|For a long time I could find no records of my
Great Grandfather George William Attrill. I long suspected there
was a connection with the Isle of Wight as there are more
Attrills there than anywhere else. It wasn't until a family
member (Gerald Thompson - husband of my cousin Rosalie -
formerly Harding) visited the Newport record office that at last I could
pin him down. I found that he was born at Whippingham (near East
Cowes) on December 26th, 1851. CLICK
HERE for a photo of my Great Grandparents George William
and Martha Attrill with my Grandfather Thomas as a baby in 1889.
More information about
There is no doubt that the Isle of Wight
is where the name Attrill (Trell, Trill, Atril, Atrell etc)
originated, while on the adjacent mainland (Portsmouth, Gosport,
Fareham, etc) there are some 30 families listed in the local
I have received a family tree from Kim Attrill in Australia (
You can access it by downloading the MS Word file HERE.
She notes that: "You will see by the
tree attached that the two ATTRILL brothers who sailed to
Australia were Daniel and George in 1838." Her Family
Tree starts with James and Sarah - Mid 1700's at Whitwell.
I have recently
received a Family Tree from David Attrill ( email@example.com
)at Castlereagh in NSW. He was born in Surrey UK and has
traced his family back to WILLIAM (A)TRILL/(TRELL) - who
was buried in 1700 at Brading on the Isle of Wight. You can open
his MS Word file HERE.
His early records are from Brading. Later from St Helens and
Whippingham is the closest community to Osborne House -
summer residence of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort. As a
result, many in the community found employment at Osborne House
and in its associated farms and buildings.
||On this old map Whippingham is shown in even
larger print than East Cowes. Many of the workers living
here would have been associated with Osborne House - Queen
Victoria's favourite residence and the place where she
died in 1901. There is a family story (as yet
unsubstantiated) that my Great great Grandfather was a
gardener at Osborne House.
|Kelly's Directory of 1886 writes about Osborne
House: 'OSBORNE HOUSE, the beautiful marine residence of Her
Majesty, built by the Queen and Prince Albert in 1845-48, is in
this parish; the house is a noble mansion, in the Palladian style, with a flag tower 100 feet high and a clock tower 90 feet
in height, situated on an eminence commanding very extensive
views, with a lawn sloping to the sea.'
In the garden of Osborne House is the
Swiss Cottage which was transported in pieces from
Switzerland and then assembled at Osborne House. Queen
Victoria formally handed it over to the Royal children on
her 35th birthday May 24th 1854.
||The church of St. Mildred was rebuilt in the
years 1861 and 1862, in the Transition style from Early
English: it is a massive building, consisting of chancel,
nave, aisles, transepts and central tower, surmounted by a
spire, without bells: the chancel belonged to Queen
Victoria, and was built at her sole cost in 1855; it
contains a very fine memorial to the Prince Consort,
executed at the expense of Her Majesty: there is a very
|When Queen Victoria came to
live at Osborne it was decided that a new parish church
should be built replacing the original John Nash building
of 1804. Prince Albert worked with Albert Jenkins Humbert
who later designed Sandringham. The result was a church
with five pinnacles. Inside there are impressive rose
windows and a large octagonal lantern in the centre.
Princess Beatrice was married here to Prince Henry of
Battenberg, uncle of Lord Louis Mountbatten. Both in turn
served as Governor of the Isle of Wight and were buried at
|Close to Osborne House is Barton Manor.
Bought by the Queen at the same time as Osborne House, she
largely rebuilt it and used it as an overflow for house
guests. It also served as a home farm for Osborne Estate.
There are records of Attrills being born here - most
probably to staff members!
Interestingly, the surname Barton is found associated
with Attrills - a recurring christian name of both
families is Keziah.
Alan Summerfield of
Heidelberg, Germany has an Attrill family tree at http://alan.uni-hd.de/Gen/ATTRILL/tree.html
. It begins with John ATTRILL and Elizabeth NEWIN
information and further links will be available at a later