Category Archives: Marguerite Tonkin

Henbury Dynasties by Marguerite Tonkin

We have plenty of stock of Marguerite’s third book about people and places in the Henbury area, This is available at £2.50 ea for collection locally or £5 postage free for a single copy. To order please complete and submit the form below [contact-form to=’’ subject=’Henbury Dynasties’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’No of copies required + address’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]




Tree planted to commemorate Marguerite Tonkin’s contribution to Henbury

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On the lovely sunny morning of Sunday, March 9th 2014, a large group of Henbury Conservation Society members and three generations of the Tonkin family gathered in the green space not far from the Henbury Road ford to plant a fine oak (Quercus robur) sapling in Marguerite Tonkin’s memory.

Chris Carroll, HCS chair, and Charles Claxton had  been given the tree by Blaise Nursery Garden and had already dug with considerable effort through the stony topsoil before the morning of the formal planting. On the morning further difficulty was encountered in driving the supporting post deep enough but after Alan Roberts produced a large crowbar the post was driven in successfully. It just remained for James Tonkin and Chris Carroll to put the tree in place and willing helpers filled in the soil and planted snowdrop bulbs and poppy seed in the topsoil.

Tim Parkinson gave a tribute to Marguerite and reminded those present of her tangible legacy to Henbury of the three books: The Lost Farms of Henbury (1996), Old Henbury (1999) and Henbury Dynasties (2005)

Marguerite Tonkin: In Memoriam

The death of Marguerite Tonkin on 6th August 2012 is a great loss to her family, friends and also to the Conservation Society, of which she was a staunch friend and supporter.

Marguerite Tonkin entertaining the Conservation Society

Typical of her generosity of spirit was the fact that less than three weeks previously she invited thirty members of the Conservation Society into her house and garden during the Village Walkabout along Henbury Road.



Her lasting legacy is her trio of books published by Redcliffe Press featuring the history of the Henbury area:


Old Henbury by Marguerite Tonkin

Lost Farms of Henbury by Marguerite Tonkin

Henbury Dynasties by Marguerite Tonkin