Newspaper Reports 1850 - 1869

These newspaper articles come from public domain sources and have been compiled for easy reference in date order. They are by no means a comprehensive collection.
The Northampton Mercury the UK’s oldest newspaper with a proven record of continuous publication, was first published in 1720, and printed articles of Northamptonshire and national interest.

Croydon's Weekly Standard was established in 1859. The last issue under this name was on June 25th. 1887. Being replaced the following week, July 2nd 1887, by the first issue of The Bucks Standard.

The first issue of "The Wolverton Express" appeared Wednesday April 17th 1901, cost one penny. The Wolverton Express specialised in detailed local “human interest” stories from Stony Stratford, Wolverton and nearby villages.

Northampton Mercury 24 August 1850

Hanslope.—On Thursday last, August 15th, the children belonging to the Hanslope and Castlethorpe Sunday Schools celebrated their anniversary at Hanslope Park, L. Parker, Esq., having kindly granted the use of his grounds for that purpose. The Rev. W. H. F. Hinde, who has been very zealous promoting the interests of the schools, superintended the arrangements. The children, to the number 140, under the guidance of their respective teachers, walked in procession from the school to the grounds, where they were plentifully regaled with tea and cake. The afternoon was delightful, and the attendance of the patrons of the schools and the gentry of the neighbourhood was numerous. Many of heartily joined in the amusements of the children. After singing the National Anthem and the Evening Hymn, the schools returned to the village in good order, and separated highly gratified with the proceedings of the day.

Northampton Mercury 01 March 1851

THAT the HORSE left by my Son, William Amos, upon my Farm at  Castlethorpe, Bucks,
By Messrs. FREEMAN & SON,

Without reserve, at their Repository, Market-square, NORTHAMPTON, on Saturday the 8th of March, 1851, at Twelve o clock, to defray the expenses of keep, unless such expenses are previously paid by the said Wm. Amos.
SARAH AMOS, Castlethorpe. Feb. 22d, 1851

Northampton Mercury 02 August 1851


COUNTY COURT, July 29.—Before J. W. Esq., Judge.

Ayres v. Bakewell.— Plaintiff a widow carrying on business at Castlethorpe Wharf, and appeared Mr. Dennis, her attorney defendant, who is a clergyman at Great Linford, did not appear. The summons was for £15. 6s. 6d., for hay and corn, and £10 money, obtained under the following extraordinary circumstances:—Sarah Ayres, the plaintiff, after proving the order for and delivery of the goods sued for, produced the half of a £10 note of the Northamptonshire Union Bank. I received it about the end of May from defendant. Defendant came to my house and asked me if could change him a £10 note. said, Yes, of course. Defendant then took out his pocket book and said, Dear me, I have only half of the note here! I will send you the other half at the beginning of the week." I then fetched him the cash, and he gave me the half note. A short time afterwards defendant called on me again. He then asked me to cash a cheque for him. It was to be a cheque for £20, and he asked me to return him the half note and give him the balance, £10, in money; and that if I would send my son over on the following Saturday he would settle. Defendant then took out his pocket book. He said he had not brought his cheque book, but he would give me the amount on a blank piece of paper. He drew out a cheque—" Pay Mrs. Ayres £20." I took it upstairs, but, on looking at it, I noticed it was not drawn on any banker. I then returned it. He said he had made a mistake. He then asked me to give him back the half note, saying he wanted to send it to the person who had the other half. I declined to do so. He remained nearly an hour trying to persuade me, but I steadily refused. The letters now produced are in defendant's handwriting. The money has been this morning paid into court, but not the expenses of trial. His Honor gave judgment for plaintiff, and ordered all costs, which the law permitted, to the plaintiff, her attorney, and witnesses.

Northampton Mercury 06 September 1851

To the Editor of the Northampton Mercury.

Sir,—ln traversing the fine grazing county of Buckingham, I find some of the best farming and grazing I ever saw. Amongst the best farmers have found is Mr. Joseph Bull, of Castlethorpe, who produces excessive large crops of corn and Swede turnips; his land clean and ploughed deep. He rents his farm of Lord Carrington.

Northampton Mercury 24 April 1852


ARITHMETICAL QUESTION NOT TO BE FOUND BONNYCASTLE.—How many potatoes be put into a quart pot?  At the Pea Hen, Castlethorpe, we lately saw this problem solved to the tune of above nine hundred.

MERRY MEETING “THE BOYS."—The other day, accidentally taking “their ease" and their half-pint at “their inn," Castlethorpe (to which small parish they all belong), were assembled five youths, whose united ages amounted to 369 years! They were unanimous in the conclusion, that they were fairly entitled to the appellation of “boys"—partly because of their gaieté de cœur, and partly because they were not of an age to work; one, of them, however (about 75) is independent of parochial aid. and earns his livelihood. The other four are on the Union. All this interesting re-union (chance meeting as it was), seemed to feel with poet in Leigh Hunt's Tatler: —

" Hurrah who was e'er gay,
As merry folks to-day?

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But come,—why do loiter here !
Boy! go get some small beer ;
Quick ! 'twill make our blood run quicker,
And drown the devil pain in liquor.
March so cold almost past,
April will be here at last.
And May must come,
When bees do hum.
And summer over cold victorious ;
Hurrah ! 'tis a prospect glorious ! —
Meat! small beer ! and warmer weather;
Come boys, let's be mad together!"

Northampton Mercury 31 July 1852

At the rent audit a few days since held at the Peahen-inn, Castlethorpe, the Lincoln Corporation returned 12¾ per cent. (corn rent) to their respective tenants at Hanslope and Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 14 August 1852


To the Editor of the Northampton Mercury.

Sir,—l beg to inform you that in the neighbourhood of Castlethorpe, Bucks, there are many crops of Swede turnips which look much better and forwarder than I ever before saw Swedes early in the year. Mr. Bull, of Castlethorpe, has wonderful piece, drilled two feet apart from row to row, and set out 10 inches from turnip to turnip the row. The tops covered the ground all over a fortnight back, and bid fair for 40 tons per acre. Mr. Greaves, an opulent farmer, farming fine estate of his own, about 800 acres, Haversham, has fine piece of Swedes, equally good as Mr. Bull's; they are drilled 27 inches from row to row, and are10 inches from turnip to turnip in the row, and the tops covered the ground all over a fortnight back. The crops of corn belonging to these gentlemen are exceedingly heavy, but upon their newly broken up land their wheat crops are mildewed. Mr. Greaves feeds many fine Hereford oxen of the best quality, and he has superior breed sheep, crossed between the Leicester, Cotswold, and the Southdown : they have plenty of lean flesh and site. Mr. Greaves' farmyard buildings are all spouted round, to prevent the droppings of the eaves carrying away the strength or essence of the manure, the shape of black water, into the river to pollute the water and to manure the sea, like the sewage of London —a monstrous thing, in the middle of the 19th century, are laying hundreds of thousands of pounds out yearly in foreign guano and fertilizers manure our soil. Mr. Greaves is not only first-rate farmer but first-rate grazier. Mr. Scrivener, of Great Linford, has extraordinary fine piece of Swedes; he also a first-rate farmer, growing exceedingly heavy crops of corn. There are also many other good crops of Swede turnips in this neighbourhood, too numerous to mention. At Weston Underwood found a superior crop of Swedes, and also a wonderful prop, of spring beans, belonging to Mr. Whitworth, is plain the farmers in this neighbourhood are trying to excel each other in the growth of Swede turnips, much so that they are not to be beat in England—nay, they may safely challenge the whole kingdom. After great green crops naturally follows large white ones. Buckinghamshire, 50 years back, was considered famous for grazing first-rate oxen and sheep; now there are many men to be found second none in farming, and their Swede turnips will prove what I assert, coupled with crops of corn, more than can stand upon the ground. S. A.
Castlethorpe, 9th August, 1852.

Northampton Mercury 03 December 1853

MARRIED. On the 28th ult., at Castlethorpe, by the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, the vicar, Mr. John White, wine-merchant, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, to Eliza Louisa, only daughter of Mr. Joseph Bull, of the above place.

Northampton Mercury 17 December 1853

DIED. On the 8th inst. Mr. James Nasbey, of Castlethorpe, only son of the late Mr. James Nasbey, of the above place, aged 44.

Northampton Mercury 25 February 1854


Frightful Suicide.—On Friday last the town of Hanslope was shocked by the discovery that Mr. Joseph Masters Bull, farmer, of that place, had committed suicide by cutting his throat in barn on his own farm, and within view of his residence. In the morning of that day he went out at eight o'clock before breakfast, and returned again at nine. He went out again and returned home at twelve, having been, during the interval, at the Watts's Arms, with his father, Mr. Bull, of Castlethorpe. He did not take any dinner, saying the smell was enough for him, and after going up-stairs for a short time, he went out again. It appears, too, that be had not taken any breakfast, at least he had none at home. About half-past three William Amos, a man who was at work on the farm, was going through the barn, near the house, to tie up the cows, when he saw his master lying on the ground, with a pool of blood near him. With the assistance of another man, named Hillyer, the body was conveyed into the house, when it was ascertained that death been occasioned by a terrific wound in the throat, extending from the left to the right angle of the lower jaw, and dividing all the principal vessels. Mr. Heygate, the surgeon, stated that nothing could have saved the unfortunate man, even though assistance had been immediately at hand. A razor, covered with blood, was found at his feet, and the case, from which it had been taken, in his pocket. He had given the case of razors three weeks back to F. Thompson, a schoolmaster, to send it to Northampton, to get the instruments ground, and they were returned shortly after. On the 22nd December, he and his father were thrown from a gig, by which deceased's hands were a good deal hurt, and complained of having been much shaken. He did not, however, have recourse to medical advice. Whether the accident may have been remotely connected with the melancholy catastrophe must be mere matter of conjecture. At the inquest, which was held on Saturday morning, at the Globe, Hanslope, before John Worley, Esq., Mr. Thomas Higgins, a farmer, of Hanslope, stated that he saw deceased at the Watts's Arms on Thursday, but he threw no light on the state of his mind, and he could not, he said, of his own knowledge, assign any cause for the dreadful act. Robert Allen, carpenter, who had been employed by deceased, said he had complained on Thursday of a headache, which, he said, was not like a common headache, and he put his hand to his head in a way which the witness described. He thought he had erysipelas, but Mr. Heygate stated that there was no traces of that complaint, and that he should infer, from the witness's description, that the headache arose from the stomach. Mr. Heygate had not attended him for any serious illness for years, nor on account of the accident. Allen was with him at the Watts's Arms at twelve o'clock, and he described him as appearing then to be very dull and low. He had glass of gin and water there. His man Hillyer had not observed anything unusual his manner. There was no further evidence as to the state of his mind, and the jury returned a verdict that “Deceased destroyed himself in fit of Temporary Insanity." He was but 27 years of age, and has left a wife and three children.

Northampton Mercury 10 June 1854



Mr. William Carr, of Castlethorpe Mill, was find 1s. and costs for four defective weights, and also 5s. and costs for a pair of defective flour scales, on the information of Mr. Superintendent Whadcoat.

Northampton Mercury 17 June 1854

ANCIENT ORDER OF FORESTERS—The members of the Court, Star of Buckingham, No. 1,179, celebrated their anniversary at the court-house, Pea Hen Inn, Castlethorpe, Bucks, on Thursday, June 8th, were an excellent dinner was provided by the worthy host, Richard Soden. After the cloth was removed, Brother J. Brooks was chosen chairman, and Brother Dent vice-chairman. The loyal toast and sentiments were given and responded to, and the day passed oil a pleasant and agreeable manner.

Northampton Mercury 12 August 1854

By Mr. Durham,
On the Premise, on Tuesday, the 15th August, 1854, by
direction of the Executors of the late Mrs. NASBY,
LINEN, and Effects.
Sale to commence punctually at Eleven o’clock.

Northampton Mercury 16 September 1854

Castlethorpe.—On Wednesday night, between 10 and 11 o'clock, fire broke out on the farm premises of Mr. Bull, of Castlethorpe, which destroyed rick of wheat, two ricks of beans, one of hay, one of barley, and one of oats, besides large barn containing a great quantity of barley. A brisk west wind was blowing at the time, and carried the fire, which commenced at the west end of the premises, directly across the yard, and became evident, in a short time, that all endeavours to check the progress of the flames would be unavailable. The engines were fetched from Stony Stratford, but were useless from the want of water. The fire, however, had gained too complete mastery to admit of their being of any service. Mr. Bull, we believe, was insured.

Northampton Mercury 16 September 1854


On Thursday the 28th day of September, 1854 (by direction of the Administratrix of the late Mr. Joseph Masters Bull), on the Premises, situate near Long-street, COMPRISING 37 store Ewes, 15 superior fat ditto, 38 Shearhogs and Theaves, 46 Wether and Ewe Lambs, 2 half-bred Tups, 7 fat Heifers, 6 capital Agricultural Horses and Mares, superior colt Foal, Poultry, &c. Ransome's and Howard's ploughs and harrows, sheet and other harrows, narrow-wheel waggons, Scotch and other carts, roll, turnip cutter, Gardner; sheep troughs, cow cribs, &c, thiller and trace harness, saddles and bridles, &c, quantity of fire-wood, hurdles, stakes, &c.
The Sale will commence at Eleven o'clock for Twelve. Catalogues may be had at the inns in the neighbourhood; of Mr. James Barford, Hanslope; Mr. Bull, Castlethorpe; Messrs. Freeman & Son, Market-square, Northampton; or at the Office of the Auctioneer, Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury 14 October 1854

On Monday last, at Castlethorpe, by the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, vicar, Mr. John Ayers, of Thorpe Wharf, to Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr. Richard Soden, of Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 16 December 1854


At the Peahen Inn, in Castlethorpe, on Tuesday, the 26th day of December, 1854, at Two o'clock in the afternoon punctually,
350 ASH and ELM TREES, of excellent quality, now standing blazed and numbered, with the number of the tree and lot.
To view, and for catalogues, apply to Mr. Soden, Peahen Inn, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 14 July 1855

Married: On Thursday, the 5th inst., at Hanslope, Buckinghamshire, by the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, Jane, wife of the late Joseph Masters Bull, Esq. of Castlethorpe, to David Owen, Esq., of Conway, North Wales.

Northampton Mercury 28 July 1855


At the Peahen Inn, Castlethorpe on THURSDAY, the 23rd of AUGUST, 1855, at Five o’clock in the afternoon, by direction of the Proprietor, in the following Lots (subject to conditions then produced).
Lot 1. A desirable Freehold genteel COTTAGE RESIDENCE, containing kitchen. wash-house, pantry, dairy, cellar, sitting-room, and two parlours on the ground floor: four excellent sleeping rooms. and two attics, most pleasantly situate in the village of CASTLETHORPE, with garden in front and behind, with a pump and well of excellent water close to the house. The Outbuildings comprise coal-house, chaise-house, granaries, hovels, large barn, stabling for five horses, cow-house for six cows, open hotel for twelve beasts, piggeries, hen-house. &c. and in the yards there another pump and well of water. Attached thereto an Orchard, well planted with trees of the best description, and about illeg ACRES of very superior Pasture LAND, subdivided into Two Closes by a good fence. The property is situated within two miles of the Wolverton Station, the and North Western Railway, and within half mile of the Grand Junction Canal, at Castlethorpe Wharf. Land tax. £2. 13». 4½d. Quit rent. The whole tithe free.
Lot 2. A Freehold COTTAGE and GARDEN, also situate in CASTLETHORPE, in the occupation of Henry Nichols, at the annual rent of three pounds.
Lot 3. A small Close very superior Pasture LAND, situate in Hales Field, the in the parish of HANSLOPE, near Castlethorpe Mill, containing 2a.1r. 15p., more less. Tithe tree. Land tax.
For further particulars, apply to Mr. James Barford, of Hanslope; Mr Parratt, Solicitor, or Mr. Durham, Land Agent. &c., both of Stony Stratford.
Also on the same day, at Three o’clock in the afternoon, will be offered for SALE by AUCTION by Mr. DURHAM, about 8½ Acres of STANDING WHEAT, in the parish of CASTLETHORPE, adjoining the road leading from Stony Stratford to that village. It will be Sold subject to the Straw going off.

Northampton Mercury 12 January 1856

Castlethorpe.—On Thursday last splendid day's coursing took place the estate of Lord Carrington, at Castlethorpe. Mr. Lovell, of Winwick, Mr. Fletcher, of Winwick, Mr. Harris, of Kislingbury, Mr. Lovell, of Horton Inn, Mr. Carvel, of Bozenham-mills, Mr. Barford, of Hanslope, Mr. George Franklin, Leighton, Mr. John Daniells, Duston-mill, Mr. Eales, Boston, and several other gentlemen, brought the elite of their kennels, and, after some of the best runs seen for many years, hares were killed. Mr. Franklin, of Leighton, and Mr. Smith, Northampton, slipped the dogs, and gave entire satisfaction.

Northampton Mercury 20 December 1856

Hanslope.—Barnwell's charity has been distributed this week, amongst upwards of 300 applicants, those necessary articles—a good supply of coals and calico. Owing to the everlasting petty differences between certain gentlemen, the poor' were nearly losing the benefit of baring the coals carted gratis this year, four of the farmers refusing to fetch any but the kind voluntary aid of Messrs. Trowers and Bull, of Castlethorpe, they got them as usual free of charge. This charity, by judicious management, has been doubled in value to the poor for the last few years. The land has been let out. into 150 allotments, at moderate rents, much to the benefit and satisfaction the poor industrious occupiers, and, to their honour let it be told, the whole arrears of rent for the twelve years occupation do not amount to a sovereign. There are now about 100 acres of land belonging this charity and the Watts estate under Spade cultivation in this parish, the effects of which are very evident to every unprejudiced person. Instead of 50 or able-bodied men, called surplus labourers, crouching before the relieving officer this time of year, as formerly, begging for little temporary relief or ticket for the Workhouse, most of them are armed against winter with a good store of corn and potatoes, and good thriving pig in the sty. Nor is this only benefit derived from the allotment system; a great deal might be said in favour of the morals of the poor under it, but enough for the present. What have its opponents got to say against it?— From a Correspondent.

Northampton Mercury 19 June 1858

Castlethorpe.—Ancient Forestry.—Anniversary Court No. 1179, Star of Buckingham.—The members and friends of the above Court assembled at the Court-house, Peahen Inn, Castlethorpe, Bucks, on Thursday, June 10th, for the purpose of celebrating their 17th anniversary, and numerous party met together, for whom a first-rate dinner was provided by the worthy host, Mr. R. Soden. The chair was taken by Mr. J. Brooks, the vice-chair by Mr. J. R. Sirett, the C.R. of the Court. From the statement the funds of the Court, it appears to be in flourishing condition, and the amount of sickness during the year had been very small compared with other years. There have been several good members join of late, and altogether it bids fair to be equal to any Court of its number the order. The party did not break up till late hour, and retired well pleased with the manner in which they had spent the day.

Croydon's Weekly Standard was established in 1859.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 17 September 1859

DEATHS. Sept. 9, at Castlethorpe, of peritonitis after scarlet fever, Alice Charlotte, third daughter of H. S. Trower Esq.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 08 October 1859


MARRIAGE OF REAR-ADMIRAL JOHN DRAKE.— The marriage of Rear-Admiral John Drake, of Castlethorpe, Bucks, and Miss Eliza Adelaide, second daughter of Samuel Richardson. Esq., of West Bank, Aughton, took place on the 28th ult., at the Parish Church, Aughton. The ceremony was performed the Rev. W. H. Bolton, M.A., rector. The bridal party, conveyed in four carriages, arrived at the parish church shortly after ten o’clock, and consisted of the bride and bridegroom, the bridesmaids, Samuel Richardson, Esq. and Mrs. Richardson (the parents the bride), Master William Richardson (brother of the bride), the Rev. Charles Drake (son the of bridegroom), Mr. and Mrs. Gee, of Liverpool: William Titherington, Esq. and Mrs. Titherington, of London; Edgar Musgrove, Esq. and Mrs. Musgrove, of Aughton. The bride was led to the altar by her father. The following ladies officiated as bridesmaids; Miss M. H. Richardson (sister of the bride), Miss Vardy (niece of the bridegroom), and Miss Drew. The bride was attired in a white lace dress with double skirt, over a white glace silk, the head dress being a wreath of white roses with foliage, over which was gracefully thrown a white lace veil. The bridesmaids wove dresses similar to that worn by the bride, with while muslin scarfs trimmed with blue ribband, and white tulle bonnets trimmed with blue flowers. The bride and bridesmaids carried each a handsome bouquet of flowers. The bridegroom wore medals which he had obtained for services rendered in the cause of his country, the gallant admiral being present at the battle of Trafalgar, in the same ship with Lord Nelson when was killed. After the ceremony was over, the bridal party returned to West Bank, where a large party sat down to the nuptial breakfast. The happy pair left West Bank about half-past twelve for Scotland. The church was well attended a large number of spectators who came to witness the ceremony. Ormskirk Advertiser.

Northampton Mercury 07 January 1860

Deaths: Dec. 29, at Castlethorpe, Mr. John Cross, aged 69 years, highly respected by all who knew him.

Northampton Mercury 14 January 1860

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
instructed by the Executors of the late Mr. John Cross,
of Castlethorpe, deceased,

At the Pea-hen Inn (removed there for convenience of Sale), Tuesday, January 17th, 1860,
THE genteel and useful HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and Effects, comprising mahogany four-post, French, and other bedsteads and furniture, capital feather and flock beds, wool and other mattresses, blankets and coverlets, mahogany and painted wash-stands, dressing tables, chamber services, swing and other looking glasses, mahogany wardrobe, oak bureau, ditto commode, bidet, mahogany and painted chests of drawers, mahogany dining, loo, and  other tables book shelves, mahogany, Windsor, chamber, and other chairs, napkin horses, sofa and couch in chintz covers, quantity Brussels, Dutch, and other carpets and hearth rugs, druggets, capital eight-day clock in oak case, barometer, plate-" Derby Races, 1828," gilt frame, Japan and other trays, cast-iron and other fenders and fire-irons, Kitchen requisites, quantity of earthenware, glass, preserves bottles two water pails, washing tubs, ale casks, meat safe, sundry knives and forks, mahogany box with one dozen large knives and forks, and six dessert ditto (silver mounted), and a variety of other useful articles.
Sale to commence at Ten for  Eleven o'clock.
N.B. Catalogues will be prepared, and may he had of the Auctioneer, and at Croydon's Printing Office, Newport Pagnell; Pea hen Inn, Castlethorpe; and at the Half Moon Inn, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 07 April 1860

Near Wolverton Station and Stony Stratford.
Is instructed by Mr. William Worley, of Castlethorpe, (who is leaving,)
On the Premises, on Thursday, April 19, 1860, al Eleven o'clock,

COMPRISING a mahogany four-post carved bedstead with chintz furniture, several capital feather beds, bolsters and pillows, palliasse, blankets, cotton counterpanes, nine pair of linen sheets, pillow cases. d'Oileys, chamber towels, fifteen damask and other table cloths (various), mahogany chest of drawers, large painted linen chest with drawers painted wash-stands and services, dressing tables, five wool mats, hearth rugs, carpet and drugget, Brussels carpet 13 feet by 11 feet, mahogany swing and other glasses, painted chamber chairs, set of six mahogany hair-seated chairs and two elbows, mahogany sofa, mahogany loo, dining, work and other tables, mahogany carved chair in crimson damask, antique mahogany spinning wheel, complete, very curious; quantity of rich cut glass, set of handsome china tea and coffee service, 44 pieces ; white dessert service, china punch bowl, and an assortment of antique china; plate and plated articles, quantity of ivory-handled knives and forks, bronze tea urn, set of liquor bottles and plated stand, set of cruets and stand, kitchen requisites, flour bin, washing tub, water butt, large wood box, earthenware, padlocks, and numerous other effects.
N.B. Catalogues will be prepared, and be had at the Pea-Hen Inn, Castlethorpe ; principal Inns in the Neighbourhood, Place of Sale, and of the Auctioneer and Croydon's Printing Office, Newport Pagnell.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 01 December 1860

We this week record the untimely death of the Rev. Charles Styles Drake, son of Rear-Admiral John. Drake, of Castlethorpe. The unfortunate gentleman had been spending the day (Thursday, November 22nd) with F. Thursby, Esq., of Cosgrove Priory, and on returning home, owing to  the meadows being flooded, he did not take the direct path, but proceeded by the towing path of the Grand Junction Canal, into which he appears have by some means fallen, as he was found about midnight by some boatmen lying at the edge of the water exhausted state. He was picked up and placed against the against the further edge of the path whilst the boatmen proceeded to the locks for aid. The night watchman was immediately sent off to the spot, but no traces of deceased were to be seen. Inquiry was then made at Castlethorpe, and it was found he had not reached home, fears being entertained that he had fallen into the canal, early on Friday morning they commenced dragging for the body, and continued the whole day without finding it. The dragging was resumed on Saturday morning, and after some time the body was found and taken to the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, to await the coroner’s inquest, which did not take place until Tuesday, it was accessary to have the attendance of the boatmen, and messenger was sent to Woolwich for them. After hearing the whole of the evidence that could be produced, a verdict of accidental death was returned. The deceased gentleman was 44 years of age.

Northampton Mercury 15 December 1860

Cosgrove.-George Hurst, Benjamin Hillyer, and Henry Lowe, of Cosgrove, were charged by Mr. John Ayres, of Castlethorpe Wharf, with being disorderly and refusing to leave his house when ordered to do so. Fine and costs 15s. each.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 22 December 1860

MARRIAGES. December 17, at Castlethorpe, by the Rev. J. E. Weddell, Thomas Nichols to Sarah Amos.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 19 January 1861

THE FARMER’S -WEEKLY ACCOUNT BOOK, (for One Year), prepared by H. Trower, Esq., Castlethorpe, and used by the Lords and Gentlemen in the neighbourhood. To he had MILBOUBNE’S Printing Offices, High Street, Newport.

Northampton Mercury 27 April 1861


A Comfortable COTTAGE RESIDENCE, at CASTLETHORPE, Bucks, with requisite conveniences and good GARDEN attached.
The Premises are within an easy distance the Wolverton Station.
Apply to Mr. Parrott, Solicitor, Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury 22 June 1861

Castlethorpe, Bucks. —Anniversary Dinner.—Court No. 1,179, Star of Buckingham Ancient Order Foresters. The dinner in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of this court took place at the Peahen Inn, Castlethorpe, on Thursday, the 13th inst. Between 30 and of the members and their friends sat down to a first-class dinner, served in the usual excellent style of the worthy host, Mr. R. Soden. Mr. Benjamin Foster, high chief ranger of the order, took the chair, and was ably assisted by Mr. J. Brooks as vice-chairman. Among the company present were T. N. Heygate, Esq., the Rev. J. E. Weddell, Mr. E. Cox, Mr. W. Golby, and several others. After the cloth was cleared and grace said, the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were given and duly honoured, and the healths of the medical and clerical gentlemen present proposed and replied to. Mr. J. H. Cox then, in an effective speech, proposed the "Ancient Order of Foresters," coupling therewith the healths of the executive council. The chairman, as president of the council, returned thanks, and in lengthy speech detailed some of the many advantages of the order—its continued progress, and large amount of members, which now exceeds 200,000, and called upon all present to assist in furthering its progress and usefulness. He then proposed " Court No. 1,179, Star of Buckingham." Mr. G. Cox, the secretary, replied, and stated that, although the court was a small one (there being only members) it was a prosperous court, and had a fund of £420, and had, during the past year, gained upwards of £49, being only about 255. less than the entire amount of contributions for the year. Several other toasts, interspersed with songs and recitations followed, and the company separated after spending a happy evening.

Northampton Mercury 17 August 1861


THE BUILDING of TWO DOUBLE COTTAGES on Farm, at Castlethorpe, Bucks, the occupation of Mr. Wm. Grimes.
The plans and specifications may be seen applying to Mr. Wm. Grimes aforesaid, and sent to on or before, the 26th of this month.
August, 1861.

Northampton Mercury 28 February 1863

Highly important SALE of Valuable FARMING STOCK,
CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
By J. H. W. BULL,

On Tuesday, the 31st day of March, 1863 (without reserve), by order of the Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Bull, of Castlethorpe, the following Valuable FARMING STOCK CONSISTING of 89 Head of first-class Hereford, Devon, and Welch Oxen, 240 superior Cotswold and Half-bred Sheep, with their Lambs; 3 Fat Pigs, 2 Cart Colts, a capital Roan Cob, 5 years old, quiet in harness; modern-built Pony Carriage, and a neat Dennett Gig, in good preservation.
Castlethorpe is three miles from Stony Stratford, five from Newport Pagnell, 12 from Northampton, and three from the Wolverton Station on the North-Western Railway.
The Auctioneer begs to call the attention of Farmers and Graziers to the above important Sale; the Oxen are kindly sorted, well descended, fresh and healthy; the Sheep are of large size and heavy woolled.
Catalogues may be had one week prior to the Sale, the place of Sale; Inns the neighbourhood; and at the Auctioneers' Estate and General Agency Office, Shipston-on-Stour.
Sale to commence at Eleven for Twelve o'clock precisely

Northampton Mercury 07 March 1863


ALL persons Indebted the Estate of Mr. JOSEPH BULL, late of CASTLETHORPE, in the County of, Buckingham, deceased, are requested to pay the amount of  their respective debts to the Executors ; and persons having any Claim or Demand on the said Estate, are requested to forward particulars thereof to us, the undersigned, in order that it may be examined, and, if found correct, discharged, Executors
WILLIAM BULL, Shipston-on-Stour,
THOMAS AMOS, Castlethorpe,

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1863

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
By J. H. W. BULL,
On Tuesday, the 28th day of April, 1863,

THE BITE of 224 Acres of rich old PASTURE LAND, from the day of Sale until Michaelmas next, the Castlethorpe Farm, late in the occupation of Mr. Joseph Bull, deceased.
Sale to commence at Two o'clock.
The above Keeping will sold in convenient lots, is on rich Feeding Land, well fenced and watered. An efficient Shepherd will be found to attend the Stock; and Credit given on the usual conditions.

Northampton Mercury 27 June 1863


Robbery.—On Thursday morning, the 18th instant, robbery took place at Old Wolverton. Henry Cooper, a young man belonging to the Wolverton Engine works, lodged at Mrs. Hall's. He left his lodgings as usual on the morning in question, at 6 a.m., to go to work, leaving behind him another lodger named John Bignell, who broke open Cooper's box, and stole therefrom two suits of black clothes, a silver watch and guard, neck ties, &c, &c„ together of the value of between £12 and £14. During the day Inspector Royle and another officer, suspecting the guilty party, went to Northampton, thinking they should find the whole or part of the stolen property pledged there. About midnight they left Northampton and walked to Castlethorpe and Cosgrove. At the latter place they apprehended Thomas Bignell on a charge of receiving the stolen property. The Inspector having secured him with the bracelets, despatched an officer with him to Stony Stratford lock-up. In the meantime Royle went back to Thorpe Wharf, where he found John Bignell had been apprehended by some farm labourers. In passing through Castle Thorpe early in the morning, the Inspector informed Mr. Soden, the Peahen Inn, of the circumstance, and the party suspected, shortly after which John Bignell passed near Mr. Soden, who collared him, but John got away, leaving his coat in Mr. Soden's possession, and took to his heels fast he could. Mr. Soden then acquainted H. S. Trower, Esq., who was near at hand, and he gave chase on horseback, and on the bank of the river Ouse overtook the thief, who finding his pursuer close to his heels, jumped into the river, and walked across, but John was doomed to be taken, for on the other side he was seized by some of Mr. Trower's men, who took great care of him till the Inspector (Royle) arrived, who took him to Stratford lock-up. Most of the stolen property has been found. The prisoners were brought before the Rev. H. J. Barton, on Monday last. After the evidence of several witnesses had been taken, the prisoner was committed to Aylesbury Gaol, to await their trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions.

Northampton Mercury 18 July 1863

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
On Thursday, the 30th day of July, 1863, by order of Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Bull,

124 ACRES of Superior GROWING CROPS of CORN, with use of Barns and Yards to Spend the Straw. Also the BITE of 238 Acres of Rich Old PASTURE LAND, in Twelve Lots, from the 29th day of September next until the Fifth day of April, 1864. Credit will be given on the usual conditions. The above will appear in Catalogues one week prior the Sale, to be had at the Place of Sale; the principal Inns in the Neighbourhood; and at the Office of the Auctioneer, Shipston-on-Stour.
Sale to commence at Two o'clock precisely.

Northampton Mercury 08 August 1863

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
 J. H. W. BULL
Is Instructed by the Executors of the Late Mr. Joseph Bull,
(Without reserve,) on Monday, the 17th day of August, 8, 1863,

8 Fresh active CART HORSES, 2 Dairy COWS (in full profit), Fat CALF, Trace and Thillers' HARNESS, the whole the useful FARMING IMPLEMENTS, which comprise a general assortment, and numerous other Effects.
Catalogues of the above may be had, one week prior to the Sale, at the principal Inns in the Neighbourhood ; the Place of Sale; and at the Offices of the Auctioneer, Moreton-in-the-Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour. The above Horses are young, fresh, active, and good workers ; the Cows are good milkers; the Implements, comprising general assortment, are very useful; the whole worthy the attention of purchasers, and will be sold without reserve.

Northampton Mercury 12 December 1863

Has been honoured with instructions from Admiral Drake
(who is leaving),
On Monday, December 21st, 1863, on the Premises,
A very Superior CARRIAGE, HARNESS,

COMPRISING Arabian, 4-post and other Bedsteads and Furniture, Hair Mattresses, Mahogany Telescope, Dining Table, handsome Red Oak Loo Table, Damask and Moreen Curtains, with Poles and Rings; Brussels, Kidderminster and other Carpets and Druggeting; Hearth Rugs, Oil Cloth and Cocoa Mats, Hall Chairs and Umbrella Stands, four doz. Wine Glasses, Finger Glasses, Champagne and Hock, Ices and Jelly Cups, Book Shelves, Wardrobes, seven Copper and Japanned Coal Hods, Toilet Tables, Stands and Furniture, Swing Glasses, Foot Pans and Baths, Mahogany Bidet, Cabinet, Stair Carpeting and Rods, two Butler's Trays and Stands, Patent Roasting Jack, 50 Ivory-handled Knives and Carvers, Blue Dinner Service, all the Kitchen and Scullery Utensils, Ornamental Flower Stands, Flower Pots and Flowers, Fishing Rods, Garden Tools, Washing Trays and Tubs, Double-rein Bridle, Set of Silver-mounted Harness, two good Saddles, a very superior Brougham, in excellent condition, silver-mounted; a very useful Black Carriage Horse, quiet, &c., &c.
Catalogues may be had six days previous to the Sale, at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford; Anchor and Swan Hotels, Newport Pagnell; and of the Auctioneer, Stony Stratford.
In consequence of the large number of Lots, the Sale will commence punctually at Ten for Eleven o'clock.

Northampton Mercury 21 May 1864

DEATHS. On the 12th instant, at Leighton Buzzard, Eliza Louisa wife of Mr. John White, and daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Bull, of Castlethorpe, aged 34 years.

Northampton Mercury 27 August 1864

MARRIAGES. At Castlethorpe on the 18th inst., by the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, Mr. P. W. Pringle, of Wolverton, to Fanny, youngest daughter of Mr. Richard Soden, of the former place.

Northampton Mercury 04 February 1865

DEATHS. At Castlethorpe, on the 26th ult. Martha, the beloved wife of Mr. Richard Soden, aged 63 years.

Northampton Mercury March 24 1865


Has received instructions from Mr. Soden, of the PEAHEN
very shortly to offer

HIS LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK, and the HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, Goods and Chattels, particulars of which will appear in future advertisements, and Catalogues be prepared. Stony Stratford March 23rd 1865

Northampton Mercury 08 April 1865

CASTLETHORPE, Bucks. Mr. DURHAM Has received instructions from Mr. Soden, of the Peahen Inn, Castlethorpe, very shortly to offer FOR SALE BY AUCTION, HIS LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK, and the HOUSEHOLD FUBNITURE, Goods and Chattels, particulars of which will appear in future advertisements, and Catalogues be prepared. Stony Stratford, March 23rd, 1865.

Northampton Mercury 15 April 1865

Household FURNITURE, &c, &c.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18th and 19th, 1865, on the Premises of Mr. Soden, who is retiring from business.

THE FARM STOCK comprises single and double couples, 12 ewe tegs, barren ewes, well-bred tup, in-calf and milch cows, 5 very useful cart horses and mares, sows and pigs, fowls and ducks, excellent broad wheel carts, ploughs, scuffler, iron hoe, harness, ladders, &c, the whole of which will be sold on the 18th instant.
The HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE comprises the usual kitchen, parlour, and bed-room furniture, most excellent feather beds, bedding, blankets, &c. old china, glass, &c, &c,
Catalogues of which will be prepared, and may be had on the Premises ; the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford; of Mr. Walford, Bookseller; or at the Office of Mr. Durham, Auctioneer, &c, &c.
The Sale will commence on the 18th at Twelve o'clock, and on the 19th at Eleven o'clock.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 14 July 1866



Walter Nichols a boy about twelve years of age, was charged with having wounded another boy named Abbott, about fourteen years of age. Complainant said that on the 29th of June he and the defendant were at work at Mr. Pike’s, of Castlethorpe; they were having their breakfasts together; defendant’s brother would not come away from the can, and as he wanted some drink he pulled him away: defendant threw a stone at witness, who then hit him, upon which he struck him with the knife. A surgeon’s certificate was handed in, and the case was afterwards adjourned at the request of the defendant’s father.



Walter Nicholls, a boy, aged 13, appeared on adjournment from last petty sessions, charged with wounding John Abbott, aged 14, the charge arose out of a quarrel between the complainant, defendant, and another boy during the time they were having their breakfasts, and when defendant was using his knife to cut his food. Case dismissed, the chairman cautioning the defendant.

Croydon's Weekly Standard August 04 August 1866


Before the Revds. H. J. Barton, and R. N. Russell.

George Bull and James Hillyer were charged with being quarrelsome and disorderly at the Carrington Arms Inn, at Castlethorpe. The evidence given not agreeing with the charge lain in the information, the justices gave the defendants the benefit of the doubt, and dismissed the case with a strong caution as to their future conduct.

Northampton Mercury 10 November 1866

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, Bucks.
A Flock of 313 Superior Oxfordshire Down
Valuable New Milch and In-calf HEIFERS,
37 Fat Hogs,
Upwards of 1,000 Qrs. of CORN, in 15 Ricks;
5 Ricks of prime HAY and CLOVER,
And 165 Acres of sound GRASS KEEPING,
Up to April 6th, 1867,

On Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 1866, on the Farm at Castlethorpe, by direction of HENRY S. TROWER, Esq., who leaving at Lady Day.
THE STOCK is particularly well-bred and in good condition.
The CORN and HAY has been secured in capital order.
The GRASS KEEPING is sound, well-watered, and fenced. Two months' Credit will be given for the Corn, Hay, and Keeping, on the usual conditions
The Sale will commence at Eleven o'clock.
Catalogues may be had at the Inns in the neighbourhood, and of Messrs, Dudley and Son,

Auctioneers and Land Agents, Winslow.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 09 March 1867

FATAL ACCIDENT,- A sad accident occurred at the village on Sunday last, Mr. Henry Foster of Cosgrove, suddenly lost his life. The unfortunate man had been to Hanslope and was returning to his home, he was accompanied on the road by a person of Castlethorpe who had also been to Hanslope; they parted in the village, and Mr. Foster passed over the stile into the fields leading to Cosgrove; within a few feet of the stile was a deep ditch, lately cleaned out, and it appeared (owing to darkness) he must have stumbled over the soil on the bank and fallen head foremost in. The body was found on Monday morning and taken to the Carrington Arms, when an inquest was held before J. Worley, Esq., coroner, on the same day. After hearing the evidence of those who last saw him alive, and also of T. N. Heygate, Esq., surgeon, who gave as his opinion that death had been instantaneous from dislocation of the neck; the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Northampton Mercury 23 March 1867

CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford.
AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS, by the best makers ;
Handsome SOCIABLE, Elegant Four-wheel Oliver PHEÆTON,
Capital Pair horse Brougham, all by Mulliner, of
Northampton ;
TWO excellent Carriage HORSES, Valuable HUNTER,
Handsome Double and Single HARNESS,

On TUESDAY, March 28th, 1867, on the Premises at CASTLETHORPE, near Stony Stratford, by direction of Mr. S. Trower, Esq., who leaving Lady Day.
THE IMPLEMENTS comprise a ten horse power steam engine, by Butlin, of Northampton, in first rate repair two excellent thrashing and dressing machines, by Knight, of Northampton; set of Howard's steam plough apparatus, complete ; steam grinding machinery, with pair of 3 feet 6in stones, driving belt and pulley; steam bean mill with ditto, steam chaff cutting machine, two horse reaping machine, new, by Cuthbert; two capital light spring wagons, with poles and shafts, by Phillips and Co.; three narrow wheel wagons, nine carts, 15 ploughs, 10 cultivators, six sets of harrows, corn and turnip drills, iron rolls, clod crusher, weighing machines and weights, three winnowing machines, 50 sheep racks and troughs, 500 corn sacks, sets of harness, 22 iron pig troughs, water troughs, 35 dozen hurdles, a large assortment of other agricultural implements, dairy vessels, ale casks, brewing utensils, and effects.
The Machinery and Implements are first rate condition, many of them nearly new, and all by the best makers. Horses are in capital working order, and are young and active.
In consequence of the number of Lots, the Sale will commence at Ten o'clock.
Catalogues may be had the Cock and Bull Hotels, Stony Stratford; the Swan, Newport Pagnell; the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe ; and of Messrs. Dudley and Son, Auctioneers and Land Agents, Winslow.

Northampton Mercury 20 April 1867

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, April 12th.— Present, Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman Lord Penrhyn, and Rev. R. N. Russell. Parish Constables.—The constables of the parishes in the Stony Stratford Division attended to be sworn in, as follows : Stony Stratford WestWilliam Sirett and John Webb; Stony Stratford EastT. Holloway and A. Harris; CalvertonE. Read and C. Meacham ; Castlethorpe — Joseph Compton;

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 13 July 1867


ALARMING RAILWAY ACCIDENT. - A very singular and alarming accident occurred on the London and North-Western Railway near this place late on Friday night the 5th instant, to the limited mail from London to the north. The train left London at its usual time, and when near Castlethorpe the engine and lender became detached from the carriages The train was running at its usual speed – about 40 miles an hour- when this took place, and the neither engineman nor stoker perceived the separation; indeed, they had never anticipated anything of that sort, and no noise of any description accompanied the separation they continued to look ahead and drive on in the ordinary manner. The darkness of the night also contributed to prevent any detection of it, and the train was running down an incline, the carriages for some distance kept comparatively near the lender. Neither of the guards who were with the train noticed any indication of what had happened. Eventually however, the engine having full steam on, got ahead of the train, which was now being propelled merely by its own impetus. On noticing the separation the driver slackened his speed with the intention of allowing the train to come up.  He, however, had either miscalculated the speed of the carriages, or had backed his engine too much, for immediately afterwards the train came rushing up and dashed into the tender. The collision was very violent, and the passengers, who happened not to be numerous as usual by this train, were thrown about in all directions. A guard's van was in front of the train, and it was much smashed, and portions of it were driven through the end of the post office van, which was directly behind it. The post office clerks were thrown down, the boxes were overturned, the letters were scattered about, and the lamps were broken. After this abrupt stoppage of the train, the first inquiries made were naturally whether any personal injuries had been sustained. It was found that all the passengers had sustained a severe shock, and that, one of them, a gentleman who was travelling to Glasgow, had his leg broken. One of the guards was so severely injured that he had to left at Rugby, and two of the post office officials had also to remain there. A second guard as also hurt, but he travelled forward with the train.. In addition the post office officials mentioned, two others were present; one of them, Mr. James Dewhurst, of Preston, who was severely shaken and had his head hurt, went forward home. A clerk named Flannery, who was among the injured, had only resumed duty a few weeks ago, having previously been hurt by another railway accident. Neither the driver or stoker were hurt. The tender was considerably broken, and some of the carriages were also damaged. Nearly two hours elapsed before the train could proceed. The gentleman who had his leg broken went on to Glasgow. We have not been able to ascertain the cause of the detachment of the carriages from tender of the train.

Northampton Mercury 28  September 1867

CASTLETHORPE.—SUDDEN DEATH.—Some men employed by Mr. Amos, maltster and farmer, of Castlethorpe, were engaged on Thursday to go with a waggon to fetch some barley, recently purchased at sale at Mr. Ratliffe's, of Wolverton. John Giles, being behind time, crossed a field for the nearest way, to catch the others in the waggon. He did so, and got into the vehicle. When seated, a brother-in-law said, " Didn't you hear me call you, John? " The deceased replied, " No, that was the cause of my being those few minutes behind." He thereupon swayed back and instantly expired. An inquest was held on view of the body the same day at Castlethorpe, before S. Worley, coroner, and a verdict of " Died by the visitation of God" was returned. Deceased was in the 67th year of his age.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 28th September 1867

FIRE. - On Tuesday about noon a fire was discovered at Bunstye Barn, in the occupation of Mr. J. Whiting, of Castlethorpe, and adjoining the house occupied by his foreman. It broke out in the thatch of a shed on one side of the farmyard and extended itself both ways, to the left to another shed and to the right to the dwelling house, which was completely gutted, and nothing left but the outer walls. The cart shed and barn were saved, and, by great perseverance on the part of the workpeople, the corn was preserved from the flames.
The Stony Stratford Fire Brigade was sent for and rendered effective service in subduing the fire. How the fire originated it is not known; there was a steam ploughing machine in an adjoining filed at work, but it would appear the engine was at too great a distance from the buildings for a spark to ignite the thatch.
The property was insured in the Imperial Fire Office, and the damage is estimated at about £200.

Northampton Mercury 05 October 1867

MARRIAGES. October 2nd, at Filgrave Church, near Newport Pagnell, by the Rev. J. Tarver, Mr. Thomas Amos, farmer and maltster, of Castlethorpe, Bucks, to Miss E. Fountain, of Filgrave.

Northampton Mercury 29 February 1868

CASTLETHORPE—About noon on Tuesday last a fire broke out at a cottage on the farm of Mr. J. Whiting of Castlethorpe near Wolverton, at which latter place the flames and smoke could be distinctly seen a considerable tune. The cottage, in which Mr. Showler, farm bailiff to Mr. Whiting, lived, was burnt down, and a good deal of his furniture was consumed: also some hovels. The cause of the fire supposed to be a spark from an engine, which was near to the cottage, working the apparatus for steam ploughing. The Stony Stratford Fire Brigade was at the conflagration as soon as possible.

Northampton Mercury 05 December 1868

By DURHAM and SON, On Monday, Dec. 21st, 1868,

A Portion of the Modern and Genteel HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and other Effects, belonging to Mrs. Johnson, who is leaving Castlethorpe.
The Sale to commence at Eleven o'clock precisely.
Catalogues may be obtained of the Auctioneers, High-street, Stony Stratford; at the principal Inns in the neighbourhood ; and at the Place of Sale.

Northampton Mercury 15 May 1869

PETTY SESSIONS, Friday, May 7th.

Present: Rev. H. J. Barton (chairman) and J. C. Mansel, Esq. Cosgrove.

A Serious Charge. John Foster, of Cosgrove, was summoned before the Bench by Sarah Ann Eakins, a domestic servant, whose parents reside at Castlethorpe, charged with having assaulted her.

Prosecutrix deposed: I have been living at the Barley Mow, at Cosgrove. On the 30th of last month the defendant came into the Barley Mow about half-past eight o'clock in the morning, and was there till about half-past ten. He came again about two, and wanted to know what master had been doing. I left Mr. Foster and mistress in the bar at ten minutes after two. Foster kept quarrelling all the time with mistress; at last mistress went upstairs. When I was in the bar he pushed me into a chair, and assaulted me. I shouted to the mistress, but she would not come down, and said I had no business to go into the bar, and that he might do what he liked to me. I went into the bar to mind it.

Cross-examined by Mr. C. C. Becke, who appeared for defendant: I went to my master next day for my wages and clothes. He had previously assaulted me in the presence of my mistress. He once threw me down in the tap-room, and pulled my clothes over my head.

Mr. Becke made a most able defence for his client, and called Mr. Partridge, landlord of the Barley Mow, said he was at home all the day. He never heard that Foster had been quarrelling. The prosecutrix told him she would not stop to be assaulted by Jarvis and Foster. His witness said he had seen men kiss her, and one man over 60 years of age, Copson, of New Bradwell.—The case was adjourned for a fortnight, in order that Mrs. Partridge might be present.

The case was reheard on May 21st and ultimately dismissed.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 25 December 1869

Will be held in the Schoolroom on Tuesday,
DECEMBER 28, 1869,
In aid of the Choral Fund
There will be a Refreshment Stall,

Admission from Eleven till Four o'clock, 6d. : after Four, 3d