Looking for the Winstanleys
I am looking for the Winstanley family, originally from Lancashire. I have information that one branch of them moved to Hartridge, Kent in the late 1500s and intermarried with the Wilford family. They then (or some of them anyway) moved on to London. In the early 1600s one branch with head of family Henry Winstanley moved to Quendon in Essex.
This branch of the family produced William Winstanley 1628-1698 a writer and 'poet' known as 'Poor Robin'. His nephew Henry, born in 1644 was an artist and engineer and the man who designed and built the first Eddystone Lighthouse. This edifice only stood for a few years, and was swept away in a huge 'storm of the century' in 1705. It's designer was in it at the time for maintenance work and because he wanted to see how it would stand up to hard weather. He certainly found that out! In his defence, it was the worst storm for decades.
If anyone has any information on the Winstanleys, please get in contact. I am trying to tie up the modern generations working backwards with the earlier genrations working forwards. I just hope we actually meet in the middle!