The people of Great Linford
The people of Great Linford represent all classes of society, from poor labourers to merchants and artisans to squires and lords. Some families can be traced back generations, others passed through briefly but nonetheless left a mark. Here you can learn about some of these people and their family histories.
Born in 1862, Harry Bartholomew arrived in Great Linford around 1880, and set up a photography business on the village High Street. Read Harry’s story here.
Newman Thomas Cole was born in Great Linford in 1855. His father was a baker who had moved to the village to start up his own business on the High Street. Newman wrote a short biography of his life, the first 10 years of which he spent in Great Linford. Read Newman's Story here.
Kizby and Kezia Rainbow
Kizby and Kezia Rainbow did not have an easy life. In the early 1900s, the family were split up by the draconian poor laws, with Kizby and three of their children sent to the workhouse at Newport Pagnell. But they were able to reunite and make a life in Great Linford. Read the story of Kizby and Kezia Rainbow here.
Did you know that one of the residents of the Manor House in the early 1900s was American, the son of a preacher from the district of New York? Read the story of the Meads here.
The Reverend Richard Napier
Perhaps the most famous resident of Great Linford, Richard Napier ran an extraordinary medical practice from the village between 1597 and 1634, ministering to rich and poor alike. Read the story of the mage of Great Linford here.
You may have walked past the large Scriviner family vault in St. Andrew’s churchyard, but did you know that John Scriviner was a successful London merchant in the glass trade? Read about John Scriviner here.