Alfred Richings was an interesting character, a stone mason who seems to have experimented with a type of artificial stone.

He built his house called Warren Cottage. All the window surrounds and mullions were made of this artificial stone.

He is believed to have worked mainly for the Pusey Estate which was a major land owner at the time.

(That brief story was extracted from an html file that was somehow included in his main record.  The source is unknown but it was called “Church Warden’s Story” so was sourced from a parish record perhaps?)

We also know that on the 1851 England Census his occupation was given as a Stone Mason, but by the 1861 Census he had become a Master Mason employing 5 men.  Perhaps we can check some Guild records to verify this?

Paul Barrett