Frederick Barrett One of
great-grandfathers Born 2 Jan 1810,
Magpie Lane, Oxford, UK Printer/Compositor
1810 May 13th Frederick
in the church of
St. John the
also known as Merton College Chapel. His parents
John and Mary Barrett.
John, stable-keeper and his step-father William Higgs,
are recorded as parishioners who
participated in the "Beating of the Bounds"
Day 1799 (2nd of May).
"Baptisms and Marriages at Merton College"
Alan Bott M.A., F.S.A. (1981)
Magpie Lane, Oxford (1813)
By A. C. Pugin 1762 - 1832
At the time of the artist's visit, young Frederick would have been 3
years old. _____________________
The lady sweeping the pavement by the
door of "Ye Mag-pye Inn"
might have been a
after all his father John was the stable-keeper (1799) and the wife of
the licensee was Mrs Higgs
(nee widow Ann Barrett) Frederick's grandmother born c.1746.
it's very likely that the artist
had a soft spot for the family as he imbibed at the hostelry during
breaks from his labour of love.
The foundations of the Chapel tower sit on the far side of Merton
And this linkwill take
you to a
Choral-Evensong recorded on
the Eve of
Ascension Day, 2021. [
The link includes birds'-eye drone movies of the college
etc, enjoy. ]
The defensive wall on the right belongs to Oriel College. The entire row on
(10,11,12 &13) was demolished in
Over centuries the
lane had many variations of title
e.g. Magepie, Magpy (1624),
Mag-pie (1687), Mag-py Inn (1732), Ye Mag-pye (1753), Magpye
Lane 2021 etc.
(Data from the Alan Bott
1753 Delving deeper
the above "Beating of the
Bounds" saga, the church registers take us
further back in time as another Mr Barrett, publican
Mag-pye ' is reported to have been in an earlier "Beating of
on the 31st of May 1753. This
'Mr Barrett' was
probably Frederick's great-grandfather Thomas
born c.1715and if so, my
branch of the
like this :-
Thomas Barrett (b.1715) publican=Anne //
jnr. (b.1746) publican=Ann // John B.
Frederick B. (b.1810) printer=Sophia Barber-Field (b.1805) // and John
Barrett (b.1840) printer=Rebecca who begat my
maternal grandmother Rosa Susanna Barrett (b.1877) Trained
Thomas jnr. died age 22 (1768)and it was
later (1777) that his
widow-Ann married Mr
Willam Higgs. It seems that before Ann's marriage to
had been the 'merry-widow', resident or licensee
at Ye Mag-pye, hence the Inn remained in the occupancy of the
who became Registrar at
Darlington. I have suspected for some
Susanna and William metin Oxford when he
'half-sister' derives from my conversation with a librarian at Oxford
who had found for me evidence to suggest that John Barrett
married before to a Susanna, so it follows that this
was named after her mother.
were baptised at Merton College Chapel,
namely half siblings Susanna 1799, Jane 1800, John
1801; and full siblings Mary 1805, Henry 1808 and Margaret
May 28 The Oxford Journal reported : Frederick Barrett (17?),
Murphy, Thomas Harris and Edward Baines were brought before the Mayor
under the Wilful Trespass Act charged with damaging a palin (fence)
Jericho, Oxford and fined." ( Oh, dear ! )
Feb 4 Frederick 27 married Sophia
Barber (widow, nee
Field), at St.
was living in Chesterfield with wife Sophia, son John Henry, step-sons
William Ainley Barber and Thomas Barber. Also present was the
Barber boys' grandmother Molly Barber (widow, nee Field), her late
husband an Officer of Excise at Wakefield.
Frederick Barrett c.1890 is included here as a digital copy of the
permission of the owner (Richard Winterschladen), who remarked,
" The reverse has the following legend in my
Grandfather’s hand ‘Grandpa F.Barrett. Over 80
years old’ "
Webmaster (GR) : At that time I
Frederick's son John Henry was landlord of the St.Leger public house in
the photograph have
been taken nearby at the
Doncaster racecourse in a travelling photographer's marquee ?
And on a humorous note could that 'horse' have been a very
expensive work of art by a taxidermist,
that is, just as much a photographer's prop as the top-hat ! We
should not be surprised to see 'Fred' on horseback, even at this
as it appears that he had lived with horses since a boy.
As mentioned above
his father John was the stablekeeper at Ye Magpie, near Merton College,
No connection, but there are a couple of coincidences worth mentioning
1. 1889 The winner of the St.Leger was "Donovan".
His rider was a jockey named Frederick Barrett.
2. 1891 The winner of
St.Leger was "Common". His rider was a jockey named George
archive images from 'Richard' received with