Herbert Vincent Quinsee

Herbert Vincent Quinsee was born in the March quarter of 1876, at Primrose Terrace, Victoria Road, Chesterton, Cambridge. His Father was John Thomas Quinsee born in Cambridge, a plumber & glazier and his mother was Henrietta born in Longstanton.


Vincent C Quinsee - H.V.Quinsee's son

In 1881 his parents were still living in Primrose Terrace with Herbert's older brother Henry S (an errand boy, aged 14), Ernest C aged 8 & Percy S aged 7 (both scholars), and his younger brother Sidney J aged 3. In the 1881 census return his name was entered as Vincent E Quinsee, and in later life he was known as 'Vincent' or 'Vin'.

By 1891 the family had moved to No. 4 Upper Gwydir Street, Cambridge. Henry S had left home, but the rest of the family were there, with the addition of Bernard aged 8, Cecil aged 5 and Lawrence aged 3. Vincent was 15 by this time and his occupation was given as a clerk. Percy had become a painter and Sydney a watch maker's apprentice.

In 1898 Vincent was living at 36 East Road , Cambridge, and was trading as a cycle maker. He married Violet M Derby (born around 1879) in 1899. He first son was born in 1900 and was named Vincent C Quinsee. In 1901 he had taken over 37 East Road, as well as 36, and was described as a cycle engineer in his 'own account' in the 1901 census.

No.s 34, 35, 36 & 37 East Road Cambridge, with No. 33 on the corner of Norfolk St. Taken about 1957 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

Vincent & Violet then went on to have Queenie later in 1901 and Reginald in 1903. In 1909 Vincent built the chassis for the Oakington Monoplane, which was constructed in an attempt to claim 1,000 in prize money from The Daily mail for being the first all British aeroplane to fly a circular mile with a British pilot. By 1910 he had expanded into 34 and 35 East Road, in addition to 36 & 37.


Dorothy May Evans (nee Quinsee) - Taken about 1935

Around the time of the plane being built he left his wife for another woman, Daisy May Doncaster. Vincent met Daisy at a boarding house somewhere in Cambridge which Daisy's sister owned, Daisy was the youngest of a family of eleven. Quinsee was a Catholic and could not divorce, however they did have two children together.

Dorothy May Quinsee was born in Cambridge on 9th April 1911. The address on Dorothy's birth certificate was still 36 East Road, and Vincent was described as a cycle maker. Dorothy May had her surname changed by deed poll (by her mother Daisy) to become Dorothy May Dean on 15th Jan 1932. Dorothy May Dean married Albert Gordon Evans on 21st April 1934.They lived in the Godmanchester/Huntingdon area in the then seperate village of Hartford. She died on 18th July 2002, in Montrose.

1911 was the last year that H.V. Quinsee was listed in the 'Spladings Directory of Cambridge', at 34, 35, 36 & 37 East Road. After this time the buildings became Lavender's Surplus Stores, and then in 1937 Renbro's. The buildings were eventually demolished as part of the East Road widening scheme.

Douglas George Quinsee was born in Frimley, Surrey on 12th May 1918, where his father (H V Quinsee) was described as an 'Engine Fitter' at The Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. At that time they were living at 11 Heather Cottages, Frimley Rd, Ash Vale, Frimley, Surrey. Douglas was adopted by Ernest Dean on 27th Feb. 1932. Douglas George Dean married Iris Jones and died 2nd April 1991 in Wrexham, where he had been a builder. There was no issue from this union.

Vincent and Daisy parted company in the early twenties when Daisy married Ernest Dean. Muriel Rebecca Dean was born in 1927, and married H.D.Hart a policeman, and was last known living in the Peterborough area. Daisy later died in Chesterton Hospital in Cambridge, on 10th Mar 1971.

At some stage Vincent had a garage which sold petrol. He was known to have been in the London area in the late 1940's, where he was described as being slim, about 5'7" tall, with dark swept back hair and wore glasses. Vincent died in 1955.

If anyone has any further information on H.V. Quinsee, I would be very pleased to hear from you.

Oakington Plane