Thomas Bugler (1880-1970) = Mary Louisa Oliver (1882-1972)

Thomas was born on 22 January 1880 to William Bugler (1853-1945) and Mary Louisa Bugler nee Grant (1853-1932) .

Thomas & Mary Louisa inside Rose Cottage at Hill Bottom. Photo courtesy of Robin Butcher.

Thomas married Mary Louisa Oliver (1882-1972) from Wimborne at Bishop’s Caundle on 23 December 1905.

Announcement of Thomas & Mary Louisa’s marriage. Western Gazette 29 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


William Bugler (1853-1945) = Mary Louisa Grant (1853-1932)

William Bugler was baptised at Beaminster on 24 April 1853. His parents were Charles Bugler (1818-1902) and Elizabeth Bugler nee Barratt (1821-1904).

William was, from the ripe old age of 8, a Carter, later describing himself as a Farm foreman and by 1912 a Bailiff.

On 1873, William married Mary Louisa Grant at Winfrith Newburgh. Mary Louisa was born Louisa Grant and I do not know why she decided to change her name, possibly because her mother was also Louisa? She was baptised Louisa and appears as such in the 1861 census. From 1871 to 1911 she appears as Mary Louisa or Mary L.

By 1874 the family had moved to Langton Matravers where their first two children were born. They moved by 1877 to Hill Bottom where their next four children were born.

Between 1903 & 1907 the family moved to Lynch Farm Cottages, Kingston, where the family were living for the 1911 census.

Children of William & Mary Louisa

1. Charles Bugler (1874-1957)

Charles married Frances Mary Gould (1880-1950) at Kingston in 1903 and in 1911 they were living at Copse Cottage, Kingston with their children Kathleen Jessie Bugler & Arthur William Bugler.

2. Mary Louise Bugler (1876-1966)

Mary was always known as Poll and she married Edwin Corben (1876-1960) in 1897.

3. Christiana Bugler (1877-1951)

Christine married George Courtney (1866-1953) at Worth

Announcement of Christine & H marriage. Western Gazette 29 August 1902

4. Thomas Bugler (1880-)

Thomas married Mary Louisa Oliver from Wimborne in 1905 and in 1911 they were at Lynch Farm House, Kingston with children Christina Mary Bugler (1906-) and Kathleen May Bugler (1908-). 

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5. George William Bugler (1882-1974)

George married Jessie Louisa Welsh at Kingston in 1912. Jessie was the daughter of Robert Stickland Welsh (1856-1913) and Jessie Louisa Welsh nee Stiles (1858-1950) .

6. Bessie Jane Bugler (1884-1968)

Bessie married Henry Gould (1884-1968) at Kingston in 1907 and they lived in Kingston for the rest of their lives, latterly at 2 South Street, opposite The Cross. Henry Gould was Frances Mary Gould’s brother. Henry and Bessie had five children, all born in Kingston: Frederick George Gould (1908-1979), William John Gould (1911-1911), Cyril Thomas Gould (1912-1981), Lennox Charles Gould (1922-1990) and Nellie Joan Gould (1927-1968).

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With special thanks to Ivan Gould, great grandson of William & Mary Louisa Bugler

Page last updated: 5 July 2017