The practice was established in 1792 by James James, who died in 1808, to be succeeded by his son and grandson. The latter took Thomas Horwood as his articled clerk in 1846 and they formed the partnership of James & Horwood in 1859. James James died in 1879 and his sons Alister and Julian followed him into the partnership with Colonel Horwood, but the name of the practice was changed to Horwood & James. Known as 'the grand old man of Aylesbury' Colonel Horwood only retired when he was 88 and was the town's oldest inhabitant when he died in 1926, aged 97.
The picture above is a reproduction of "The Jury" by John Morgan which was painted in 1861. The original painting was sold at Mallams Auction House, Oxford in 2005 and now resides at the Buckinghamshire County Museum, two doors down from Horwood and James.
One of the jurors is our very own Thomas Horwood who was 41 at the time and working at the firm. Can you guess which of the jurors he is?
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