Newspaper Reports 1900 - 1909

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 05 January 1900

Deaths: August 5. Mrs. Mary Savage died at Castlethorpe, aged 101.

Northampton Mercury 02 March 1900

CASTLETHORPE, Buckinghamshire,
Within five minutes' walk of the Station on the
London and North-Western Railway.
favoured with instructions from Mr. Joseph Pike (who is leaving),
On Thursday, March 22nd, 1900, at Eleven o'clock punctually,
The Valuable LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK, comprising
86 Head of Well-bred SHORTHORNS,
220 Superior Half-bred SHEEP and LAMBS,
Five Strong and Active CART HORSES and COLTS,
Brown Cob MARE, 8yrs., 15hds. 1in., quiet to ride and drive;
16 PIGS, 100 Head of Well-bred POULTRY,
The MACHINERY consists of a 6-horse-power Portable Engine (by W. Allchin, Northampton)- Thrashing Drum, 3-knife Chaff Cutter with safe guard, Bean and Oat Mill combined, with shafting, and belting complete;

Also about 100 Lots of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE.
Luncheon on the usual terms.

The Sale will commence with the Furniture Eleven o'clock punctually.
Catalogues may be obtained of Mr. Joseph Pike, Castlethorpe; at the principal Inns in the neighbourhood ; and of the Auctioneers, 83, High-street- Bedford.

Northampton Mercury 27 April 1900

WANTED. Trustworthy, Good PLAIN COOK. Required; two in family. Apply, Mrs. Grant, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 01 June 1900

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Board of guardians, Wednesday.—Mr. John E. Wilmer was in the chair, and there a good attendance —A letter was read from the Local Government Board accepting the resignation of Mr. Joseph Pike as Guardian for the pariah of Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 17 August 1900

The efforts which are being made to place a stained glass window in the nave of the Parish Church at Castlethorpe, were further renewed on Tuesday, when garden party was held in the grounds adjoining the residence of Mrs. Grant in aid of the funds. A large number of persons were resent during the afternoon, and as the sum of between £30 and £40 had been raised for the object previously, a substantial amount is doubt now in hand. Lady Alexandra Carrington, the absence through indisposition of her mother, opened the gathering. Lord Carrington and the Hon. Rupert were amongst those present.

Northampton Mercury 05 October 1900

THE FATALITY CASTLETHORPE STATION. The Deputy Borough Coroner (Mr. Tomalin), this (Friday) afternoon, held an inquest at the Northampton Infirmary on the body a labourer named William Simons, who died from the effects of injuries sustained while attempting to get in a train at Castlethorpe.—Caroline Simons, wife of the deceased, said her husband was 39 years of age. He was a labourer in the employ of the London and North-Western Railway. He left home to go to his employment at Works on Thursday morning.—Richard Flavell, stationmaster at Castlethorpe, said on Thursday morning he saw the 7.28 train away, and after it had got 120 yards up the platform he saw deceased come on to the platform by a side gate and attempt to get into the train. He attempted to get hold of the carriage door, but he apparently missed it, and fell under the train. Deceased was picked up and placed in a carriage and brought to the Northampton Infirmary.—Frederick Webb, a guard in the employ of the London and North-Western Railway, said accompanied deceased to the Infirmary.—George Lewis, house surgeon at the Infirmary, said deceased was admitted to the Infirmary on Thursday. Both thighs were terribly fractured, and deceased died from the shock caused these injuries.—A verdict of Accidental Death was returned.

Northampton Mercury 02 November 1900


The Medical Officer of Health reported several cases of diphtheria and scarlet lever.—The Council grave the Sanitary Inspector special instructions to watch the cases of infectious disease in Castlethorpe, and to take proceedings against any person who infringed the laws dealing with infectious disease.

Northampton Mercury 14 December 1900


The Medical Officer of Health reported that there now appeared to an end of the cases scarlet fever at Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 01 March 1901

ACCIDENT.—A man named Thomas Pole, aged 32, living in Green-street, Northampton, and employed by Mr. F. Cave, furniture dealer, Northampton, was driving a van from Castlethorpe Monday, when the horse took fright and bolted. Pole was thrown from his seat to the ground, sustaining serious injuries. His leg was broken and his arm much damaged. He was removed to the Northampton Infirmary, where was detained.

Northampton Mercury 29 March 1901

CASTLETHORPE.—Parish Council Election (five seats).—Charles Whiting, 55; James Pain, 51; Arthur Masterman, 50; John Luing, 47; Edward Richardson, 39 (elected); John Olney, jun., 37; Samuel Baugh 9.

Northampton Mercury 12 April 1901


Betting Men Charged with Theft. —Charles Herbert Smith (33), 39. Althorp-street, Far Cotton, and John Clarke (30), Victoria-gardens, described as betting men, were charged with stealing about eight p.m. on the 11th inst., from London and North-Western Railway train at the Castle Station, two gentlemen's mackintoshes, value £3 10s., the property of the London and North-Western Railway Company. Prisoners were further charged with receiving the mackintoshes well-knowing them to have been previously stolen. —Edward Chapman, a porter at the Castle Station, said that he saw two mackintoshes on the rack of first-class compartment of the six o'clock from Euston, and subsequently saw Clarke in the compartment hand one of the mackintoshes to Smith and take one himself. Afterwards he learned that the mackintoshes had been left in the train by gentlemen who left it at Castlethorpe. He spoke to defendants, who said that the mackintoshes belonged to them.—Sergeant Leatherland deposed that when he saw Smith with reference to the mackintoshes Smith said that the one he had was given to him by a man he did not know. Later on said that Clarke took the mackintoshes. When he saw Clarke he said that Smith had told lies about the matter. Prisoners were formally charged at the station, and made no reply. Only one of the mackintoshes had been recovered. Charles Whiting and Arthur Masterman, Castlethorpe, deposed to leaving their mackintoshes in the train at Castlethorpe. That recovered belonged to Whiting.—Prisoners were remanded until Monday, bail being refused. —Detective-Superintendent Copping, the Chief of the London and North- Western Railway Company's Police, watched the case on behalf of the company.

Northampton Mercury 03 May 1901

In the Centre of the Village, and within five
minutes' walk of the Railway Station.

Particularly available for Building Purposes, in a village which is rapidly growing in favour, possessing frontages sufficient for the erection of Ten Houses, and with good depth, consisting of a very large garden, with brick and stone-built and slated Malting, which comprises valuable materials sufficient for the Erection of Several Houses,

BY MR, GEO. WIGLEY, on Wednesday, May 15th, 1901, at the Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, at Four for Five o'clock the Afternoon, in One Lot.
For further particulars, apply W. R. PARROTT, Esq., Solicitor, Stony Stratford, or to Mr. Geo. Wigley and Land Agent, Winslow.

Northampton Mercury 03 May 1901

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY. —Before the Duke Grafton. K.G. (in the Chair), Mr. A. Grant-Thorold. Mr. T. Grounds. Mr. H. Grant-Thorold. and Mr. J. Appleton. Walter Mills, labourer, of Castlethorpe, was charged with riding bicycle without a light, at Castlethorpe, on April 18th—P C. Crewe proved the case.—Fine and costs, 5s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 05 July 1901


TRIALS OF PRISONERS. ALLEGED THEFT OF MACKINTOSHES. Charles Herbert Smith (33), clerk, and John Stephen Clarke (30), cooper, both on bail, were indicted for feloniously stealing, at Northampton, on the 11th of April last, two mackintoshes, together the value of 10s., the property of the London and North-Western Railway Company.— Prisoners pleaded not guilty.—Mr. Metcalfe prosecuted; Mr. Probyn (instructed by Mr. G. Jason Phillips) defended Clarke.—Charles Whiting, farmer, Castlethorpe, and Arthur Masterman, licensed victualler, Castlethorpe, deposed to travelling from Aylesbury to Castlethorpe on the 11th April and leaving their mackintoshes in a first class compartment of a London and North-Western train. Whiting identified as his property a mackintosh produced in Court.—Henry Farren, the guard of the train, deposed to making a search for the mackintoshes at Northampton, the next stopping-place to Castlethorpe. He failed to find them, but he saw a porter named Chapman speak to the prisoner Smith, who threw on to the platform a mackintosh he was carrying. By Mr. Probyn: He could not identify Clarke.—Edward Chapman, porter-guard, stationed at the Castle Station, deposed to seeing two mackintoshes on the rack of an empty first-class compartment as the Castlethorpe train entered the station. Afterwards he saw Clarke in the compartment. He threw out mackintosh, which Smith caught, and which was the mackintosh in Court; and afterwards Clarke came out of the compartment with a mackintosh and put it on. Two minutes afterwards witness asked Smith if the mackintosh he was carrying was his. Smith said Yes," but when Farren came up he threw the mackintosh to the ground and walked away.—Detective-sergeant Leatherland deposed to making enquiries into the case, and telling him that he was suspected, with another man, of stealing two mackintoshes. Smith at first said, “No, not me"; but on seeing the witness Chapman he said that the mackintosh was given to him by a man whom he did not know. Subsequently Smith said that Clarke got into the compartment and took the mackintoshes. Witness sent Smith to the Police Station, and afterwards arrested Clarke. Although every effort had been made to recover the second mackintosh had not been traced.—By Smith: The first time he saw Smith he did not suspect him of the robbery. By Mr. Probyn: Clarke denied the offence.—This closed the case for the prosecution.—Smith, giving evidence in defence, stated that he had been to Aylesbury Races, and when he arrived at Northampton he went to the guard's van to get his slate. Coming back a mackintosh was thrown over his head, and he had no sooner got it off than Chapman asked him whose mackintosh it was. On the impulse of the moment he replied, " Mine, of course." Chapman then accused him of having entered the compartment and stolen the mackintosh. He offered the mackintosh to Chapman, who would not take it, and then he threw to the ground.— Mr. Metcalfe was not expecting the mackintosh, and although he knew Clarke was on the train Clarke was not travelling with him. The statement he made to Leatherland that Clarke took the mackintoshes was a lie: the first statement made, that the mackintosh was given to him a man he did not know was the correct one.—By Mr. Metcalfe: He was not a betting man, but he had been working at the Aylesbury Races as clerk to a man named Bond. Clarke was working there too, but as a master. After the magistrates had sent the case for trial witness said that Clarke was the man who took the mackintoshes.—Clarke, on oath, said that he had been bookmaking at Aylesbury. When he reached Northampton he had to carry from the train his umbrella, a large betting sheet, and his easel. He was wearing his own mackintosh, and he did not see Smith until he reached the exit door. He did not hear anything of the robbery until the police visited his house three hours after he left the station. At no time after leaving the train with his luggage did he enter any compartment.—Mr. Metcalfe: Are you a bookmaker or clerk Witness: I'm a clerk, but I was bookmaking that day. Witness and Bond were in partnership that day, and Smith, clerking for Bond, was working for witness. He had not seen Smith since the committal, and the evidence Smith had given was Smith's own concoction. Harry Panter, bookmaker's clerk, 58, Talbot-road, Northampton; Arthur Roberts, clicker, 86, Holly-road; and Stephen Haddon, fruiterer, 17, Crispin-street, who travelled from Aylesbury to Northampton with the prisoner Clarke, gave evidence to the effect that they did not see Clarke enter any compartment of the train after once leaving it at the Castle Station.—Further evidence was given by Harry Eames, a 'busman, and George Drage, who took Clarke's luggage from the station to his house in Victoria-gardens. Clarke was wearing a mackintosh, but there was not another mackintosh among his luggage. After Mr. Probyn had addressed the jury, Mr. J. W. West, of the Northampton Brewery Company, said that Clarke had been employed by the company for sixteen years, and had borne a good character. After deliberating in private for a few minutes, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty against Smith and Not Guilty against Clarke.—Sentence was deferred.

Northampton Mercury 19 July 1901

ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. " Enquirer” (Castlethorpe).- ln order to get marked for attendance at school the child must attend before the close of the time provided by the Time Table for the. working the Register. In practice late children are allowed to attend, but repeated unpunctuality might considered by the Board Education ground for refusing to admit.

Northampton Mercury 08 November 1901

CASTLETHORPE — NATIONAL DEPOSIT FRIENDLY SOCIETY.—A very successful meeting was held in the Carrington Schools, Castlethorpe, on Saturday, Nov. 2nd to support the local branch of the above-named society. The meeting was promoted by the local secretary (Mr. Gersharm Whiting). The chair was taken by the Rev. W. J. Harkness. Vicar Hanslope, supported by the Rev R. Jecks. Mr. W. A. Rowe. and Dr. Rutherford. The room was well filled, and the Chairman in introducing Mr. Rowe (the district secretary) complimented Mr. Whiting and others on : the result of their efforts.—Mr Rowe explained the objects the society very fully, pointing out its advantages. Several questions were then asked by those present and satisfactorily answered.—The Rev. H. R. Jecks and Dr. Rutherford, also spoke support of the society, pointing out its benefits as a savings’ bank, sick club, and a solution of the old age pension difficulty-—Songs were sung intervals Misses A. Gregory and S. Compton, and Messrs. Middleton, A. Compton, Masterman, and Greenwood, —The Chairman proposed a vote of thanks Mr. Rowe for his kindness coming long a distance  to explain the objects of the society, and also to the ladies and gentlemen who bad given their services , that evening—The meeting concluded with the National Anthem.

Northampton Mercury 27 December 1901

DEATHS: PIKE. December 22nd. 1901, at Linford-road, Newport Pagnell, George, eldest son of the late William Pike, of Castlethorpe, aged 51.

Northampton Mercury 10 January 1902

STONY STRATFORD. Divisional Petty sessions. Friday. — Before the Duke of Grafton, Mr. A. Grant-Thorold, and Mr. T. Byam Grounds.—Alfred Bull, of Castlethorpe, labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, at Castlethorpe. on December 15th.—The defendant pleaded guilty, and the particulars were briefly stated P.C. Crewe.—Fine and costs, 10s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 14 March 1902

CASTRATION IN ALL BRANCHES.—AppIy, T. HUMPHREY'S, Castlethorpe, Bucks. Horses operated on standing, 10s. 6d. each.

Northampton Mercury 15 August 1902

CASTLETHORPE. In dull and threatening weather the villagers commenced their Coronation festivities a little after noon. Many houses were artistically decorated. Several of the committee were busily engaged decorating the five chestnut trees that are visible from the Castlethorpe Station. On Castle Hill a flagstaff had been erected as a permanent memorial the day and the hoisting of the flag for the first time was entrusted Mr. C. Whiting, Chairman of the Parish Council. A short programme was drawn up for the occasion, and after devotional exercises by the Vicar, the flag was hoisted to the singing of the National Anthem. Sports then followed this interesting ceremony, and at 3.30 p.m. the children met at the School for free tea, and by the kindness of Mr. Pain, each child was presented with a packet sweets. An adults' tea succeeded this, and at 6 p.m. the carnival, headed by a section of the Yardley Gobion Brass Band, paraded the village, and marched to Castle Field, where Mrs. Grant (late of Castlethorpe, but now of Leamington) and Mr. Rooke (late Stony Stratford) were given the difficult task adjudicating the winners. Unhappily their decisions were in many cases questioned, and much comment was made upon the fact that the names as well as the characters of persons taking part in the fancy dress carnival were given to the judges. However, the judges, who had, previously stated, a difficult work on hand, gave their decision, and among the successful candidates were Mr. and Mrs. Whiting and family, Master Markham, and Messrs. Bavington, Jones, Middleton, and Manning. At dusk a huge bonfire was lighted and a firework display commenced, and a pleasant day was passed, and many wishes were expressed for " long life to the King and Queen."

Northampton Mercury 29 August 1902

The news columns of the “Northampton Daily Reporter" on Tuesday contained the statement that a great puff ball, weighing 8½ pounds and measuring 48 inches circumference, had been gathered at Castlethorpe that morning. It was an immense growth, and was probably one of the largest of the species ever found in this district. Years ago these puff balls were much more common than they are now: modern agriculture does not leave so much room for them. Tuesday appears to have been a wonderful day for mushrooms and other fungi. Several people were mushrooming on Northampton Racecourse, where a small but exceedingly sweet mushroom is not infrequently found. The rapidity of growth of some species of fungi is remarkable. The immense puff ball mentioned above must have grown during the twelve or fourteen hours previous to its discovery. The largest puff ball in Northamptonshire—Castlethorpe is just over the border—of which I can find any record was found at Biggin, near Oundle, in 1798. "The Gentleman's Magazine" of that year has this description of it: " The dimensions and weight are as follow: Weight, 5½ lbs. avoirdupois; its horizontal circumference, 3 feet 1 inch; perpendicular circumference, 31 inches ½;  diameter, 12 inches ½£; diameter of the stalk, ¾ an inch. It much resembles, both in shape and colour, a lace pillow [that is a pillow for lace-making] with a white leather skin upon it drawn tight towards the stalk."

Northampton Mercury 29 August 1902

AN ENORMOUS PUFF BALL —A puff ball weighing 8½ and measuring 4 feet circumference must regarded an extraordinary growth. Yet such a ball has been found in field of Mr. Weston's, near the Wharf Castlethorpe, by Mr. J. Castledine, of  Northampton, who was at the time, we presume, mushrooming. The ball was found near a hedge, and shows signs of the trouble experienced forcing its way through some overhanging thorns.

Northampton Mercury 14 November 1902

John Burbidge. Henry Mills. Luke Stones, and Bull, all Hanslope, were summoned for trespassing in search of game, at Castlethorpe, on October 18th.  This case was adjourned from the last meeting, only Bull then appeared, warrants issued for the others. Burbidge had absconded; the others pleaded guilty.—Mr. Charles Whiting, farmer, and Andrew Nichols stated the case.—Mills and Stones were fined including costs (first offence); Bull 30s. and costs 7s. 6d. (previously convicted); and Burbidge £2 and costs, or one month's imprisonment.

Northampton Mercury 27 February 1903

CASTLETHORPE. - ENTERTAINMENT—On Friday and Saturday capital entertainment was given in the Board Schoolroom, by the Castlethorpe Choral Society, the programme submitted being the opera “Columbus”. Mr. Middleton conducted very capably, and the characters were as follow:—King of Spain. Mr. T. Osborne: Queen of Spain, Mrs. Middleton: Columbus. Mr. S. Wheeldon; President, Mr. J. Whitmee, Tapioca, Mr. J. Cowley: Banana Bill, Mr. G. Powell: Sago Palo, Miss Compton : Boatswain. Mr. J. Nicholls: Usher. Mr. A. Clark. Violins, Messrs. H. Nicholls and H. Spong; 'cello. Mr. C. Freeman . There was a good company present, including Rev. H. J. Harkness (vicar Hanslope). Mrs. Grant (Leamington), Mr. and Mrs. Wallace. Mr. C. Whiting. Mr and Miss C. Whiting, Mrs. Weston, Mrs. Gamble, Mrs. and Miss Masterman. Mr. T. Barrett, etc. The performance was very good one, and great credit due to  the company. The scenery was made and painted by members of company.

Northampton Mercury 20 March 1903

LINE BLOCKED NEAR CASTLETHORPE. Early on Tuesday goods train was travelling the up slow line, when, just outside Castlethorpe Station, a wagon axle broke. The train kept on its course, broken wagon bumping on chairs and sleepers. This went on till Castlethorpe Station was reached, when the wagon, with others following it, jumped the platform, doing more damage, at the same time blocking the slow line and partially the down slow line for some time. The breakdown gang from Bletchley was at once called to the scene, and quickly remedied the damage.

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1903

WIDOW Offers one SITTING-ROOM and BEDROOM, with or without Board; country cottage, pleasantly situated, eight minutes' walk from station. Moderate terms. —Address, Mrs. Owen Nichols, Castlethorpe, Stony Stratford, Bucks.
Note: Owen Nicholls buried 14th February 1903 aged 44.

Northampton Mercury 06 November 1903

on Thursday, November 19th, 1903, at 11a.m.,
by order of the Exors. of the late Mr. James Pain.
Catalogues of the Auctioneers, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 13 November 1903

RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. Olney District. That legal proceedings be taken against Mr. Olney, of Castlethorpe for not complying with bye-laws in the erection of buildings at Castlethorpe. The report was adopted.

Northampton Mercury 11 December 1903

A Castlethorpe Quarrel.—Edwin Gobby, of Castlethorpe, labourer, was charged with assaulting Mary Ann Taylor, wife James Taylor at Castlethorpe, on November 30th — Mrs. Taylor said she asked the defendant what he had to say about her, and he pushed her about and struck her—After hearing two witnesses each side, the Bench dismissed the case.

Northampton Mercury 11 December 1903

Marriages: Pike-Davies.3rd Dec. the Parish Church, Sandy, Joseph, son of the late William Pike, of Castlethorpe, Bucks, to Beatrice, daughter of the late George Davies, of Old Warden, Beds.

Northampton Mercury 01 January 1904


Mr. William Olney, of Castlethorpe, attended before the committee with respect to the contravention the bye-laws the erection of two cottages at Castlethorpe. The committee recommended that the matter be left in the hands the Surveyor, and that such alterations be carried out he (the Surveyor) requires.

Northampton Mercury 05 February 1904

The committee recommended that seven days' notice be served on Mr. Olney requiring him to comply with the bye-laws in respect to two houses at New road, Castlethorpe;

Northampton Mercury 24 June 1904

WESLEY GUILD AT CASTLETHORPE. The first united summer rally of the Northampton District of Wesley Guilds was held at on Saturday, when a large number of Guilders and their friends assembled from Northampton, Wolverton, Woburn Sands, Fenny Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Sherrington, etc. The subject of "Junior Guilds," ably introduced by the Guild Secretary (Rev. W. B. FftzGerald, of Leeds), created much interest, several members taking part in the discussion which followed. The company then adjourned to the Council Schools, where the prettily decorated and heavily laden tables did great credit to the energetic Tea Committee, and gave promise of what, proved be an excellent repast. After tea the company broke up into parties and visited various places of interest, a couple of hours being enjoyably spent rambling through this rural district. The grounds of Mr. C. Borrett and Mr. C. Whiting, kindly thrown open the Guilders by their owners, were a great attraction, their rustic beauty and picturesque settings being welcome changes from the rush and turmoil of present day life. The beautiful peacheries of Mr. Clark, together with his glass-houses, were also visited, in which the eye was allowed to feast upon what will no doubt prove to be a feast for the mouth in very short time. The historic associations connected with the ruined castle and the old church also found some enthusiastic admirers, a large party rambling round the walls. At the evening meeting the little chapel was crowded, the chair being taken by Dr. Lyth, of  London who was supported by Rev. W. B. FitzGerald, Rev. C. A. Pollard, circuit superintendent, and Mr. Carter, evangelist. Dr. Lyth gave a thoughtful and earnest address on "Character building," his treatment of the subject being much appreciated. The Rev. C. A. Pollard addressed the Guild members with words of encouragement, and led them in the singing of Dr. Burton's celebrated Guild hymn, the war cry of the Wesley Guilds. The treat of the day was, of course Mr. FitzGerald's stimulating address, which captivated his audience. "Looking after Number One" was his subject. The reverend gentleman treating the same from a necessitous point of view, showed how such an -action could be pure and unselfish only by the advancement benefits and interest for our fellow creatures, under which circumstances it could be of a high and lofty character. Miss A. Rushton, of Northampton, was the soloist, and during the meeting very prettily sang "The priceless gift" and " Sunshine and rain." A vote of thanks all who had taken any part was proposed by Mr. Carter, and carried with, acclamation. The following ladies and gentlemen acting on the various committees are to be congratulated upon the grand success attending their laborious efforts: Mrs. Cowley, Misses Jennings, Thomas, and Hunt (Wolverton), and Mrs. Burbidge, Cowley, Sprittles, Whitmee, Lee, and Misses L. and M. Rainbow, H. and A. Burbidge, Cowley, Richardson, Stratton, Geary (Castlethorpe), Misses Denney, Hunt, Knight, Swannell (Wolverton), and D. Cowley, H. F. Nicholls, F. Nicholls,  E. Richardson, A. Richardson, H. Cowley, R. Sharp, W. Bennett, and J. Cowley (Castlethorpe). On Sunday Rev. W, B. FitzGerald delivered special Guild sermons morning and evening to large congregations. In the afternoon a musical service was held, presided over Mr. J. Denney, of Wolverton, Miss Claridge, Brickhill, was the soloist, and the Rev. W. B. FitzGerald gave instructive address on '"The Gentleman's Psalm." Special anthems were capitally rendered by the choir, under the conductorship of Mr. Middleton, at each service.

Northampton Mercury 15 July 1904

CASTLETHORPE. TREAT TO THE VILLAGE Mr. Claude Borrett, Hatton Court, near Castlethorpe. entertained the whole of the school children and in habitants of the village at his residence on Tuesday, the occasion of the birthday one the members of his family. Mrs. Borrett was present, and Mrs. Mattei and Miss Benan formed the house party. The children were entertained to tea, and afterwards games were indulged in, refreshments being supplied ad. lib. The evening concluded with good display of fireworks. The treat was unfortunately marred by an accident. Some of the children were playing the on the “see-saws," when all those on one end got off, and the rest on the opposite ride fell. Doris Cowley happened to be the bottom one, and she sustained a fracture of the left arm just above the wrist. We are pleased hear that the sufferer is progressing satisfactorily.

Northampton Mercury 22 July 1904


Without Certificate —William Olney. of Castlethorpe, was charged with a breach of the Public Health Act by allowing a house to occupied without having obtained a water certificate.—Mr. C. J. Allinson defended. A technical offence was admitted —Fined 6d. and 7s. 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury 16 September 1904

FALL FROM EXPRESS TRAIN. At dawn Saturday, young man, apparently a seaman, was found lying terribly injured and unconscious on the permanent way of the London and North-Western Railway main line near Castlethorpe. The poor fellow, upon whom was found a ticket from Euston to Liverpool, had evidently fallen from one the three of four fast expresses which run from Euston Liverpool during the night. He proves to be James Blank, of West Derby-road, Liverpool. Lying in six-foot, he  was discovered by some the company's workmen. They found that he had sustained terrible injuries to his head. Fortunately, he fell clear of the metals, and escaped being run over by other trains. He was taken to Northampton Hospital by two ambulance men of Wolverton, Messrs. J. Laing  and J. Herbert, and at Northampton assistance was rendered by the company's servants, who in such emergencies always act with promptitude and care. At the Northampton Hospital it was found that his skull was seriously injured. At first in a very critical condition and unconscious, the man has made remarkable progress during the week.

Northampton Mercury 14 October 1904

DEATHS: KEMP. On the 1st inst., at Castlethorpe, (suddenly), James Kemp, formerly of Stony Stratford, aged 64.

Northampton Mercury 28 October 1904

STONY STRATFORD Divisional Petty sessions. Friday. Before the Duke of Grafton, K.G. in the chair), Mr. T. Grounds, Mr. H. J. Conant, Mr. H. Grant- Thorold. and Mr. G. M. Fitzsimons. A temporary transfer of the licence the Crown Inn. Stony Stratford, was granted from Mr. Edward Arthur to Mr. W. A. Greenwood, of Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 11 November 1904

MARRIAGES: Greenwood- Sawbridge. Oct 18th at Hanslope, William Alfred Greenwood, of Castlethorpe, to Edith Sawbridge.

Northampton Mercury 23 December 1904

The committee interviewed Mr J Olney with reference to the drainage of cottages at New-road. Castlethorpe, and the matter having been satisfactorily explained him, agreed comply with the Council's notice.

Northampton Mercury 07 July 1905


The Sanitary Committee reported that a letter had been received from Mr. E. T. Worley, solicitor for Mr. W. J. Crisp, with reference to the proposal to erect eight cottages on certain land at Castlethorpe, and to the question of a new street. The committee recommended that the matter be referred to counsel for opinion thereon.—The Surveyor reported that Messrs. J. Carter Jonas had not complied with notices respecting the insufficient drainage at Castlethorpe. The committee recommended that the Surveyor empowered to have the necessary works executed forthwith, and that the cost be recovered from Messrs. J. Carter Jonas.

Northampton Mercury 28 July 1905

CHURCH BAZAAR AT CASTLETHORPE exceedingly pretty bazaar was held at the Homestead Garden, Castlethorpe on Thursday, with the object of providing funds for the restoration of the reredos and altar frontal the Parish Church. The event was the result of the untiring efforts of the following enterprising committee of ladies: Mrs. Wynn. Mrs. Borrett. Mrs. Harkness. Mrs. Whiting, and Mrs. Rawlinson. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn very kindly placed their charming garden at the disposal of the committee. The weather was not all that could have been desired, and the opening ceremony, which was performed by  the Countess Carrington, took place in a sharp, downpour of rain. The Rev. W. J. Harkness presided over a large attendance, amongst whom, were noticed Lady Alexander Carrington, Mr. and Mrs. C. Borrett, Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. W. J. Harkness, Mr. H. Jonas, Mrs. Graves. Mrs. Shakeshaft, Mrs. Matty, and the Rev. F. Davis (curate).—The Chairman, after heartily welcoming the Countess Carrington, briefly explained the object of the bazaar. Lady Carrington, charming little speech, wished the promoters every possible success, and declared the proceedings open —Miss Betty Borrett, dainty little lady of three years, then prettily presented her ladyship with a beautiful bouquet. The stalls, which were enticingly arranged and tastefully decorated with muslin, flowers, etc., were under Working Party Stall: Mrs. Chandler and Mrs. Baugh, Fancy Stall; Mrs. and Miss. J. Gregory. Refreshment Stall: Mrs. Borrett. Flower Stall: Mrs. Holt and Miss Holt, Plain Work Stall Mrs. Middleton, Mrs. J Nichols, and Mrs. Holman Jam and Pickle Stall: Mrs. Amos. General Stores: Mrs. C. Whiting. Fancy Needlework and China- Mrs. Harkness and Mrs. Lea Wynn. Sweet Stall Mrs. Rawlinson and Mrs Powell. Photograph Stall: Mr. A. Blake. Basket and Parcel Stall: Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Fitch, and Miss Clark. Jumble Stall: Miss Compton. Programmes; Miss Ida Beck. At seven and eight o’clock the Hanslope Amateur Dramatic and Musical Society presented on the lawn amusing comedietta, entitled “The Wrong Box.” The characters were admirably portrayed by the following —Mr. H. Butcher, Rev. F. Davis (who very kindly filled up unavoidable vacancy in the company). Miss Neale, Miss M. Neale, Miss Platten, Mrs. J. Smith, Miss Ethel Caves, and Miss D. Whitbread. The Yardley Gobion Britannia Prize Band, under the baton of Mr. J. E. Lambert, was in attendance, and discoursed enjoyable selections. The side shows included Aunt Sally and cocoanut shies, attended by Rev. F. Davis; bran pie, Mrs. Smith and Mrs Lansbury; and tennis and croquet tournaments, arranged Mr. Lea Wynn.

The Bucks Standard 28 July 1905

BAZAAR. A bazaar in aid of Castlethorpe Parish Church was held in the Holmstead Garden, Castlethorpe, kindly lent by Mr. Wynn, on Thursday, July 27th. Much of the work sold was done by Mrs. Wynn’s working party. The Countess Carrington opened the bazaar at 2.30, and was presented with a pretty bouquet by Miss Betty Borrett, of Hatton Court. The following were the stallholders. Working Party Stall. Mrs. Baugh and Mrs. Chandler; Fancy Stall, Mrs. Masterman and Miss J. Gregory; Refreshment Stall, Mrs. Borrett; Flower Stall, Mrs. and Miss Holt; Jam and Pickle, Stall, Mrs. Amos; Plain Work Stall, Mrs Middleton, Mrs. J. Nichols, and Mrs. Holman; General Stores, Mrs. C. Whiting; Fancy Needlework and China, Mrs. Harkness and Mrs. W.Wynn; Sweet Stall, Mrs. Rawlinson and Mrs. Powell; Photograph Stall, Mr. A. Blake; Basket and Parcel Stall, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Fitch, and Miss Clark; Jumble Stall, Miss Compton. Other attractions were Pastoral plays, tennis tournament, croquet, bran pie, Aunt Sally, weighing machine and coco-nut shies. The Yardley Gobion Prize Band was in attendances, and played capital selections during the day. Many thanks are due to Lady Carrington for her kindness in opening the bazaar, and to all those who helped to make the function a success.

Northampton Mercury 04 August 1905

Stony Stratford Divisional Petty Sessions

On the application Mr. Law, of Bicester (on behalf of Messrs. W. S. Holt and Son, Castlethorpe), ejectment warrant was ordered to issue against Fred Wills, of Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 11 August 1905

The little picturesque village Eydon was recently devastated ; still more recently Wollaston gave forth its lesson the loss of three human lives; and now Castlethorpe has become a prey to the devouring element, and the same day Rushden and Wootton had outbreaks, the two latter, fortunately, confined to the buildings in which the fire originated. But at Castlethorpe the case was different, and the consequences serious. A spark from engine is supposed to have been the cause of the outbreak. as most of our readers are aware, stands close to the London and North-Western Railway main line, about two and a-half miles on the Northampton side of Wolverton. A fierce north-westerly gale was blowing, and it is supposed the wind carried sparks from a London express to the thatched stabling about a hundred yards from the line. The flames spread with such rapidity that the cottagers had time to rescue the greater part of their goods. The Stony Stratford Brigade and the London and North-Western Brigade from the Wolverton Works were soon on the spot, but the gale and the scarcity of water handicapped their efforts, and eleven cottages and a stretch of stabling were destroyed Such incidents as this occurring on the side of the line should compel further attention to the question of engines emitting sparks. Unfortunately—or fortunately, according to whether the picturesque dominates in the mind of the person—country villages are not all clear of thatch-roofed houses, when the snorting iron horse tears along, belching forth great quantities burning coal, the result as seen at Castlethorpe, is often disastrous.

Northampton Mercury 11 August 1905


PEOPLE HOMELESS Locally, are experiencing a remarkable series of serious fires. But a very short time since Eydon, one of the most picturesque villages to be found in a part of Northamptonshire essentially picturesque, was visited by conflagration which brought distress upon many simple homes; only a fortnight ago Wollaston, fire, not satisfied with the mere destruction of property, took human lives; and the latest place into which it has carried destruction is Castlethorpe, where on Friday a calamitous outbreak devastated a not inconsiderable portion of the village. Castlethorpe is eminently rural in character, and the disaster violently disturbed its normally peaceful atmosphere. Resembling other places where the modernising spirit has not been active, the village possesses great proportion of houses whose roofs are made of thatch, highly inflammable, although picturesque. To some extent the existence of these easily ignitable house-coverings explains the dimensions of the fire of Friday.
Its origin will, probably, ever be shrouded in mystery. For a time it will doubtless form a theme on which the villagers will indulge in speculations. Generally the fire on Friday was attributed to the flying of sparks from engine travelling along the North-Western system, which forms a sort of southern boundary to the village. The explanation may or may not be the true one. It has the merit of possibility. The flames were bound to spread with great rapidity, for the fates seemed determined to assist the progress of the fire. Not only did the existence of thatches help it, but it was aided by exceptional wind, a gale of extraordinary fury, ideal for fomenting flames, was blowing. The burning material was carried from house to house with a rapidity which made the efforts to combat the flames, necessity not very formidable, absolutely futile. For a time the villagers were in a state of utter hopelessness. Castlethorpe is badly equipped for such an emergency. Ordinarily its water supply is from wells, which, in the event of a fire may be practically disregarded. The river is some distance off, and is, of course, only valuable providing that powerful steamers can be secured for its aid; and its pools proved, as would those in many other villages with such great demands upon their resources, hopelessly incapable for the purpose of adequately dealing with great fire.
Soon after half-past two in the afternoon the flames, which in such a wonderfully short time wrought such terrible havoc, were first seen. Colour to the theory of the sparks is lent by the fact that but a few moments previously the engine said to have been emitting them passed the village. The distinction of having discovered the outbreak belongs to Mrs. Jones, who, with Miss Tooth, lives in a house in what Castlethorpe, with its love of simple nomenclature, calls its Backstreet —the thoroughfare closest to the railway line The building on which the evil sparks apparently alighted was barn rented by Mr. Arthur Masterman, the landlord of the Carrington Arms. Its thatched roof was, when Mrs. Jones perceived it, completely involved in flames. But the flames were not long content to devote their energies exclusively to a barn. Soon they involved within their scope a considerable block of stables near in the occupation of Countess Bosdiri. The highly combustible thatches burnt furiously. Speedily the conflagration grew. After having completely involved the buildings on the southern side of the road, the fire extended its operations to the other. Few moments seemed to the amazed onlookers to have passed before it was one mass of flame. The progress of the fire continued swiftly. Near by, separated by one of those pieces of garden ground on which the thrifty cottager cultivates the vegetable produce with which to feed his household, stood three cottages ancient and, with their roofs of thatch, picturesque. Their fate was quickly sealed, and the fire with its insatiable appetite sought further fuel. As fire often does, it behaved whimsically. Some considerable distance from Backstreet runs a row of somewhat dingy houses placed behind and running parallel with those which had their fronts in Front-street —a thoroughfare which faces the magnificent parish church and has a view of the fine country to the north. In the row of cottages facing the street the fire did its greatest mischief. The intervening row of houses —in what are called Varney’s and Lack's yards—remained practically unhurt. The burning material transported by the winds travelled over them and involved those beyond. The explanation is simple. Those which escaped had roofs of slate, and those which became victims of the flames had, with one exception, roofs of straw. While all this was happening the villagers did not, course, content themselves with idle despair, but instead displayed much activity. The countryman has a sympathetic temperament and usually a strong arm. A host of men, unable because of the village’s lack of proper apparatus to do anything to impede the progress of the fire, concentrated their efforts upon the rescue of the furniture of their distressed neighbours. They were not exceedingly successful. News of the conflagration had travelled with a speed, comparable to that of the flames themselves through the surrounding neighbourhood. Messengers with urgent appeals for aid reached Wolverton and Stony Stratford—the two nearest places in a position to give help. At Wolverton the story of the fire, exaggerated in the course of its progress, created something like dismay. In the railway works are employed many men who at Castlethorpe have their homes, for whose safety they were anxious. The railway authorities behaved nobly. The men of Castlethorpe were permitted to leave their employment and for their benefit the express which ordinarily dashes through Wolverton about four o’clock was stopped by special signal. Half an hour later another batch of men were despatched to the village by a special, which took the place of the workmen’s train, whose ordinary time is 5.30.
A considerable time before this, firemen appeared upon the scene. The Stony Stratford Brigade, with their manual, reached Castlethorpe first, and they were followed by the Brigade connected with Wolverton Works, with both steamer and manual. There was little prospect of their saving any of the buildings involved, because already most of them were a mass of flame. Unfortunately, however, the steamer which might have been of great assistance in combatting the flames could not be utilised, because it is solely constructed to run on metals; and stationed on the line with the river nearly half mile away it was useless. Recourse was first had to Mr. Holt’s pond, a quarter of a mile distant. Its resources were soon exhausted. Then the firemen obtained their supply from Mr. Whiting’s pond, where the water was so shallow that they were soon pouring on to the flames what was more or less liquid mud. Still the Stony Stratford men, under Captain Downing, and the Wolverton men, under Captain Hilyard, worked heroically to preserve from serious injury houses not already involved, and in this they were gratifyingly successful. Two of the most remarkable escapes were those of Miss Tooth’s house, near which considerable stabling was destroyed, and to whose walls clings venerable fruit tree, which was completely burned, and Mrs. Brown’s bakehouse—once, by the way, a public-house possessing the wonderful name of Tom and Jerry . Besides the stabling and farm buildings, there were utterly destroyed in Back-street three cottages and in Front-street eight. The dispossessed tenants are: —Mrs. Clark, a widow, with two sons; Mr. Jesse Lambert, a labourer, with a wife and one son; ; Mr. E. Powell, labourer, and parish constable, with a wife and one son; Mr. Joseph Smith, a labourer, with wife and large family; Mrs. Brown, a widow; Mr. John Evans, painter, with a wife and four children; Mr. F. Wills, labourer, with a wife and one child; Mr. J. Clark, a single labourer; Mr. W. Gray, with a wife and one child; Mrs. Vials, widow, and Mrs. Nichols; Mr. William Worker, a platelayer, with wife and four children.
Until it was absolutely necessary to desist, those engaged on the work of rescue valiantly continued their efforts. All manner of household furniture was extricated, although it represented but a very small proportion of the contents of the houses which were gutted. Without respect of persons, the villagers assisted in the work. Principally, of course, the suffering will fall upon the poor people, who have in many cases lost their entire possessions. Several were distraught they watched the destruction of their homes. Practically all the householders belong to the poorer class. Tales of the great hardship which it will in some cases occasion were common. A meeting was held in the village school at Castlethorpe on Saturday evening to establish a relief fund for the sufferers. Mr. W. W. Carlile, M.P., presided, and upon that gentleman’s suggestion the members of the Parish Council were appointed as a committee to receive and distribute gifts in money and kind. The following were added to the committee: Mrs. Atkinson, Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Wynne, Mr. D. Courley, and Mr. A. Chandler. Mr. Carter Jonas, agent to Earl Carrington, announced that his lordship wished to express his sympathy with all who had sustained loss, and had sent £25 to alleviate their suffering. The Duke of Grafton sent £10. while sums of £5 were announced from Mr. W. W. Carlile, the Hon. T. F. Fremantle, Mr. Wallach, Mr. A. Burr, and Mrs. Atkinson; Mr. C. Whiting gave £3, Mr. A. Masterman £2, and Mr. J. Feasey £l. Several collecting boxes which were opened contained in all 11s. 8d.

The Bucks Standard 18 August 1905

WEDDING. A very pretty wedding was solemnised at the Parish Church of St. Peter’s, Bourton-on-Dunsmore, on Monday, Aug. 14, the contracting parties being Harry Bavington, second son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bavington, of Castlethorpe, and Miss Amy Lucy Flavell, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Leason Flavell, Mount Pleasant Draycote Warwickshire. The bridegroom was attended by Mr. George Kemp, of Great Linford, as best man. The bride who was given away by her father, looked charming in a dress of cream voile trimmed with ruche chiffon and lace, with a tulle veil and a coronet of orange blossom; and she carried a lovely shower of choice white flowers and a maiden hair fern, the gift of the bridegroom. The bride was attended by two bridesmaids Miss Eva Flavell, sister of the bride, and Miss Mabel Bavington, sister of the bridegroom, and they look very charming in dresses of brown cashmere trimmed with silk braid and lace, with large white picture hats; they also carried bouquets of white flowers and maiden hair fern, and the gold brooches they wore were the gift of the bridegroom. The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was also a gold brooch, and the bride’s gift to the bridegroom was a set of gold studs and cuff links. A very enjoyable time was spent afterwards at the bride’s home by a large number of relations and friends. The happy pair left early the next morning for North Wales, where the honeymoon is being spent. The presents were both numerous and useful.

Northampton Mercury 01 September 1905


Castlethorpe.—The committee recommended that, subject to the opinion of the Clerk, proceedings be taken against Mr. Crisp tor allowing the houses to be occupied without having first obtained a certificate that there is available supply of wholesome water.

The Bucks Standard 29 September 1905


The Postal Authorities notify that telegrams will now be dealt with at the Castlethorpe Post Office.

Northampton Mercury 20 July 1906


On Thursday, July 12, the death occurred of Mr. James Markham, Manor Farm, Hanslope, who was a well-known and most highly-respected farmer and cattle dealer. Mr. Markham, who was only 38 years of age, had recently undergone an operation.
The funeral took place Monday at Castlethorpe. The Rev. Mr. Harkness officiated. The hymn, “Jesu, Lover of soul,” was sung in the church. Miss Gregory presided at the organ. The mourners were: Mrs. Markham (widow), Willie, Arthur, and Bertie (sons), Mr. and Mrs. Markham (father and mother), of Quainton; Mrs. Eynott (sister), of Watford; Mr. Frank Markham (brother), of Quainton; Mrs. Wood (sister), Mr. Arthur Markham (brother), Quainton; Mrs. Preston (sister). Miss Markham (sister), Quainton; Mr. (brother-in-law), Watford; Mrs. Thomas Markham (sister-in-law), Mr. W. Woods (brother-in-law), Mrs. Deeley (sister-in-law), Mr. Preston (brother-in-law), Mrs. Phipps (sister-in-law), Mr. John Jones (brother-in-law), Chilton; Mrs. John Jones (sister-in-law), Mr. W. Jones (brother-in-law). Miss Townsend, Mr. Arthur Deeley (brother-in-law), Mr. James Jones, Hanslope ; Mr. Harry Phipps (brother-in-law), and Mr. James Russell, Hanslope, and Mr. A. S. Ward, Bugbrooke (nearest friends). There were also present: Mr. Clarke, Watford; Mr. Bowen, Knockhall, Kent; Mr. Osborn, Buckingham; Mr. Wotherspoon, Watford; Mr. Watts, Hanslope Park; Mr. J. O. Adams, Weedon; Mr. Shirley, Bletchley; Messrs. Brett Bros., Loughton; Mr. John Terrington, Blackheath; Mr. Wilson. Stratford; Mr. Willison and Mr. W. Q. Ward, Northampton; Mr. Paterson, Stratford; Mr. Chandler. Castlethorpe; Mr. Frost, Hanslope ; Mr. Capel, Hanslope: Mr. Godfrey, Lillingstone; Messrs. Whiting Bros., Castlethorpe: Mr. Powell, Newport Pagnell; and Mr. Alfred Sawbridge, Hanslope; and many other friends of the deceased, who were at the graveside, from Roade. Castlethorpe, Hanslope, and the surrounding villages.
The body was enclosed in an oak coffin, with brass mountings. The breast-plate bore the inscription: "James Markham, died July 12th, 1906, aged 38 years.” Mr. Webb, of Hanslope, was the undertaker. The funeral car and carnages were supplied Mr. W. G. Ward, of 30, Mood-street, Northampton. Wreaths were sent by the widow and children; father and mother, brothers and sisters; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law; father and mother-in- Jaw- Mr. and Mrs. Watts, and B. Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. Terrington (Woolwich), Mr. Godfrev and daughters (Lillingstone Lovell). Mrs. Rainbow, Mr. and Mrs. A. Phipps. H. A. Lester (Foscott), Mr. and Mrs. Whiting. Wesleyan Chapel friends Castlethorpe. Mrs. Brett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Brown and family (Thornton), Mr. and Miss Maycook (Loughton), Mr and Mrs. Cape!, Mr. and Mrs. Holt, Mr. Owen Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Clarke (Watford), Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Sawbridge, Mr. Fisher and family (Buckingham), and Mr. and Mrs. Wellington.

Northampton Mercury 07 February 1906

THOMAS ARIS has received instructions from
Mr. Ernest Weston,
On Monday, Sept. 24th, 1906,
The Whole of his FARMING STOCK,
Full particulars in future advertisements.

NAVIGATION INN. CASTLETHORPE, STONY STRATFORD. THOMAS ARIS has received instructions from Mr. Ernest Weston, TO SELL BY AUCTION, On Monday, Sept. 24th, 1906, The Whole of his FARMING STOCK, IMPLEMENTS and MACHINES; Also a Few Lots of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. Full particulars in future advertisements.

Northampton Mercury 14 September 1906

THOMAS ARTS, having received instructions
 from Mr. E. Weston,
On Monday, September 24th. 1906.
MACHINERY, &c., comprising—

HORSES. —Roan Cart Mare with foal at foot,” Royal Guardian” Roan Cart Horse, 3-year-old Cart Colt. 2-year-old ditto, both by “Royal Guardian”; Bay Cart Mare, 3-year-old. has been worked in chains; Chestnut Harness Pony, 13-2; Black Mare, quiet to ride and drive; Roan Pony, 13-2
Set of Silver-mounted HARNRESS, and TRAP (by Lee, Newport Pagnell).
CATTLE.—Red Cow in milk and in calf, 3 Weaned Calves.
IMPLEMENTS. —Iron Plough (Roberts), set of pair-horse Harrows, 2 Carts (Roberts), nearly new; Coal Trolley, Coal Scales and Weights, Coal Bags, 2 Navvy Barrows, 2 sets Thiller Harness, set Trace Harness, sets G.O. Tackle, set of Pony Harness (all brass-mounted), 3 Nose Bags, Corn Bin, Skip, Halters, Governess Cart (in capital condition). Hand Drags, Rakes. Forks, 2-knife Chaff Machine, Bean Mill, Paraffin Tank (15 gallons), 2 Stoves. Double-barrel Gun, &c.
Sale to Commence 12.30.

Northampton Mercury 26 October 1906

CASTLETHORPE. Concert.— very successful concert was given on Saturday last in the Council School, Castlethorpe. It was arranged by the Sunshine Committee of the Young People's Class, which is held in connection with the Wesleyan Chapel. The Sunshine, since its commencement some four years ago, have paid hundreds of visits to the sick and aged people of the village, in many instances taking with them such necessaries the sick-room as grapes, beef-tea, etc. They also have distributed parcels each Christmas to the widows and old people. It was with a view to increase the funds for the practical part of the work that the concert was given. The venture proved a great success, and the funds benefited to the extent of about .£5. The Vicar, the Rev. W. J. Harkness, was in the chair. After the Secretary’s report, Mr. Harkness briefly addressed the meeting, addressing helpful remarks to the Sunshine Committee in their work, and wishing them every success. The following ladies and gentlemen took part :—Pianoforte solo, Mr. H. Middleton; songs, Mrs. Thomas, Miss Cooper, Mrs, Middleton, Mr. A. Bullard, and Mr. A. Petts; recitations, Mr. W. Hay; violin solos, Mr. T. S. Cales, A.C.V. Mr. H. Middleton was the accompanist. The committee desire to express their thanks to all who so generously assisted.

Northampton Mercury 09 November 1906

Bucks County Council has accepted from Earl Carrington an offer to add to the road in the village of Castlethorpe, a strip of ground recently occupied by some cottages which were burnt down, thereby improving the width of the road very considerably.

Northampton Mercury 30 November 1906

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Divisional Petty Sessions, WEDNESDAY.-Before Colonel J. Hatfeild Harter, Colonel Burney, Mr. A Hipwell, Mr. J. W. Mann, and Mr. W. R. Chantler.- Richard Partridge, labourer, of Bradwell, and Alfred Burbidge, labourer, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to trespassing in, search of conies on land at Little Linford, on October 27. —Each defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and 5s. 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury 08 February 1906

NEWPORT PAG NELL. Divisional Petty Sessions, Wednesday.—Before Mr. W. J. Levi, Mr. J. M. Knapp, Mr. W. R. Chantler, Mr. A. W. Hipwell, Mr. J. W. Mann, and Colonel Allison. —Alfred Burbidge, labourer, of Castlethorpe, and George Keeves, labourer, of Haversham, pleaded guilty to trespassing in search of rabbits, on January 20, on land at Haversham, in the occupation of William Rose Parrott, solicitor, executor of the late William Scott.—Fined 10s. and 6s. 9d. costs each.

Northampton Mercury 03 May 1907

instructed by the Administratrix of the late Mr. James Kemp,
On Monday, May 6th, 1907, at the Cock Hotel,
Stony Stratford, at Five o’clock exact time.
In Five Lots,
known Nos. 89 and 91, HIGH STREET,
Adjoining, known as Nos. 14 and 15, PROSPECT
ROAD, with Stabling, Coach-house,
and Premises extending to Mill-lane;
Known as Nos. 10 and 11, MILL LANE; TWO
Well-built Brick and Slated FREEHOLD COTTAGES,
STRATFORD; also a Very Desirable and
in the occupation of Mrs. Kemp.

Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be obtained of the Auctioneers, Winslow, Stony Stratford; of Messrs. Wetherfield, Son, and Baynes, 1, Gresham Buildings, Guildhall. London, E.C.; or of C. H. DAVIS, Esq., Solicitor, 6, Mercers’-row. Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 03 May 1907


Property Sale. —On Monday Mr. H. H. Wigley (Messrs. George Wigley and Sons) held a sale at the Cook Hotel of property situate at Stony Stratford and Castlethorpe. Lot 1, Noe. 89 and 91, High-street. Stony Stratford, withdrawn at £480; lot 2, two cottages and outbuildings (at back of  lot 1), £330, Mr. John Robinson, Deanshanger; lot 3, two cottages facing Mill-lane, £225, Mr. Robinson; lot 4, two cottages in Prospect-road, £350, Mr. J. Rogers; lot 5, freehold house Castlethorpe, £300, Mr. Coopland.

Northampton Mercury 17 May 1907

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Divisional Petty Sessions, Wednesday.— George Keeves, labourer, of Hanslope, and Alfred Burbidge, labourer, of Castlethorpe, were summoned for trespassing search of conies, on April 29, land in the occupation of the exors. of Mr. James Greaves, Haversham.—Defendants, who pleaded not guilty, were each fined £1 and 6s. costs.

Northampton Mercury 24 May 1907

STONY STRATFORD. Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. Before Mr. A. Grant-Thorold (in the chair), Mr. T. Byam Grounds, Mr. G. M. Fitzsimons, and Mr. F. W. Woollard. —Harry Stewart Izzett, Boswell House, Upper Mounts. Northampton, clothier, was charged by Elizabeth Robinson with assaulting and beating her, at Castlethorpe, May 1. Mr. W. Y. Groves, of Northampton, defended, and pleaded not guilty.—The prosecutrix stated that defendant called at her house for some money on May 1. She did not give him any, and started abusing her. She asked him leave the house, but he would not, and she told him she would push him out. She tried to do so, and the defendant then took hold of her arms, shook her, and pushed her up against the wall. Witness’ sister was present, but she was ill and could not attend. Cross-examined by Mr. Groves, the prosecutrix said nine months ago she lived at Conrteenhall, and since then she had lived Roade, Hartwell, and Castlethorpe. She had been annoyed at the defendant calling for payment of an account. Her husband told her not to have the man in the house. She wrote a postcard to the defendant saying she would not be at home, and that he need not call. —The Bench dismissed the case without hearing defendant’s statement.

Northampton Mercury 21 June 1907

Stony Stratford Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. —Before Mr. A. Grant-Thorold (in the chair), Mr. M. R. Hall, Mr. G. M. Fitzsimons, and Mr. P. W. Woodard. —Edith Mary Panter, Castlethorpe, v. Henry George Burbidge, coach trimmer, Castlethorpe.—Mr. C. J. Allison, Stony Stratford, appeared for the complainant.—An order was made upon the defendant, who did not appear, and is now working at Loughborough, contribute 2s. 6d. per week until the child is 13 years old.

Northampton Mercury 23 August 1907

ROYAL BUCKS HUSSARS The annual regimental prize shooting the Royal Bucks Hussars came off on the range at Stoke Park on Thursday. The weather was favourable, and some exceedingly good scores were made. Sergeants and lance-sergeants, 1 Sergeant W. Smith, Aylesbury, Third Squadron; 2 Sergeant-Major A. Coopland, Castlethorpe, Second Squadron.

Northampton Mercury 25 October 1907



A man, at present unknown, met an awful death Castlethorpe early on Thursday morning. He fell from London to Birmingham express, and was killed, probably instantaneously. The train on which the fatality occurred was the midnight from Euston, and the accident was discovered immediately after passing through Castlethorpe Station. When two miles north of Castlethorpe the train was stopped the communication cord being pulled, and when the guard made inquiries he learned from a passenger in third-class compartment that man who had commenced the journey at Euston had disappeared, the passenger who gave the alarm having awakened from sleep to find the door the compartment open and the man gone. The guard advised the signalman duty at the Hanslope box, and he, in turn, communicated with Castlethorpe. Mr. Chandler, the stationmaster Castlethorpe, was called up, and taking with him ambulance stretcher, he boarded goods train that was going towards London, and proceeded along the line and made a search.
Mr. Chandler quickly met with success. A quarter mile south of Castlethorpe found the dead body the missing man. The man had evidently fallen from the train head foremost, for there was an awful wound on the top of the head, and when, later on, Dr. Easte, of Hanslope, made an examination of the body, found that the skull was badly fractured. The left arm was broken, and the left foot, which had evidently been run over by the train, was smashed and nearly severed at the ankle. With the assistance several platelayers Mr. Chandler carried the body to Castlethorpe Station.
The body was found at two o’clock on Thursday morning. It is that of a man apparently some 30 or 35 years of age. 5ft. 6in. 5ft, 8in. in height, of medium build, with a rather long thin face, grey eyes, light hair inclined to curl, and a very slight moustache. He was dressed in a suit of dark grey, and his boots were glacé kid Derby’s.
On the body the return half a half-day excursion ticket from Rugby to London was discovered, and two photographs apparently of the dead man himself, were also found. They both showed a young man in the uniform of a midshipman, the first at the age of seventeen or eighteen years, and the other four five years later. One of the photographs was signed on the back, “A. Lyon.”
Among number of papers which the search of the body revealed was a catalogue issued by Messrs. Willans and Robinson, engineers, Rugby, and the discovery of this led to the belief that the deceased might have been in some way connected with that firm. Inquiries at Rugby failed to establish the theory. All the employees of Messrs. Willans and Robinson could be accounted for on Thursday morning.
It is supposed that the deceased, who went to sleep soon after leaving Euston. woke suddenly the train was nearing Castlethorpe, and before was quite conscious what was doing, opened the door of the compartment, fell out, and met his death.
The Inquest. Mr. E. T. Worley, the Coroner for North Bucks, opened the inquest at Castlethorpe at noon to-day.

Northampton Mercury 10 July 1908

For the Boys and Girls

By Uncle Dick

To my Nephews and Nieces. Once again I have a very large budget of letters. Most of them are drawings for the Rose Competition; but there are a good many others. The drawings and paintings this week are very good indeed. There are many coloured ones. Quite large bundle came from Castlethorpe School, all very carefully drawn and beautifully coloured. The colours were just right. In most of the other coloured drawings from other places there was difficulty in getting the right colour either for the flowers or the leaves; but Castlethorpe managed just right.

Northampton Mercury 06 November 1908

CASTLETHORPE. Concert. —A grand sunshine concert was held at the Council Schools on Saturday evening in aid the Sunshine Fund, which has for its purpose the helping of the poor of the district. The Vicar the Rev. H. J. Harkness, occupied the chair. The balance-sheet the fund was read the secretary pro tern. (Mr. Lee). It showed balance on the right side of 7s. Following the business part of the meeting a delightful concert was given, the following being- the programme: —Pianoforte solo, “Come back to Erin,’ Madame Boutal, A.L.C.M.;' song, “The star of Bethlehem” (Adams), Mr. Arthur Pitts; recitation, “ The ostler’s story,” Mr. Fred Mutton; song .“Twickenham Ferry’ (Marzials), Madame Alexander, Silver Medallist, L.A.M.; violin solo. “ Allegro Brilliant” (W. T. Hart), Mr. Percy Sharp; duet, “O lovely peace,” Misses Sneesby and Irons; song, “The King the Forest,” Mr. Harry cornet solo, “Men of Harlech” (Hartman), Mr. J. W. Webster; violin solo, “Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana” (Mascagni), Mr. Percy Sharp; song, “Thora” (Adame), Miss Sneesby; recitation, “Not in the programme,” Mr. Fred Mutton; song. “Farewell to summer” (Johnson), Madame Alexander. Silver Medallist, L.A.M.; pianoforte solo, “’Dance Napolitaine (Smith), Madame Boutal, A.L.C.M.: song, “The Diver’’ (Hatton), Mr. Harry Lloyd; recitation, “ Rubenstein’s piano playing” (Jud Browning). Mr. Fred Mutton (encored), “40 and rears ago” given; song, "The message” (Blumenthal). Mr. Arthur Petts; solo, “Angels ever, etc.,” Miss Sneesby. “God save the King.” Refreshments were handed round intervals.

Northampton Mercury 12 February 1909

CASTLETHORPE. Guild Rally. —A guild rally took place at Castlethorpe Saturday, a number of friends being present from Northampton. Tea was served in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, a good company partaking. An interesting programme was next submitted, for which Mr. A. Cochran was responsible. Among those contributing were: Miss Buffon (mandolin solos). Miss Carter, Mr. A. E. Elliott, Mr. Bind (songs), Mr. Sellars, and Mr. P. Mundin (recitations), Mr. A. Cochran (readings). Mr. Faulkner accompanied the songs. Later a public meeting held. Mr. A. Cochran presided, and appropriate addresses were given by Rev. H. Dawson (Woburn Sands) and Rev. W. Brook-Hirst (Regent-square, Northampton). Mr. A. E. Elliott Church, Northampton), sang Nazareth.” At the close refreshments were served, and thanks were accorded the Castlethorpe friends for the excellent arrangements.

Northampton Mercury 16 April 1909

CASTLETHORPE. Accident William Graves (34) was shearing sheep on Good Friday. When some of them stampeded and knocked him broke the bone at the back his ankle, and was taken to the Northampton Hospital.

Northampton Mercury 09 July 1909

MESSRS. GEO. WIGLEY and SONS are instructed
At the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, 7 p.m.,
exact time, Monday, July 26th 1909,
COTTAGES, with Gardens, known as
let at easy gross rentals amounting to per
annum. Land Tax and Tithe Free.
Further particulars will appear.
Auctioneers Offices: Winslow, Stony Stratford, Fenny Stratford, and Newport Pagnell.

Northampton Mercury 10 September 1909

A pretty wedding was solemnised at St. Jude’s Church.
The bride was the eldest daughter of Mr. Baugh and the bridegroom was the eldest son of A. Nichols. The service was conducted G. Jardine Harkness. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a silk eolienne dress trimmed with and wore an embroidered veil. She was attended by six bridesmaids, in pale blue Princess … dresses, each carrying white flowers. The bridesmaids were Miss Lilian Baugh, sister of the bride; Miss Winifred Marris, her cousin; Miss Elizabeth and Miss Elsie Nichols, sisters of the bridegroom; and Miss Amy and Miss Caroline Bird, friends of the bride. A reception was held a large marquee at the home of the bride's mother. Subsequently the happy couple left for Herne Bay.

Northampton Mercury 22 October 1909

CASTLETHORPE. At Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, on Friday, Elizabeth Amos, of Castlethorpe, farmer, was charged with having in her possession a certain beam scale which was false and unjust, at Castlethorpe, September 17. —The Inspector said the scale was 1¼oz. against the purchaser. Mrs. Amos said she used the scales more for domestic use than anything else. She had been at Castlethorpe 42 years, and had never been summoned before.—The costs only (6s.) were imposed, with the understanding that the defendant had the scales adjusted and not to use them until verified by the Inspector.