noise and distraction of his family. The house had a long back garden, so William built a tower which was known as the “Tarring Folly”

Painting by Angela Levy 2011

In those days the view to the sea was uninterrupted by houses or traffic. The family immersed themselves in village  and church life. William became a local councillor and often held garden parties at his home. His daughter Edith made the altar cloth at St Andrew’s Church. In 1899, William leased out “Corndale” and moved to “Verulam House” in Downview Road.


Susan died here on 11th February 1910 but sadly William was not with her as he was in Barnet. He arranged for her coffin to be transported by train to London and then on to Olney, where she was buried beside her parents.

On 22nd November 1911, William married Edith (Eddie) Maud Powell at St Nicholas Church, Brighton. Just a year later on the day of their first wedding anniversary, Edith collapsed and died from a pulmonary embolism. William continued to divide his time between “Verulam House”  and “The Chesnuts” in Barnet until his death in Barnet on 4th June 1917.

Probate was granted on 28th July to William Archibald Boyes solicitor, George Herbert Sismey JP and Frank Alexander Milne barrister-at-law. Effects £43975 14s 3d. One unusual bequest in the will was to William’s friend James Lamplugh. He was left a cigar case which was made from the skin of the famous racehorse “Eclipse”


Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 6

Exact Location (what3words): nets.goat.tooth

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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in ever loving memory of Edith Maud (Eddie) the beloved and devoted wife of William Osborn Boyes LLD. Of Verulam House West Worthing and Barnet Herts. Died very suddenly 22nd Novr 1912 being the 1st Anniversary of her wedding day aged 39 years "Thou knowest not what a day may bring forth" also of the above named William Osborn Boyes LL.D. (Camb) solicitor for 36 years Registrar of Barnet County Court born at Stony Stratford 28th June 1846 died at Barnet 4th June 1917. "Time like an ever rolling stream bears all its sons away"

Further Information


Name: William Osborn Boyes

Gender: Male

Born: 28/06/1846

Town: Stony Stratford

County: Hertfordshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 15/04/1875

Spouse First Name: Susan

Spouse Second Name: Annie

Spouse Last Name: Coles

Town of Marriage: Olney

County of Marriage: Buckinghamshire

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 22/11/1911

Spouse First Name: Edith

Spouse Second Name: Maud

Spouse Last Name: Powell

Town of Marriage: Brighton

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 04/06/1917

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: "The Chesnuts"

Town: Barnet

County: Hertfordshire

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 11th July 1917


“The Late Dr Boyes”

A tribute to the late Dr W Osborn Boyes LL.D is contained in the Parish magazine. Although he lived at West Worthing, Dr Boyes had been for many years a most regular worshipper at Goring Parish Church, and the writer of the notice proceeds to say: “He frequently helped by reading the lessons and he was a generous and unostentatious supporter of all the church funds.

So recently as last March with a very good will, he took considerable trouble in auditing the Vicar’s accounts. He was not only a kindly man but of considerable ability and much respected in his legal profession. Dr Boyes loved to tell of his Oxford (Cambridge) days when he was closely associated with Charles Kingsley: perhaps then it is as just a comment as could be made upon him, and one which he would value, that he early chose such a man as his hero, and remained loyal to his memory all his earthly days.”


Personal Effects

Money left to others: £43975 14 s 3 d

Current value of effects: £3000000.00

Census Information


Market Square, Stony Stratford, Hertfordshire

William aged 33, master draper employing 3 men. Charlotte aged 30. William Osborn aged 4. Charlotte Boyes aged 57, widow, visitor. Richard Boyes aged 27, farm steward, visitor. Peter Pringle aged 20, journeyman draper. James Flint aged 20, journeyman draper. Plus 3 servants.


Market Square, Stony Stratford, Hertfordshire.

William aged 43, draper. Charlotte aged 40. William aged 14. William Horner aged 20, assistant. Plus 3 servants and 2 apprentices.


Station Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire.

William aged 24, attorney and solicitor. Lodging with Ann Doughty and her brother Richard, a retired druggist.


Station Road, Barnet.

William aged 35, solicitor, registrar of Barnet County Court, magistrate’s clerk. Susan aged 35. William A aged 4. Beatrice aged 2. Edith aged 1. Florence aged 7 months. Plus a nurse and 2 servants.


27 Wood Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire.

William aged 44, solicitor. William aged 14. Beatrice aged 12. Plus 2 servants.

(Susan was visiting her mother in Olney, together with Edith, Florence, Dorothy and Reginald).


27 Wood Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire.

William aged 54, solicitor. Susan aged 54. William aged 24, solicitor. Beatrice aged 22. Edith aged 21. Florence aged 20. Plus 2 servants.


“Verulam House” Downview Road, Worthing.

William aged 64, widower, solicitor. Florence aged 30. Plus 2 servants.

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