Newspaper Reports 1890 -1899

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 02 May 1890

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before his Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G., (chairman), Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes, and Mr. B. S. Harrison. - Alfred John Dunkley, a private in the Royal Engineers, was summoned by Lily Sarah Ellis, of Castlethorpe. Mr. W. Beaty Bull appeared for the complainant, and Mr. F. Webb, Bedford, for defendant. —Payment of 2s. per week, and costs, amounting to £1 75., were ordered.

Northampton Mercury 31 October 1890


THE CASTLETHORPE SCHOOL BOARD are prepared to receive TENDERS for the ERECTION of PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Playgrounds, Boundary Walls, and Master's House, at Castlethorpe, in the County of Buckinghamshire.
Specifications and Plans can be inspected, and Bill of Quantities obtained, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., on and after the inst., at the Office of the Architects, H. H. Dyer and Son, Newland Chambers, Newland, Northampton. Tenders, endorsed, to be forwarded through post to Mr. Thos. Osborne, Clerk to the Board, Castlethorpe, Stony Stratford, not later than November the 21st, 1890. The Board do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any Tender.

Northampton Mercury 07 November 1890


CHURCH OF OUR LADY.—The dedication festival of this church was observed on Tuesday. On the Sunday following special services were held morning and evening, the preacher being the Rev. Malcolm Graham. On Tuesday evensong with sermon was held seven p.m., at which the Rev. Frank Hird, of Rushden, was the preacher. The services were continued on Wednesday, on which day an entertainment was given the School-room. The services were well attended.

The Bucks Standard 28 November 1890

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING,- At a duty convened meeting of the above Board, held Tuesday evening, the 28th inst., there were present Mr. G. Rainbow (chairman) Messrs. C. Whiting, E. Richardson, C. Jones, W. Manning, and Thomas Osborn (clerk). The Board’s architect, Mr. H. Dyer, Newland, Northampton, was also present. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed, after which the Board proceeded to examine the tenders sent in for the erection of a public elementary school, playgrounds, master’s house, &c. Fifteen tenders were received as follows:- Robert Hickman, Northampton, £2,188; Thomas Henry Kingerlee, Oxford, £2,030; Henry Kemp & Sons, Stantonbury, £1,995 Seth Grist, Aylesbury, £1,988; Joseph Worrall, Wolverton, £1,919, Reynolds & Son, Northampton, £1, 895; Benjamin Wilford, Newport Pagnell, £1,890; G. Branson & Son, Northampton, £1,886; John Grant, Banbury, £1,875; J. S. Wingrove, Northampton, £1,871; Cayson Brothers, Cogenhoe, £1,869; G. J. Fisher, Northampton, £1,760; Thomas Heath, Towcester, £1, 840; Edward Bowman, Stamford, £1,755; and Messrs. Adnitt & Everard, Rushden, £1,750. On the motion of Mr. E. Richardson, seconded by Mr. C. Whiting, the Board unanimously accepted the tender of Messrs. Adnitt & Everard for £1,750. There was no other business of importance.

Northampton Mercury 05 December 1890

The tender of Messrs. Adnitt and Everard, Rushden, for the erection of the new school, residence for the master, &c., at Castlethorpe, has been accepted. The tender which was the lowest of 15, was £1,750. The highest was £2,188.

The Bucks Standard 17 January 1891

SERIOUS ACCIDENT. On Thursday afternoon last, another accident through the slippery condition of the roads occurred to a platelayer named Matthew Merry, on the line near Castlethorpe. Merry engaged in his occupation on the length of the line where the water troughs are for supplying engines with water while in motion, and of course with so much water continually flying about, the permanent way was like a sheet of ice. By some means Merry slipped and fell with his head on the troughs and his foot on the rails, and in the fall sustained a dislocation of the knee, and it is feared, a fracture of the right leg, and also cutting his head. Fortunately there were no trains abpout, and some of his mates being within hailing distance, they came to the scene and found the poor fellow quite helpless. He was got out of his dangerous position and his leg bound up by those present, and he was taken to his home, in a horse and cart. Dr Rutherford was subsequently sent for, and attended to the case.

Northampton Mercury 03 April 1891

CASTLETHORPE. VESTRY MEETING. The annual vestry meeting was held the Schoolroom  at Castlethorpe on Wednesday evening. Mr. G. Rainbow presided. The minutes of the last meeting were confirmed, and the following were nominated for the parish officers: - Messrs. E. Richard, W. Coxall, R. Clarke. W. Olney; surveyor, Mr. T. Amos; parish constable. Mr. J. Olney, sen.-The meeting closed with vote thanks the Chairman.

The Bucks Standard 11 April 1891


EASTER VESTRY.—At the Easter Vestry held in the schools on Wednesday evening, April 1, at 7 o'clock. at which there was an unusually large attendance, after the notice convening the meeting had been read, the Vicar appointed Miss Varley as his churchwarden for the ensuing year, while the parishioners unanimously elected Mr. Charles Whiting, on the proposal of Mr. Amos, seconded by Mr. Richard Clarke, Mr. Charles Jones and Mr. John Luing were proposed as sidesmen for the ensuing year by Mr. Job Cowley, seconded by Mr. Manning, and unanimously elected. A statement was then made with regard to an extraordinary claim made by Mr. E. H. Watts, the squire of an adjoining parish, to a pew which had been removed when in a rotten and dilapidated condition, on the reseating of the church, the state of the pew as shewn that Mr. Watts was not a parishioner, and had not occupied or repaired the pew. The Vicar, Rev. M. A. Nicholson, expressed a strong opinion that Mr. Watts had no right to the pew. Mr. Henry Harris proposed, and Mr. George Rainbow seconded, " That a strong prostest be made against Mr. Watts, action.”  Mr. T. Osborne moved, and Mr. James Harris seconded an amendment " That, having in view the common law-right of the parishioners to their Pariah Church, the parishioners of Castlethorpe, in vestry assembled, resolve to oppose and fight Mr. Watts' claim to the end." This was carried by the large meeting, with only four dissentients. The meeting then adjourned. We understand that the Incorporated Free and Open Church Association have been consulted by the Clergy and churchwardens, and have expressed a strong opinion that Mr. Watts has no claim whatever. They are taking the case up, and Messrs. Rooke and Sons, solicitors of Lincoln's inn, have boss Instructed on behalf of the clergy and churchwardens.

Northampton Mercury 29 May 1891


Fire.—On Tuesday evening it was discovered that haystack belonging to Mr. Joel Lack, of the Navigation Inn, was on fire. A person was immediately sent for the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade, who were soon on the spot, but found the rick in a blaze, and almost beyond all hopes extinguishing it. After brief consultation between the agent of the Northern Insurance Company (Mr. J. S. Tibitts, Stony Stratford) and the superintendent the brigade, it resolved not to bring the engine into operation, as there was no immediate danger, and the rick was comparatively small. The damage is covered by insurance.


At Towcester, on Thursday, before Mr. R. W. Watkins, William Compton, Castlethorpe, painter, was charged by Joel Lack, Cosgrove, innkeeper, with unlawfully and feloniously setting fire to a hayrick belonging to prosecutor, at Cosgrove, on the 26th inst.—The prosecutor said on the 26th inst. he had a stack of hay standing in a grass field adjoining the road from his house to Castlethorpe. When prosecutor left the rick a few minutes to four it was quite safe, and when he went home he saw the prisoner sitting there. Prisoner left about seven, and few minutes after a boy (George Eakins) ran into prosecutor house and informed him his rick was on fire. There were between 14 and 16 tons of hay, and it was all consumed. A piece of it had been cut away in the meadow. Prosecutor had refused to serve prisoner with beer the house.—George Eakins, of Castlethorpe, spoke of giving the alarm and of seeing prisoner near the fire. —Inspector R. Matthews, stationed Towcester, proved apprehending prisoner, and he was then committed for trial at the Assizes, and was admitted to bail —himself in £50, and two sureties in £25 each.

Northampton Mercury 10 July 1891

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes (chairman), Mr. N. Q. S. and Mr. S. K. Harrison.- George Hillyer, of bricklayer, Cosgrove, was charged with assaulting Eli Dolling, on June 15th, at Castlethorpe, but the case withdrawn.

Northampton Mercury 17 July 1891

Within few minutes' walk of the Station.
are instructed by Mr. HENRY HARRIS,
At the Carrington Arms Inn, Castlethorpe,
on August 8th, 1891, Three for Four o'clock – in the Afternoon,

Very conveniently situated, abutting upon the Public road close the Station. Particulars, with Plan and Conditions of Sale, may be obtained of J. and E. T. WORLEY, Esquires. Solicitors, Stony Stratford; and Messrs. Durham, Gotto, and Samuel, Auctioneers, Land Agents, and Surveyors, Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, and Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 21 August 1891

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before Mr. E. H, Watts (chairman) and Mr. S. R. Harrison.

Charles Whiting, Castlethorpe. was summoned for allowing a cart to be used without a name. at Stony Stratford on August 10th.—P.C. White said saw the cart in the Market-square.—Fined 1s. and costs 4s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 18 September 1891

Near Stony Stratford.

Comprising mahogany dining tables, chairs, seven octave pianoforte in walnut, plated tea and dessert spoons, lamps, dinner ware, mantel and toilet glasses, carpets, washstands and ware, bedsteads, feather beds, palliasses [straw mattress], chests drawers, clocks, large case stuffed birds, numerous kitchen dairy utensils, churn, &c. &c.


Chaff cutter, winnowing machine, and other implements, &c,
GEO. BENNETT and SONS, on the Premises,
on Monday, September 28th, 1891, by
direction of Miss VARNEY, who is leaving. The whole will sold for cash.
Sale commence Twelve o'clock.

The "Carrington Arms" is about three minutes walk from Castlethorpe Station (L. and N.-W.Ry.) Catalogues may be obtained at the place sale, or from the Auctioneers, Buckingham.

Northampton Mercury 18 September 1891


Death Mr. Amos.—On Friday afternoon, between one and two clock, a sudden death occurred at the Bull Hotel. Mr. Amos, who resides at Castlethorpe, went into the hotel and complained of ill-health, and in very short time expired Dr. Maguire was sent for, but was unable render assistance, deceased was greatly respected both in his native village and throughout the neighbourhood.

Northampton Mercury 02 October 1891

WILLIAM BEESLEY has received instructions from Mr. Joel Lack (who is leaving
 in consequence the expiration of his lease),
On Thursday next, October 8th, the following

Comprising two capital half-bred mares, sow and 11 pigs, two iron-arm carts with gearing, timber carriage with top, iron plough (Howard), horse hoe, set harrows, two chaff cutters, bean mill, three cylinder roll, coal machine and weights, two weighing machines, winnowing machine, barn tackle, rick cloth and pole, ten yards by eight ; trace and thiller harness, two sets drilling tackle, 35-round ladder, two ladders, pitchforks and ropes, forks and rakes, corn drags, sack cart, sack barrow, corn bin, sieves, hay knife, iron bar and tools, halters, buckets, shovels, coal bags, churn and dairy vessels, wire netting, barbed wire, &c.; beer engine, mugs, jugs, and glasses, pewter measures, three iron bedsteads, three pairs palliasses, three bolsters and four pillows, two sets drawers, two washstands and ware, three dressing tables and glasses, seven bedroom chairs, elbow ditto, towel horse, carpeting, chamberware, &c., eight horsehair seated chairs, twelve Windsor ditto, horsehair couch, chiffonier, pier glass, wardrobe, set drawers, square table, oil cloth, gun, and sundry other articles.
Sale to commence at Eleven o'clock.

Northampton Mercury 16 October 1891


On Thursday afternoon the new Board Schools Castlethorpe were opened by Lord and Lady Carrington. The schools are situated in the centre of village, and are built of brick, with Bath stone dressings. The roof is of Brisley tiles, and over the principal entrance is a small tower and bell-cot. The rooms are adapted for the accommodation of about 150 children. The large room is 46ft. by 20ft., the class-room 18ft by 17ft and the infants room 20ft. by 17ft. At each entrance there a well - arranged cloakroom and lavatory. The whole of the rooms are warmed by Stainton’s medium pressure hot-water system, and there are open fireplaces for assisting the ventilation to which every attention has been paid. At the back of the schools there are playgrounds laid with asphalt this work having been done by Mr. J. Ward of  Northampton. At the end of the playground there is a well arranged residence for the master and mistress. The architects were Messrs. H. H. Dyer and Son, Newland Chambers, Northampton, and Messrs. Adnitt and Everard of Rushden, were the builders. The school fittings were supplied by Messrs. Wake and Dean, London, and Messrs. Knight and Son, of Northampton supplied  the clock, which is placed outside the school. The opening ceremony took place at three o'clock, and amongst those present were Lord and Lady Carrington the members of the Castlethorpe School Board, consisting of Mr. G. Rainbow (chairman), Mr. C. Whiting (vice-chairman) Mr G. Richardson, Mr. C. Jones, Mr. W. Manning, and Mr. T. Osborne (the Clerk): Mrs. Whiting, the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, Miss Cox, Mr. Grimes, Mr. Jonas (steward), Mr. J. Whiting, Mrs. and Miss Pike, Mr. C. Whiting, Mr. J. Checkley, Mr. Shrimpton, Mr. and Mrs. Quicksley, Mrs. and Miss Watts, Miss Brownrigg, the Rev. T. Varney, the Rev. F. W. Harnett, Dr. Symington, Mr. King, Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. Williams, the Rev. M. Tuckwell, Mr. Kemp, Mrs. Verney, Mr. T. A. and Mrs. Brearley, the Rev. Westall, and Mr. East; the Hanslope School Board-  Mr. Adams (chairman), Mr. Smart (vice-chairman), Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Rose, Mr. Checkley, Mr. T. Amos, &c. — Mr. Rainbow occupied the chair, and after the hymn, " All people that on earth do dwell," had been sung, Mr. Osborne read letters of apology from Mr. C. A. Park (Wolverton), Mr. Worley (Stony Stratford), and Mr. Hudson (of the Backs and Oxon Bank). Mr. Osborne then read the report, and said that when Board was elected in 1888 the Voluntary Schools had been closed for three months because of the insufficient accommodation to meet the increasing demand. The land upon which the school was built cost £90, and in order to give the frontage the Board bought out two small holders, for which they paid £150 as compensation, making the cost of the land £240. Calculations were made by their architect for the accommodation of 120 children, but, according to the architect of the Education Department, there was accommodation for 138. From 1881 to 1891 the population of Castlethorpe increased by 112, and if the same rate of increase went on for another ten years, the accommodation would hardly be sufficient. The contract for building the school was £1,750, and considering the rateable value of the parish, and the easy mode of repayments arranged with the Public Loan Commissioners, the School Board rate would be comparatively low. The Board had acquired the services of a fully certificated master and mistress for the school, which would be opened for children on Monday next. The Rev. W. Westall, the curate -in - charge of Castlethorpe, next addressed the meeting, and announced that the school would be open in the evenings. He urged the members of the Board to see that the education given in the school was efficient, and that the school should be conducted economically possible.—Mr. Osborne then read a letter of welcome to Lord and Lady Carrington, and Lord Carrington, who was, received with enthusiasm, thanked them for their kindness. After referring to the associations he had with Castlethorpe in his younger days, and the pleasure it gave him to re-visit it, he said that there had been an enormous improvement in that part of the county since he last saw it. The railway had raised the wages, and it now gave employment to enormous number of intelligent and deserving working men. He was glad to hear that some of the men at Wolverton had been able to save enough money to purchase homes for themselves. That was good thing, for when a man got a bit of freehold land of his own it raised his interest in his home, and a man in that position became to a great extent a much better member of Society. He would have the greatest possible pleasure to lot out a piece of land in Castlethorpe which might be convenient for selling to those who might wish to purchase it (loud applause), and who might then be enabled to build their own houses without unduly pinching themselves. In a short time he hoped that he would be able to offer them land at a reasonable and moderate price. He was pleased to see that the School Board had worked so harmoniously, and he was also glad to see that the Board was not composed of any one class, sect, or creed, and that the members were real bona fide working men. He congratulated them upon the splendid building and the excellent manner in which the members of the Board worked together, and concluded by thanking them for the hearty reception they had given him. “God save the Queen" was then sung, and the opening ceremony then terminated. —Lady Carrington was presented with a handsome bouquet by Miss Whiting, a pretty little lady of some seven years of age.—A tea was afterwards held in the school, at which Lord and Lady Carrington were present. The arrangements for tea were made by Miss Verney, Miss Gregory, Mrs. Cowley, Mrs. Sprittles, Mrs. Ekins. Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Clarke, and Miss Swannell An enjoyable concert wound up the day's proceedings.

The Bucks Standard 17 October 1891

OPENING OF THE NEW BOARD SCHOOL.- On Thursday afternoon, Oct. 15, Lord Carrington opened the new Board School at Castlethorpe. There was a large gathering present to meet his lordship, the school being crowded. A full report will appear in our next issue.

The Bucks Standard 31 October 1891


In consequence of increased and cheap railway accommodation for the working classes afforded by the London and North-Western Railway Company at Castlethorpe, many of the men employed in the Wolverton Works have taken up their residence in this village within the past few years. As a consequence the Voluntary school, which was mainly supported by Lord Carrington, who owns most of the property district, was found to be quite unable to provide the accommodation required, and many of the children had to go to Hanslope, some mile and three-quarters distant. Consequently it was found necessary to erect a new school at Castlethorpe by the School Board formed. It is situated almost in the centre of the village, and is one of the most prominent buildings. The site, with compensation to cottage holders, was about £240 and the buildings, together with the Schoolmaster’s house, has cost about £2,000. The school is of brick, with Bath stone dressing, the roof being covered with Brisley tiles. Over the principle entrance is a small tower, in which a bell is placed, and in the lower-front of which there is a clock. Accommodation is provided for about 150 children and the large room being 46ft. 20ft., the classroom 18ft. by 17ft., and the infants’ room 20ft. by 17ft. At each of the entrances there is a well-arranged lavatory and cloak-room, and every necessary detail has been fully considered, the architects having displayed great judgement in this respect. The rooms are warmed by Stainton’s medium pressure hot water system, and every attention has been paid to ventilation. The floors are of wood blocks, and every detail for comfort, cleanliness and warmth has been brought into requisition. Outdoor exercise has not been forgotten, as at the rear of the school there are spacious playgrounds, which have been laid with asphalt. In addition to the Schools there is also a well-arranged residence for the Schoolmaster and mistress. The School and buildings generally have been erected from the designs of Messrs. H. H. Dyer and Son, architects, of Newland, Northampton, and the builders were Messrs. Adnitt and Everard, of Rushden; and they have given general satisfaction. The clock in the tower was supplied by Messrs. Knight and Son, of Northampton, Mr. J. Ward, of Northampton, did the asphalting of the school-yard, and Messrs. Wake and Dean, of London, supplied the school fittings. The opening of the school on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 15, was the occasion of a large gathering, it having been announced that Lord and Lady Carrington, the former of whom was the late Governor of New South Wales, would take part in the ceremony. Among those present were Mr. G. Rainbow (Chairman of the School Board), Mr. C. Whiting (Vice-chairman), Mr. G. Richardson, Mr. C. Jones, Mr. W. Manning, Mr. T. Osborne (Clerk), Mr. Adams (Chairman of the Hanslope School Board), Mr. Smart (vice-chairman), Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Rose, Mr. Checkley, the Rev. Hawksley Westall, Mrs. Whiting, the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, the Rev. F. Varney, the Misses Varney, the Rev. F. W. Harnett, the Rev. M. Tuckwell, Mr. Symington, Mr. Fitzsimons, Mr. King, Mrs. and Miss Watts, Miss Brownrigg, Miss Cox, Mr. Jonas, sen., Mr. Jonas, jun., Mr. Grimes, Mr. and Mrs. Pike, Mrs. Checkley, Mr. T. Amos, Mr. Shrimpton, Mr. and Mrs. Quixley, Mr. E. Williams, Mr., Mrs., and Miss Coxall, Mr. Kemp, Mr. J. Plant, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Brearley, Mr. East, and Mr. A. Lampitt. The front of the improvised platform in the large room was prettily decorated with flowers by Mrs. C. and the Misses Whiting, and prior to the proceedings Mr. Bartholomew, of Great Linford, photographed the members of the Board. On Lord and Lady Carrington making their appearance on the platform there was hearty cheering, and Lady Carrington was presented by little Miss Dorothy Louise Whiting with a handsome bouquet, which her ladyship graciously acknowledged. The opening ceremony commenced by the singing of the hymn “All people that on earth do dwell,” in which the whole of the large company joined. Letters of apology were next read from Mr. C. A. Park, Wolverton; Mr. Worley and Mr. Hudson, Stony Stratford.

The Clerk of the Board (Mr. T. Osborne) read the following: “At the request of the Chairman, I have pleasure in submitting a short statement for your consideration, relative to the important work which has culminated in the erection of this handsome and commodious school. I simply propose taking a short survey of the work actually done by the Board during the time they have been in office. At the outset I beg to remark that the spirit which has animated the Board in their efforts has been a desire to do their duty, and to accomplish something that will meet present necessities and yet be capable of development so as to be adequate for the requirements of the future. Their task has been an arduous one and one of great responsibility. They have been entrusted with the power of providing a school to supply the Elementary Education of the children of this parish. This power is confirmed upon School Boards by the Elementary Education Act of 1870. Section 19 of the said Act reads as follows:- ‘Every School Board for the purpose of providing sufficient Public School accommodation for their district, whether in obedience to any requisition or not, may provide, by building or otherwise, schoolhouses properly fitted up, and improve, enlarge and fit up any schoolhouse provided by them, and supply school apparatus and everything necessary for the efficiency of the schools provided by them, and purchase and take on lease any land, and any right over land, or may exercise any such powers.’ I would also like to add that the same authority which delegated this power to local bodies has power to take it away if not properly performed. See Elementary Education Act 1870, Section 18. The Board, therefore, were bound to carry out their work in accordance with the requirements of the Education Department. When they were elected to office in the 1858, the Voluntary School had been closed for three months because the accommodation was insufficient to meet the increased demand. The question then arose whether it would be better to enlarge the old school or build a new one. Acting, after the fullest consideration, upon the advice of one of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools, who visited the district, they decided to erect a new one, and with this object in view negotiations were commenced for the purchase of a suitable site of land. Four sites were suggested, but the one most approved of was that known as the “Tithe Close.” The Inspector also strongly recommended this site as the most eligible of the four for School premises. In his report to the Education Department, he stated that no objection would be offered, that it was central, sufficient, and that it commanded a good frontage with ample road room before it on which children would be dismissed without interfering with the traffic, and was the only site which the Board could take on the morrow and begin building operations on without waiting for elaborate draining of marshes or demolition of buildings. However, the Board failed to secure this site, and in consequence of serious objections against the two other sites offered, and the high price asked for the land, viz., £500 per acre, the Board began to turn their attention towards the one upon which the School now stands. Before taking any definite action in the matter, they convened a meeting of rate payers to confer with them. At this meeting Mr. Parker was present on behalf of the L. & N. W. Railway Company, who are the largest ratepayers in the parish. The rateable value of their land in this parish is £7,850 – a very important item. Mr. Parker advised the Board to use every effort to secure this site. Accordingly, the Lincoln Corporation were approached and eventually they agreed to let the Board have a rood of land for £90. In order to give the necessary frontage to the school the Board were obliged to buy out two small holders of freehold property – a blacksmith’s shop and a barn for which they paid £150 for compensation making the total cost of the site £240. Before building operations were commenced, a certificate had to be obtained from the medical Officer of Health, showing that the proximity of grave yard would not injuriously affect the health of the children who attended the school. The purity of the water in the well on the site had to be ascertained. Several samples were submitted to the Public Analyst for examination, the result being satisfactory. Plans of School and Master’s House were then asked for by the Education Department, and accordingly prepared in conformity with their Building Rules by the Board’s architect, Mr. H. H. Dyer, Northampton. In drawing up these plans calculations were made for the accommodation of 120 children, but according to the Department’s Architect there is accommodation for 138, allowing 8 sq. ft. for each child. The population of this parish in 1881 was 389. At the census taken in April last it was 441, showing an increase of 112 or 3½ per cent. Assuming the same rate of increase during the next 10 years, the accommodation provided will be barely sufficient. The plans of the School after undergoing several modifications, were finally approved, and it was decided that tenders for the execution of the work should be obtained. In answer to the advertisement the Board received 13 tenders – the highest being £2,188 and the lowest, which was accepted by them, being £1,750. The Public Works Loan Commissioners, on the recommendation of the education Department, resolved that a loan not exceeding £2,097 should be granted to the Board, upon security of a charge upon the School Fund and Local Rate, such loan to be repaid in 35 years by equal half-yearly instalments of principal with interest, at 3½ per cent per annum on the principal sum from time to time remaining unpaid. Considering the rateable value of the parish, which is £10,137, and this easy mode of repayment, the School Board rate will be comparatively low. The Board have secured the services of a fully certified master and mistress to take charge of the school, and we hope that parents will do their bet to secure the very best possible attendance.

The Rev. W. Hawksley Westall next addresses a few words to the meeting, and in the course of them he expressed his pleasure at the opening of the Schools in the village, and the hope that education given would be of a thoroughly efficient character. He also hoped the Board would exercise economy in the course of their transactions, as that was very necessary. He welcomed Lord and Lady Carrington among them, and thanked them for the interest they had taken in the Schools.

Mr. T. Osborne then presented an address of welcome to Lord and Lady Carrington on behalf of the members of the Board, as follows:- “To the Right Honourable Lord Carrington, G.C.M.G., We, the members of the Castlethorpe School Board, avail ourselves of this opportunity of welcoming your Lordship on your first visit to this village, since your return from New South Wales, where you so conspicuously displayed your administrative abilities. We also desire to express our warmest thanks to you and your esteemed wife, for so kindly accepting our invitation to open this school. We sincerely trust this visit will be the precursor of other to follow, because we believe they would contribute toward the establishment of that good feeling between all classes of society which is so essential in a free and prosperous country. We further trust that you and your devoted wife may be blessed with health and happiness, and will be long spared to take a prominent part in those things which are calculated to enhance the happiness of mankind.

Lord Carrington, in reply, thanked the Board on behalf of Lady Carrington and himself for the address, and said it was a great pleasure to them to attend at Castlethorpe that day, as it was there he had spent many happy days of his childhood. He had a great respect for his tenantry in the village and neighbourhood, and much regretted the loss by death of Mr. Whiting and Mr. Amos, but was glad to hear that their sons were still carrying on the farms in the same excellent manner as their fathers did before them. He was pleased with the building the Board had erected , and hoped the village would greatly develop in the future, and the children, who would have the management of the place in the future when District Councils were adjusted, would receive a good education. His lordship referred to the thrifty habits of the workmen in the employ of the London and North-Western Railway Company, the latter of whom had been the making of the village, and said he should be glad to lay out a piece of land so that those who desired might purchase their own freehold building sites to build homes upon at a very moderate cost, a remark which was received with hearty cheers. He further stated he was pleased the School Board members were working harmoniously together and hoped they would continue to do so and keep the rates down as low as possible. In conclusion, Lord Carrington declared the Schools open, and said he thought they might heartily congratulate themselves upon the fact that the some of the children had not now to trudge to Hanslope, as they had an excellent school in their midst where he hoped they would be well instructed and be brought up to be proud Christian men and women and a credit to the village and the County. (Applause).

The National Anthem was then sung, and the proceedings terminated.

Subsequently there was a public tea, the arrangements in connection with which were carried out by Messrs. J. Luing, H. Cowley, D. Cowley, A. Nichols, J. Sprittles, and W. Onley.; the Misses Varney, Miss Gregory, the Misses Cowley, Sprittles, Compton, Eakins, Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Swannell, Mrs. Clifton, and Mrs. Clarke.

The following was the programme of music performed:- Pianoforte solo, “In the Highlands,” Mr. A. Lampitt; song, “In old Madrid,” Miss Gregory; song “Twig of the Shannon,” Mr. J. Plant; violin duet, Miss A. Varney and Mr. Cole; song “Ora pro nobis,” Mrs. T. A. Brearley; trio, “ye shepherds tell me,” Miss Gregory, Messrs. Osborne and Manning; song, the Rev. W. Hawksley Westall.

Northampton Mercury 20 November 1891


EVENING CLASSES.—ln connection with the Wolverton Science and Art Institute branch classes have been inaugurated so that the village will be as favoured in that respect now as Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell. The classes, which are to be held the Board School-room, include physiography, freehand drawing; principles of agriculture, and shorthand.

Northampton Mercury 27 November 1891


The Court Leet of the Manors of Hanslope and Castlethorpe, which Mr. C. W. Powell, Newport Pagnell, is steward, was held at the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, on Tuesday. After the business the jury and tenants sat down to a capital dinner, provided the expense of the Lord of the Manor (Mr. E. H. Watts).

Court Leet: a yearly or half-yearly court of record that the lords of certain manors held.

The Bucks Standard 28 November 1891


COURT LEET - The Court Leet and Court Baron of Edward H. Watts, Esq., Lord of the Manor of Hanslope and Castlethorpe, was held at the Carrington Arms on Tuesday, Nov. 24, C. W. Powell, Esq., Steward of the Manor, presiding. The old custom of empanneling the jury was resorted to, Mr. W. Pike being elected foreman. An unusual amount of business being got through, the jury adjourned to a first-class spread, which was catered for in excellent style by Mr. Groves. The usual loyal, patriotic, and complimentary toasts were, given, including "The health of the Lord of the Manor," "The Steward," "The Foreman," &c. The proceedings afterwards were enlivened by the following gentlemen : Messrs. Whiting, Paine, Compton, Sawbridge, etc. The following were sworn in the jury :— Messrs. W. Pike (foremen), J. Pike, T. Amos, J. Adams, J. Compton, C. Whiting, F. Warwick, H. Rowell, T. Smart, S. Paine J. Rose, and T. Sawbridge. The toast of " The 'Visitors" was responded to by Mr. J. F. Pater, and Mr. W. Butlin.

Northampton Mercury 11 December 1891


The triennial election took place on Thursday, only two of the old members are elected. The following is the result of the poll:—



Rev. H. Westall








G. Rainbow






T. Rainbow


The first five were elected.

The Bucks Standard 12 December 1891

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS. This event, which has created no small interest in Castlethorpe and the district, in consequence of the apparent political phase thrown into it, took place on Tuesday, December 8, and resulted in no little disappointment to some who had hitherto been members, and also the supporters of the would-be members. The election terminated as follows: Mr. Charles Whiting, 92 the Rev. Hawksley Westall, 61, Mr. Joseph Pike, 53 Mr. Edward Richardson, 50 and Mr. T. Amos, 46. The non-elected candidates were Mr. Manning, 43 and Mr. G. Rainbow, 33 (old members of the Board), Mr. Charles Jones, and Mr. T. Rainbow 8. The result has shown the wisdom of the ratepayers, for they have selected men of standing, and men well calculated to discharge the functions of educational overseers whilst at the same time jealously watching over the rates.

The Bucks Standard 19 December 1891

THE SCHOOL BOARD.- The first meeting of the second School Board for Castlethorpe was held on Monday, the 14th inst., when there present Mr. Charles Whiting, the Rev. Hawksley Westall, Messrs. Joseph Pike, Ed. Richardson, Thomas Amos. Charles Whiting was appointed chairman of the Board for the next three years, and the Rev. H. Westall, vice-chairman. It was moved by the Rev. H. Westall, and agreed to, that all ordinary meetings of the Board in future be held on the last Tuesday in each month at 1.15 p.m., and that the meetings be reported in the “Bucks Standard” and the “Bucks Post.” The Board decided to close the school for the Christmas Holidays on the 23rd. inst., and re-open them on the on the 5th. prox. It was also decided to take immediate proceedings to secure the attendance of all absentee children. A precept was signed and issued to the Overseers for £100. Cheques were signed for £40 6s.

Northampton Mercury 25 December 1891

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before Mr. E. H. Watts (chairman), Mr. S. R. Harrison, and the Rev. G. E. Willes. - John Olney, Castlethorpe, was summoned by Arthur Gregory for using threats, towards him December 8th. —Defendant was bound over to keep the peace for six months the in sum of £5.

Northampton Mercury 29 January 1892

COUNTY COURT. Wednesday.—Before his Honour Judge Snagge. - Joel Lack, Castlethorpe, late of Cosgrove, coal dealer, v. Levi Bason, Potterspury.—This was a claim for £1. balance of account for work done. The defendant admitted the claim, but put in counter claim for £2 12s. for work done.—The plaintiff admitted £2 1s 3d. He said he had taken that into account, and had sued for the balance. —His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff defendant's admission for £1. and also for defendant on the counter claim for £2 1s. 3d.

Northampton Mercury 29 January 1892


As the early mail train from Liverpool to London was passing through Castlethorpe, on Wednesday, a man was observed to fall out of the train. An alarm was raised at Bletchley, and an engine with a carriage attached was sent down the line at 6.25 to recover the body. The man was found on the line near Castlethorpe in a frightful condition. Both legs were completely severed, and his head and left arm were severely injured. He was then alive and conscious. On arrival Northampton the poor fellow was placed on an ambulance litter and wheeled up to the Infirmary by three porters, and reached the Infirmary about seven o'clock, but, after suffering intense agony, expired about two hours afterwards. His name has been discovered to be John Cockerill, and his address 64, Blair-street, Poplar, London.

The Inquest.

At the General Infirmary, on Thursday, the borough coroner (Mr. C. C. Becke) held an inquest on the body of the deceased. William Smith, night station-master at Bletchley Station, stated that at 4.40 on Wednesday morning he was on duty at Bletchley, when the train which was due at 4.15 from Liverpool arrived. As soon as the train arrived two seamen who were in third-class carriage informed him that their companion had fallen out of the carriage, and that they had been pulling the cord all the way up, but had been unable to stop the train. He took their names and addresses. They said deceased fell out twenty minutes from Bletchley Station. He asked which cord they were pulling, and they pointed to those inside the carriage, which were used for the purpose of hanging their hats. The two men were


He tried the proper cord, and found that it worked all right. He identified the two men present as being the men. After the train had left he telegraphed to all stations between Bletchley and Northampton telling what had happened, and he ordered an engine, brake, and stretcher to be got ready to proceed up the line. He went on the engine, and found deceased about mile and a half north of Castlethorpe. He was lying between the up fast and down fast lines. He placed deceased on the stretcher, from which he was not removed until he arrived at the Northampton Infirmary. Both his legs were smashed. There were no marks of a struggle in the carriage. Mr. Hugh F. Knyvett, acting house surgeon at the Infirmary, said the deceased was admitted little before seven on Wednesday morning, and he was suffering from shock after an injury. His right leg was cut off below the knee, and his left foot was crushed, and partly amputated. Deceased talked about


and said everything had been taken away. Could not say whether deceased was referring to himself when he made that statement. Deceased made no accusation against any one. When questioned as to whether he fell out of the carriage or was thrown out deceased replied "Yes" to both. Deceased gave very incoherent answers to all questions, and said his name was John Cockerill, and that he lived at 64, Blair-street, Poplar. In deceased's clothes there was a purse containing 2s. 3½d., a sailor's knife, tobacco bag, and a seaman's claim for wages. Deceased died at 25 minutes to nine the same morning, and was not any time able to give an account of himself.—William Green, 52, Alscot-road, Grange-road, Bermondsey, marine stoker, said that on Tuesday night he was travelling from Liverpool to London. He left Liverpool by the quarter to twelve (midnight) express in a third-class carriage. There was Cockerill and another man, all shipmates, travelling together. They had


from Calveston, America, on the steamer Benedict. They arrived in Liverpool Monday night. They had all had a few glasses, and he could not say that he was sober. They were all in high spirits, and on the best of terms. They had not quarrelled since they left England, and until he was woke by White at Bletchley witness was sleeping. He then noticed that Cockerill was missing, and pulled the cord he saw in the carriage, as he thought the communication cord was sure to be inside. Cockerill had the previous day complained of want of rest. On arriving Bletchley Station they informed the stationmaster.—William White, 59, Mowbray Buildings, Red Cross-street, Borough, London, deposed to travelling from Liverpool with the last witness and the deceased. He was asleep but was awakened by the banging of the door, and then he saw that Cockerill was missing and the right hand door wide open. Green was sound asleep and witness closed the door. The window was open and he closed it. —Barbara Cockerill, 64 Blairstreet, Poplar, said that the deceased was her father, and was a ship's fireman. He was 52 years of age. —The Coroner in summing up said he was afraid the jury would have some difficulty in arriving at correct verdict.—The evidence having been reviewed the jury retired. —After a short absence the jury returned


to the effect that the deceased met with his death through injuries, but how caused there was no evidence to show.

The Bucks Standard 30 January 1892

FATAL FALL FROM A TRAIN.- Early on Wednesday morning, Jan 27, as the up auxiliary mail was nearing Castlethorpe, some of the passengers thought they saw a man fall from the train. The train perused on its course to Blisworth, where the matter was reported to the night station-master there, who was .... carriage to search the line. The Castlethorpe officials were also advised by wire, and the station-master (Mr. Day) was called up, and with a search party went down the line. Within a few hundred yards from the station a poor fellow was observed on the line with both his legs cut off, evidently having fallen from the train and been run over by a following one. The special engine and carriage conveyed the poor fellow to Northampton, where he was removed to the Infirmary. When found he was sensible, but in a very weak condition, and he has since died at the Infirmary.-The name and address of the deceased is said to be John Cockerill, 64, Blair-street, Poplar, London, and he is probably 40 or 50 years of age. A seaman’s authority to claim wages, dated Jan. 26, at Liverpool, was found on the body. An inquest was held at the Infirmary on Thursday morning, before C. C. Becke, Esq., Borough Coroner, the jury, owing to the meagre evidence produced, returning an open verdict to the effect that deceased, died falling out of a train, but how he fell out there was no evidence to show.

The Bucks Standard 02 January 1892

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. – A meeting of the Castlethorpe School Board was held on Tuesday last at 7.15 p.m., the members present being Mr. Charles Whiting (chairman), the Rev. H. Westall (vice-chairman), Messrs. J. Pike, T. Amos, and E. Richardson. The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed. The Rev. H. Westall proposed, and Mr. J. Pike seconded, that the bye-law forms be filled, signed, and sent to the Education Department without delay. Regulations for the management of the school were discussed, and the Clerk was authorised to confer with the schoolmaster respecting the same before the next monthly meeting. Mr. E. Richardson proposed and the Rev. H. Westall seconded, that at all Board meetings in future the log book and attendance register be laid upon the table. It was also agreed that before letting the school or class rooms for any purpose, the Clerk to give each member of the Board two clear days’ notice, so as to  get their consent, or otherwise. The Clerk was instructed to request the schoolmaster in future to wind up the and regulate the school clock.

The Bucks Standard 30 January 1892

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.- A meeting of the above Board was held on Tuesday last, the members present being, Messrs. C. Whiting (chairman), J. Pike, T. Amos, E. Richardson, and T. Osborne (clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed.- An application from the caretaker of the school for an advance of salary was considered by the Board, and upon proposal of Mr. J. Pike, seconded by Mr. T. Amos, it was agreed to advance the same from £6 to £7 11s. per annum. Cheques were signed for £50 17. 3d. There was no other business of importance.

The Bucks Standard 27 February 1892

SCHOOL BOARD.-A meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday last, when the following members were present, Messrs. C. Whiting (chairman), J. Pike, T. Amos, E. Richardson, and T. Osborne (clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed. The Clerk reported the receipt of an order for £11 6s. from the Education Department, in payment of the first instalment of Fee Grant for the four months ending 31st ult. The average attendance during that time was 90. On the proposal of Mr. J. Pike, seconded by Mr. T. Amos, it was decided to invite tenders from tradesmen in the village for making a substantial platform for use in large room. The registers, and the visitors’ book were examined, and on, the proposal of Mr. E. Richardson, seconded by Mr. J. Pike, it was agreed to instruct the Attendance Officer to warn the parents of irregular children that the Board was determined to use every legitimate effort to secure a better attendance. An application was granted to “Crown Minstrels” for the use of the large room for an entertainment on Saturday. Cheques were signed for £13 1s.

The Bucks Standard 26 March 1892

NOMINATIONS OF GUARDIANS. We understand nominations have been made for the Parish of Castlethorpe for the office of guardian for the ensuing year, viz., Mrs. Elizabeth Amos, farmer; Mr. William Pike, farmer; and Mr. Hy. Harris nurseryman, thereby creating a contested election.

Northampton Mercury 01 April 1892

GRIMES. March 6th at Conisborough, Yorkshire, in his 81st year, William Grimes, formerly of Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire. Friends will please accept this, the only intimation.

The Bucks Standard 02 April 1892

DEATH OF MR. GRIMES. – Many of our readers who remembered Mr. Wm. Grimes and his association with Castlethorpe will learn with regret that he died on Saturday, March 26, at Conisborough, Yorkshire, in his 81st year. For a very great number of years Mr. Grimes occupied the farm which stands by the side of the London & Northwestern Railway, and which is now, we understand, in the hands of Messrs. Whiting Bros. When residing here Mr. Grimes was known not only as a good farmer, but as being intimately and prominently connected with the Wesleyen denomination both in his own district and the surrounding neighbourhood, and was a frequent attendant at the meetings at Wolverton, where until advancing years and removal prevented his attendance, he was a prominent figure; and his purse was ever open to benefit a good cause.

The Bucks Standard 30 April 1892

RETIREMENT OF THE REV. M. A. NICHOLSON.- At the Easter meeting held on Thursday, April 21, in the vestry of the parish church (Hanslope), a courteous and kindly expression of feeling was shown towards the aged vicar, the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, who is about to retire from the Benefice, after upwards of 41 years’ ministry in the parish. As an indication of regard, and to mark the appreciation of his long service as vicar, a unanimous resolution was passed by the meeting, that such recognition he recorded in the churchwarden’s minute book. Accompanying the same was a cordial wish that he may be long spared, and live many years to enjoy their society and friendship.
NOTE: The Reverend M. A. Nicholson was also vicar of Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 13 May 1892

CASTLETHORPE. Board School Evening Classes.—On Saturday the members of the above classes sat down to substantial tea provided by Mr. and Mrs. Brearley, the teachers. The evening school has been very much appreciated and highly successful at the Government examination. Nearly were admitted during the session, and the average attendance has been 25. It is hoped that many more will take advantage of these classes, especially those which are affiliated to the Wolverton Science and Art Institute.

Northampton Mercury 13 May 1892

Cricket.—An interesting cricket match took place on Saturday between the married and single members of the Castlethorpe Cricket Club. The married went to the wicket first, and made 67 runs. The single contributed 47, the married thus winning the first innings 20 runs. In their second attempt the married were not so successful, and only scored runs. The single members made 31 for the loss of three wickets, when time was called. A most pleasant afternoon was spent, this being the first cricket match of the kind in this village for least 20 years.

Northampton Mercury 20 May 1892

SHOCKING DISCOVERY NEAR CASTLETHORPE. A Man Decapitated. Sunday morning, about 3.50, the driver of an goods train stopped at Castlethorpe Station box, and reported that he had noticed the body of a man lying on the line. The signalman on duty sent word to the stationmaster who, with some platelayers, went down the line to the place indicated, a bridge about mile and half from the station, where the body was found. The deceased, who was decapitated, appeared to be about 35 years of age, and was dressed in a dark tweed suit. No money was found on him, but a piece of paper with some writing on was found. This, however, could not be deciphered, and it consequently not known who he is, or how he got on the line.—The inquest was held on Monday at the Carrington Arms Inn, Castlethorpe, before Mr. E. T. Worley, deputy coroner, and the following jury :—Messrs. Joseph Compton (foreman), J. H. Groves, W. Panter, J. Capp, J. Nichols, James Cowley, J. Gregory, J. Woodland, T. Gostlow, T. Clarke, W. Arnold, and J. Feasey first witness called was John Olney, parish constable, who said that on Sunday morning the signalman, Bird, called him up to go to search the line, which he did, and found the body of deceased lying between the up fast and down slow lines. The head was severed from the body, and there were no signs of struggle having taken place, the clothes were all in order. He obtained help, and moved the body, and also reported the occurrence to P.C. Foster. The station master found a hat on the bridge, which contained piece of paper stuck, in the lining. He could decipher the words, "I have done this—R. BLAFING," but the name was very illegible.—Arthur Day, station master, said he accompanied the last witness along the line, and could corroborate his statement, saw footprints on the bank, which he believed to be those deceased, who was about 32 years of age, and 5ft. 9in. in height.—P.S. Pearson, stationed Stony Stratford, said he stripped the deceased, and found a vaccination mark on the left arm, scar right shin, outside of right knee, and top of head. He also found part of an envelope in the pocket, printed and addressed " Mr. A. Wilks, Bloxwich Works, Bloxwich, near Walsall," and on the reverse side were some references to a cash bag. He was dressed in white underclothing, coloured Oxford shirting, dark tweed coat with light stripe, and waistcoat to match, and the boots were nearly new. The jury returned verdict that deceased committed suicide, but there was no evidence his state mind the time.
Note research has not proved the existence of either spelling of Blafing or Beefing as blow.

The Bucks Standard 21 May 1892

SHOCKING DISCOVERY ON THE RAILWAY.- On Sunday morning, May 15, about 3.30, the diver of an up goods train on the London & N.-Western Railway stopped at Castlethorpe Station box and reported that he had noticed the body of a man lying on the line. The signalman on duty sent word to the Stationmaster, who, with some platelayers, went down the line to the place indicated, a bridge about a mile and a half from the station, where the body was found. The deceased, who was decapitated, appeared to be about 35 years of age, and was dressed in a dark tweed suit. No money was found on him, but a piece of paper with some writing on. This, however, could not be deciphered, and consequently it is not known who he is, or how he got on the line. The body was removed to the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, to await an inquest.-The inquest was held at the Carrington Arms Inn on Monday, May 16, before E. T. Worley, Esq., deputy coroner, and the following jury: Messrs. Joseph Compton (foreman), J. H. Groves, W. Panter, J. Capp, J. Nichols, J. Cowley, J. Gregory, J. Woodland, T. Gostlow, T. Clarke, W. Arnold, and J. Feasey. After viewing the body, the following evidence was addressed:-John Olney, parish constable, Castlethorpe, stated that about 3.40 on Sunday morning, Bird, the signalman, called him to go up and search the line, which he did. When at the 55¼ post (in the parish of Hanslope) he found the body of deceased lying between the up fast and the down slow lines. The head, which was severed from the body, was lying in the four-foot way. There were no signs of a struggle having taken place, and the clothes were all in order. He got help and moved the body, and reported the matter to Police-constable Foster at Hanslope. Mr. Day, the stationmaster, found on the bridge a hat, which he examined, and found the piece of paper produced stuck in the lining of the hat. He could decipher the words “I have done this, R. Beefing.” The name was very illegible.-Arthur Day, stationmaster, Castlethorpe, stated that he accompanied the last witness, and he corroborated what he stated as to the finding of the body. He should say deceased was about 32 years of age, and 5ft. 9in, in height. From what he saw he was quite satisfied that the deceased committed suicide.-Police-sergeant John Pearman, Stony Stratford, stated that he had stripped the body of deceased and should say he was about 27 years of age, 5ft. 9in. in height, and 11 stone in weight. He had a vaccination mark on the left arm, scars on right shin, outside of right knee, and top of head. He found in a pocket part of an envelope (produced), the printed address on which was “Mr. A. Wilks, Blotwich Works, Blotwich, near Walsall,” and on the reverse side was some reference to a cash bag. He was dressed in a white undervest, coloured Oxford shirting, dark tweed coat with a light stripe, and waistcoat to match. The boots were nearly new. The witness had retained all the clothes.-The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased committed suicide, but that there was no evidence as to state of mind at the time.-We gather from the police that the deceased had the appearance of a mechanic out of work, and had undoubtedly tramped some distance during the two or three days previous to his death, as his feet were very much blistered. On reverse of the printed envelope were some measurements and figures, which appeared to relate to the making of fittings for dressing bags. The writing on the piece of paper in deceased’s hat was very illegible, and the name as deciphered may not be correct.

The Bucks Standard School Board 30 July 1892

SCHOOL BOARD. A meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday last, when the following members were present: Messrs. C. Whiting (chairman), the Rev. Hawksley Westall, J. Pike, E. Richardson, T. Amos, and Thos. Osborne (clerk). Upon the reading of the minutes, the Rev. H. Westall protested against the resolution deposing him from office of Vice-chairman, and declared it to be illegal. He proposed that the minutes be struck out. Mr. Amos seconded. Mr. Richardson proposed that the minutes be passed as read, Mr. J. Pike seconded, and Mr. Whiting supported the proposal. The minutes were therefore passed as read. It was agreed to close the school on Friday, the 3rd. inst., and re-open on the 9th, for the Whitsuntide Holidays. The Rev. H. Westall proposed that tenders should be invited for making a case for specimens used in object lessons. It was, however, subsequently decided to give the job to Robert Nichols, for £3 10s. The Clerk reported the receipts of £11 5s. as fee Grant. Cheques were signed for £25 2. 2.

The Bucks Standard 19 August 1892

TREAT.- On Saturday, August 12th, the church Sunday School scholars had their annual treat, Blisworth Gardens were again the place selected. The weather was delightful. The party consisted of 44 children and 10 adults, the infants having some weeks before had their treat at Castlethorpe. All thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Northampton Mercury 26 August 1892

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before the Mayor (Mr. E.  Bridgewater) and Mr. R. Clearer.

Drunk. Richard Nichols (68), Castlethorpe. labourer, charged with being drunk Black Lion Hill, August 24th, was fined 7s., or 14 days.

The Bucks Standard 03 December 1892

SCHOOL BOARD. A meeting was held on Tuesday last, when the following members were present: Messrs. C. Whiting (chairman), J. Pike (vice-chairman), E. Richardson, T. Amos, and T. Osbourne, clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read, and passed. The clerk read a letter from the Department of Science and Art, informing the Board that the award made in respect of the instruction in drawing given in this school during the past year is good. Cheques were signed for £21 10s.

The Bucks Standard 10 December 1892

Entertainment. On Friday evening, Dec. 2, a most successful entertainment was given by the scholars attending the Board School of this parish. The programme consisted of choruses, solos, (vocal and instrumental,) dialogues, and recitations, many of which were admirably rendered, and gave evidence of careful training by the teachers. The dumb-bell, wand, and fan drills were a special feature of the evening’s performance, and the brisk manner in which the boys and t girls went through them reflected great credit upon the head master, Mr. T. A. Brearley, who accompanied on the piano. The schoolroom was crowded, and the audience continually applauded the efforts of the young people.

The Bucks Standard 24 December 1892

SCHOOL BOARD,- A meeting of this Board was held on Tuesday, the 29th. ult., when the following members were present, Mr. C. Whiting (chairman), Mr. J. Pike (vice-chairman), T. Amos, E. Richardson, Rev. Hawksley Westall, and T. Osborne, clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read and passed. The Rev. Hawksley Westall, who has left the village, explained that he was leaving the country for France shortly, and, of course, would not be able to attend the meetings of the Board, he therefore gave his resignation. On the proposal of Mr. E. Richardson, seconded by Mr. J. Pike, cheques were signed for £34 4s. 2d. There was no other business of importance.

Northampton Mercury 07 April 1893

Athletic Sports at Oundle

440 Yards Handicap (open) J. Bennett, Castlethorpe
Half-mile Handicap (open) J. Bennett, Castlethorpe

Northampton Mercury 12 May 1893

Home Industries Exhibition at Northampton

Lace Torchon. 2. May Terry, Castlethorpe

Northampton Mercury 02 June 1893

Northampton Infirmary Sports

Half-mile Handicap (open) J. Bennett, Castlethorpe

Northampton Mercury 14 April 1893


NEWPORT PAGNELL. There were contests at Castlethorpe and Pagnell, and the result of the poll was follows. At Castlethorpe. Coxall, 37; Markham, 35; Greenwood, 5.

Northampton Mercury 20 October 1893


Attention was called to the bad state of the arches of the bridges of Castlethorpe and it was decided to make the necessary repairs

Northampton Mercury 01 December 1893


Mr. Brearley, of Castlethorpe obtained second honours in hygiene.

The branch classes at Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, and Castlethorpe had been continued with improved results, especially at the two former places, where increased members attended, and during the current session a promise of continued success had already been given. In concluding the report, the committee again expressed its deep sense indebtedness to the directors of the London and North-Western Railway Company, and to the County Council, for their continued support given to work of the Institute during the past year. (Loud applause.)

Northampton Mercury 12 January 1894

Deaths. MARSHALL. – Jan 2, at Castlethorpe, Caroline Mary, daughter of the late Rev. William Marshall, B. D., Rector of Chickerell, Dorset.

Northampton Mercury 16 February 1894

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions - William Herbert and Jonah Gregory, of Hanslope, were charged with trespassing in search of rabbits, at Castlethorpe, Feb 5th.—Mr. Joseph Pike, farmer, Castlethorpe, proved the case, and fine of 12s. each including costs was imposed.

Northampton Mercury 16 March 1894

Engagement desired as resident Nursery Governess. English, French, Music, Singing, Needlework. Miss Human, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 25 May 1894

STONY STRATFORD. Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday.—Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes (in the chair), G. E. Willes, and Mr. E. H. Watts.— Sarah Ann Panter, wife of Thomas Panter, Castlethorpe, was charged with assaulting Elizabeth Ann Cowley, at Castlethorpe, on April 25th. Mr. A. J. Darnell (Northampton) appeared for the complainant, and Mr. G. J. Phillips (Northampton) for the defendant, who pleaded not guilty. The defendant was very deaf. Miss. Cowley stated that the defendant owed her some money, and a shilling was sent a letter, but was refused, and the debt was paid, and the return of the letter was demanded. The letter was refused, and a struggle for it ensued, in the course of which the defendant knocked the complainant down, almost stifled her on the sofa, and broke her ribs, and she was under the care the doctor. The deaf defendant here caused some laughter by excitedly, contradicting the complainant. In answer to Mr. Phillips, the complainant said the defendant deaf, but she could hear sometimes! The complainant said she told the defendant she should do her best to spread her character among the people she dealt with. Mrs. Harriett Panter also gave evidence, and Mr. Phillips having addressed the Bench on behalf the defendant, called Mrs. Panter (the mother-in-law of the defendant), who spoke to seeing scratches on the defendant's face and arms. The Bench found the defendant guilty, and inflicted £1 fine and costs.

Northampton Mercury 06 July 1894

Special Sessions. Saturday.—Before Mr. G. E Watts and the Rev. G. E. WillesWilliam Payne, of Hanslope, a young man about 23 years of age, was apprehended on warrant granted the previous day on the charge of committing an abominable unnatural offence at Castlethorpe. on June 22nd.—Evidence was given Mr. Charles Whiting, farmer Mr. W. Simons, blacksmith, Hanslope : Mr. Taylor, cowman, Castlethorpe: and P.C. Joseph Norton, Hanslope, the hearing occupying about one and a half hours and the evidence being unfit for publication.—The prisoner made plea tantamount to that of not guilty, and was committed to take his trial at the next assizes Aylesbury.— Prisoner was removed in custody to Northampton prison.

Northampton Mercury 16 November 1894

Education Department.

The Chairman said the School Board rates varied in places similar to Wolverton from 6d. in the £ to 3s. 2d. In the £. Castlethorpe had a rating of 8d. in the £, with 114 children, and a total assessment of £10,173.

Northampton Mercury 23 November 1894

Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. —- Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes and the Rev, G. E. Willes.—Owen Nichols, artisan, Castlethorpe, was summoned for neglecting obey magistrates' order, made the 19th October, requiring him to have his child vaccinated. The defendant admitted the service notices and the offence, and pleaded that he had a conscientious objections to vaccination. Fined 10s. and costs 9s. 6d.. to be levied by distress.

Northampton Mercury 23 November 1894

Mrs. Rainbow, postmistress of Castlethorpe, Bucks, died on Saturday morning, after a short illness. Deceased was eightytwo years of age, and, it is stated, was the oldest postmistress the service, having occupied that position Castlethorpe for fifty-one years.

Northampton Mercury 30 November 1894

CASTLETHORPE.—School Board —The triennial election fixed for Saturday, the 8th December, and contest is very probable, some of the ratepayers are dissatisfied with the present Board. The following candidates have been nominated for five seats: Thomas Amos, farmer; Charles W. Grant, gentleman; Rev. W. J. Harkness, vicar; Charles Jones, butcher; Owen Nichols, mechanic; George Rainbow, mechanic; Edward Richardson, carpenter; and Charles Whiting, farmer.

Northampton Mercury 21 December 1894

SERIOUS TRAP ACCIDENT NEAR HANSLOPE. A rather serious trap accident occurred Wednesday afternoon between Castlethorpe and Hanslope. It appears that Mr. and Mrs. S. Nicholson, with little boy, were driving from Hanslope to Castlethorpe, when somehow a collision occurred with Mr. A. Hall's grocery trap, the wheels the vehicles being locked, and the springs and wheels of Mr. Nicholson's trap completely smashed. The occupants of both vehicles were thrown out, Mrs. Nicholson being pitched foremost on to her face, the husband and boy falling the top of her. Mrs. Nicholson sustained nasty injuries to the nose and forehead, her features directly after the accident being almost unrecognisable. Mr. George C. Rolfe, of Stony Stratford, was driving to Hanslope with a friend, and at the husband's request Mrs. Nicholson was taken to her home. Dr. Rutherford was sent for and attended to the injuries. The other occupants were shaken a good deal.

The Bucks Standard 12 January 1895

CHILDREN’S TEA AND CHRISTMAS TREE.- On Thursday, January 3, the past and present scholars of the Board School, to the number of 130, together with a few friends, sat down to a tea arranged by Mrs. Brearley. The large schoolroom and a classroom were comfortably filled, and the children did full justice to the good things set before them. Afterwards, they were grouped, and allowed to indulge in those round of games that children know so well and play so heartily. Even the visitors could not refrain from joining them. An interval was called, and buns and oranges distributed. Towards the close of the evening, the scholars, assembled round the Christmas tree, and the infants, under Miss Gregory, sang an appropriate song. The tree was decorated with suitable toys, and the infants, girls and boys, respectively received their gifts from the hands of Miss Pike, Mrs. Whiting, and Mr. Grant. Mesdames Jones, Osborne, Whiting, and Miss Pike presided at the tables, and the following ladies assisted:- Mesdames Powell, H. Panter and West, and Misses Cowley, Compton, Day, Gregory, Rainbow, and Harris. – Mr. Richardson, the chairman of the Board School, proposed a vote of thanks to the teachers, and the children responded with three hearty cheers.- Mr. Brearley, the master, replied on their behalf. The singing of the National Anthem brought to a close a very successful and enjoyable gathering. The expenses very defrayed from the proceeds of the children’s concert given so time ago.

The Bucks Standard 09 February 1895

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING. At a meeting of the Council, held on Monday, the 4th inst., there were present Councillors John Onley (chairman), John Luing (vice-chairman), C. Whiting, T. Rainbow, and Thomas Osborne, clerk The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. The Retuning Officer’s account for the election was considered, showing a total of £10 7s. 9d. Mr. J. Luing moved “That as the amount appeared to be excessive, the clerk be instructed to write to the Clerk of the County Council thereon,” Mr. D. Cowley seconded, and the motion was carried unanimously. The advisability of taking over the footpaths was brought forward by the Chairman, and thoroughly discussed. Eventually, on the proposition of Mr. John Luing, seconded by Mr. D. Cowley, it was agreed to take over all the footpaths in the parish. On the proposition of Mr. T. Rainbow, seconded by Mr. J. Luing, the clerk was instructed to write to Lord Carrington’s agent, J. C. Jonas, Esq. asking him to have the notice boards taken down by the side of footpath leading from Cosgrove to the bottom of the village. On the proposition of Mr. T. Rainbow, seconded by Mr. D. Cowley, it was decided to ask the Churchwardens to hand over to the Council all books and documents relating to the civil charities.

The Bucks Standard 16 February 1895

ENTERTAINMENT. An entertainment was given on Wednesday, February 13, in the Carrington School by the Castlethorpe Branch of the S. James’ Happy Home Union. The first part of the programme commenced by the choir singing “Onward, young crusaders, “ followed by a recitation, “The trumpet,” by Willie Compton; a vocal duet, “From the belfry olden,” by Dorothy Whiting and Annie Luing; a song by the Rev. B. J. Corder “I heard sweet spirit sing,” with violin accompaniment by Miss Newbury; a recitation “Our daily bread,” Annie Luing; song, “ Funiculi Funicula,” Miss Gregory; piano solo, “ Violet Bells,” Dorothy Whiting. The second part of the programme consisted of a service of song, entitled “The children’s hour,” the Rev. W. J. Harkness reading the service. The Misses Gregory and Compton sang as a vocal duet “The Angels of our home,” a solo was given by Master Gregory, entitled “deal gently with that erring one,” and one by Miss Compton, “Beautiful Home.” The choir then concluded the service by singing the “Young Crusaders’ National Anthem.” The entertainment on the whole was very satisfactory, and we hope it will lead on to greater things, and that more of the children will join the Union.

The Bucks Standard 16 February 1895

BAND OF HOPE ENTERTAINMENT. An entertainment in connection with the Band of Hope took place on Saturday, February 9, in the Board School when the following programme was performed:- Harmonium solo, “Bonaparte’s Grand March,” Miss J. Rainbow; recitation, “ What a girl should do,” Ruth Bird; melody, “ Don’t you know the reason why, “ Part girls and boys; recitation, “A stitch in time saves nine,” Edith Panter; song “The stowaway,” Mr. G. Cowley (nicely rendered); dialogue, Jane Jones and Annie Luing; recitation, “From Nicholas Nickelby,” Mr. Johnstone; song “Nay John, “ Mr. J. Onley (well rendered); recitation “The brave station master,” Miss Alice Day; melody, “ Always cheerful,” girls dialogue (by O. Dixon), “We’ll shut them up,” J. Olney, W. Olney and Mr. A. Cowley; recitation, “I’ll try,” Albert Sprittles; song, “Bobby’s spice” (well rendered), Mr. W. Rainbow; recitation “The men to do without,” Joseph Onley; recitation, “The guardian angel,” Miss A. Cowley; song, “Don’t go near the barroom brother,” Sarah Bennett; recitation, “ The clean hand did it,” Miss G. Mapley; dialogue, “The missing bank note,” W. Rainbow, W. Onley, H. Mapley, A. Rainbow, J. Luing, G. Cowley, and A. Richardson. The collection taken at the close amounted to 15s. 3d. Miss Rainbow presided at the harmonium, and each performer deserves credit for the way in which they carried out their respective parts.

Northampton Mercury 01 March 1895

CASTLETHORPE.—Entertainment.—An entertainment was given the Board School ;on Saturday evening, with the object of raising sufficient means to purchase a stretcher, in order form a corps with the St. John Ambulance Association; , also to distribute the certificates to the successful candidates, who passed at the recent examination held  by Dr. Jones, of Northampton. The chair was taken Mr. W. Wollard, C.C., of Stony Stratford, who spoke of the advantages of these classes, and also referred, to other kind of classes held under the Technical Education department of the County Council in horticulture and plumbing. He also gave some advice the advantages of leather in shoeing horses, to prevent them slipping during the frosty weather. During interval of the concert, Dr. Easte, of Hanslope. Made a few remarks, advising them to continue with classes, so that they could advance with the second course of nursing, a most useful and essential subject to people living in villages, away from the call of a medical man.—Mrs. Carlile, who had been asked to distribute the certificates, proceeded to deliver them to the successful candidates, adding a few words of encouragement to each candidate to continue their knowledge in connection with the class- Successful candidates: Messrs. Pike, Luing, H. Rainbow, W. Rainbow, O. Nicholls, G. Nicholls, Bennett Dixon, Mrs. C. Whiting, Miss Varnev, Miss Compton, Miss E. Rainbow, and Mrs. Clarke.—Mr. W. W. Carlile, also made few remarks. He thought great praise was due to the candidates for the interest they have shown in the subject; also to their instructor (Dr. Easte), who at present was suffering from a cold; otherwise he would have given them graphic description of the work.—A stretcher drill was then given, to show the audience the kind of work that was required in cases of fractures, etc., to convey the invalids to their homes. A hearty vote of thanks, proposed by Dr. Easte to Mrs. W. W. Carlile for coming to distribute the prizes. This was second by the Rev. J. Harkness. Considering the short notice of the entertainment, it was most successful.

The Bucks Standard 06 July 1895

EVENING SCHOOL.- The following is a copy of the report of her Majesty’s Inspector on the above school:- “This evening continuation school is in excellent order and is still doing very useful work in the elementary subjects and in history.” Forty-four were admitted during the session, and of these thirty sat for the examination. Average 32. So well was the attendance maintained that most of the scholars received back their fees.

Northampton Mercury 19 July 1895

STONY STRATFORD. Sudden Death. —A man arriving in the town on Thursday in search of work was given a job by Mr. H. S. Perrin, and while at work staggered and fell down and expired almost immediately, death being attributed principally to heart disease. The man was probably 70 years of age, and his name is unknown, said to be a native of Steeple Claydon. It was rumoured he fell into the canal at Castlethorpe the previous night and was rescued by policeman. An inquest will held in due course.

The Bucks Standard 28 September 1895

HARVEAST FESTIVAL. Thanksgiving services for the ingathering of the harvest was celebrated at SS. Simon and Jude’s Church, on Friday evening, September 20. The sacred edifice had been very prettily decorated by Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Powell, and Misses A. and J. Gregory, Varney, Compton and others, and presented a most bright appearance. The service was exceedingly hearty. The anthem, “I will lift up mine eyes,” was nicely performed, the solo being taken by Mr. S. Gregory, and the vocal duet by T. Gregory and E. Powell. A very earnest sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Carter Brown D.D., an old curate of Hanslope and Castlethorpe, from Isaiah ix.3. he pointed out that joy not gloom was one of the truest marks of a real Christian. He further showed how much there was to check joy here, and contrasted the joy of the Christian on this world with the everlasting joy of heaven, where there as permanence and stability. The offertory, which amounted to £1 5s.5d., was devoted to the cleaning and decorating of the Carrington School. The services were continued on the following Sunday. The congregations throughout the festival were very good, the church being full both on Friday and Sunday evenings. The Sunday morning and evening offertories, amounting to about £2 14s. 1½d., were devoted to the Northampton Infirmary. The total offertories amounted to £4 7s 2d.

Northampton Mercury 18 October 1895

NEWPORT PAGNELL. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Wednesday.—Present: Rev. C. Selby Lowndes, Mr. M. G. S. Knapp

Mr. W. J. Levi, Mr. J.R. Wilmer, and Mr. Thos. Taylor. - John Olney, Castlethorpe, was summoned for permitting a horse stray on the highway, at Hanslope, on the 9th inst.—Fined 2s. 6d. and 4s. costs or seven days.

Northampton Mercury 25 October 1895

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Rural District Council, Wednesday.—Present: Mr J. R. Wilmer and 28 other Councillors. The tenders for sewerage works at Sherington and Castlethorpe were opened. Those of Mr. Jakeman were accepted for both places, the amount being Sherington £57 12s. 9d. and Castlethorpe £14 16s.

The Bucks Standard 26 October 1895

BAND OF HOPE ANNIVERSARY. The anniversary of the above society was held on Saturday, October 19, when a public tea was provided in the schoolroom to which about 60 sat down. In the evening public meeting was held in the Board School, when Mrs. Jennie Walker, “The Yorkshire Nightingale,” gave a powerful and eloquent address to a good audience. The Rev. W. K. Greenland presided, and part of the Wolverton Wesleyan String Band played several selections, under the leadership of Mr. Swain. Mrs. Walker also sang some solos which were much appreciated. On Sunday Mrs. Walker conducted three services in the Wesleyan Chapel to good congregations, especially in the evening, the building being crowded. Solos were sung at each meeting by Mrs. Walker, and collections were taken at each service in aid of the Band of Hope funds, the result being very satisfactory.

Northampton Mercury 15 November 1895

Great excitement was manifest in Hanslope on the receipt, of the news that Mr. W. Hopkins, the popular chairman of the Parish Council, bad been acquitted of the serious charge of forgery brought, against him. He received an enthusiastic public welcome on his entering the village from Castlethorpe Station, on his return from Aylesbury.

The Bucks Standard 21 December 1895

UNFORTUNATE POISONING. A much to be regretted case of poisoning of foxhounds occurred on Wednesday last, December 18. It appears that the well-known Grafton Hounds met on that day at Castlethorpe, during the hunt it is feared that they were poisoned by strychnine , as one of the hounds died while they were at Haversham. On reaching Gayhurst another of the hounds died, and steps were at once taken to prevent any more dying, as an emetic was administered to the pack. Hunting for the remainder of the day was stopped, and the hounds proceeded to the Kennels. It has been since reported that one or two deaths have occurred since.

The Bucks Standard 25 January 1896

SOCIAL EVENING. On Wednesday, January 22, a social evening was held at the Wesleyan schoolroom for the purpose of raising a fund to start a ladies sewing class for a coming sale of work at Easter, in order to clear off a debt of £55 on the heating apparatus at the Wesleyan Chapel, and friends being anxious to do this a committee has been formed to carry out the arrangements. The musical part was entrusted to Mr. G. C. Nichols who had the assistance of the Misses Rainbow as accompanists. Refreshments were in charge of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Rainbow, Mrs. Giles, Mrs. Baugh, Miss Sprittles, Miss Sharp and Miss Cowley. Mr. G. Rainbow presided. The following is the programme, and great credit is due to all who took part in it. Duet, “They are waiting,” Mrs. Sprittles and Mrs. Day; song “The stowaway,” Mr. W. Rainbow; solo, “Not lost, but gone before,” Mr Simmons; recitation, “The bank of faith,” Mr. J. Harris; chorus, “Jerusalem my happy home,” Choir; recitation, “The parson and the dumplings,” Mr. W. Rainbow; solo, “Your mission,” Mr. J. C. Nichols. During the interval refreshments were served round, after which the second part was continued as follows: duet, “Joy cometh in the morning,” Miss S. Bennett and Mr. W. Rainbow; dialogue Mr. T. Rainbow (Robb Rose) and Mr. W. C. Giles (Jeffery Jones); song Miss. A. Day; recitation, “A cure for love,” Mr. H. T. Rainbow; quartet, “The Xmas good night, “ Misses Nichols, Simmons, Messrs. Day and Harris. The collection realised over 17s.

The Bucks Standard 25 January 1896

ENTERTAINMENT. On Thursday evening, January 23, an entertainment was given in the board school on behalf of a fund being raised in connection with St. Simon and St. Jude’s church to provide a curate for the village. The Rev. W. J. Harkness (vicar) and Capt. Williams took very active parts in getting up the affair, and the latter enlisted the services of several Wolverton friends. As a consequence a very good concert resulted, the Wolverton friends materially assisting in the success, Miss Biddle acting as accompaniment for them. The second part was contributed by the lady minstrels, who gave a very credible entertainment, acquitting themselves exceedingly well. At the close the Rev. W. J. Harkness thanked the performers who had so kindly come forward to assist in the undertaking, and the proceedings terminated with singing of the National Anthem. The attendance was fairly good. Appended is the programme: - Pianoforte solo (selected), Miss A. Gregory; song, “The holy city,” Mr. Kirby; song, “Tommy Atkins,” Mr. Woolliams; song, “Out of the deep,” Mr. Lloyd; comic song “Gorgonzola cheese,” Mr. Parr; song, “The captain of the lifeboat,” Mr. Kirby; song “The friar of orders grey,” Mr. Woolliams; song, “A hundred fathoms deep,” Mr. Lloyd; comic song, “Looking for a house to let,” Mr. Parr; song “Angus Macdonald,” Miss A. Gregory; song, “True till death,” Mr. Woolliams. Part II performance by the Lady Christy Minstrels: God save the Queen.”

The Bucks Standard 25 January 1896

ACCIDENT. On Sunday last, January 19, a workman named S. Bennett, in the employment of Mr. Pike, was busily milking when suddenly the cow broke away, and, in trying to prevent it from going through the doorway, the unfortunate man had his arm broken just above the elbow. The services of some members of the Ambulance Crops were requisitioned, Messrs. H. Rainbow, G. C. Nichols and J. Cowley being quickly on the spot and attended to the injury by temporary splints and bandages. Dr. Easte, of Hanslope, was sent for, and on arrival set the broken limb. We understand Bennett is going on satisfactory.

The Bucks Standard 01 February 1896

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, Friday, January 24, 1896.

Before His Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G. (in the chair),

Rev. G. E. Williams, Rev. G. E. Willes, Rev. Selby Lowndes,
T. B. Grounds, Esq.,
John Chettle, Esq.
There was a batch of summonses down for hearing issued under the regulation of the County Council, as to muzzling of dogs The defendants were. Farmer Amos of Castlethorpe, farmer. Charles Whiting, Castlethorpe, farmer (2 dogs). The case of Whiting, was dismissed on defendant paying the costs, and the other defendant Amos was fined 15s including costs.

The Bucks Standard Parish Meeting - 04 March 1896

PARISH MEETING. The annual parish meeting was held in the Board School on Tuesday, the 31st ult. Mr. John Onley, chairman of council, taking the chair. The minutes of the last meeting were passed as read upon the proposal of Mr. Geo. Rainbow, seconded by Mr. S. Baugh. The charities account was laid upon the table by Mr. Jos. Pike, who acted as hon. secretary to the Feoffees. Everything appeared to give the greatest satisfaction, and Mr. Pike was accorded a hearty vote of thanks for the manner in which he had discharged his duties. A vote of thanks to the chairman, proposed by Mr. Pain closed the proceedings.

The Bucks Standard 04 April 1896

SCHOOL BOARD. A meeting of this Board was held on Monday, March 30, when there were present. Messrs. E. Richardson (chairman), Geo. Rainbow, C. Whiting, O. Nichols, and Thos. Osborne, clerk. The last meeting of the board was a special one, for the purpose of filling up the vacancy caused through the death of Mr. Grant. Mr. Nichols, who polled the next highest number of votes at the last election, was invited to take the vacant seat, he accepted, and was therefore present at the meeting. An application was read by the clerk, from Mr. John Luing, hon. secretary of the Castlethorpe branch of St. John Ambulance Association, asking the board to allow them the use of the school play ground for brigade drill. The application was granted. Mr. Geo. Rainbow proposed and Mr. C. Whiting seconded that the school be closed for the Easter holidays on Thursday the 2nd of April and opened on Thursday the 9th. The resignation of the head master and mistress, Mr. and Mrs. Brearley, was read, and occupied the attention of the Board for some time. Expressions of regret were unanimous at the prospect of losing such valuable teachers. Mr. Brearley has worked up the school to a high state of efficiency and his loss will therefore be felt. Mr. Geo. Rainbow eventually proposed and Mr. Whiting seconded that Mr. Brearley’s resignation be accepted. It was decided to advertise in the Schoolmaster for a head master and mistress, offering £80 fixed salary, plus a third of Government Grant about £34 with good house and garden. The clerk laid upon the table the financial statement for the twelve months ended September 29th 1885, audited March 4th, 1896. The statement showed that £230 had been received from the rating authorities being equivalent to a rate of 5¼d. in the pound for the 12 months. The total receipts other than from loans being £… 17s 6. Cheques were signed for the usual salaries and bills

The Bucks Standard 04 April 1896

PARISH MEETING. The annual parish meeting was held in the Board School on Tuesday, the 31st ult. Mr. John Onley, chairman of council, taking the chair. The minutes of the last meeting were passed as read upon the proposal of Mr. Geo. Rainbow, seconded by Mr. S. Baugh. The charities account was laid upon the table by Mr. Jos. Pike, who acted as hon. secretary to the Feoffees. Everything appeared to give the greatest satisfaction, and Mr. Pike was accorded a hearty vote of thanks for the manner in which he had discharged his duties. A vote of thanks to the chairman, proposed by Mr. Pain closed the proceedings.

The Bucks Standard 25 April 1896

PARISH COUNCIL. The annual meeting of this Council was held in the Board School on Thursday, the 16th inst., when the following gentlemen were present: Messrs. John Onley, John Luing, Thos. Rainbow, David Cowley, and Thos. Osborne, clerk. The usual declaration accepting office was made and signed, after which the Council proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing year. Mr. D. Cowley proposed, and Mr. T. Rainbow seconded, that Mr. John Onley be re-elected chairman. Mr. Onley said he would rather someone else act in that capacity, for, in his opinion, the office of chairman ought to be held, in turn, by all members of the Council. Mr. Luing suggested an outsider, the suggestion, however, resolved but little favour. Mr. Onley was therefore persuaded to take the responsibilities of the chair for another year. In doing so, he thanked the Council for a renewal of their confidence, and said no effort should be spared on his part in the discharge of his duty. Mr. Luing was unanimously re-elected vice-chairman. Upon the proposal of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. T. Rainbow, Mr. Luing, and Mr. George E. Nichols were re-elected overseers. Mr. John Luing proposed, and Mr. D. Cowley seconded, “That as Mr. Whiting is not present, he be allowed, to sign the declaration form at the next meeting of Council.” Mr. J. Luing brought forward the advisability of the Council joining the Parish and District Councils Association. He explained that for an annual subscription of one guinea they would be entitled to three copies of the parish Council Journal monthly, as well as advise upon any legal or general matters. He therefore proposed, and Mr. T. Rainbow seconded, “That this Council subscribe the sum of one guinea for copies of the ‘Parish Council Journal’ for one year, for the use of members and officers of the Council. The Clerk was directed to write Lord Carrington’s agent, J. C. Jonas, Esq. asking him what progress if any, had been made towards obtaining more land for allotments. In reply to this letter Mr. Jonas informs the Clerk that the land be let at Michaelmas, when he has arranged for it to be given up. A discussion arose upon the condition of the highways in the parish, and, eventually the Chairman proposed “That it is desirable that the control and maintenance of the parish Highways should be given to the parish Council.” Mr. Luing seconded, and it was carried.

The Bucks Standard 11 April 1896

WESLEYAN CHAPEL.- In order to endeavour to reduce a debt resting upon this place of worship for the heating apparatus, a sale of work was opened in the Board schools on Easter Monday. The takings realised about £29

The Bucks Standard 02 May 1896

BOARD SCHOOL MEETING.- A meeting of this Board was held on Saturday, April 25, when there was present Messrs. E. Richardson (chairman), Geo. Rainbow, (vice-chairman), C. Whiting, O. Nichols and Thos. Osborne, clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed. In reply to the advertisement for a head master for this school, 24 applications were received. The committee of selection reduced the number to two. The choice was between Mr. H. H. Middleton St. Albans, and Mr. Jos. Curry, Forest-gate, London. Both these gentlemen were present at the meeting and were questioned by the Board, in the end Mr. C. Whiting proposed and Mr. Geo. Rainbow seconded, ‘That Mr. H. H. Middleton, St. Albans be appointed head master of the school, with wife as assistant mistress, at a salary of £80 fixed plus one third of government grant with house and garden.” The proposition was agreed to unanimously. The clerk was directed to pay railway expenses for meeting the Board. The clerk was also directed to draw up a testimonial for Mr. Brearley, headmaster who is leaving at the … May. Mr. E. Richardson proposed and Mr. Whiting seconded, a vote of condolence to the widow and family of the late Mr. Charles Jones, who was at the time of his death a member of this Board. He was also a member of the first School Board elected on December 6, 1888. Both the proposer and seconder spoke highly by the deceased as being a man who took a profound interest in the schools, and everything which tended to promote the welfare of the young people of the village. He was conscientious almost to a fault, unassuming in manner, and thoroughly consistent in principle. – Cheques were signed for the usual salaries and bills.

The Bucks Standard 11 July 1896

ACCIDENT. On Monday last, while Messrs. Amos, of Castlethorpe, were stacking hay, Mr. F. Amos being on the rick, had occasion to go down to speak to someone, and when about half way down the ladder it swerved with him sideways. A man on the rick named C. Crick, seeing him in danger, tried to stop the ladder, but failed with the result that both men were thrown to the ground. Mr. Amos, only being half-way up the ladder escaped with a few bruises, but Crick on being taken to Northampton Infirmary, was found to have his leg broken in two places, and was detained as an inpatient.

The Bucks Standard 11 July 1896

PARISH COUNCIL. A meeting of this Council was held on Monday last, July 6, when there were present, Messrs. J. Olney (chairman), J. Luing (vice-chairman), C. Whiting, D. Cowley, T. Rainbow, and T. Osborne (clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were passed as read. A circular was received from Captain Williams, asking what course of technical instruction they proposed for the forthcoming session 1896-7. The Council were in favour of taking carpentering and ambulance classes but as the total amount to be spent was not to exceed £10, they decided in favour of carpentry upon the proposal of Mr. Whiting, seconded by Mr. D. Cowley. The new scheme for administration of the Poor’s Allotment and Lady Tyrril’s Charity gives the Council power to elect four feoffees on the Board. Messrs. J. Luing, J. Olney, D. Cowley, and T. Rainbow, were therefore elected to attend the next meeting of the ffeoffes. The clerk was directed to send their names to Mr. Pike (secretary). At the last meeting of the Council Mr. Onley and Mr. Luing were deputed to wait upon Mrs. Amos and lay before her the Council’s proposal for diverting the footpath leading to Cosgrove Mill through the meadows, in the occupancy of Mrs. Amos. They found her quite agreeable to the proposed change, and she thought it might be done with advantage to herself and to the public. The matter stands adjourned pending the decision of the Cosgrove Parish Council. Mr. Olney and Mr. Rainbow were asked to see Mr. Grove in reference to a stile dividing one of his fields and Mr. Whiting’s. It is very much out of repair, and requires prompt attention.

The Bucks Standard 05 September 1896

SCHOOL BOARD:- At a meeting of this Board held on Monday last, August 31, there were present Messrs. E. Richardson (chairman), G. Rainbow (vice-chairman), T. Amos, O. Nicholls, and Thos. Osborne (clerk). – The minutes of the last meeting were passed as read, on the proposition of Mr. Geo. Rainbow, seconded by Mr. O. Nicholls. The annual report of Her Majesty’s Inspector upon this school was read as follows:- “Mixed School Mr. Middleton has recently taken charge of this school. He found it, and appears likely to keep it, in very good order. I hope that some assistance may be provided to supply the place of A. E. Day, pupil teacher, who has retired. Infants’ Class-Miss Gregory is doing good and persevering work in the infants’ class. Her hands are too full. A monitor ought to be appointed to help her.” – Mrs. Middleton is recognised under Article 50 of the Code, and Miss Gregory is continued under Article 68. The name of A. Day has been removed from the register. The amount of annual grant is £104 9s. 6d., £5 18s. 6d. in excess of last year. Mr. Rainbow gave notice that he should call attention to the recommendations of the Inspector in his report at the next Board meeting.-It was proposed by Mr. Geo. Rainbow seconded by Mr. O. Nicholls, “That the proportion of annual grant coming to the late master Mr. Brearley, and to Mr. Middleton, be paid, as soon as the clerk received the drawing grant.” Proposed by Rainbow, seconded by Mr. O. Nicholls, that the ash-pit belonging to the School House be emptied as possible. Cheques were signed for the usual salaries and bills.

The Bucks Standard 26 September 1896

HARVEST THANKSGIVING. The annual harvest thanksgiving services were held at Castlethorpe on Friday, the 18th inst., and the following Sunday. The pleasingly situated parish church is well adapted for festival decorations, and presented a very bright and cheerful aspect. Beautiful floral designs were in view in every part of the sacred edifice, and we congratulate the decorators on the success of the undertakings, in which they so readily engaged. The font was wreathed with white dahlias and leaves of the richest autumn tints; a cross formed from white dahlias, ferns and laurel rising from the midst of a bright array of flowers. The whole effect was very pleasing. The font decorations were the work of Mrs. Whiting and Mrs. Jones. A star design made from leaves and yellow dahlias was a conspicuous object of the church door, and received much admiration. Mrs. Jones showed much skill in this design. In the east window a floral cross and crown (combined) received much notice, this device being very gracefully worked by Miss Compton. Vases of white dahlias and chrysanthemums, arranged by Miss Sergeaunt, rested on the ledge at the rear of the altar, and baskets of rich fruits were placed close to the latter. The chancel screen tastefully wreathed with dahlias and asparagus sprays, the beautiful berries of which were very effective. The wreathing of the screen was attended to by Mrs. Pain. The pulpit was ornamented with dahlias, chrysanthemums and Kent hops, and presented a very attractive appearance. The Misses Gregory undertook this part of the decorating work. In every available spot within the church received its tribute of a floral wreath or some other pleasing device. The stove was completely covered with dahlias and other flowers, ornamental grasses and leaves. Several baskets of bright fruits also rested outside the rich array of flowers. We congratulate Mrs. Powell upon her decorations. The window sills on the north side and south sides of the church showed a pleasing arrangement of miniature corn sheaves, dahlias and asparagus sprays, this part of the decoration being well attended to by Miss Tyrell. A huge vegetable marrow weighing 32lbs. and with a circumference of 3 feet 4 inches was an object of much interest. It was grown upon the land of Mr. Whiting, of Castlethorpe. On Friday evening, the sermon was preached by the Rev. E. L. Tuson, M.A., Vicar of Kingsthorpe, Northampton. An earnest address was given from S. Mark iv. 28. We sincerely trust that it will be profitably remembered. The services of thanksgiving, which were continued on Sunday, were bright and hearty. The anthem “Ye shall dwell in the land” was most pleasing and well rendered. The solo was taken by Mr. J. Cowley. We were glad to notice the efficiency of the choir, and congratulate Miss Gregory and Mr. Manning. On Sunday morning the Rev. A. H. Gray preached from Psalm ciii. 2. The evening preacher was the Rev. W.J. Harkness, M.A., vicar of Hanslope and Castlethorpe. The offertories at both services were for the Northampton Infirmary.

The Bucks Standard 22 August 1896

SCHOCKING SUICIDE ON THE LINE:- On Saturday morning Mr. E. T. Worley, deputy coroner, held an inquest at the Carrington Arms Inn, Castlethorpe, relatives to the death of Thomas Hurst, aged 67, labourer, of Hanslope, who was killed on the line about a mile from Castlethorpe Station on the Hanslope side on Friday morning by being knocked down by the 9.40 train from Rugby.- Harriet Nicholson, Hanslope, a married daughter of the deceased, identified the body, and said her father was at one time a labourer in Wolverton Works. Deceased for some time past had been working for Mr. Checkley, but was discharged the day before his death owing to the strangeness of his actions. Deceased had been very strange in manner for a long time past. Deceased left home on Friday morning about nine o'clock, and she did not see him again alive. She had never heard her father threaten to commit suicide, but on his return from his work on Thursday he complained of being ill, but made no trouble of losing his work. - William Horrell, engine driver of the London and North-Western Railway Company, deposed that he was in charge of the 9.40 passenger train from Rugby on Friday. When about half a mile from Castlethorpe Station he saw deceased on the down line. He was apparently looking at some object on the line, and witness whistled to him. Witness's attention was then directed to his boiler, but a moment after he felt a concussion, and his mate told him they had knocked a man down. When he first saw deceased witness was on the up line and the deceased on the down line, so that deceased must have crossed over two lines of rails to the up line. On arrival at the Station he gave information of what had occurred.- Richard Lee, fireman of the train in question, deposed that he saw the man on the line. He could just see him over the buffer, and he appeared to be lying across the rails. Before witness could speak to the driver the train was over him. He did not think the man could have got in the position witness saw him in unless he purposely put himself in the position.- Henry Woodland, a platelayer on the line, stated that on Friday morning he was following the 9.40 train from Rugby on a trolley. When he got by the bridge near Hanslope he found the body, which was in a frightful condition of mutilation, and was completely cut in two. Although he knew deceased he failed to recognise the body owing to its mutilation. Witness added that he had previously warded deceased off the line.- In reply to the jury, he said the Stationmaster found the deceased's coat on the bank near where he was killed. - The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide during temporary insanity,"

The Bucks Standard 05 December 1896


Main Line L. & N. W. Railway.

Important Sale of English ASH TIMBER.

Has received instructions from Earl Carrington
to sell by Auction,

On Monday, the 4th of January, 1897, at TWO
o’clock in the afternoon, at the CARRINGTON ARMS,

123 ASH TREES, in Lots, containing an
estimated quantity of 3660 Cubic Feet, as
now growing and standing on the Castlethorpe
Estate, all clearly marked and numbered in White
Paint to correspond with Catalogue.

The Auctioneer begs to draw particular attention
to the quality and size of this Ash Timber, and as
to the convenience of carriage, as all Trees stand
within an average distance of one mile from Castle-
thorpe station, which is on the Main Line of the
London and North-Western Railway, and a Wharf
on the Grand Junction canal is situate about one
mile from Castlethorpe. Most of the Trees either
adjoin or are close to high roads, and are therefore
exceptionally convenient either for road, rail or
water carriage.

Mr. Charles Whiting, Farmer, Castlethorpe, will
appoint a man to show the TIMBER.

For catalogues and further particulars apply to
Messrs. Carter Jonas & Sons. Land Agents, Cam-
bridge, or to the Auctioneer, Newport Pagnell, Bucks.

The Bucks Standard 12 December 1896

A BOAT CHILD DROWNED IN THE CANAL.- On Monday last T. M. Percival, Esq., coroner, held an inquest at the navigation Inn, touching the death of Emily Elwell, an orphan child, aged 13, employed on a canal boat. Reuben Green, of Brierly Hill, Staffordshire, canal boatman on the Grand Junction Canal, said the deceased was no relation of his. She was an orphan, and the daughter of Joseph Elwell, late of Brierly Hill, and she was 13 years old. The grand-mother put her in witness’s charge, and she had been with him since Whitsuntide, travelling on his boat with his wife and self. The deceased helped witness and his wife in looking after their children, and occasionally after the horse when witness had his meals. Witness did not know that deceased’s life was insured. Last Saturday they stopped at the Barley Mow, Cosgrove. Witness went to get his horse at five o’clock on Sunday morning, and they started about half-past five; it was quite dark. Witness had the little girl with him on the towpath to assist him coming round the corner of the bridge close to the Navigation Inn, at Cosgrove. When he got through the bridge with his horse he asked her if she had pegged the line to the mule. She said “yes go on.” Just as witness got up to the stretch of the line he said, “Emily, come here”; and his wife shouted, “Oh Lord, she’s in the cut.” Witness stopped the horse, undid the line, and ran back with the line. His wife also got the shaft and felt about for deceased, and three men ran down with lamps and shafts, but they could not see her in the water. Witness got the drag on the line, and dragged for the deceased. The drag pulled her to the side, and witness dragged her on to the towpath. The landlord of the Navigation Inn came down to the towpath, and they brought her to the Inn. Efforts were made to restore animation, but without avail. Witness did not know how she got into the canal, and did not know she was in until his wife called out. He never heard her scream, and witness did not know whether she was trying to get into the boat. He had told her to get into the boat. From the time witness’s wife called out to the time she was found would be about 25 minutes. Hannah Green, the wife of the witness, also gave evidence. Mr. Charles Simpson, surgeon stated that he was just temporally acting for Mr. Maguire during his illness. He was sent for on Sunday morning between nine and ten to go to the Navigation Inn, and he saw the body of the deceased, who had been dead apparently about four hours. He examined the body, which was that of a well nourished child. There was no evidence of violence about the body with the exception of a small unimportant bruise on the lower part of the left side of the abdomen. From various signs present he had no doubts the cause of death was asphyxia from drowning. The Coroner having summed up the evidence, the Jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally drowned,” and added the following rider: “That the Jury wished the Coroner to write the Secretary of State informing him of the facts of the case, and to state that neither the witness Green or his wife was in a position to state the age of the child, neither had they the pass book that is necessary under the Elementary Education Acts, and that the jury believed that the provisions of the Acts relative to those duties were frequently neglected, and they considered some more active steps should be taken to see that the Acts were more efficiently carried out.” The Coroner promised to forward the recommendation to the proper quarter.

Northampton Mercury 01 January 1897

CASTLETHORPE, Main Line L. and N.-W Railway.
P. GOODWIN has received instruction from Earl Carrington,
On Monday, the 4th of  January at Two o'clock the Afternoon, at the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, Bucks,

123 ASH TREES, in Lots, containing an estimated quantity of 3,660 cubic feet, as now growing and standing on the Castlethorpe Estate, all clearly marked and numbered in white paint to correspond with catalogue.
The Auctioneer begs to draw particular attention the quality and size of this Ash Timber, and to the convenience of carriage, as all  Trees stand within average distance of one mile from Castlethorpe station, which is on the Main Line the London and North-Western Railway, and a Wharf on the Grand Junction Canal is situate about one mile from Castlethorpe. Most of the Trees either adjoin or are close to high roads, and are therefore exceptionally convenient either for road, rail, or water carriage. Mr. Charles Whiting, Farmer, Castlethorpe, will appoint a man to show the Timber.
For catalogues and further particulars apply to Messrs. Carter Jonas and Sons, Land Agents, Cambridge, the Auctioneer, Newport Bucks.

The Bucks Standard 06 February 1897

INCREASED POSTAL FACILITIES. - From February 1, the Post Office in this village has been granted additional facilities for the convenience of the public, as on that date money orders, postal orders, savings bank, annuity and business of that description (which formerly had to be done either at Wolverton, Hanslope, or Stony Stratford) has benn undertaken in the village office. We understand the concession of the Postmaster General is highly appreciated by the villagers who number over 500. It is understood also that the Parish Council having guaranteed the sum of £20 per annum to the Post Office Authorities, the village will also be furnished with telegraphic communication, in the immediate future, a boon which will be still more highly appreciated. The work of the construction is already in hand.

The Bucks Standard 13 March 1897

RENT AUDIT. The rent audit of the tenants on the estate of Lord Carrington was held at the Carrington Arms Inn, Castlethorpe, on Thursday, March 11. There was a very good attendance, including his Lordship’s agents, Messrs. Carter Jonas and Sons, of Cambridge. A capital dinner was placed on the tables by the host and hostess, after which loyal and complimentary toasts were given. The health of the Earl and Countess Carrington and Lord Wendover were heartily given, as was also “Success to Agriculture,” proposed by Mr. J. H. Carter-Jonas, and responded to by Mr. J. E. Whiting. The usual abatement of rent was granted to the tenants.

Northampton Mercury 19 March 1897

CASTLETHORPE. The Parish Meeting was held Thursday. Mr. J. Olney in the chair. The following were elected Councillors for the ensuing year, a poll being avoided: Messrs. S. Baugh, T. Panter, T. Rainbow, J. Luing, and C. Whiting.

Northampton Mercury 26 March 1897

John York, journeyman baker, in the employ of Fredk. York, baker, Castlethorpe, was charged with delivering bread from a cart without being provided with a correct beam and scales and weights, on March 9th. P.C. Lorton proved the case. Fined 10s. including costs.

The Bucks Standard 05 June 1897

INTERESTING COUNTY COURT CASE. At the Wellingborough County Court on Tuesday, June 1, before His Honour Judge Snagge, Tom Arnsby Lovell, auctioneer, Northampton and Towcester, sued Charles Whiting, farmer, Castlethorpe, in an action of contract, commenced in the High Court of Justice and sent by order to the District Registrar under Section 65 of the County Court Act, 1888, to be tried in this Court, to recover the price of growing crops sold to the defendant to the amount of £55 14s. Mr. W. Ryland D. Adkins (instructed by Mr. C. J. Allinson, Northampton), represented the plaintiff, and Mr. R. Attenborough (instructed by Messrs. Bull, Newport Pagnell), defended. Mr. Attenborough opened the case and pointed out that there was no dispute as to the figures, and the fact to be decided was whether money could be claimed as discharging a debt owing by a third person. The plaintiff, he said, was an auctioneer of Northampton and Towcester, and defendant was one of three brothers who carried on business as farmers and agricultural machine proprietors. The account arose out of a sale of cropping held by the plaintiff for a farmer named Stone at Hanslope. The defendant purchased certain portions of the cropping. But under such circumstances that he claimed to be entitled to say that the amount should be set off against what was owing to him by Stone. The amount now sued for was £55 14s, but Stone owed the defendant £33 6s, and after deducting that, the balance of £22 8s had been paid into Court on a plea of tend.. It was urged that this was not a case of a man seeking to set off, but there was an express agreement that whatever Whiting bought at the sale should be set off against what is now owing to hi by Stone, who was an infirm old man whose business was managed by Mr. Richardson his son-in-law. At the request of Mr. Richardson defendant cultivated Stone’s farm, and was told by that gentleman that he could set off the purchase at the sale of cropping from the amount owing to him for his work. Defendant first gave evidence, and stated that in the early part of 1895 he was asked by Richardson to cultivate the farm, and did so. On the question of payment being brought up Richardson replied that there was a field of clover he could have, and that the crops and corn would afterwards be sold, from which he would be paid. Witness did the cultivation, and the account came to £49 19s. 1d., for which he gave credit for £16 13s. 1d., the value of the field of clover, leaving the balance owing at £33 16s. On the day of the sale witness saw the plaintiff, and said to him, “Anything I buy to-day will you allow off our account” Mr. Lovell replied, “What does Mr. Richardson say?” to which witness responded that Mr. Richardson said he was willing, and plaintiff then stated, “Well, it will be all right then.” Witness bought four lots, which came to the amount of the claim. In answer to Mr. Atkins, defendant said he knew that Stone owed money to someone named Payne, but he did not hear Mr. Lovell say, “I have instructions to pay you and Payne after I have paid myself.” He believed plaintiff had advanced money to Stone for rent and other things. In subsequent interviews Mr. Lovell never denied the conversation given in evidence, but he refused to taken the £22 8s. when witness offered it to him. In the course of his evidence plaintiff said that he had paid Stone’s rent several times, and had a lieu on his crops. He had paid his rent in April 1895, and the sale of crops was in August. They fetched £81 12s., which was less than the amount owed by Stone to witness for rent and money borrowed. He spoke to Whiting at the sale, but never agreed that defendant should set of anything he bought against what was owing to defendant. Witness told him Mr. Richardson said that he (plaintiff) was to pay Whiting and Payne after he had paid himself. When defendant offered him the £22 he refused to take it. In answer to Mr. Attenborough, plaintiff said he could not say what amount Stone’s estate owed him now, but he should think about £70. He was not suing Stone’s representatives, but for himself. In reply to His Honour, Lovell said he did not tell Whiting that what was owing to him (plaintiff) would probably absorb the whole of the proceeds of the sale. Thomas Richardson stated that he did not remember anything being said about Whiting setting off the purchase against the amount owing to him, but he expected that Whiting would be paid after plaintiff had been paid. By Mr. Attenborough: Witness asked Mr. Whiting to cultivate the farm, and told him to set off the field of clover, but he never told him that he could put himself right for the remainder at the sale. He thought the crops would make there times the money they did, and that there would be sufficient to pay the plaintiff and defendant. During the sale he advised Whiting to bid for the crops, as that would be the only chance he would have of getting the money. His Honour, in giving judgement, said he had come to the conclusion that defendant had been given to understand that he would be allowed to set off the amount of his purchase against what was owing to him, and he therefore gave a verdict for the defendant, the effect of which would be that the plaintiff would receive the amount paid into the Court. With regard to the costs, His Honour gave judgement for defendant upon the sum not recovered by plaintiff, on the County Court scale.

Northampton Mercury 23 July 1897

TRAP ACCIDENT AT CASTLETHORPE. On Sunday morning as Mr. G. Rolfe, Stony Stratford, accompanied by Mr. W. Warr and Mr. W. Panter, was driving young mare from Hanslope, he had a very narrow escape of what might have, been a very serious accident leaving on Castlethorpe. Mr. Rolfe drew on to the grass under trees for coolness, and in turning off the trap went clean over down the bank, throwing all three out. Mr. Warr went first, Mr. Panter, following upon him, bruised and cut him considerably; whilst Mr. Rolfe, flying clear of the other two, fortunately escaped injury. Mr. H. Groves was near the spot, and rendered first aid. The horse and trap were uninjured.

Northampton Mercury 24 September 1897

Stony Stratford Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. Before Mr. A. Grant-Thorold (chairman) and the Rev. Willes Joseph Henry Groves, licensed victualler, Castlethorpe, was charged with being drunk on licensed premises, at Castlethorpe, on September 2nd. Mr. C C. Becke, of Northampton, appeared for the  defendant who pleaded not guilty, and Mr. W. R. Parrott, Stony Stratford, watched the case behalf of Lord Carrington, the owner of the house. Sergeant Harrowell stated that he called at the Carrington Arms about twelve o'clock on the day in question, and saw the defendant asleep in the bar. He woke him and found that he was drunk. P.C. Sismey called at the house at 1.15 p.m. and saw the defendant drunk in the bar. Mr. Becke submitted that if a technical offence was committed, it was not of a serious nature. Fined 10s. and costs, 13s.

The Bucks Standard 02 October 1897

ACCIDENT. While a football match was in progress between Castlethorpe and Wolverton Wesleyans on Saturday last one of the players of the home team named A. Dolling, was heading the ball, when he had the misfortune to get kicked on the forehead, causing slight concussion. First aid was promptly rendered by J. Luing, and we are pleased to hear he is progressing favourably.

The Bucks Standard 02 October 1897

CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY AND HARVEST FESTIVAL. In connection with the above a public tea was provided in the Schoolroom on Saturday last, to which a good number sat down. In the evening the harvest thanksgiving meeting was held, when addresses were delivered by the Rev. T. Waugh, Connexional Evangelist, who kindly consented to come from Wolverton, where he was conducting mission services. The address he gave was listened to with rapt attention. Messrs. Mead and Swannell also spoke, and the Rev. J. Bentley presided. On the following Sunday three sermons were preached by Mr. Osborne, of Crewe, to good congregations, especially that at night, when the place was full. The chapel was very nicely decorated with flowers, fruit, and vegetables, the rostrum presenting a tasteful appearance. Great praise is due to the ladies who were responsible for the decorations. Collections were taken which realised £2 14s. 11d.

The Bucks Standard 27 November 1897

BOARD SCHOOL:- Summary of Inspector’s report; Mixed School-The upper school is in exceptionally strong hands and is doing exceptionally well. I am much pleased with Mr. Middleton’s Methods, and with the condition of his school. Infants’ School.- Miss Gregory is overweighed, she cannot manage so many children in so many classes single-handed. The help of a monitor in the afternoon only is useless, she should have undivided assistance of a suitable kind. The grant under Article 98 (6) of the code will be in danger next year if this is not attended to at once. Your attention is requested to the small print of Article 73 of the code. H.M. Inspector reports that the infants’ class is habitually too large.

The Bucks Standard 22 November 1897

AN EVENING WITH THE CHILDREN.- The annual children’s entertainment in connection with the Board School was given on Friday evening the 12th inst. And repeated on Saturday 13th inst. The large room was well filled each evening. The programme was a varied and interesting one, and was gone through with marked success. Much discretion was shown in allotting to each child a part to its capabilities. It would therefore be unfair to make any distinction as each item was rendered admirably. Mr. Middleton, head master, ably assisted by Mrs. Middleton, head mistress, and Miss Gregory, assistant mistress, had so thoroughly trained the children that although Mr. Middleton presided the whole of the time at the pianoforte, the children took up their respective positions on the platform with remarkable neatness and ease. The discipline manifested was a noticeable feature of the entertainment. All who took part in this evening’s enjoyment deserve the highest praise, and it is hoped that as an annual event it will long continue.

Northampton Mercury 17 December 1897

CASTLETHORPE.—School Board Election- Result. —The triennial election of five members for the Castlethorpe School Board took place on Friday. The candidates were Mr. John Luing, Mr. Owen Nichols, Mr. Joseph Pike, Mr. George Rainbow, Mr. Edward Richardson, and Mr. Charles Whiting. The election was not fought upon any particular party lines, but, nevertheless, keen interest was manifested in the village. Mr. Charles Reeve, of Newport Pagnell, acted as presiding officer and deputy returning officer, whilst Mr. Middleton, the village schoolmaster, was poll clerk. At the close of the poll the deputy returning officer declared the result be :— Rainbow, George, 128 votes, elected ; Whiting, Charles, 113, elected ; Pike, Joseph, 84, elected; Richardson, Edward, 75, elected; Nichols, Owen, 59, elected; and Luing, John, 43, not elected.

The Bucks Standard 17 September 1898

SERIOUS AGRICULTURAL LOSS. We regret to learn the serious loss which Messrs. Whiting Brothers, the well known agriculturists of Bucks, have just experienced at their farm at Castlethorpe. We understand that a flock of sheep had been turned into a stubble field from whence the corn had been recently carried, and it is supposed that a more than usual quantity of wheat had fallen from the ears and was picked up by the sheep, with the result that 40 at least died of over-feeding.

Northampton Mercury 31 December 1897

Petty Sessions, the Duke of Grafton, Mr. A. Grant-Thorold and Mr. T. Byam Grounds.— On the application of Mr. W. R. Parrott, a holdover of the licence of the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, was granted to Mr. A. Masterman, of Newport Pagnell

Northampton Mercury 31 December 1897

Three miles from Stony Stratford and five from Newport Pagnell.
Fine-tone PIANOFORTE, in Walnut Case ;
Also, small Rick of superior Meadow HAY, Chestnut
PONY, Spring TRAP, nearly-new DOG CART
FARM CART. Sets of HARNESS, Lady's
BICYCLE, and other miscellaneous Effects.
premises as above,
On Monday, January 10th, 1898,
by direction of Mr. J. H. Groves, who is leaving.
 Sale to commence 10.50 o'clock prompt.
Fully described in Catalogues, to obtained at
the Auctioneers' Offices, Buckingham.

The Bucks Standard 18 February 1899

FIRE.- Two Cottagers Burnt Out.- About 11.15 on Thursday night last, February 16, a fire of an alarming nature broke out in this village when two cottages the property of Lord Carrington, and occupied by Messrs. Bird and Powell respectively , were completely burnt out. The fire was discovered in a barn adjoining one of the cottages by some of Mr. Bird’s family, and the barn being full of straw, efforts were made, and it was thought successful, to put out the flames, but afterwards in shifting the straw some underneath again burnt into flame and at once a furious conflagration was raging. The cottages were thatched and afforded ready fuel to the flames. Efforts were made to check the fire, and the Stony Stratford Brigade were sent. When they arrived, the fire had got good hold, but a plentiful supply of water being at hand the flames were at once …stored, but not before the cottages were a mass of ruins. Mr. Bird’s furniture was completely burnt up, but some of Mr. Powel’s was saved. The Buildings were it is believed, insured, but the poor occupiers have lost their all. Mr. Bird, who is a signalman on the railway, was in the unfortunate position of seeing his home burnt up before his eyes, but could not get away from his box until relieved.

Mercury & Herald 15 July 1971

When Mr. Gobbey was a boy a big blaze started in the large store where Farmer Amos kept tackle and several cottages were involved. One of them was the home of Billy Bird, a railway signalman, who was on duty at the time and from the signal-box watched the destruction of his cottage.

Northampton Mercury 07 May 1898

Frederick Clarke and Walter Clarke, of Castlethorpe, labourers, were charged with trespassing in search of  rabbits, on land in the occupation of Mr Charles Whiting, at Castlethorpe. April 24th —The defendant Frederick did not appear —Joseph Feasey, gamekeeper, proved the case —Fine and costs. 10s each.

Northampton Mercury 29 July 1898



A platelayer named Joseph Cosby, of Bradwell, near Wolverton, met his death in a dreadful manner on  Wednesday afternoon while working the London and  North Western Railway near the troughs at Castlethorpe. He was run over and killed by the 2pm corridor express from Euston, his body being literally cut to pieces, for the train was going at a rapid rate. The mangled remains the man were conveyed by some of his fellow workmen to the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, to await an inquest. The unfortunate man leaves widow and nine children.

Northampton Mercury 20 January 1899

BUILDERS desirous of TENDERING for the ERECTION OF ADDITIONS TO THE BOARD SCHOOLS AT CASTLETHORPE, BUCKS, must forward their names and addresses before one o'clock Saturday, 28th instant, HENRY HUGH DYER, Architect and Surveyor, 1, Sheep-street, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 27 January 1899

Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. Before the Duke of Grafton and Mr. A. Grant-Thorold.—Alfred Coey, labourer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for not sending his child Beatrice, aged 11, regularly to school. —Mrs. Compton stated the particulars.—An order was made for the child to attend school.

Northampton Mercury 03 February 1899

CASTLETHORPE. —Concert.—On Tuesday evening a capital concert was given in the Board Schools in aid of the Cricket Club. The programme was arranged Mr. J. Pike, who secured the services of a number of ladies and gentlemen from Wolverton, Newport Pagnell, Passenham, etc. Among those present were the Rev. W. J. Harkness, Miss Watts, Mrs. Fitzroy (Yardley), Mr. J. Pike and Miss Pike (Castlethorpe), Mr. and Mrs G. Whiting (Stoke Goldington), Mr. and Mrs. C. Whiting. Miss Greeves (Haversham), &c. A novelty in the programme was gramophone, which Mr. George Salmons, of Newport Pagnell, kindly manipulated.

Northampton Mercury 10 February 1899

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before the Duke of Grafton, K.G., Mr. Grant-Thorold, Rev. G. E. Willes, and Mr. T. Grounds, James Clarke, Castlethorpe, was charged with stealing two mangold wurtzel, value 1d., the property Mr. Joseph Pike, farmer, at Castlethorpe, on  Jan. 20th. - Mr. W. R. Parrott appeared for the prosecutor, a member of the Stratford and Wolverton Association  for the Prosecution of Felons.—Mr. Pike proved value of the wurtzels, and mentioned that the defendant had worked for him and his father for 20 years.- P.C. Crewe stated that he met the defendant as was leaving work, and he had the wurtzels in his pocket. The defendant pleaded guilty.—Mr. Parrott said the prosecutor wished a put a stop to these petty depredation. The defendant was dealt with under the First Offenders’ Act to come up for judgment if called upon, to pay 10s. towards the costs.

Northampton Mercury 17 February 1899



About 11.15 p.m. Thursday evening, a serious fire occurred at Castlethorpe, when two cottages, the property Mrs Amos, and occupied by Messrs. Bird and Powell were completely burned out. The fire was discovered in a barn adjoining one of the cottages by some of Bird's family, the barn being full of straw. Efforts were made put it out, and was it thought successfully, but, afterwards, in shifting the straw the flames burst out afresh, and the cottages, being thatched, soon caught fire. The Stony Stratford brigade were sent for, but when they arrived fire had got a good hold. The flames were eventually mastered, although not until the cottages were in ruins. Mr Bird’s furniture was burnt up, but some of Mr. Powell's was saved. Mr. Bird is a signalman on the railway, but could not get away from his box, although he could see his house flames.

The Bucks Standard, February 18, 1899

FIRE.- Two Cottagers Burnt Out.- About 11.15 on Thursday night last, February 16, a fire of an alarming nature broke out in this village when two cottages the property of Lord Carrington, and occupied by Messrs. Bird and Powell respectively, were completely burnt out. The fire was discovered in a barn adjoining one of the cottages by some of Mr. Bird’s family, and the barn being full of straw, efforts were made, and it was thought successful, to put out the flames, but afterwards in shifting the straw some underneath again burnt into flame and at once a furious conflagration was raging. The cottages were thatched and afforded ready fuel to the flames. Efforts were made to check the fire, and the Stony Stratford Brigade were sent. When they arrived, the fire had got good hold, but a plentiful supply of water being at hand the flames were at once …stored, but not before the cottages were a mass of ruins. Mr. Bird’s furniture was completely burnt up, but some of Mr. Powel’s was saved. The Buildings were it is believed, insured, but the poor occupiers have lost their all. Mr. Bird, who is a signalman on the railway, was in the unfortunate position of seeing his home burnt up before his eyes, but could not get away from his box until relieved.

Mercury & Herald 1971

When the fire started on a weekday afternoon Mr. Gobbey was working at Castlethorpe Railway Station as a porter and he raced to the blaze while the signalman gave the alarm. “I was first on the scene,” said Mr. Gobbey.

Wolverton Fire Brigade hurried to the village and the railway sent a big tender by rail to Castlethorpe Railway Station. And there it stood in a siding helpless while the cottages were gutted but presumably capable of action if railway property became involved.

Mr.Gobbey told me how he and Jack Allen, a stonemason from Stoke Goldington, got a piano out of Teddy Powel’s house; Jack Allen was inside pushing, Mr. Gobbey was outside pulling and when the piano stuck in the doorway the two men climbed over the piano to exchange places so that Mr. Gobbey could do the pushing.

It was as well they did change places, because, as Mr. Gobbey, the younger man, pushed the piano clear, the blazing roof collapsed inside the cottage.
Other residents recalled by Mr. Gobbey were Harry Geary of Hanslope coming down from the roof of an old butcher’s shop with his shirt sleeves on fire, and of a barrel of beer being delivered at the height of the blaze. As it could not go in the house, it was rolled up the garden path and left.

A collection was started in the district to help the victims of the fire and Mr. Gobbey and another porter helped by taking collecting boxes along the trains which stopped at Castlethorpe Station.

Northampton Mercury 05 May 1899

CASTLETHORPE, near the Railway Station.

Containing about One Acre, RIPE FOR BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, with stone-built COTTAGE standing thereon, the whole situate first-class frontage to the Main Road, and within three minutes' walk of the Railway Station;


BY MR. GEO. WIGLEY, on Friday, May 12th. 1899,

At the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, Four

o'clock in the Afternoon, in One Lot.

To view, apply to Mr. Amos, Castlethorpe, and for further particulars to W. R. PARROTT, Esq-, Solicitor, Stony Stratford; Or to Mr. Geo. Auctioneer and Land Agent, Winslow.

Northampton Mercury 15 September 1899


During Saturday night a determined attempt at burglary was made at Castlethorpe Station. It appears an entry was effected by breaking the window of the booking office. An attack was made on the safe, but it successfully resisted the attempt to force it, and the person or persons were frustrated in their nefarious designs. The police are prosecuting enquiries, but, so far as we are aware, nothing has yet been discovered.

Northampton Mercury 29 September 1899

The Board School system, which cannot even gain a footing in the populous district of St. James' End, Northampton, has long been established in the little village of Castlethorpe, and has prospered there to such an extent that men of all classes and creeds the district have come to recognise its advantages and combine to ensure its success. A demonstration of this unanimity of feeling was given on Monday, at the re-opening of the Board Schools, after extension, by Earl Carrington, accompanied by Lady Carrington. His lordship gave valuable statesmanlike speech on education. Lord and Lady Carrington take a keen interest in Castlethorpe affairs, for his lordship owns estates in  the district, and he has in many practical ways, especially by the presentation of a recreation ground and giving easy facilities to villagers to acquire allotments, shown how thoroughly he has the welfare of the village at heart.

Northampton Mercury 29 September 1899


The new Board School which was opened at Castlethorpe eight years ago has had to be enlarged, and the formal re-opening took place on Monday afternoon, Earl Carrington being the chief figure in the celebrations. The enlargement consists chiefly of an extension of the infants' class-room. This work has been carried out at a cost of £180 5s. 6d., together with the renovation of the whole of the school, which has entailed an expenditure of an additional £40 10s. The former class-room was only sufficient to accommodate 44 infants, but by the addition there is at present room for 30 more. Mr. H. H. Dyer, Northampton, was the architect, and the contractor was Mr. J. M. Panting, Northampton, both gentlemen giving every satisfaction. There was a large attendance at the opening ceremony. Mr. O. Nicholls, Chairman of the School Board, presided, and was supported on the platform by Earl and Lady Carrington, Mr. J. Pike, Mr. C. Whiting, Mr. G. Rainbow, and Mr. E. Richardson (members of the Board), Mr. T. Osborne (clerk to the Board), and Mr. F. W. Wollard, C.C. (Stony Stratford). The Rev. W. J. Harkness, vicar of Castlethorpe and Hanslope, was also among the audience. A skilfully-played pianoforte duet was given by Miss J. Jones and Mr. Middleton, after which Mr. Osborne read a statement describing the progress of the School. Letters of apology were read from the Rev. J. Foster, Mr. Wilmer, C.C. (Newport Pagnell), Mr. E. H. Watts (Hanslope Park), and Mr. Howard (London and North-Western Railway). Following a song Mr. Impey was an address by the Chairman. He was delighted, he said, to see Lord and Lady Carrington amongst them, and alluded to the progress that had been made in the village. Mention was also made of the fact that owing to Lord Carrington's kindness in granting land many men in the village were now becoming owners of houses. (Applause.)— Miss Watkin, Northampton, delighted the audience with a charming song. Lord Carrington, who was heartily cheered, said he was pleased to be amongst them at Castlethorpe again, and his memory went back to seven or eight years ago, when they met for the opening of those schools. He thought he might say everybody interested in Castlethorpe must have been pleased with the report read by Mr. Osborne. It was a very good record indeed, and only showed what could done by men who came forward in a voluntary manner to take positions of public trust. He congratulated them upon the result of the work of the past seven or eight years. With regard to education, his memory went back to the time of the Dames Schools, and he also remembered the anxious days and nights spent in the House of Commons up to the year 1870, when they tried to bring forward a system of national education. It was thrown in their teeth, and he believed this was the case still by some people, that they were advocating a system of Godless education. He was happy to say this was not the case. (Applause.) He believed  he was speaking the truth when he said in that school—and in all the schools, with few exceptions, throughout the Kingdom—they always opened with prayer and the reading of a chapter of the Bible, which was right and proper. He could not help thinking, even in Board Schools, they were running into some danger in having their education a little over-bookish. There was a remarkable letter by Sir Walter Gilbey in the " Times," part of which he read as follows: " Of the industries and employments needing elementary education as well as particular instruction in the principles of the arts and sciences underlying their application, the largest, perhaps the most difficult, and certainly the last to be dealt with educationally, has been agriculture. To make a farmer, as to make a sailor, practical handiness and training are elementary and indispensable requisites. The pupil's abstinence from practical work during the long summer days in order to participate in the teaching of a class-room is undoubtedly a loss to manual and practical training, and has therefore, not unnaturally, aroused the misgivings of country parents. It may be that time-table suitable to country farm work, such as obtains in parish schools in Scotland, longer school hours winter, and comparative freedom from school in summer will be found necessary to surmount these objections. Still there remains the teaching of the principles of the sciences (mathematics, chemistry, mechanics, physiology, botany, etc.), as well as further detailed instruction in the particular branches of those sciences applicable to agriculture, and in the method of their application, to be assimilated by minds young, teachable, and plastic, if the farmer of the future, like the master mariner of to-day, is to deal as master or as foreman with the congeries of subjects comprised in a farm business, which are the means to the end of agriculture as an intelligent industry." Sir Walter Gilbey was an eminently practical man. He had taken a great interest in agriculture, and his lordship ventured to suggest, in the presence of his good friends, whether some education regarding the great and noble pursuit of agriculture might not be introduced into their schools. They knew they had got Board Schools. They were monstrously unpoplar. Then there were the Voluntary Schools. He did not wish to say a word against them; they had done a great, good, and practical service to the Kingdom. They had been worked and managed by good and practical men, but still he was bound to admit that " voluntary” was misnomer. Voluntary Schools, as Voluntary Schools, in this country had ceased to exist. They were supported greatly out of the public purse, and be hoped the day was not far distant when they would have a certain amount of public control over the Voluntary Schools, as well the Board Schools of this country. His lordship said men in their towns and districts ought to be able to obtain a piece of land in order to themselves houses, and he was glad to see that what had been done in the matter at Castlethorpe had been so successful. He understood there were more applications for additional land in the village, and he should be pleased to do his best for them. He had been requested to say there was a great wish for a public recreation ground the village, and personally he quite saw how necessary it was. After going round Castlethorpe was thought a field known as the” Chequers" would be well adapted to the purpose. Certain conditions had been fixed upon those who rented the field, and hoped they would allow him to call it The Lady Carrington Recreation Ground. (Loud applause.)— The Rev. W. J. Harkness emphasised the necessity of education having a religious foundation, and he spoke of their indebtedness to Lord and Lady Carrington.—Mr. Woolliams, Wolverton, next sang; Mr. F. W. Woollard, C.C., delivered an address; Miss Watkin again sang; Miss Stapeley played; and Mr. Rainbow eulogistically proposed vote of thanks to Lord and Lady Carrington for their attendance, which was seconded by Mr. Richardson, and accorded with acclamation. Lord Carrington suitably acknowledged the compliment.—A song by Mr. Impey, a vote of thanks to the Chairman, another song Mr. Woolliams were given, and a verse of God Save the Queen terminated the proceedings. Miss Stapeley, the well-known violinist, of Wolverton, gave a violin solo with her customary ability and the Rev. W. J. Harkness then gave an address, and emphasised the necessity of education having a religious foundation.

Northampton Mercury 06 October 1899

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—Mr. John R. Wilmer in the chair.—The Medical Officer of Health reported four fresh cases of diphtheria Woburn Sands, one case scarlet fever at Loughton, and one case of typhoid fever at Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 15 December 1899

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. —The Rev. J. T. chairman.—The Medical Officer of Health reported one case of scarlet fever at Castlethorpe. three cases Hanslope, and that one child at Stantonbury had died from diphtheritic tonsillitis. A case of diphtheria. was also reported from Walton.