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Alfred Willingale

Alfred Willingale

Male 1843 - 1934  (91 years)

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  • Name Alfred Willingale 
    Born 1843  Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 18 Jun 1843  St. John's Church, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1861  Goldings Hill, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1871  Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1871 
    Bricklayer 
    Census 1881  Prospect Cottages, Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1891  Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1901  Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1903 
    General labourer 
    Census 1911  19 Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 10 Oct 1934  19 Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Oct 1934  Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 91 years 
    Buried 15 Oct 1934  St. John's Church, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    St Johns Church, Loughton
    St Johns Church, Loughton
    Notes 
    • In the Census of 1851 Alfred was recorded as living with his parents at Baldwins Hill Loughton.

      In the Census of 1861 he was recorded as living with his by now widowed mother at Goldings Hill Loughton and he recorded his occupation as an Agricultural Labourer.

      In 1871 at Goldings Hill, Loughton, Essex, Ref RG10/1638/18/page 28
      HUGHES, Sarah Lodger F 66 1805 Essex
      WILLINGALE, Alfred Head M 27 1844 Essex
      WILLINGALE, Fanny Wife F 21 1850 Essex
      WILLINGALE, Jessie Daughter F 0 1871 Essex

      In 1881 at Prospect Cottages, Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex RG11/1735/9 p12
      WILLINGALE, Alfred Head Married M 36 1845 General Laborer Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Fanny Wife Married F 33 1848 Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Jessie Daughter Single F 10 1871 Scholar Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Florence Daughter Single F 7 1874 Scholar Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Edith Daughter Single F 6 1875 Scholar Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Alfred Son Single M 1 1880 Loughton

      1891 census - Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Rg12/1362/83 p44
      WILLINGALE, Alfred Head Married M 46 1845 General Labourer Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Fanny Wife Married F 42 1849 Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Alfred Son M 11 1880 Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Rebecca Daughter F 4 1887 Loughton

      In 1901 at Baldwins Hill Loughton Essex RG13/1639/6 p3
      WILLINGALE, Alfred Head Married M 57 1844 General Labourer Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Fanny Wife Married F 53 1848 Loughton
      WILLINGALE, Edith Daughter Single F 25 1876 LaundressLoughton
      WILLINGALE, Rebecca Daughter Single F 14 1887 Loughton

      In 1911 - 19 Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex RG14/9775
      WILLINGDALE, Alfred Head Widower M 67 1844 Labours Nursey Loughton Essex
      CURTIS, Jessie Daughter Widow F 40 1871 Charwomen Loughton Essex
      CURTIS, Florence Granddaughter F 12 1899 Plaistow
      CURTIS, George Grandson M 9 1902 Plaistow


    Person ID I0205  Willingale One Name Study
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2014 

    Father Ancestors John Willingale
              b. 1800, Stanford Rivers, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1852, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Susanna Males
              b. 1805, Barnet, Hertfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1865, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Family ID F0064  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Fanny Hughes
              b. 1848, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Aug 1907, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1869  St Leonards Church, Shoreditch, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Jessie Willingale
              b. 18 Aug 1870, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1943, Essex S W Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +2. Florence Willingale
              b. 23 Sep 1873, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1959, Epping, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +3. Edith Willingale
              b. 12 Jun 1875, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Jan 1960, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     4. Clement Willingale
              b. 14 May 1877, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1878, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
    +5. Alfred Willingale
              b. 11 Dec 1879, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1956, Essex S W Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Edward Willingale
              b. 19 Feb 1881, Epping, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Feb 1881, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Fanny Willingale
              b. 19 Feb 1881, Epping, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Feb 1881, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Ellen Willingale
              b. 23 May 1883, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1883, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
     9. Henry Willingale
              b. 23 May 1883, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1883, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
     10. Rebecca Willingale
              b. 27 Aug 1884, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1885, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
    +11. Rebecca Willingale
              b. 21 Jun 1886, Loughton, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1959, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2016 
    Family ID F0095  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1843 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 18 Jun 1843 - St. John's Church, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1851 - Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1861 - Goldings Hill, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Oct 1869 - St Leonards Church, Shoreditch, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Jessie Willingale - 18 Aug 1870 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1871 - Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Florence Willingale - 23 Sep 1873 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Edith Willingale - 12 Jun 1875 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Clement Willingale - 14 May 1877 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Alfred Willingale - 11 Dec 1879 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1881 - Prospect Cottages, Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Edward Willingale - 19 Feb 1881 - Epping, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Fanny Willingale - 19 Feb 1881 - Epping, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ellen Willingale - 23 May 1883 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Henry Willingale - 23 May 1883 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Rebecca Willingale - 27 Aug 1884 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Rebecca Willingale - 21 Jun 1886 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1891 - Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 - Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1911 - 19 Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 10 Oct 1934 - 19 Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Oct 1934 - Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 15 Oct 1934 - St. John's Church, Loughton, Essex Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alfred Willingale - One of the 'Loppers'.
    Alfred Willingale - One of the 'Loppers'.
    There is some confusion over who is in this picture

    Repository: Essex Record Office
    Level: Category Illustrations
    Level: Fonds MINT PORTRAITS
    Level: Item Photograph of Tom Willingale, "The Last of The Loppers"
    Level:
    Item Reference Code I/Pb 23/28
    Graham Richards confirmed on 02/09/2009 the following:
    Handwritten on the back, in pencil, is 'Tom Willingale The last of the Loppers'. Then in blue Biro someone else has written 'Jnr'. The only other mark is an 'Essex Record Office Stamp' , apparently an old version indicating that the photo has been in the ERO's possession for some years. The photo is in a large box type album along with other photo's in alphabetical order, each in a plastic wallet. The numbers in the 'Item Reference Code' are 'Alphabet Letter/Photo Number. So our photo is Letter number 23 (W)/28th photo of that letter. The Album I had was for letters S-Z. All these albums are of photo's collected by the Record Office over time and are of 'unknown sources'. So no provenance I'm afraid.

    I took with me prints of Alfred (2) and Thomas, with the names blanked out and discussed them with a couple of archivists and both tended to agree that two (Alfred) were of the same person, with the one shown with a branch over his shoulder being earlier than the other, one suggested maybe late 19th/early 20th century. One archivist then spotted that in the photo is a Barbed Wire fence (it's clearer on the ERO copy) so we Googled 'Barbed Wire - History of' and found that it was invented around 1870's in the USA. At this point another archivist joined in and he said that he actually visited the Barbed Wire Museum in the USA last year and remembers that Barbed Wire was invented around the Civil War but the history says that it was patented in 1873/4 which would make it too late to be around when Thomas was alive.


    Steven Willingale has a page from an unidentified book with this photo captioned Thomas Willingale Jnr.


    EFDC Museum uses this picture next to an article for Thomas Willingale Snr, but from the caption of the photo (Thomas Willingale Aged 77 in 1920) its obvious its Thomas Jnr.


    The WFS have had this photo dated, report as follows:

    The first paragraph relating to the Thomas photograph also applies here to some extent. This picture again looks to me much like a late 19th or early 20th century photograph, though it appears well-composed and of decent quality, so it may well be a professional portrait, taken outdoors, rather than an amateur ‘snapshot’. This is perhaps also suggested by the greyish, wide-framed mount, which in colour and style is typical of early-20th century card-mounted professional photographs.

    This elderly man is also clearly at home in the woodland setting, though I cannot tell whether he is carrying that large branch on his shoulder, or simply resting underneath it. His attire differs to that of ‘Thomas’ above, this outfit being more formal, if a little shabby and shapeless. Essentially he is wearing a dark lounge suit of uncertain date: basic ‘lounging’ jackets similar to this were first worn c.1860 and lounge jackets still form part of the standard male suit today. He also sports a black neck cloth or cravat, an accessory which was fashionable daywear around the mid-19th century, though a dark or coloured knotted scarf or cravat continued to be worn casually by many manual workers until the early 20th century. His hat is less easy to identify and date precisely than the cloth cap in the previous photograph, but various types of hard felt hat similar to this, lower in the crown than a top hat, were developing by the 1860s.

    The evidence of the man’s dress, then, offers an unhelpfully broad date – conceivably anywhere from the 1860s to the early-20th century. It is best described as a ‘timeless’ and rather eccentric style, not seen in formal studio photographs and not really suitable for fashionable wear about town, but no doubt completely acceptable for country wear, especially amongst poorer folk and/or an older generation. Nothing seen here absolutely rules out the possibility that this man could be Thomas Willingale himself. However, as mentioned above, this does not have the ‘look’ of a 1860s photograph, and may be considerably later, again perhaps early 1900s, in which case the man could well be, as you suggest, one of Thomas’s sons or nephews.

    Because the date here is a little less conclusive, I wonder whether there are any other visual clues in the picture? For example perhaps some kind of fencing specialist could have a stab at roughly identifying/dating the wire fence with its wooden posts?


    The WFS note that the fence is made of barbed wire, this was invented in the USA around 1867, although further patents were made in 1874 it was 1876 before mass production took off. Therefore this is very unlikely to be Thomas Snr


    Ken Hoy, FOEF has not seen this photo before in his research.


    Yet the image we have is called Alfred Willingale - unfortunately how the we came to have this photo is not recorded
    Alfred Willingale
    Alfred Willingale
    One of the Loppers

    Documents
    Peelers Progress
    Peelers Progress
    Mention of the Willingale case
    Alfred Willingale obituary
    Alfred Willingale obituary
    Reviews of English Geographies 1600-1950 Historical Essays on English Customs, Cultures and Communities
    Reviews of English Geographies 1600-1950 Historical Essays on English Customs, Cultures and Communities
    Mention of the Lopping Saga
    The Willingales of Loughton - To Whom Do We Owe Epping Forest?
    The Willingales of Loughton - To Whom Do We Owe Epping Forest?
    Scan of article in the Essex Naturalist, from circa 1925
    Loughton And District Historical Society
Newsletter 190
    Loughton And District Historical Society Newsletter 190
    Page 13, The Poors Piece Potato Ground
    Another History of the right to Lop in Loughton
    Another History of the right to Lop in Loughton

    Histories
    The Lopping Saga
    The Lopping Saga
    PDF with notes and photos on the Lopping saga, prepared for the 2008 WFS meeting at Loughton

    Folios
    The Willingales of Loughton, To Whom Do We Owe Epping Forest
    The Willingales of Loughton, To Whom Do We Owe Epping Forest

    Books
    Enclosure of Epping Forest
    Enclosure of Epping Forest
    From advert after page 76, 1865 edition
    Thomas Willingale, Lopping Rights and the saving of Epping Forest
    Thomas Willingale, Lopping Rights and the saving of Epping Forest
    In this research, I not only give a background of the forest’s history and details of the early forest court rolls, outline Thomas’s involvement up to his death, but go on to detail later events, including the Epping Forest Commissioners, the Epping Forest Acts of 1878 & 1880, the Corporation of London's eventual conservation of the forest, the Arbitrator’s findings and the construction of Lopping Hall, which was built to compensate the inhabitants of Loughton for the loss of their lopping rights. I also detail some of the later reporting of these events and the folklore surrounding Thomas, right up to the present day.
    A View of Epping Forest
By Nicholas Hagger
    A View of Epping Forest By Nicholas Hagger
    Transcript of mentions of the Willingale family

    Press Cuttings
    Alfred Willingale
    Alfred Willingale
    Obituary
    This appears to have a few factual errors in it, Samuel didn't die shortly after being released from prison, we have living until abt 1911! It would seem William Higgins died around 1870 so this could be where the confusion lies?
    Protecting rural tradition immortalised family tree
    Protecting rural tradition immortalised family tree
    Article from Epping Forest Guardian on the Thomas/Lopping saga, first time we have seen these comments re Samuel
    Parliamentary petition re Alfred Willingale, Samuel Willingale and William Higgins
    Parliamentary petition re Alfred Willingale, Samuel Willingale and William Higgins
    Alfred Willingale - Death - Loughton Advertiser
    Alfred Willingale - Death - Loughton Advertiser
    Alfred Willingale - West Essex Gazette - Death
    Alfred Willingale - West Essex Gazette - Death
    The Encroachments on Epping Forest
    The Encroachments on Epping Forest
    The Loughton Lopping Rights in the Forest
    The Loughton Lopping Rights in the Forest
    Lopping Rights
    Lopping Rights
    Memorial
    Loppers of Loughton
    Loppers of Loughton
    Memorial unveiled
    Willingale Memorial
    Willingale Memorial

  • Sources 
    1. [S22300] IGI.