The Bosley Family
Mr Alan Bosley, a butcher in Harwell until 1975, gives this account of his family:
"The Bosley family, I have learnt, originated from France some two hundred years ago, when two brothers and their wives and eight sons escaped from the French revolution. They walked from the coast and eventually got to Shaw, near Newbury, where they found work in the brick fields, and from there they have spread to many parts of England and all over the world.
My grandfather, Mark, was landlord of the Travellers’ Welcome at East Hagbourne; he used to act as postman, and walked to Steventon to take the outgoing mail, and bring back the incoming mail. He had six children, William, Alfred, Ernest (my father), Frank, Sibel and Maud. My aunt Sibel and her family emigrated to Australia about fifty-nine years ago. Mark and his family moved to Harwell about one hundred years ago, when he set up a butcher's shop which was carried on by my father, and then by myself until I retired in 1976."
Mr Bosley's house and shop are now part of the Hengest Gate estate.