William Timms is believed to have been the last groom and coachman at the manor house.

He was born in 1835 in Old Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

His parents were James 34 yrs old and Ann 26 yrs.

William went on to marry Mary Anne Tollett on August 10th 1861, they had 5 children in 15 years.

Census records show William lived in Hook Norton in 1841, 1851 and 1861.

In 1871 he was living in Wooton.

He died October 8th 1879 at 44 yrs old and is buried in the graveyard at St Marys Church in Woodstock. We are trying to establish when he worked at the manor house, so will update as we find more information on this.