Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet


St Osyth leaves Bures

Subsequent owner of Parsonage hall was Gwendoline Younghusband

When St Osyth moved away, her Niece,"Miss Gwendoline Younghusband" inherited the property.

Gwendolines mother was Ethel (nee Thompson-Smith) daughter of the Mayor of Colchester (1890–1899). Ethel married Lieutenant Younghusband who was a distant relative of the explorer Francis Younghusband.

<<< Ethel dated 1900

Only two photographs of Gwendoline that has come to light, shows her sitting at the door of Parsonage Hall.
The three girls visiting are Charlotte, Ruth and Mary Laurie from Butlers Farm.

Dated later than 1966

Gwendoline taken 1927

Note:- Ancestry.com lists a "Gwendolen Pearl Younghusband" born Colchester, Essex 1909 and died (aged 84) 1993, Buckinghamshire

When Gwendoline vacated the property, it was taken over by Terry and Carol Weavers who are still the current residents and trade as "demolition contractors"


Parsonage Hall dates back to the 13th century where records indicate Monks owned land in Bures Hamlet including the Hall, which enabled them to administer their lands.

Interestingly in 1930, Thomas Eustace-Smith, the then owner of the Wormingford Workhouse, removed the roof tiles and used them to renovate Parsonage Hall, , the home of his daughter and son-in-law Doctor and Mrs Wood.