Monday 27 March 2023

Photographic History of Eton Wick and Eton - Market Gardeners


The Ayres/Prior family
outside 'Home Close' in Bell Lane c1910. 

Adults from left: James Ayres, Hannah (daughter), her husband Harry Prior (Sen.) and children Avis, Harry (Jun.) and Mary. 

In the 1880/90s James sold off some of his land, parcel by parcel for the building of the then designated Boveney New Town — Alma, Inkerman and Northfield Roads. He gave, free of charge, the plot on which Annie Tough and her followers built the Methodist Chapel in Alma Road. In 1953 Harry Prior Jun. sold much of the family orchard for the building of homes in Lower Bell Lane. 

This article was first published in A Pictorial History of Eton Wick & Eton.


  1. The 1851 and 1861 census records reveal that my wife's 3x great uncle, William Howse was a Market Gardener at Bell Farm. He was born in Chalvey in 1792 and died in Windsor in 1878.

    1. I think that Harry Prior Jr used to live in our bungalow when it was first built in the Bell Lane Orchard.