|The Wolverton Express 22 April 1949
A CASTLETHORE GOLDEN WEDDING
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carpenter, who celebrate fifty years of married life with a family reunion tomorrow (Saturday), have a daughter Eva Carpenter, who is a B.B.C. supervisor at Daventry. They have lived in Castle House for 42 years out of 43 years residence at Castlethorpe. Both are natives of Northamptonshire, and were married at St. Peter’s Church, Brackley, on a sunny day, 19th April 1899. Mr. Carpenter commenced work on the land at the age of 13 for the princely sum of 2s. 6d. a week for a twelve-hour working day; he was earning 14s a week when married. He has spent a lifetime in agricultural employment, 43 years being on Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe, which is farmed by Mr. J. E. Whiting, J.P. Mrs. Carpenter told an Express reporter: “My husband’s life’s job has been milking cows.” Mr. Carpenter still potters about several hours a day in the gardens of Lodge Farm and “inspects the crops.” “If you begin to sit down you are soon done”, he said.
Mrs. Carpenter also started work at thirteen going into “service” at Northampton for one shilling a week and “keep”.
Both came from large families, Mr. Carpenter being the youngest and only survivor of ten, and his wife one of twelve children, with only a sister alive.
Other children of Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter living are: Sons Fred and Jim, residing in Oxford Street, Wolverton, and Station Road, Castlethorpe, respectively; and daughters, Mrs. B. Elkington, of Broughton, Mrs. S. Thomas, Castlethorpe, and Mrs. K. Freeman, Far Cotton. There are eight grand-children. All are hoped to be present at the party in the Carrington Arms Clubroom.
Amongst the many telegrams and card congratulations was a telegram from Mrs. St. John (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting), who is resident in Singapore. They have been the recipients of many choice bouquets, and the gifts included one from a neighbour with the message, “Some golden margarine (I wish it was butter), some golden syrup and a few golden eggs, which I hope will make some nice golden cakes.” The “wedding” cake will bear fifty candles.
They are 74 and 73 respectively, and enjoy god health.