Thomas was born on 22 January 1880 to William Bugler (1853-1945) and Mary Louisa Bugler nee Grant (1853-1932) .
Thomas married Mary Louisa Oliver (1882-1972) from Wimborne at Bishop’s Caundle on 23 December 1905.
Thomas & Louisa and in 1911 they were living at Lynch Farm House, Kingston. They moved to Hill Bottom c.1914.
Children of Thomas and Louisa:
1. Christina Mary Bugler (1906-2006).
Christina was born on 3 November 1906. In 1934, she married William Ralph Jordan (1907-1986) and they had two children, Ralph (1936-2004), who became Mayor of Guildford (1981/82), and Ruth. In September 1939, the family were living at “Worth” in Ardmore Avenue, Guildford.
2. Kathleen May Bugler (1908-1994).
Kathleen was born on 20 September 1908. She married Edwin Bartlett (1907-1959) in 1931. Kathleen and Ed had four children, Tom (1932-2002), Dick (1934-1992), Fred (1936-1995) and Mary who still lives locally.
3. Violet Annie Bugler (1913-2005).
Violet was born 16 February 1913. She married Frederick Charles Samuel Butcher (1915-1976) in Warwickshire in 1937 and they lived in Surrey. Frederick and Violet had five children born in Guildford: Brian (who now lives in New Orleans, USA), Anthony, Rosemarie, Graham and Robin.
4. William Charles Bugler (1915-2002).
‘Bill’, born on 17 July 1915, became a builder. He married Elsie Selina White (1929-2000) in 1949 and they also lived at Hill Bottom.
Some of grandson Brian Butcher’s memories of Hill Bottom:
My grandmother, Louise Bugler, lived in Rose Cottage and for many years collected tolls for Coach Road to Chapman’s Pool. I can remember visiting as a very young child, in the mid 1940’s and helping collect road tolls, and I believe my grandmother continued to collect tolls for many more years.
My family spent many happy summer holidays at Hill Bottom and, as children, we went out early in the morning to collect wild mushrooms (some as big as dinner plates) for breakfast. In later years, I helped my cousin who worked at Renscombe farm, which was then a working farm.
Some of grandson Robin Butcher’s memories of Hill Bottom:
I was born and raised in Guildford but have memories of Hill Bottom from my very early childhood through my mother Violet (neé Bugler) who was born at the bottom of Kingston Hill, but raised in Rose Cottage, Hill Bottom by my grandfather (‘granfer’) Tom and grandmother Mary Louise Bugler.
Lots of enduring memories for a young lad. Complete darkness at night; a candle to light me to bed; horsehair mattress; the sound and smell of Tilley lamps; water from the ‘trow’; waking to crows/rooks in the morning; walking to Jack Pushman’s shop in Worth for bread (and eating the top of the cottage loaf on the way home); my uncle Bill Bugler (a builder) sometimes working at the coastguard station; opening the bottom gate for cars going to Chapman’s Pool (and hoping for a tip) ….. and so many more.
I was told that my grandmother used to take washing to the boiler at the old coastguard station and I certainly remember her issuing toll tickets from a small hut to cars going along Coach Road to Chapman’s Pool.
I do remember a knock on the door of Rose Cottage one dark evening and some duffle-coated individuals asking my grandparents if they had heard of or seen a ghostly Roman Legion marching along Coach Road (probably didn’t sleep too well that night).
We were told there was a connection to James Hammet of the Tolpuddle Martyrs through the Oliver line (nice idea, but probably not true).
With special thanks to Brian Butcher, Robin Butcher and Ivan Gould
Page last updated: 5 July 2017