The Clarke Family of Prospect House, Prospect Place

Castlethorpe Census 1901 Page 1 - 6
Road Street Name of House
Relation to head of family
Condition as to Marriage
Age Male
Age Female
Profession or Occupation
Where Born
Prospect House William T. CLARKE head married 48
Market Gardener Castlethorpe BKM
Prospect House Elizabeth CLARKE wife married
Castlethorpe BKM
Prospect House William T. CLARKE son single 16
Market Gardener Castlethorpe BKM
Prospect House George COOK brother in law married 51
Railway signalman Hartwell NTH

Plan of Prospect House and nursery 1881
Plan of Prospect House and nursery 1881

Vera Clarke
William Thomas Clarke
served in First World War

A newspaper advert dated 1972 for Clarke & Son
The bouquet made by granny Clarke.
Each flower was sold, the money going to charity

Northampton Mercury 15 June 1934


GOLDEN WEDDING.—Aged 82 and 80 respectively, Mr. and Mrs. W. Clarke, of the Nurseries, have celebrated their golden wedding. Mr. Clarke, a native of Hartwell, served part of an apprenticeship in the paint shop of Wolverton Carriage Works, but on medical advice left after four years and worked at the nurseries, then owned by Mr. H. Harris. Mr. and Mrs. Clarke are the oldest residents in the village, and their only son, Mr. W. Clarke, is the present owner of the Nurseries.

The Wolverton Express 20 August 1954

Death of Castlethorpe Nurseryman


Gloucestershire Regt.
Nurseryman and florist at Castlethorpe and with a retail business at Wolverton. Mr. William Thomas Clarke aged 69, died on Sunday in Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, after only being incapacitated from business for three weeks. He had been unwell since May. The business of nurseryman has been in the Clarke family at Castlethorpe for nearly one hundred years. During the 1914-18 was Mr. Clarke saw active service in France with the Gloucesters and was wounded in the leg. He was a founder of the Castlethorpe Branch, British Legion, and its first secretary, and assisted in the formation of the Hanslope Branch.

William Thomas Clarke
William Clarke Special Constable
Forty years a Special

He also took a great interest in the Special Constabulary, having been a member for 40 years. His life’s work was gardening, and his public work as a Special Constable.

Deceased was well known and held in esteem by a wide circle of friends.
Although Mrs. Clarke has been confined to bed for seventeen years, she continues to assist in the preparation of floral tributes and made the wreath that was placed on her husband’s grave from herself and daughter Vera.

Methodist Church Funeral

The funeral was on Wednesday, the service in the Methodist Church being conducted by the Rev. Fergusson Francis, Congregational Minister, Wolverton. Mr. A. Richardson (organist) rendered “O rest in the Lord”, as the cortege left the Church. Interment was in the Parish Churchyard.
Mourners were: Miss Vera Clarke (daughter); Mrs. H. Francis, Luton (cousin); Mr. W. H. Tompkins, Wolverton (brother-in-law); Mrs. Daniels, Aspley Guise (cousin), Mr. A. Holman, Hanslope, Mr. G. Cowley, Castlethorpe, and Mr. Walker, Wolverton (employees); Mr. C. Bywater, Mr. E. Nicholls, Mrs. Rollings, Stony Stratford, Mrs. L. Robinson, Mrs. J. Woodward, Mrs. Lailey, Hanslope, Mr. D. Deighton, Bletchley, and Mr. R. Harris, agricultural officer, Aylesbury (friends).
Mrs. Clarke (widow) and Mrs. Tompkins (sister-in-law) were unable to attend.
Representatives were: Bucks Constabulary – Sergt. B. Gee (also representing the Chief Constable), P.C. Lailey; Special Constabulary Inspector B. Tapp, Sergts W. Tattam, W. Howe; Constables R. W. Garratt, W. Perser, A. Parrott: British Legion, Mr. C. Harding: Friends Mr and Mrs. R. Tomlin, Mrs. R. Tompkins, Mrs. Copass, Mrs. Jakeman, Mrs. B. Gee, Miss M. A. Harris and Mr. W. Dimmock, Wolverton, Mr. J. E. Whiting J.P., Mr. Cliff Markham, Mr. H. F. Dolling, Mrs. Lailey, Hanslope, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bardin New Bradwell, Mr. T. Thomas, Mr. J. E. Green, Mr. E. Nicholls, Mr. L. Nicholls, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. J. Brown, Miss Arrowsmith, Mrs. W. Dittam, Mrs. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. J. Gobbey, Mr. R. Panter, Mrs. J. Cowley, Mrs. Brownsell, Mrs. Willett, Mr. A. B. Stevens.

Army areoplane settled near Wolverton August 6th 1914. First aroeplane to settle in the district. Photo Clarke Army aeroplane settled near Wolverton August 6th 1914.
First aeroplane to settle in the district. Photo Clarke

Will Clarke was a keen photographer and took many photos of Castlethorpe and surrounding area.