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 Whippingham later. 

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 telephone directory. 

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  ( )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 Brightstone.

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 fine organ.
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 Whippingham Church.
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 . It begins with John ATTRILL and Elizabeth NEWIN in 1736.

More information and further links will be available at a later date.