Rev. Benjamin Winston formerly Sandford

1786 - 16th Apr 1866


Anglican clergyman, changing his surname in order to inherit the property of his grandfather Charles Winston (q.v.). His son also named Charles Winston has an entry in the ODNB as 'barrister and stained glass historian.'

  1. Will of the Rev. Benjamin Winston formerly Sandford late of Rhyl in the county of Flint proved 09/06/1866, effects under £12,000.

  2. Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Feb. 21, 1804. [Only s. of Benjamin, of the Island of Martinique, West Indies.] B. [1786], in Liverpool. School, Harrow. Matric. Michs. 1804; LL.B. 1810. Ord. deacon (Chester) Dec. 20, 1812; priest (London, Litt. dim. from Canterbury) Jan. 7, 1816; C. of Cheam, Surrey, 1812-16; V. of Farningham, Kent, 1816-48. Took the name of Winston, 1813 (his mother was Rebecca, dau. of Charles Winston). Died Apr. 16, 1866. M.I. (Harrow Sch. Reg.; Foster, Index Eccles.; Clerical Guide; Inns of Court; Cant. Act Book; Records of Rochester; Changes of Name.)

  3. In 1841 Revd. Benjamin Winston, age 55, clergyman, born out of county, was living in the Vicarage in Farningham, Kent. Benjamin Winston, widower of Clifton, son of Benjamin Sandford, gentleman, married Ann Knight, spinster of Clifton, daughter of Richard Knight, gentleman, in Clifton, Bristol, 15/12/1846. In 1851 Benjamin Winston, age 64, clergyman not having cure of souls, born Childwall, Lancashire, was living on the High Street in Rhyl in the household of his son Thomas, age 35, "Chief Clerk of the Chester + Holyhead station at Rhyl", with Benjamin's wife Ann, age 39, the family of the railway goods foreman and two house servants. In 1861 Benjamin Winston, married, age 74, clergyman, born Liverpool, was living at Bodannerch in Flintshire with his wife Anne, age 48, born London, son Thomas, age 44, "Gentleman Retired Station Master", born Surrey, a cook and a housemaid. Benjamin Winston of Rhyl, North Wales, was buried in Farningham, Kent, 21/04/1866 aged 81 years.


Norgate, G. Le G., and Stanley A. Shepherd. 2004 "Winston, Charles (1814–1864), barrister and stained-glass historian." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 2 Jul. 2019. For more on Benjamin Winston's house, Bodannerch, see [accessed 07/09/2020].

  1. National Probate Calendar 1866

  2., Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database online].

  3. 1841 census online;, Bristol, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1935 [database online]; 1851 census online; 1861 census online;, Kent Burials [database online].

We are grateful to Rhodri Clark for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Wealth at death
St John's College, Cambridge [Admitted 1804; LL.B 1810 ]

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Tenant-for-life

Shown as 'owner' in the Slave Registers but under the will of his grandfather Charles Winston the estate was entailed

1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (2)

Grandson → Grandfather
Notes →
Benjamin Winston formerly Sandford was the grandson Benjamin Sandford referred to in the will of Charles Winston, whom Winston made his heir on the condition Sandford changed his name not only to...
Father → Son

Addresses (3)

Bodannerch, Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales
High Street, Rhyl, Flintshire, North Wales, Wales
Vicarage, High Street, Farningham, Kent, South-east England, England