Buckhurst Hill History

Queens Road

Queens Road runs from the top to the bottom of Buckhurst Hill parallel to Palmerston Road and is the main shopping centre of the town.  The road is long and quite steep and is home to shops and residential houses.  Many of the original houses still can be seen interspersed with newer houses and flats.

Over the years Queens Road has been home to people from far and wide with a variety of different occupations, nationalities and social status for example:

1891 Census - Queens Road
Charles Cornwall from Middlesex,                 Licensed Victualler                                    The Railway Tavern; 
Edwin Walter Steel from Gloucestershire,             Carpenter & Builder                                    6 Queens Builds;
Charles Fuller from Hornchurch,                 Auctioneer                                                 Queens Road;  
Henry William Hatch from Westmisnter,           Pianoforte Tuner                                        Queens Road;  
Frederic Joulmin Shadbolt from Totenham,            Whiskey Merchant;                                    Oak Villa
Frederick John Leake from Dublin, Ireland,              Hat Box Manufacturer                                Roslin Villa;    
Ernest Richd Weyms Cory from  London,             Surgeon                                                    The Elms;
Cyrus Benjamin Bowes from London,               Assesor & Collector of Queens Taxes      Queens Road;
Louis P Mouraille from France,                      Maitre de Chai                                            Villes des Roses;
William Booth Bryan from Radford, Nottingham,      Civil Engineer                                      Buckhurst Hill House; 
Gerald Palmer British Subject, born in Gibraltar,       Accountant                                            Derwent Villa;

Many of these house names can still be found in Queens Road.  One example of this is St Helena Villa.

In 1891 Sophia L Collyer a 49 year old widow from Clerkenwell was living in St Helena Villa with a servant Elizabeth Goodwin aged16.  The census shows Sophia was living on her own means meaning she had enough money to support herself without working.

Thank you to Bill White for contacting us and providing the following photographs and information about St Helena Villa.


Below is a list of the owners of St Helena Villa (or the land it stands on) from 1810 - 1955.  You will notice that in 1873 the house was sold to William Brenton Collyer.  William died in 1885 amd the property passed to his wife Sophia Collyer, mentioned in the 1891 census.

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