Newspaper Reports 1920 - 1929

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 27 February 1920


A Concert in aid of the War Memorial Fund was held at the Council Schools, Castlethorpe, last week. £5 was realised.

Northampton Mercury 19 March 1920

The annual Ambulance competitions, arranged in connection with the Northampton and Rugby District of the L. and N.W. Railway, were revived at the V.A.D. Headquarters, King-street, on Tuesday after a lapse five years. Eight teams competed from Castlethorpe, Coventry, Colwick, Nottingham, Northampton (Castle). Northampton (Bridge), Nuneaton, and Tamworth,
The results for the district were as follows: 1 Castlethorpe (313 out of a possible 400). Individual prize (for best ambulance man in the District), J. H. Green, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 02 July 1920


Mr. Thomas Osborne, of Castlethorpe, was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace for North Bucks at the Assize at Aylesbury. This is a well-deserved honour and recognition of Mr. Osborne’s abilities a public official, as he has discharged the duties and responsibilities of nearly all the offices of trust in the village for the last 30 years. It was owing to his initiative that the village secured such an up-todate Board School in lieu of the Voluntary School. He did all the necessary correspondence which led up to obtaining a suitable site for the erection of the building and securing the money from the Public Works Loan Commissioners, and acted as Board’s clerk until the school was taken over by the County Council. For the same length of time he has been assistant overseer, and by virtue of this office automatically became clerk to the Parish Council when it was inaugurated 1884.
He is assessor and collector of taxes, and for three successive periods was responsible for taking the census in the village. All this work was done in addition to following his occupation a mechanic in Wolverton Works, where was bound a premium apprentice in the year 1867. He retired from the carriage works and carried on his son’s business after his son had joined the forces in the war. Shortly after this received the sad intelligence of his only son’s death in action Belgium.

Northampton Mercury 09 July  1920

By direction of the Most Noble the
Marquess of Lincolnshire, K.G.
Adjoining Wolverton, 3½ Miles from Stony Stratford.
5 Miles from Newport Pagnell, and 12 Miles from Northampton,
on the London and North-Western Main Line

Together with various SMALL HOLDINGS.
The Building known as the CARRINGTON
TWO RESIDENCES, known as the Retreat
and The Holmstead;
And Various HOUSES and COTTAGES,
comprising practically the Whole of the
Village CASTLETHORPE, The Estate
Comprising Total Area of about 1.200 ACRES.
The Estate will be
in Numerous Lots, unless previously
disposed of private treaty, by
MESSRS. J. Carter Jonas & Sons

During the Month of SEPTEMBER, 1920 Printed Particulars, with Plan- may shortly obtained

Northampton Mercury 23 July 1920

BUCKS COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS The Bucks County Education Committee scholarships awards have been issued, included which are the following junior scholarship awards North Bucks students :--1st in the county, Leslie A. Goss, Winslow (337 marks); 2nd Harold T. Atkins. Castlethorpe (356); etc.

Northampton Mercury 23 July 1920


On Saturday, by kind invitation of Sir Herbert Leon, the Inter-District L. and N.W. Railway St. John Ambulance Competition for Bartholomew Challenge Cup took place in Bletchley Park.
The judges were Dr R. Corbett Fletcher (London). Dr Robertson (London), and Mr. W. Bradbrook (Bletchley, acting for Dr. Hoskyn, Rugby). Nine teams competed, and the judges’ award of merit was as follows —1 Wolverton, 330½ marks; 2 Broadstreet ; 327 3 Castlethorpe, 322 ; 4 Northampton (Bridge-street), 299; 5 Haydn-square, 297 ; 6 Nuneaton, 292 ; Willesdon, 283; Northampton (Castle), 281; 9 Euston, 267.

Northampton Mercury 17 September 1920


The Castlethorpe estate of the Marquis Lincolnshire, K.G., came under the hammer at the Science and Art Institute, Wolverton, on Saturday afternoon.  A very large company met the auctioneers, Messrs. J. Carter Jonas and Sons, Cambridge and London. A few lots were sold, but in many cases no bids were received or the highest bid did not roach the reserve price.
An arable field and plantation at Bullington End, Castlethorpe, containing 7 acres 2 roods, under the tenancy of Captain H. E. Courage, was sold for £200 to Mr. P. C. Gambell, Newport Pagnell. Bidding started at £100 and rose by bids of £50.
A grass holding, with farm buildings, in the village, close to the station (tenants, William George and Emily Clark), with area about 13 acres, came into the market at £700, and was sold to Mr. T, Osborne, J.P., for  £900.
Much interest was centred in the sale of the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, a fully-licensed premises, with stabling, yard, dwelling house, shop, and cottage, let to Mr. Arthur Masterman. Bidding commenced at £1,000, and rose by £500 and later by £100’s and was sold for £2,500 to Messrs. Hopcraft and Norris, Brackley-.
The residence and grounds, known The Retreat (tenant, Mrs. McLeary), with possession on March next, produced some brisk bidding. Rising from £500, the property went to Major Anderson, Woburn Sands, for £1,125.
A dwelling-house, large garden, and orchard, situated in the village (tenant Mr. Alfred Micklam, rose briskly from £300 to £810, and was sold to Mr. W. Smith, Wolverton.
A garden and building site in the centre the village of 28 poles went Mr. T. Osborne. J.P., for £55.
A detached dwelling-house and large garden in the centre of the village, let to Miss Tooth, was sold for £300 to Mrs. D. Markham, of Castlethorpe.
A pair of cottages and gardens adjoining the railway yard went to the purchaser of “The Retreat”.
A grass close in the village of Hanslope, 3 acres 34 pedes, was sold Mr. V. Chandler, of Hanslope. for £110.
An enclosure of grass land in Hanslope 1 rood 32 poles, went to Mr. H. King, Hanslope. for £20.
No bids were received for the following properties: —Home Farm, of 455 acres (tenant, Joseph E. Whiting, jun.); compact holding, comprising grass and arable land in two enclosures, containing 33 acres 2 roods 8 poles (Mrs. E. Markham. William George, and Emily Clarke); a garden. 2 roods, in Bullington End-road (William George and Emily Clarke); lots of accommodation grass and building land 1 acre 15 poles, 1 acre 25 poles, 1 acre 35 poles, 1 acre 1 rood 10 poles, 1 acre 1 rood 20 poles. 1 acre 2 roods 25 poles, and 2 acres; dwelling-house, butcher's shop, yard, and garden of 34 poles (Miss Sarah Compton); three cottages, yard, and gardens in centre of village (Mr. J. E. Whiting, jun. Mrs. E. Markham. William George, and Emily Clarke); a grass paddock in centre of village, 2 roods 30 poles (Mr. Farmer Amos); a building site, grass paddock, and garden. 2 roods 13 poles (Mr. A. Masterman): Castle Gardens at the entrance the village, 2 roods 15 poles; small garden near the Carrington Arms (Mr. A. Cross); a part Cosgrove Meadow of 3 roods 31 poles (Major H. Grant Thorold).
The following properties were withdrawn at the amounts stated: —Malting Farm Castlethorpe (tenant. Mr Farmer Amos), at £5,500; a small holding at entrance to village (William George and Emily Clarke), £1,550; an accommodation grass and building land, forming part of field known as Chequers Close, of 2 acres 2 roods. £200; an accommodation grass and building land, let as recreation ground, of 4 acres, £300; pair of cottages and gardens close to church, let to James Clarke and J. E. Whiting, jun., £170; three cottages and gardens with a building site in centre of village opposite church, let to Mr. Farmer Amos, Mr. David Cowley, and Mrs. Markham, at £450.
Prior to the sale. Lord Lincolnshire had given the opportunity to all tenants occupying farms, houses, and cottages, of purchasing their holdings privately. The auctioneer announced that the following properties had been so sold:—Manor Farm Castlethorpe (tenant, Mrs. Ellen Markham); an ozier bed, opposite Cosgrove Priory (Mr. J, J. Atkinson); allotment gardens of 9a. 3r. 36p. to Castlethorpe  Allotment Society; an accommodation grass close of 1a. 3r. 0p. (Mr. Alfred Greenwood); Leamington cottages and land (Mr. C. A Cowley and Mrs. Hiller); The Homestead (Mrs. Cannon); cottage and garden (Mr Albert Willett); a single cottage garden adjoining Castle Close; two detached cottages and gardens in centre village.

It was announced that the Carrington Schools had been presented by his lordship to the Parish Council for the use of the parish.
The solicitors concerned were Messrs. Freshfields and Leese, Old Jewry, London, E.C.2.

Northampton Mercury 08 October 1920

FOR SALE. 3½ ACRES ARRAN CHIEF POTATOES at Milford Leys Farm, one mile from Castlethorpe Station. Apply Howard, Milford Leys Farm, Hanslope.

Northampton Mercury 03 December 1920

DIED AT 97, The death announced Mrs. Trower, of the Park House, Old Wolverton, at the age of 97 years, which took place in the early hours Thursday morning. She was the widow of the late Mr. Henry Trower. farmer, of Castlethorpe, and had lived in Old Wolverton for the past 40 years. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Baily, Shenley Park House, and sister to the late Mr. Joseph Baily, of Great Linford, and sister of the Rev. Kightley Baily, vicar of Old Bradwell. She took keen interest in all around her practically to six months ago. Her health then gradually began to fail, but she was sitting in her drawing-room as recently as ten days ago. The funeral will take place on Monday at Wolverton Parish Church.

Northampton Mercury 31 December 1920


At special sitting of the Stony Stratford Bench on Wednesday, before Dr. T. S. Maguire and other magistrates, William Burnell (25), farm labourer, Castlethorpe, was charged with breaking into and entering a dwelling house at Castlethorpe, on December 25, and stealing two watches and a  2s. postal order, the property of Ellen Waring.
Evidence having been given by the prosecutrix, Henry Miles, watch repairer. Church-street, Wolverton, said he bought the watches from the prisoner for 7s.
Mrs. Sykes, wife of Frederick Sykes, tobacconist, Wolverton, said prisoner went into the shop and offered the postal order in payment of three packets of cigarettes.
P.G. Bonner and P.S. Honour gave evidence of arrest, and prisoner was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions, to be held at Aylesbury on Monday next.

Northampton Mercury 07 January 1921

Bucks Quarter Sessions were held at Aylesbury Monday, before Lord Parmoor (in the chair). Lord Cottesloe deputy chairman), the Marquis of Lincolnshire, and other magistrates
William Burnell (25) labourer, pleaded guilty to housebreaking at Castlethorpe, Stony Stratford, last month, he was given an excellent character, and Capt. Bowyer referred to his domestic circumstances as a married man. The Court bound him over to come for judgment if called upon. This was the only case from North Bucks.

Northampton Mercury 28 January 1921


The portions of this Estate belonging to the Marquess Lincolnshire remaining unsold and available for Sale by Private Treaty, comprise:—

Lot No.




The Home Farm. Castlethorpe. A valuable Dairy and Corn Farm with good House, 3 Homesteads, Water mill and 7 Cottages, close to Castlethorpe Station. Tenant, Mr. Joseph E. Whiting, jun.

465. 2. 3.


The Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, dose the Station. A compact Dairy Farm with good House, Farm Homestead and 3 Cottages. Tenant, Mr. Farmer Amos ......

17. 1. 14.


A Compact Holding situate __ in Castlethorpe and Hanslope Parishes close to Castlethorpe Village, comprising Grass and Arable Land. Tenant W. G. and E. Clarke, and Mrs. E. Markham

33. 2. 8.


Dwelling-house, Butcher’s Shop, Yard and Garden, situate in Castlethorpe Village, fronting the Wolverton Road. Tenant Mrs. Sarah Compton

0. 0. 34.


A Grass Paddock comprising valuable Building Site Castlethorpe Village adjoining Castlethorpe Station. Tenant, Mr. A. Masterman

0. 2. 13.

Also several Lots of Building and Accommodation Grass Land and Cottages in Castlethorpe Village. The remainder of the Estate having been sold, these Lots are for Sale at reasonable prices, and farther particulars may obtained on application to: Messrs. J. Carter, Jonas and Sons AUCTIONEERS,

Northampton Mercury 11 March 1921


The annual ambulance competitions of the Rugby district, arranged by the London and North-Western Railway Company, were held at the Northampton Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon. Teams competed from various parts of England, and rivalry was keen. The Mayor of Northampton (Councillor W. Harvey Reeves, O.B. E.), Assistant County Director of the Northamptonshire V.A.D. Ambulance, and Dr. H. F. Percival were the judges, and Mr. J. Bannister (District Secretary, Rugby) and an energetic committee were responsible for the excellent arrangements. The competitions lasted all day, and were very interesting, including stretcher tests, individual work, and written examination papers. Nine teams competed for the London and North-Western Railway Challenge, the final contest for which will take place at Manchester in April. The results for this contest were: 1 Castlethorpe (228½ marks). Nottingham (206½). Northampton Castle (196), Weedon (185), Daventry (180). Nuneaton (178), Northampton Bridge-street (178), Tamworth (150½), and (139).
The Mayoress (Mrs. Harvey Reeves) presented the certificates to the Castlethorpe team, and congratulated them on coming out first in the Rugby district for the second year in succession. She also presented handsome silver cake baskets to the second team, and cases of hair brushes to the third team.
Dr. Percival, criticising the work of the teams, said as a whole it was very good. He pointed out various deficiencies, and wished the Castlethorpe team the best of in the final test. The Mayor also congratulated Castlethorpe. If was evident that the quality of the teams was better than last year but not up to the standard of 1914.

Northampton Mercury 08 April 1921

RAILWAY AMBULANCE. The final at Belle Vue Gardens, Manchester. Result for Castlethorpe was 8th.

The Bucks Standard 23 July 1921

House painters,
Paperhangers, &
Decorators, ::
Furniture Repaired, Upholstered
and Polished.
Jobbing in all its branches.
Picture Framing a Speciality.
Distance no object

Northampton Mercury 16 December 1921


Robert Mackey, carriage upholsterer, 84, Anson-road, Wolverton, was summoned for not keeping a dog under effectual control between sunset and sunrise, and also for allowing the dog on the highway without having name and address of owner inscribed on the collar. —In the absence of defendant, a letter was read from him stating that he was unable to meet the expenses of losing time from work now was only making four days weekly, and the Bench decided to proceed with the case in his absence. —P.C. Marsh stated the facts, and the case of straying was dismissed on payment of costs (5s. 6d.), whilst defendant was fined 5s. for the absence of name and address collar. Colonel Alexander David Seton, Station-road, Castlethorpe, was summoned for two similar offences.—Defendant pleaded guilty and the evidence P.S. Stritton was fined 5s. and 5s. 6d. costs, the case of straying being dismissed in view of his explanation.

Northampton Mercury 03 March 1922

CASTLETHORPE. The village ex-Service Men’s Association can now boast of billiard table, which has been installed in their headquarters, the Carrington Hall. The table was formally opened by the president, Lieut.-General Sir Arthur Holland, last week. Mr. T. Osborn, J.P.. one of the vice-presidents, was the chairman, and made special reference to generosity of the president, whose donation of £10 was the means of the table being acquired earlier than anticipated. Anderson was thanked for selecting the table and his donation. The first game of 100 was played between Sir Arthur and Major Anderson, the latter winning.

Northampton Mercury 17 March 1922


For the fifth time in succession Castlethorpe secured the ambulance championship of the Rugby District of the L. and N. W. Railway, on Friday, when they beat seven teams at the Ambulance Headquarters, King-street, Northampton. The Rugby District extends from Castlethorpe to Tamworth, and the winners of this competition are certified to compete in the final for the L. and N.W Railway Shield, at Manchester, next month.
Castlethorpe won by the comfortable margin of 49 points securing 285½ out of a possible 400.
1. Castlethorpe (Messrs. C. Harding, W. H. Woodward, J. H. Green, J. Rainbow (capt.), H. Dolling).

Northampton Mercury 24 March 1922


A boy aged 14, of Cosgrove, was summoned for stealing from a dwelling-house at Castlethorpe on or about March 2, £1 12s. in money and a watch key, value 6d., the moneys and property of William Young, horse keeper. Barley [Blarney] Lodge, Castlethorpe.
Prosecutor stated that on March 2nd upon going to work locked his door and left the door key on a ledge for the person who looked after his house during the day time. Upon return that evening he found watch key missing in his bedroom, and two days later, upon examining his clothes box, discovered the loss of the money.
P.C. Bonner stated that interviewed he the boy, who informed him that be unlocked the door and went upstairs and took the money and watch key, and also 2s. from the mantelpiece. He did it because he wanted some money. The mother expressed sorrow-at the occurrence. She said her boy was a good boy at home.
Police-Supt. Dunn said the boy belonged very respectable and straightforward family. It was the first time he had been in trouble. The Chairman said the Bench were agreed the lad broke into the house and stole least 7s. 6d. flogging would be the best for him, but he was under age. In imposing a fine £1 he suggested the father give the boy a good thrashing. The mother replied that he had already had one.

Northampton Mercury 21 April 1922


Stony Stratford Petty Sessions: William Burnell (26), labourer, Castlethorpe. was charged with stealing between February 1st and March 31st, from the Manor Farm, nine hens and one cockerel, value £4, the property of William David Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe. Prosecutor deposed that he had two fowl houses which were locked up every night. A fortnight ago discovered one of the locks had been broken open, but he did not then count the fowls. Sunday morning last found 20 were missing. Witness visited defendant’s premises, and saw six fowls and a cockerel similar to his own. Later saw defendant at Gayhurst, and he admitted stealing the fowls, four of which he had sold to a  Mr. Cook.—A labourer named Henry Greaves, stated that he bought two fowls from Cook and gave 8s. for them. The magistrates’ clerk stated that defendant had been dealt with for housebreaking at that court and at the Quarter Sessions was bound over for 12 months. Defendant was sent to gaol for six mouths with hard labour.

Northampton Mercury 16 June 1922


A pretty wedding was solemnised at the Castlethorpe Parish Church Saturday, when Miss Olive M. Middleton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Middleton, of Castlethorpe, and Mr. Kenneth A. Blair, of London, were married. The church had been tastefully decorated by lady friends, with flowers kindly given by Mrs. Borrett, of Haddon Hall, West Haddon, and late of Hatton Court, Hanslope. The flowers provided an artistic setting for the charming scene. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Harkness (vicar), and Miss Gregory presided at the organ. The hymns were Lead us, Heavenly Father,” and “ Perfect Love.”
The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a charming dress of ivory crepe-de-chine, with bodice and panel of brocade, and girdle of pearls. Her veil was tulle trimmed with Honiton point lace, with coronet pearls and lace. She carried a beautiful bouquet of pink and white carnations and roses, the gift of Mrs. Borrett.
The two elder bridesmaids were Miss Hilda Pheasant and Miss Dorothy Clarke, cousins of the bride, who wore dresses of pink crepe-de-chine with veils, and carried sprays of carnations. They each received beautiful handbag as a present from the bridegroom The two younger bridesmaids were Miss Marjorie and Miss Phyllis Hewett, nieces of the bridegroom, who wore beautiful dresses of white crepe-de-chine, trimmed with pink. Their gold and enamel bangles were the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. Harry Jones, of London, friend of the bridegroom, was the best man.
The bridegroom’s present to the bride was diamond ring. The bride travelled a navy blue gabardine costume and navy blue hat.
About sixty guests attended the reception at the Council School. After the breakfast several interesting speeches were made. The Rev. W. J. Harkness said that this occasion he was counsel for the bride, he knew her so well, and also referred to the Scottish family connection of the bridegroom. The toast to the bride and bridegroom was ably replied to by the bridegroom. Mr. Harry Jones suitably replied to the toast to the bridesmaids. Mr. A. Masterman proposed the toast to the bride and parents, and Mr. Middleton suitably acknowledged the toast. The good wishes of the bride’s school friends were voiced by Mr. Leonard Nichols in a humorous little speech in which he referred to the bride's school days.
The bride and bridegroom left for Oxford, en route for Torquay, where the honeymoon is being spent. After the happy couple had left, the guests were given musical entertainment many of the company contributing to the programme.

Northampton Mercury 07 July 1922


A tragic affair occurred at Wolverton on Thursday, when a young lady named Edith Nellie Coey, aged 25, the second daughter of Mr. George Coey, Castlethorpe, died suddenly whilst, entering Messrs. McCorquodale and Co.’s Printing Works, where she was employed.
She had dinner as usual in the printing works mess room ,and afterwards accompanied her sister on a walk in Wolverton. She left her sister about 1.15 p.m., returning to the Works, and as she was passing through the entrance gates fell to the ground. She was carried into the Works and died almost immediately.
Dr. J. O. Harvey was called and also the police. The facts have been communicated to the coroner.

Mr. R. G. Walker.


The inquest on the body of Miss Edith Nellie Coey, Castlethorpe, who died suddenly at Wolverton on Thursday, was conducted at Castlethorpe on Friday afternoon by the Divisional Coroner, Mr. E. G. Walton.
Minnie Coey said she was with her sister on Thursday, and had dinner with her in the printing: works messroom at Wolverton. They afterwards went for a walk in Wolverton, and she left her sister at 1.15 in Church-street. Her sister appeared in her usual health, and returned to the works, where she was employed.
Lucy Burnham, New Bradwell, said as she was entering the works Miss  Coey was in front of her. Suddenly she staggered forward and fell to the ground.
George Edward Neal, 56, Wolverton-road, Stony Stratford, watchman at the works, said he and another man carried the girl into the warehouse, where, she passed away almost immediately.
Dr. J. O. Harvey, Wolverton, said came to the conclusion that death was due to natural causes. She had had rheumatic fever some years ago, which left valvular disease of the heart. He was fully satisfied that the cause of death was heart failure.
A verdict “Death from natural causes” was returned.
Mr. H. Meacham. behalf of the directors of the Printing and Envelope "Works. Wolverton, expressed sympathy with the parents deceased.

Northampton Mercury 14 July 1922

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions.
Alfred Frank Brooks, chauffeur, Castlethorpe, was find 5s. for riding a bicycle without lights at Castlethorpe on June 20th

The Bucks Standard July 17th 1922

A PRETTY WEDDING. Much interest was taken on Saturday, June 10, in the wedding at Castlethorpe Parish Church of Miss Olive M. Middleton, daughter of Mr. H. H. Middleton, Headmaster of the Council School, Castlethorpe, and Mrs. Middleton. The bridegroom was Mr. Kenneth A. Blair, of London. The sun shed his benediction upon the happy ceremony, which was attended by a large number of friends from far and near. The church had been beautifully decorated with flowers kindly given by Mrs. Borrett, of Haddon Hall, West Haddon, and late of Hatton Court, Hanslope. The flowers provided as artistic setting for the charming scene. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Harkness (vicar), and Miss Gregory was the organist. The hymns were “Lead us Heavenly Father, lead us,” and “O perfect love.” The bride who was given away by her father wore a charming dress of ivory crepe de chine with bodice and panel of brocade and a girdle of pearls. Her veil was of tulle trimmed with Honiton point lace with coronet of pearls and lace. She carried a beautiful bouquet of pink and white carnations and roses, the gift of Mrs. Borrett. The two elder bridesmaids were Miss Hilda Pheasant and Miss Dorothy Clarke, cousins of the bride, who wore dresses of pink crepe de chine with veils, and carried sprays of carnations. The bridegroom presented them with two beautiful handbags. The two younger bridesmaids were Miss Marjorie and Miss Phyllis Hewitt (nieces of the bridegroom), who wore dress of white crepe de chine trimmed with pink. Their gold and enamel bangles were gifts of the bridegroom. The bride’s mother wore a pretty dress of grey crepe de chine trimmed with oriental embroidery, and a hat to match. The bridegroom’s mother was tastefully attired in mole crepe de chine, with hat to match. Mr. Harry Jones, of London, a friend of the bridegroom, very able carried out the duties of best man. The bridegroom’s present to the bride was a diamond ring. After the reception at the Council School, attended by about 60 guests, the happy couple left for Oxford en route for Torquay, where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride travelled in a navy blue gabardine costume and hat to match. Many very valuable and handsome presents were received.

Northampton Mercury 01 September 1922


The third annual Hospital Fete the villages of Castlethorpe and Cosgrove was held on Saturday in the field lent by Mr. and Mrs. Bavington. The first fete effort of the neighbouring villages produced for the Northampton Hospital (he sum of £100, and last year this amount was doubled. It was hoped, and it certainly appeared possible on Saturday that last year’s amount would be equalled if not exceeded. The weather was ideal, the bright, warm sunshine adding much to the success the fete, and was the means of bringing many visitors.
The fete was opened Mrs. J. Whiting, of Castlethorpe who performed the ceremony in the absence through illness, Lady Holland, of Lodge. She was supported by the Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton (Alderman and Mrs. G. S. Whiting), Mr. C. H. Battle, the Rev. R. Stanham (Cosgrove), various officials of the fete committee, and others.
The programme of the fete included many attractive features. In addition to the many stalls and side-shows, were athletic sports, aquatic sports, horticultural show, a fishing competition, and auction sale. The horticultural show was held in the fete field, the exhibits, 200 in number, being staged in a marquee. The show was the best yet held in the two villages, for quality and quantity of exhibits. The judges were Mr. McKinnon, of Hanslope Lodge, and a representative of Messrs. Perkins and Sons, Northampton, whose awards were given as follows. Except where otherwise stated, the prize winners are residents of either Cosgrove Castlethorpe.


The awards were;— Collection  of vegetables, six varieties (prizes by Mr. M. Jelley), 1 G. F. Haynes (New Bradwell), 2 T. Lord. Kidney beans, 1 G. F. Haynes, 2 T. Lord. Carrots, 1 A. Shackell, 2 R. Panter. Celery, 1 G. F. Haynes, 2 S. Williams. Cauliflowers, 1 G. H 2 J. Brown. Peas, 1 T. Dillon, 2 Mrs. R. Bavington. Marrows, 1 G. Williams, 2 T. Lord. Pickling eschalots, 1 F. Hall, 2 Mrs. G. Brown. Spring sown onions, 1 G. F. Haynes, 2 1. Lord. Autumn sown onions, A. Stanley (Maids Moreton), 2 G. Pettifer. tomatoes, 1 J. Brown (Old Stratford). Potatoes, white round, 1 G. Williams, H. Ward; coloured round, 1 G. F. Haynes, 2 G. Williams white kidney, 1 Williams, 2 G. F. Haynes; coloured round, 1 S. Williams, 2 R Panter. Plums, 1 R. Panter, 2 Mrs. R. Brown. Cooking apples, 1 R. Panter. 2 J. Brown. Dessert apples, 1 R. Panter, 2 T. Lord. Pears, 1 R. Panter, 2 J. Brown. Sweet peas, four bunches, 1 S. Williams, 2 F. Childs. Hardy flowers, six bunches, 1 Mrs. S. Williams, 2 A. J. Childs. Bouquet of flowers, 1 Mrs. S. Williams, Mrs. Childs. Roses. 1 F. Sawbridge.
Hen’s eggs, white, 1 Mrs. R. Brown; brown, 1 Mrs. Geo. Brown. Ducks’ eggs, 1 Mrs. R. Bavington.

Collection of vegetables, four varieties (prizes by Messrs. Thomas Perkins, Northampton), 1 S. W. Williams. Spring sown onions (prizes by Messrs. Clarke and Son, Castlethorpe), 1 G. Williams, 2 W. Wise. Peas (prize Messrs. Clarke and Son), W. Wise. Carrots (prizes by Messrs. Clarke and Son), 1 W. Wise, 2 G. Williams. Collection of potatoes, four varieties (prizes given Mr. F. Williams). 1 G. Williams, 2 S. Williams, 3 F. Hall. Heaviest marrow, G. Noble. Bouquet of wild flowers (children), 1 Gladys Lord, W. Scott, Violet Williams.
At the close the show the exhibits wore sold by public auction and the proceeds given to the fete funds. There were also sold collections of fruit and vegetables given Mr. Fergusson and Mr. H. Cook.


The athletic sports gave the following results :—80 yards flat (girls under 10), 1 L. Gascoyne, 2 V. Williams, 3 H. Castle. 80 yards flat (boys under 10), 1 R. Brown, F. Copson, 3 A. Brooks. 80 yards flat (girls 10—14), 1 D. Jelley, 2 M. Willison, 3 D. Willison. 80 yards flat (boys 10-14), 1 S. Chapman, 2 A. Jelley, 3 J. Dunkley. 60 yards egg and spoon race (ladies), 1 Miss Jelley, Mrs. Cooper, 3 Mrs. Summers. 100 yards boot race (over 14), 1 J. Worker, 2 J. Tilson, 3 W. Worker. 40 yards swimming (boys under 10), 1 F. Payne, 2 A. Jelley, 3 W. Luck. 80 yards swimming (open), 1 Ridgway (Hanslope). 2 A. Stevenson (Wolverton), F. Stevenson (Wolverton). Walking greasy pole over canal for leg of mutton won Mr. C. W. Harding. Pillow Fight over canal, 1 Stevenson, 2 F. Stevenson. A fishing competition took place at the canal in the fields owned Mr. Bavington. Seventy anglers took part, and three hours’ fishing produced the following winners: 1 Hill (Northampton), 26 ozs.; 2 S. Tapp, 22 ozs.; 3 J, Wesley (Northampton), 13 ozs.; 4 A. Bason (Northampton), 12 ozs.; 5 F. James  (Northampton), 11 ozs.; 6 W.  Tue (Wolverton), 10 ozs. For smallest fish Bunyan (Northampton). The prizes won were handed to the winners by Mrs. T. Whiting.
An auction sale of gifts to the fete committee was carried out in the evening by representative of the firm of Messrs. Wigley, Son, and Gambell, auctioneers, Newport Pagnell, when some good prices were realised. A varied assortment of articles was disposed of. In addition the many gifts in kind, the fete committee received several handsome gifts of money.
During the afternoon and evening the Hanslope Excelsior Band, under the conductorship of Mr. A. Key, played selections and dance music.
The Hospital Fete Committee of the two villages is large and representative one of all sections, and has for its presidents, Lieut.-General Sir Arthur Holland, of Hanslope Lodge, and Capt. Fergusson, of Cosgrove. Each village has its own committee and chairman, these being Mr. Malcolm Jelley (Cosgrove) and Mr. H. Dolling (Castlethorpe). Mrs. E. Bavington was hard-working secretary.

Northampton Mercury 24 November 1922

NEWPORT PAGNELL COUNTY COURT. Tuesday.—Before his Honour Judge F. R. Y. Radcliffe, K.C.
Ellen Markham, widow, Castlethorpe, v. John Owen, Castlethorpe.—The claim was for the possession of cottage in the village. Mr H. E. Kingston (Messrs. Kingston and Williams, Northampton) appeared for plaintiff.—William David Markham, son plaintiff, said the cottage was required for the proper working of their farm. A certificate had been obtained from the Agricultural Committee of the County. Defendant was in his mother’s employ two or three years ago, and now lived at Southend-on-Sea, the cottage being occupied by wife and daughter. The man for whom the cottage was required was a horsekeeper, who slept in a loft above a stable. His Honour made an order for possession in month.

Northampton Mercury 08 December 1922


Passengers travelling in the 10.20 express from Euston Liverpool Monday morning had a wonderfully narrow escape from disaster.
At about 11.25, when the train rushing at 60 miles an hour between Wolverton and Castlethorpe, the Driving axle of the engine broke.
Right-hand wheel came off.
Right-hand intermediate wheel shed its tyre and was broken.
Coupling and connecting rods buckled.
In about three-quarters of a mile the driver pulled up the train, and most, if not all, of the passengers were unaware of what had happened.
Princess Helene Victoria was on the train. She was travelling to fulfil a series of public engagements at Liverpool.
Fortunately the broken debris of the engine fell clear of the train, while no other train passed it on the parallel rails. Had this occurred, both trains would have been included in a smash which might have had terrible consequences.
Immediately after the damaged engine had come to a standstill another engine was sent on from Wolverton to bring the train back. The passengers were informed that an official of the telegraph department of the Railway who was on the train, and he collected telegrams from the passengers, which he had despatched to relatives and friends giving news of their safety.
 Princess Helene Victoria arrived her destination nearly three hours late. The meeting at the Town Hall had been kept going until she appeared.
A collection was made for the engine-driver, and £10 was handed him, with the thanks of the passengers for his pluck and prompt attention to duty.
At 1.43 the train proceeded on its journey to Liverpool. The damaged engine, however, blocked the fast rails until late in the evening, all traffic being obliged to take the slow line between Bletchley and Roade.
Beside the engine, the leading brake-van suffered damage and was detached The permanent way was also slightly injured. None of the passengers complained injury.

Northampton Mercury 12 January 1923


An interesting case came before the Stony Stratford Bench of Magistrates at the fortnightly Petty Sessions Friday, Arthur Markham, farmer, and his mother, I Ellen Markham, Castlethorpe, were to the interruption of persons driving  thereon, at Castlethorpe on Dec. 4th, and for (2) laying soil on the highway to the injury thereof on the same date.
In the evidence tor the prosecution, it was stated that defendants were engaged on carting from the rickyard to a field along the Castlethorpe to Wolverton road. The road was left covered with field dirt for a distance of half a mile. On the 4th December, two of the Bucks County Council roadmen set-to work to scrape the road with shovels, and it took them 2½ days to clear up the dirt. A motor cyclist came along the road whilst the men were working and tried to pass along, keeping to the cart ruts, with his legs stretched to the ground on either side of his machine. He did not get far before he had to go on to the grass at the side of the road.
Evidence was given by Thomas Herbert (Hanslope), Walter Piper (Hanslope), roadmen; Albert Rogers (Newport Pagnell) road foreman; William George Clarke (Castlethorpe) farmer; P.S. Honour (Wolverton), and Ernest Wingfield (County Surveyor, Aylesbury). The last witness, after  describing the damage to the roadway, said that so many complaints had been made that action had been taken. The County Council would not take action where a farmer took reasonable precaution of cleaning his wheels.
Mr- W. H. Williams (Messrs. Kingston and Williams, Northampton), who defended, submitted he had no case to answer. The Act stated “to lay a quantity of soil,” it did not say, permit to be laid or allowed to fall.’’ It was clear that this Section the Act was intended to deal with people who, for instance, empty a cart load of stuff on the road and carry by hand-barrow into a field. It was an active Act and there was no shred of evidence to show that either of the defendants took part the proceedings, or that they were there. In a charge of that description there must be some evidence against them. There was no evidence on which to convict.

Supt. E. Callaway, who conducted the case for the prosecution, said that if Mr. Williams was right in his contention there was nothing to hinder a farmer from sending a man put a heap of manure on the roadway and leaving it there; if he does not do it himself could not be proceeded against under the Act.
The Bench adjourned consider and upon return the Chairman, Mr. J. M. Knapp, said they had decided there was a case for defendants to answer.
Mr. Williams, addressing the Bench, stated that the practice of using the roadway for the proper purpose of carting soil or produce from a field to a rickyard or farm, etc., was right, and the farmers of the rural districts are the chief ratepayers who pay for their roads being cleaned after them. It was the duty of the Council to see the roads are cleaned after the people who use them and who rates for their upkeep. The farmers’ cart had just as much right on the roads as motor cars or carriages. Is the farmer expected to have brushes, water, and men for washing down the carts and the horses’ feet before they leave field? It was an absurd thing. Even if the farmer had someone there to scrape the cart and roughly scrape the horses’ hoofs, the roads must become bad; they are bound to leave some it on the road. The men could not get every little bit of dirt off the cart or the horses. On the 4th of December his clients were not carting, they finished on the 2nd. They had been carting daily for about three weeks previous. There was no doubt the roads got very dirty, as was only natural after this period.
Evidence for the defence was given by Arthur Markham, who corroborated what his solicitor had said that no carting look place on the 4th. He also added that following request of the County Surveyor about 12 months ago, they had since given instructions for their men to clean up the road after them. Two of their employees cleaned the road when they finished carting on December 2nd. The road was  bad at the place, and it did not require much carting over it before it became in a very bad state. He contended that the road was not left such a state as the prosecution had tried to make it appear. Charles Ernest Burnell, Castlethorpe, who took part in the carting work, said that before the carts left the field he went round the wheels with a shovel.
Charles Johnson, another employee of defendant’s, gave evidence of spending one hour cleaning up the road on the afternoon of December 2. His brother was with him, but he did not know how long he remained at work.
The Bench stopped the case at this stage and decided to hear evidence bearing on the date the charge, as the evidence previously had been concerning other days.
William David Markham, Castlethorpe, proved that the only cart which belonged to them which went along the road on the 4th December was his, which fetched one load of turnips.
The Bench retired to consider, and upon return said the prosecution had failed, and the case was dismissed.

Northampton Mercury 09 February 1923


William Hidderley, Castlethorpe v, Sarah Baker, Castlethorpe. —Claim for possession of cottage and premises known as Lodge Cottage, Castlethorpe.
Mr. H. Musk Beattie appeared for applicant, and handed in an agricultural certificate. He stated that Mrs. Baker was the widow of a former tenant of the cottage. Some time after the death of her first husband, who was tenant of the former landlord, she married again, but her husband was not recognised as tenant of the property. She was allowed to live in it in respect services rendered to the present landlord.
Applicant proved service of notice to quit, and also stated that alternative accommodation was available, a cottage owned the employer of defendant's husband having now been empty for six months.
Defendant .said h been after nine houses, and she would leave her present place soon as possible. The empty house, she was informed, was promised.
His Honour made an order for possession in 28 days.

Northampton Mercury 23 February 1923

WANTED, Active MARRIED MAN to Milk and do General Farm Work. Markham, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 02 March 1923

The Castlethorpe team, on Tuesday, secured the ambulance championship of the Rugby District of the L. and N.-W. Railway for the sixth successive year, and thus establish a record of which they may well proud. The Rugby District extends from Wolverton to Stafford, and it was rather disappointing find only six teams competing. The two Northampton teams from the Castle Station and Bridge-street Station again second and thirds but this occasion the Castle Station were ahead; of their colleagues from Bridge-street. Last year Bridge-street had points advantage, but this time Castle Station gained second place by a margin of 27 points. Castlethorpe now compete in the Divisional Championship and, if in the first four teams, will to London and take part in the final for the L. and N.W. Railway Shield.

Northampton Mercury 29 June 1923

Ellen Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, v. E. Waring, Castlethorpe.—Claim for possession of house and premises.—Mr. H. W. Williams, who represented plaintiff, handed in an agricultural certificate, and his Honour, after hearing the evidence, made an order for possession within 28 days.

Northampton Mercury 27 July 1923


The inhabitants of the adjoining villages of Castlethorpe and Cosgrove combined on Saturday for their annual effort for the Northampton Hospital. As in previous years, the proceedings were staged in a field near the Navigation Inn, midway between the two villages. Sports were held, and flower show, in addition to other amusements and other means of money raising. The fete was opened Mrs. Seton, of Castlethorpe, and on the platform were Mr. H. Dolling (in the chair), Sir James Crockett, Mrs. Earl (Mayoress Northampton), the Rev. R. Stanham (Cosgrove), and Mr. J. Whiting (Castlethorpe). Sports, telling the-ticket, pillow light over the canal, and walking the greasy pole over the water, created endless amusement. There was a thread-needle race, and tug-of-war between teams of six representing the villages Castlethorpe and Cosgrove.
The flower show, under the secretary-ship of Mr. S. Williams, attracted over 60 entries from the two villages. The exhibits were judged by Mr. Buckingham, Wicken Park, and Mr. Pitson, of Wicken Rectory. Later in the day the exhibits were sold by auction for the fete funds. The auctioneer was Mr. Johnson, of  the firm of Messrs. Wigley, Sons, and Gambell, Newport Pagnell, who also offered for sale a number of fowls which were gifts to the fete committee, and miscellaneous articles. One outstanding article offered was “a coin of the realm, not seen for many years," was given by Sir James Crockett, The value or nature of the coin was not disclosed until after a sale had been effected, when it was found to be a gold sovereign.
A fishing competition attracted over 80 entries, all the winners being Northampton anglers follows: 1 Miss F. E. Darnell. 2 W. Wright, 3 S. Robinson, 4 W. Johnson, 5 C. R. Jones, 6 J. Singlehurst; smallest fish caught, F. Love. Miss Darnell was the only lady angler amongst the competitors, the greater portion of whom were from Northampton. Side-shows were under the charge of Mr. Dolling, and were conducted Messrs. F. Mills (table skittles), Brown (ground skittles), Mrs. C. Harding (sweets, etc.), Messrs. F. Clarke and F. Dolling (bowling for pig given Mr. J. Whiting, Castlethorpe), Miss Phyllis Harrington (cake guessing competition), Mr. M. Jelley (cocoa-nuts). Mrs. Benson and Miss E. Burbidge (refreshments). Mr. C. H. Battle, secretary of the Northamptonshire Hospital Week movement, was present in the evening and rendered practical assistance to the promoters. The Yardley Britannia Band, under the conductorship of Mr. J. Horton, played during the afternoon and dance music in the evening. On Friday a number of ladies visited Wolverton selling artificial roses for the fete funds. The fete committee, representative body of the two villages, has as its chairman Mr. S. Williams (Cosgrove), with Mr. H. Dolling (Castlethorpe) vice-chairman, and Mrs. Bavington (Castlethorpe) secretary.

Northampton Mercury 05 October 1923

COLONEL A. D. SETON, of Castlethorpe, who was on Sunday ordained a deacon in the Church of England, is a retired officer of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. He has a residence in Scotland at Old Meldrum, but since the summer of 1921 has lived at Castlethorpe, here has been assisting the vicar of Hanslope as a lay reader. The vicar has the oversight of the two parishes of Hanslope and Castlethorpe. Colonel Seton, who is 68 years of age, was a licensed lay reader in the diocese of Aberdeen and Edinburgh for many years. He has also been a member of the General Assembly of the Scottish Church, a body corresponding to the National Assembly in this country.

Northampton Mercury 05 October 1923

Emma Whithead, single woman, Castlethorpe v. Peter Atkins, fitter's labourer: Claim for possession of a cottage at Castlethorpe and £5 4s. rent. Mr. F. C. Alsop (Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop, Northampton) represented plaintiff. George Frederick Whithead. who acted agent for his sister, gave evidence of rent being owed.—His Honour ordered possession in two months, and gave judgment for the amount claimed. Emma Whithead v. Cole Willison: Claim for possession of cottage at Castlethorpe and £4 13s. rent. Mr. Alsop explained that this was a similar case to the previous one. His Honour made order for possession in two months. In reply to a question, defendant said could pay off the, arrears at the rate of one penny a month, and His Honour said he did not want any impertinent suggestions.

Northampton Mercury 26 October 1923


Wolverton lost the Bartholomew Cup for railway ambulance teams, at Rugby. Seven teams entered, five being from the Rugby District, and two from the Southern Section.
Broad-street was first with 310 points, Wolverton. the holders, second with 291 points. Castlethorpe third with 283 points, and Weedon, fourth with 249½ points. The fifth and sixth teams were Nuneaton and Rugby, and Northampton was last with 150½ points.
Dr. Percival, of Northampton, was one of the judges.

Northampton Mercury 02 November 1923


Eric Reginald Parker (18), farm labourer. 16, North-street, New Bradwell, was summoned for stealing, between 25th September and 6th October, at Castlethorpe, a raincoat, value 10s., the property of his employer, William Hidderley, Lower Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe.
Prosecutor gave evidence of missing the coat, which P.C. Barnett recovered from defendant’s house. In a statement to P.C. Barnett, defendant admitted taking the coat from the farm, and he had told his mother his master gave it to him.
Defendant elected summary jurisdiction and pleaded guilty.
Supt. Callaway related that in February last year defendant was bound over to good behaviour for two years. He applied for fortnight’s remand for consideration whether the lad should be committed to a Borstal Institution.
He was remanded in custody for a fortnight.

Northampton Mercury 07 December 1923

George Arthur Cooke, labourer, Castlethorpe v. Aubrey Cross, grocer, Castlethorpe, claim for possession house and premises. Mr. E. H. Redfern was for plaintiff.—Order for possession on March 1.

Northampton Mercury 14 December 1923

Mr. J. R. Weston’s third prize winner in the butchers' class was sold to Mr. W. L. Johnson, of Castlethorpe, for 50 gs.

Northampton Mercury 04 January 1924



Eric Reginald Parker, 18, of Stony Stratford, was brought before the Court for sentence. Borstal treatment being suggested the Stony Stratford Bench, the offence being the theft of a raincoat at Castlethorpe on Oct. 26. A plea was put in that the lad might be given another chance to return to his home, the Court acceding to the appeal and allowing the lad’s father (an employee Wolverton Works') to undertake the responsibility surety for the lad's appearance at the next Quarter Sessions.

Northampton Mercury 04 January 1924


Joseph Hugh Nicholls, coach finisher, Castlethorpe, v. David Cowley, wood merchant, W. Cottage, Castlethorpe, claim for possession house, garden, and premises, with rent and mesne profits £1 0s. 4d. Mr. D. E. Bowen-Davies was for plaintiff, and Mr. H. E. Sellars (Messrs. Darnell and Price, Northampton) defended. An agreement was arrived at between the solicitors concerned for defendant to give possession or. May 1st next. His Honour gave judgment accordingly.

Northampton Mercury 25 January 1924

CASTLETHORPE. BRITISH LEGION. —To create interest in the British Legion, a public meeting was held in the Council School on Wednesday, Lieut.-General Sir Arthur Holland, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., presiding. Major A. Nelson, O.B.E., the organising secretary the Midland Counties area, gave address on its objects, aims, and the benefits to derived from the movement. The meeting was unanimous in forming a branch, and officers were elected as follows: —President, Lieut.-General Sir Arthur Holland; vice-president. Colonel the Rev. A. D. Seton; secretary, Mr. F. Carpenter; chairman committee. Mr. W. T. Clarke; treasurer, Mr. J. Whiting. At a future meeting the committee will be constituted. Several persons joined branch, some honorary and others as ordinary members.

Northampton Mercury 29 February 1924


Castlethorpe became champions of the Rugby district at the L.M.S. Ambulance centre at Northampton Wednesday, when they proved successful by the margin of 26½ pts., scoring 286, Northampton Castle (J. Burditt, A. Blake, C. Burditt, W. Harmer, and J. Roddis with 259½pts., being second, the other competitors in the order they finished being: Rugby 251½, Nuneaton 245½. Weedon 244½, Northampton Bridge-street 240½.

Northampton Mercury 21 March 1924


The Sanitary Committee approval for two cottages at Castlethorpe for Messrs. A. J. Clarke and A. E. Meacham.

Northampton Mercury 11 April 1924


Eric Reginald Parker, 19, farm labourer, committed from Stony Stratford in November last for stealing a raincoat at Castlethorpe, was dealt with under Section 10 of the Criminal Justice Administration Act, 1914. —Supt. Callaway (Newport Pagnell) gave a very favourable report of the lad’s conduct since the last Sessions, and he was discharged in the care of his father.

Northampton Mercury 14 November 1924

CASTLETHORPE POPPY DAY was carried out in (the Castlethorpe district by the newly-formed Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion, which embraces the villages of Hanslope, Haversham, and Little Linford, and was held on Saturday. The result of the sale at Castlethorpe was £5 16s. 4½d.; at Hanslope, £3 16s. 4d.; at Haversham, £2 5s. In the evening, in the Council Schools, Castlethorpe, an excellent concert was given by Miss Doris Bonham’s concert party from Northampton. On Sunday, a remembrance service was held in the Parish Church, conducted by Col. the Rev. A. D. Seton (the curate). The large congregation included many Nonconformists, and Mr, Stone (Northampton) who was conducting services during the day at the Wesleyan Church in the village, read one of the lessons. The other lesson was read by Lieut.-General Sir Arthur Holland, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., M.P., who was in charge of a number of ex-Service men, and a small detachment of the Wolverton C.L.B. following the service in the church, a short service was held at the village war memorial, where three buglers of the C.L.H. sounded the “Last Post and the Reveille.” A collection of £7 was taken at the church, whilst donations of 15s. from the Wesleyan Church. £2 5s. 6d. from the Haversham Church, went together with the proceeds the sale of poppies and the net proceeds of the concert of £3 8s. to Earl Haig’s Fund, thus enabling the branch forward £23 7s. 7d.

Northampton Mercury 20 February 1925


William Hidderley, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for stealing a fir tree, the property the L.M.S. Railway, value 15s., at Castlethorpe, on Monday, December 15th. Defendant pleaded guilty.
Mr. E, P. Humphrey, Euston, who prosecuted, stated that one of the company's detectives, accompanied a member the county police, visited defendant ; questioned him about cutting down and taking away a fir tree from off  the company’s property. Defendant said he took it without thought and did not think any harm was being done. He wanted a re-less pole, and a man advised him to go to the Sandy Hole for one. The fir tree he cut was too big so he cut it up for fence posts. Mr. Humphreys added that on the man’s own admission, he could well afford to buy a pole. Fined £2 and 15s. Costs.

Northampton Mercury 27 March 1925

Parish Meeting -----A good number of parishioners were attendance. Mr. Arthur Masterman presided. Nine nomination papers were handed in for five seats, and the subsequent voting by show hands resulted follows: J. E. Whiting 53, T. Osborne. J.P.. 46, A. Bavington 46. A. Clarke 45. W. Markham 45. J. Marsh 12, J. 11. Nichols 10, F. Mills 10, and E. Richardson 7. demand for a poll was made. The charily accounts were passed as satisfactory. A discussion took place regarding the proposed electric lighting system, and a resolution was passed requesting the Council to arrange, if possible, for a representative from the Northampton Electric Eight Company to attend at a public meeting to explain the scheme. Thanks were accorded the chairman.

Northampton Mercury 24 April 1925


The Medical Officer of Health notified the following cases of infectious disease during the past month: One of scarlet fever at Castlethorpe. Permission was granted to the Northampton Electric Light Company to place overhead mains through the parishes of Castlethorpe and Hanslope.

Northampton Mercury 15 May 1925


HOMING.—The Bletchley and District Society flew their second race from Doncaster, on Saturday. Ninety-nine birds were sent on, this being a record number for the society. Good timings were made, the best by birds owned by Mr. Markham (Castlethorpe) and Mr. W. King (Bletchley).

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1925

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. William Spencer Johnson, auctioneer s clerk, Milford Leys, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving motor cycle and side-car without a red rear light, at Stony Stratford, on Mav 16.—Defendant pleaded guilty.—P.G. Brazell stated that defendant was driving down the High-street, and when asked for explanation his rear light said had no explanation to give —Defendant informed the Bench that he had found a rubber tubing connecting the lamp and generator was split, and the gas escaped instead of going to the lamp, he found could not put it right. Fined £1.

Northampton Mercury 31 July 1925

Northamptonshire Farmers' Union is asking for telephones to installed at Welton and Castlethorpe Railway Stations.

Northampton Mercury 04 September 1925

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS.  Mavis Beryl Huckins, overlooker. The Mill, Castlethorpe, who was summoned for riding a bicycle without a light, was 10s.

Northampton Mercury 18 September 1925


STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS.  Walter Jelley (23), railway labourer; Claud Meakins (16), apprentice painter; Sidney Bushell (21), farm labourer; Frank Johnson (23), railwayman; Herbert Gascoyne (17), apprentice fitter; Ernest Pettifer (23), farm labourer; and Edward Egglesfield (15), railway works labourer, all of Cosgrove, and Frank Huckins (21), apprentice tinsmith, Castlethorpe; were summoned for playing a game of chance (“ pontoon ”), at Cosgrove, on Sunday, August 30th. All except Johnson appeared and pleaded guilty. P.C. Willoughby stated that at 12 (noon) when on a bridle road, he saw nine youths playing cards. Defendants quickly picked up the money, but witness seized the cards. Jelley admitted they had been “caught fair.”— Defendant had nothing to say to the bench. —The Chairman remarked that the elder defendants ought to know better than lead the youngsters astray. The youngest were fined 5s. each, and the others 10s. each.

Northampton Mercury 25 September 1925

Castlethorpe Lift the
Bartholomew Cup.


The annual competition for the Bartholomew Challenge Cup, presented by Mr. C. W. Bartholomew, of Blakesley Hall, was held at Bletchley on Saturday, when Castlethorpe Ambulance team scored the most points, defeating some of the most prominent teams the L.M.S. Company by 16 points.
Dr. Bradbrook, sen.. Dr. Bradbrook, jun., and Mr. Hill, superintendent of St. John Ambulance Brigade, of Watford, were the judges.
Since 1911, when the Castlethorpe team just failed to lift the cup by margin of  2½ points, they have made strenuous efforts to win this trophy, and since 1915 have three times finished third.
For many years the District Competition at Northampton has been won, the Bucks Challenge Cup has been won two occasions, and also the Nuneaton Challenge Cup two years running, in 1911 and 1912.
The team comprises: Messrs. J. Rainbow (captain), C. Harding, J. H. Green, sen., E. Green, jun., .H. Dollings, and W. Woodward (reserve), and Mr. Harry Rainbow (Hon. Serving Brother) is coach to the team.
The successful team had spent a considerable time and trouble in making themselves efficient in a work which has done so much good for the country.
Previous winners the cup are -. Rugby, 1911; Camden, London, 1912,; Camden, London, 1913: Wolverton, 1914; Wolverton. 1620- Broad-street, London, 1921; Wolverton 1922; Broad-street, London, 1923; Broad-street, London, 1924.
Eight teams competed for the cup this year.

Northampton Mercury 02 October 1925

It was decided to take no action.

The Secretary reported the receipt of a letter from headquarters [N.F.U.] enclosing a communication from the general manager the L.M.S. Railway stating that regard to telephonic communication at Welton and Castlethorpe Stations, the expense which would be involved would not be justified. The accompanying letter intimated that it was not intended to allow the matter to rest that point.
It was decided to again press the application.

Northampton Mercury 23 October 1925


The funeral took place at Castlethorpe on Friday afternoon of Mr. Shadrach Beesley, a well-known North Bucks farmer, who passed away at home. Manor Farm, Hanslope, on Tuesday, at the age 77 years
Mr. Beesley Shadrach, who had resided in North Bucks for 62 years, was native of Warwickshire. For 45 years he carried on business a dairyman at Wolverton, and for the last 17 has farmed at Hanslope. Whilst living in this North Bucks village, Mr. Beasley took a deep interest in the parish life, serving for many years as parish councillor, a member of the Hospital Week Committee, and as churchwarden at Castlethorpe Parish Church. The latter office he held for ten years, having to retire at Easter last owing to ill-health. He had been in failing health for the past twelve months, and had to keep to his bed during the last seven weeks.
The Castlethorpe Parish Church held a large congregation of  public mourners, among whom were noticed Lieut.-General Sir Arthur Holland, M.P., Mr. J. Eady, Mr. Thompson, Mr. M. M. Lewis, Mr. P Sykes, Mr. W. H. Mellish (Wolverton), Mr. H. Smith, Mr. A. Cowley (Stony Stratford) Mr. R. Eales (New Bradwell), Mr. P C. Gambell (Newport Pagnell), Mr. J. Ruff, C.C., Mr. J E. Whiting. Dr. F. Hinde, and Mr. R. C. Whiting.
The service was conducted in the church by the Rev. Canon W. L. Harnett, M.A., R.D. (Wolverton), whilst the committal rites in the churchyard were performed the Rev W. J. Harkness (vicar). Hymns sung were “ There is a land of pure and delight”,  “Now the labourers task o’er.” The organist (Miss Gregory) rendered “O rest in the Lord” and “Dead March” from “Saul.” There was a profusion of choice flowers.

Northampton Mercury 06 November 1925

FIRST AID. On Monday evening the Castlethorpe Ambulance Team gave a demonstration of first-aid work in the Schools to a large audience, and at the close Lieut-General Sir Arthur Holland K.C.B., K.C.M.G., M.P., presented to the team a Silver Cup as a memento of their victory in the Bartholomew Challenge Cup open to railway ambulance teams between Euston and Stafford. Sir Arthur stated that no one could over-estimate the worth to a nation of individual, unselfish work. So long as they had got men to work voluntarily for the nation, he did not think we need fear for the future. Mr. F. E. Whiting proposed thanks to Sir Arthur for his gift, and Mr. D. Faulkner seconded.

Northampton Mercury 11 December 1925

Sad Sequel to a Fishing Expedition.

A verdict of Accidental death was returned at the inquest Monday on Mr. William Willson Newbold, a building contractor, of Roade, who was found shot late Sunday night.
Mr. Newbold, a married man with one child, a girl, aged six weeks, went out on Sunday after lunch to fish. Arriving at a stream near Castlethorpe he found the water frozen and fishing impossible, so he borrowed gun from a neighbouring farmer, and was afterwards killed by its accidental discharge.
The inquest was conducted Mr. R. G. Walton, the Coroner for North Bucks, at Milford Leys Farm, Castlethorpe, where the body had been taken.
Mr. G. E. Foster (Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner, and Alsop, Northampton) appeared for Mr. C. F. Alsop and the relatives.
Charles Rowland Alsop, a builder and contractor, Roade, stated that Mr. Newbold, who was 26 year’s of age, was his brother-in-law, and was in partnership with him. He saw him at 11 o’clock on Sunday morning, when he asked him if he would like to go fishing, and witness replied that he had a cold and did not care to go. He knew Newbold was going to Milford Leys Farm, and he went off on his motor cycle. There was nothing unusual about his conversation or his manner. In the evening, as deceased did not return, witness went over to the farm, and thinking something was wrong, he went in search, and found the body of Newbold about 200 yards away from the house.
Mr. Johnson, jun.; Mr. Harris, the driver of the car which took witness over to the farm, and another man, were present when the body was found. After making sure life was extinct, they went for a doctor and a constable. William Spencer Johnson, auctioneers’ clerk, Milford Leys Farm, stated that when Newbold came to the farm for fishing and shooting, he met him on arrival, and made the remark, jokingly, it was an extraordinary day for fishing. Newbold said he had seen about 50 wild duck by the mill, and witness said that if he cared to have a gun they would be only too pleased to let him have it. Newhold replied he would like to have it. The gun was fetched from the house, and Newbold was given some cartridges. He went away with some fishing rods and the gun. Witness did not see him alive afterwards.
The Coroner asked whether anyone in the house heard the shot, as deceased was found only about 200 yards away. Witness replied that he was away until teatime, and he had not inquired whether anyone did. Witness added that he searched for Newbold before Mr. Alsop came to the farm, but searched further away.
P.C. Johnson, Hanslope, stated that at 11.15 p.m. on Sunday he received information that a man had been found dead near the farm, and he visited there in company with Dr. Hinde. They found the body 200 yards away from the house and lying about four yards from a wooden post and rail fence in hedge. Newbold was lying on his stomach with his head slightly inclined to the left. He was on the opposite side of the fence to that on which the gun was found, and looked as though at the time of the happening he was making towards the farm. The fence was 4ft. 6ins, in height and was shaky, having play of about three inches. There was a high hedge of about 14 feet, and a man, the height of deceased, would have to struggle to get through the thorns at the top of the fence. It was a whitethorn hedge which met at the top over the stile. There was no right of way but it was an accommodation stile for anyone going to the river fishing. The gun was leaning against the fence with its barrels pointing upwards. The left-hand barrel, which was fired, would be nearest to the man. The gun, if fired in the position it was found, would hit anyone on top of the fence. The right barrel of the gun was loaded. There was a dead cartridge in the left barrel. Both hammers were down when he found the gun.
In reply to the Coroner, Mr. Johnson said that the only thing they thought of was that deceased let one hammer down and forgot the other.
The Coroner thought a man would never cock one hammer and not the other, If any one was cocked he thought it would be the right hammer and not the left.
Witness added that it was such a fence that a man would not get over with anything in his hand. He afterwards searched the body and found four cartridges in the pockets.
The Coroner: How many did he take out?
Mr. Johnson: I think there were five. P.C. Johnson stated that the right barrel of the gun was clean and the left barrel furred up.
The Coroner: Can you form any theory in your own mind how this gun came to go off?
P.C. Johnson replied that when a person was getting over this fence he would pull it over towards the gun, and pressure may have come down on one of the hammers. When the fence swayed back it discharged the gun.
The Coroner agreed that seemed a probable explanation. The sway of the fence caused some portion of it catch the hammer and let it off. What was mystery, and would be, was why only one hammer was down. Mr. Newbold was used to a gun?
Mr. Alsop; Yes, quite a lot.
Mr. Foster: Would the two hammers have been down and the fence release one?
Dr. Frank Hinde, Hanslope, stated that when they found the gun its muzzle was only about inch above the second bar, which appeared to point to the fact that it had slipped on the hard ground when the fence was shaken. His opinion was that the fence not being very rigid, the gun was moved by, Newbold scrambling over and went off and hit him when he was right on top of the fence. That was consistent with the direction of the wound. From the condition of the hedge there, he believed there were plenty of pieces of wood that could easily have caught the trigger or hammer and caused it to go off. After being hit Newbold apparently stumbled five paces from the fence and fell, for there was a pool of blood. He evidently got up and staggered three more paces to where the body was lying. It must have been there some considerable time for blood to have come through his clothes and on to the ground.
The shot entered the body just below the heart and obliquely the chest and from quite close quarters, as the wound was two inches in diameter.
The Coroner stated that it was clear this was a pure accident and be would return a verdict of Accidental death." He added his sympathy with the relatives, in which Mr. Foster joined. Mr. W. S. Johnson also expressed sympathy on behalf of his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Johnson, who occupy the Milford Leys Farm.

Northampton Mercury 19 February 1926


A successful smoking concert was held in the Central School, Hanslope, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 when the Hanslope Branch the British Legion was formed. Dr. F. Hinde took the chair, and was supported by Major Nelson (organising secretary of the British Legion, London), Messrs. A. Abbott, R. W. Dickins, A. Paybody, W. Willingham, W. T. Clarke, secretary of the Castlethorpe and District Branch, about 30 members of that branch, and 37 ex-Service men of Hanslope, not at present members of the organisation.
It has been thought for few months past that a branch should formed Hanslope, as there were members of the Castlethorpe Branch resident at Hanslope.
The well-known comedians, Messrs. Gus Drake and Albert Ette, of Northampton, were specially engaged, and kept the audience in roars of laughter with humorous duets, Army ditties, and well rendered songs; Mr. Knighton accompanied at the piano, and Mr. H. Willingham, a Hanslope ex-Service man, sang.
Major Nelson outlined the aims and objects of the Legion, and several questions were asked, to which Major Nelson replied. After discussion, the resolution forming the branch was proposed by Mr. R. W. Garratt, seconded by Mr. H. Willingham, and carried unanimously.
The following officers were elected: Dr. F. Hinde, president; Mr. W. Beesley chairman; Mr. J. Kerridge, vice-chairman; Mr. H. Willingham, treasurer; Mr. S. W. Platten, secretary.

Northampton Mercury 26 February 1926


In L.M.S. Railway ambulance competition for the No. 2 District, held at Bedford on  Wednesday, eleven teams competed, with the following result: 1 Wolverton A. 291 points; 2 Wolverton B. 286 ; 3 Castlethorpe, 278; 4 Northampton (Castle), 224; 5 Northampton (Bridge-street), 202; 6 Luton. 193; 7 Wellingborough, 162; 8 Bedford B, 158; 9 Bletchley B. 158; 10 Bletchley A, 156; 11 Bedford A, 93. The judges were Dr. W. H. Square, Leighton Buzzard; Dr. S. C. Holden, Aylesbury (Bucks County M.O.H.); and Dr. H. C. Hill, Bletchley.
Consolation individual prizes were awarded to: 1 A. Blake, Northampton Castle; 2 J. S. Green, Castlethorpe; 3 A. C. Blick. Northampton Bridge-street; 4 H. Loxley, Wolverton B.
The teams were;— Northampton Castle: J. Burditt, A. Blake, C, Burditt, W. Farmer (capt.). W. Pettifer, F. A. Tippleston. Northampton Bridge-street: Stanton (capt.), E. Winfield, W. Cooper. A. C. Blick, Pratt, C. Evans. Wolverton A: H. Wise, H. Pearson, F. H. Clarke, J. O. Ibell (capt.), W. Riddell. H, Stevens. Wolverton B: H. Markham, B. Willett, R. Cox, S. Webber (capt.), W. Clamp, H. Loxley. Castlethorpe: C. W. Harding, J. Green, W. H. Woodward, H. Dollings. E. Green. Wellingborough’: R. M. Tilley (capt.), E. Rudd. .J. White. E. J. Bennett, V. Wallis. J. E. Woolley.

Northampton Mercury 12 March 1926

APRIL 1st AT MALTING FARM, CASTLETHORPE. SALE OF LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK, by order of Mr. Farmer Amos (who is leaving).

Northampton Mercury 09 April 1926

Messrs. Merry, Sons and Co. conducted a useful sale at the Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, for Mr. Farmer Amos, who is leaving. Dairy cows in milk made up to £18 15s. and £20, dairy cows in calf £20, barren cows to £16 10s., yearlings to £5 17s. 6d., and 2½-year-old steers to £20. Of horses, a six-year-old gelding sold for 23½ gs., and others ranged from 10½ to 15 gs. Pigs made £6 apiece. Border Leicester cross-bred ewes and lambs sold at 69s.On the implement side the principal prices were: 4 h.p. petrol engine £20 10s., and trolley £12.

Northampton Mercury 23 April 1926


A sale of property was conducted Messrs. Wigley, Sons, and Gambell, at Castlethorpe, on Friday. A semi-detached house was sold for £305, and the adjoining property, occupied by Mr. Jesse Biddle, for  £290. A semi-detached house in New-road. Castlethorpe, in the occupation of Mr. Wm. Woodward was sold for £270. and another house in the occupation Mr. Walter Mills, for £l90, whilst one tenanted by Mr. William Worker, made £270. A group of seven cottages on the Green, Cosgrove, sold for £350. A semi-detached house in Longstreet, Hanslope, £350. A small field Long-street, Hanslope, containing acres 5 poles, made £110.

Northampton Mercury 23 April 1926


At Newport Pagnell, Wednesday, William Bertie Gray, wood machinist, Sutton House, Crescent-road, Delapre, Northampton, was charged with obtaining from Sidney Underwood, the garage, Broughton, two petrol tins and four gallons of petrol, value 12s. 10d., by false pretences, Broughton, on Friday, April 16th.
Violet Underwood, married, The Garage, Broughton, said that defendant called, asking for two tins of petrol to take to a lorry further down the road. She said,” I do not usually let it go like that. Are you sure it’s allright.” Defendant replied, “Quite sure; am sure its allright, or I would not help them otherwise. I will come back with the empty cans and see that they pay.” At the door she saw defendant put the two cans in the side-car and she took the number of his combination. Defendant then said he could not stop for them to return, as he had go on to Woburn Sands, He handed her a card purporting be the owners of the lorry and wrote the registration number on the back. Defendant went on to the Woburn Sands. She would not have let him have the petrol if she had not believed his story.
Sidney Underwood stated that he was on the road at the time of this incident, and there was no lorry between Newport and Broughton. Arthur John Negus, Stony Stratford, deposed that defendant brought two empty cans to him and asked him to pay for the tins his daughter let him have. He gave him 6s. Defendant looked at a motor-cycle which said would  “suit his brother and promised to bring him the same afternoon. Witness not see him again.
P.C. Bonner, Wolverton, stated that on Saturday, April 17th, in company with Sergt. Rollings he saw defendant at his lodgings in Victoria-street, Wolverton. When informed that inquiries were being made about man answering his description, he replied, “Yes.” After reading the warrant to him, defendant made statement concerning his movements, and said that he obtained the petrol from a lorry. Inspector Bryant repeated the statement volunteered by defendant.
Defendant in this gave his movements between April 3 and the date he was arrested, during which time he stayed at an hotel in Northampton with young lady. They then went to Market Harborough, where they stayed five days, returning to Northampton before going to Wolverton.
Defendant pleaded guilty, and elected summary treatment. He had nothing to say.
Supt. E.. Callaway stated that defendant was born at Castlethorpe in 1904, and his parents moved to Stony Stratford, where he went to school. He later attended a school at Wolverton until 1915, and his parents moved to Northampton. He was married on March 31, 1925, and there was one child aged two years and five months, and his wife had obtained a maintenance order. Defendant had worked at other places in Northampton besides for his father.

He had been sentenced at Dover on September 24. 1925, to one months  hard labour for obtaining a motor cycle by false pretences and at Wealstone on October 27. 1925, for two months for stealing lady’s handbag. Until Faster he had been living with his father, and left April 3 without saying where he was going.

His parents were very respectable, and his father, William Joseph Gray, now refused to have anything more to do with him. Defendant seemed to be very fond of women, to whom his downfall was partly due. He owed Mrs Pearson, a widow at Market Harborough, 30s. for his lodging, and also 4s. which had taken from a  handbag. At another widow’s house he did not pay for accommodation, and seemed to have gone about defrauding poor people.
The Chairman (Mr. W. W. Carlile) said the Bench considered it was a bad case. Prisoner was able to work and had these lapses. It was a great pity indeed that he did not seem to fight against the temptation of doing wrong and stealing something. He would be sentenced to three months' hard labour.

Northampton Mercury 28 May 1926

Rowdy Scenes at Wolverton


[Last part of a long article about the strike]

P.C. Bonner, Wolverton, said he went with another officer by car to Castlethorpe on being telephoned for. He saw a crowd of 14 or 15 men, who gave their names and addresses, and said no damage had been done and nobody was hurt. They had been shouting at the station.
Mr. Stimson contended that apart from the police evidence of confession by the men that they had been near the line, there was nothing else to connect them with the offence. The Bench had to be satisfied that the men who were summoned were the same as took part the demonstration.
Defendant Howes, sworn, stated that they took the advice of the Dispute Committee to go for a walk instead of hanging about the streets. They walked down the Haversham-road, and saw the men on the line. Conversation took place on both sides.
William Henry Green stated they did not out to prevent anyone from working.
All the other defendants gave evidence denying that they told P.C. Bowman that they had been to the station and had not done any damage.
The Bench again decided to convict.
The Bench then returned consider the sentences.
Upon returning the Chairman said that in respect to the Castlethorpe offences they intended to deal leniently with defendants. They had acted silly. If they refused to work themselves at any time they must not interfere with others. Each would have pay a fine of £2.
Other fines were: Ingram £l10, Bell £10, Amos £10, Dythan £2, Gobey £2 Wilson £5 on the first charge and £10 on the second. Read £2.
Stevenson, who admitted two previous convictions. was sentenced to one month’s hard labour.

Northampton Mercury 16 July 1926



William David Markham, farmer, Glenmore House, Castlethorpe, was summoned for a dog not under effectual control, at Haversham, on Saturday, June 26, and also with not having a name and address of owner on collar. Defendant pleaded guilty to the dog straying but not guilty to the second summons. He said the dog had taken to the habit of following his motor car, and it was just returning home when the constable stopped it.—He was ordered to pay costs of 5s. 6d. in each case.

Northampton Mercury 17 September 1926

OBITUARY.—The death occurred on Sunday, after a short illness, of Mr. Richard Cowley, at the age 74. For 55 years Mr. Cowley was employed as a smith’s striker at the Wolverton Carriage Works. He leaves widow and one son. He was the only son of the late Mr. Thomas Cowley, of Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 29 October 1926

A FIRE occurred in Coronation-road, Stony Stratford, on Sunday morning, at the rear of premises occupied Mr. Huckins, who had recently moved there from Castlethorpe. A large wooden shed was discovered in flames and was quickly burnt to the ground. It contained bicycles which were destroyed, a mangle, potatoes, and coal. The damage at estimated at about £50.

The Wolverton Express 11 November 1927

Whist Drive:One of the most enjoyable whist drives that has been held in the village was that which took place on Friday evening last at the Carrington Hall. It was on behalf of the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion, and the greatest credit was due to Mr. A. Masterman, who organised the function with his customary ability, and also very efficiently discharged the duties of M.C. to the greatest satisfaction of all. There were 43 players taking part, and the winners were: Ladies: 1Mrs. J. May, 2 Miss Clare; gentlemen: 1 Mr. J. Prisley 2 Mr. W. D. Markham; booby prizes: Miss N. Matley and Mr. A. Nichols ; mystery prizes: Miss Rawlinson and Mr. Rawlinson. Rabbits were given as mystery prizes in both the gentlemen’s and ladies sections, and both prizes went to the same house. During the evening refreshments were served by Miss Burbidge, Mrs. Wingrave, and Mrs. Gibbons. General assistance was given by Messrs. W. G. Clarke, H. Amos, R. Panter, F. Stones, , and others. As the result of the drive the sum of £1/9/- was realised for the children’s holiday sports in the summer.

The Wolverton Express 11 November 1927

A very impressive remembrance service arranged by the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion was held on Sunday afternoon in the Wesleyan Church in that village. Last year the Parish Church was attended, and the members of the Legion had decided that the service should alternate yearly between the two places of worship. Prior to the service on Sunday a party of some 18 ex-Service men of the village assembled near the British Legion headquarters and proceeded to the church, which was entirely filled with parishioners who were present to pay their tribute to the memory of the fallen in the Great War. The service was conducted by the Rev. H. H. Adams, of Wolverton (the Wesleyan Church circuit minister) and was taken part in by the Vicar, the Rev. W. J. Harkness. The former gave the address, whilst the Vicar read the lessons and prayers. A collection was taken on behalf of Earl Haig's Fund, and the total of £3/1/6 was a slight increase upon the previous year’s amount. The service was not completed in the church, for the circuit minister and the Vicar, immediately followed by the members of the British Legion and then by members of the congregation, proceeded to the War Memorial, where the hymn “O God our help” was sung. A wreath was placed at the foot of the memorial by the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion (Mr Burbidge), on behalf of the members, to the memory of their fallen comrades, whilst other flowers were deposited by those who had lost someone near and dear to them. The Vicar pronounced the Benediction, and the singing of the National Anthem brought the service to a close.

Northampton Mercury 12 November 1926


A memorial service in connection with Remembrance Day was held at the Parish Church Sunday afternoon, attended by the members of the Castlethorpe branch of the British Legion and other ex-Service men. The Rev. E. J. Fenn conducted the service, which was also taken part in by Mr. Denny, of Daventry, who was conducting services at the Wesleyan Chapel that day. A collection was taken for the Earl Haig’s Fund. Wreaths were placed on the cenotaph by Mr. F. Stone, M.M., behalf the Legion, and Mr. W. T. Clarke for Lieut.-General Sir Arthur Holland.

Northampton Mercury 10 December 1926


We regret to report the death of Capt. Claude Borrett, of West Haddon Hall, which occurred on Friday, at Villa Mount Stuart, Beaulieu-au-Mers, France.
Capt. Borrett had not been well for some time, and about a month ago left for France in the hope that his health would be re-established. News reached West Haddon on Wednesday that he had been taken ill, and soon as possible Mrs. Borrett left for Au-Mexs.
It is believed, however, that death had taken place before she could reach him. Capt. Borrett was one of the most popular members of the Pytchley Hunt, and was always a hard rider to hounds. Prior to residing at West Haddon he lived at Hatton Court, Castlethorpe, in which neighbourhood he was also deeply respected. His services in the Great War, when he served in France and Egypt, undoubtedly impaired his health.
Much sympathy will be extended to his widow, his two sons, both of whom are in the Royal Navy, and his daughter.

Northampton Mercury 21 January 1927

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions.
MOTOR CASES. Cyril Ernest Tapp, railway employee. Little London, Deanshanger, and Benjamin Whiting, farmer, Castlethorpe, were summoned for using unlicensed motor vehicles. —The case against Tapp was adjourned owing to his absence. Whiting, who said he had overlooked the renewal of his licence, was fined 6s.

Northampton Mercury 04 March 1927

BRITISH LEGION, —Tie annual general meeting the Castlethorpe Branch of the British was held at Carrington Hall on Tuesday evening. Mr. F. Dolling presided, supported Mr. W. T. Clarke (hon. secretary). The financial statement for the past year showed balances of over £5 the general account, and of £4 on the relief fund. One case of distress had been dealt with during the year. Officers elected for the ensuing year were Mr. A. Burbidge, chairman; Mr. C. H. Harding, vice-chairman; Mr. W. Clarke, hon, secretary; Mr. J. H. Whiting, hon. treasurer; and a committee of five members. It was decided to ask the New Bradwell Branch of the Legion to take over the administration of the villages Haversham and Little Linford, which are,  at present in the Castlethorpe area. A suggestion that a subscription sent the Northampton General Hospital was referred to the committee. It was decided to arrange for an outing to the County Fete of the Legion at Waddesden in July.

Northampton Mercury 29 April 1927

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions.

POSSESSION: W. D. Markham, of Castlethorpe, applied for ejectment order against Charles Ernest Burnell.—After the evidence, the Bench made an order for possession in 14 days.

Northampton Mercury 27 May 1927

WOLVERTON. HOMING.—An old bird race by the Wolverton and District Flying Club, North-road Section, was held Saturday from Northallerton (150 miles). Sixty-one birds were liberated in addition to those of the Northampton and Leicestershire Federations. Mr. W. D. Markham, of Castlethorpe, won the race, his bird making a velocity of 1,207.7 yards per minute.

Northampton Mercury 24 June 1927

TOWCESTER PETTY SESSIONS. Tuesday.—Before Mr. R. E. Grant-Ives (in the chair), Mr. H. T. F. Weston, Mr. F. W. Sheppard. Mr, T. Amos.


Benjamin Sydney Whiting, dairyman, Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving a motor car without a licence, at Towcester, on May 12.— P.C. Wilford stated the facts. —Defendant, who said he had filled in an application form but was misled as to the date for sending it in, was fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 24 June 1927

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. On Friday, before Mr. A. Sharp (in tha chair), Messrs. S H, Wheeldon, C. P. Woollard, W. Purslow, J. McLean, Lieut.- Colonel C. Hawkins, and Dr. D. W. A. Bull.


Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer. Malting arm, Castlethorpe, was summoned for keeping a dog without a licence at Castlethorpe on Thursday, May 12th. Police Supt. Callaway stated that in this case the Local Taxation Committee offered mitigated penalty 3s 6d. to be paid within 14 days. Defendant did not pay within this time, and forwarded a cheque after the summons had been taken out.—ln the absence of defendant in court the case was adjourned for days.

Northampton Mercury 08 July 1927



Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer. Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined 7s. 6d. for keeping a dog without licence at Castlethorpe on Thursday, May 12. Defendant stated he quite forgot about it.

Northampton Mercury 22 July 1927


The Wolverton Works Fire Brigade were called to a rick fire at Castlethorpe at 8.20 on Wednesday evening.
They found a small rick of wheat straw, about ten tons, well alight, and after about two hours’ work the fire was got under. Very little of the rick, which belonged to Mr. James Gobby, was saved.

The Bucks Standard August 06 1927




A VERY PRETTY WEDDING WAS SOLEMISED AT THE Wesleyan Church, Castlethorpe, on Friday, July 20th, when, before a large number of relatives and friends, Frances Charlotte Cowley, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Cowley, and Jasper Ernest Green, the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Green, both of Castlethorpe were united. The families of both bride and bridegroom have for many years been connected with the Wesleyan Church. The bride, who was tastefully attired in a dress of ivory crepe de chine, trimmed with pearls, and a bridal veil and orange blossom, and carrying a shower bouquet of red and white carnations and white heather (a gift of the bridegroom), entered the church, which was prettily decorated on the arm of her father. She was attended by three bridesmaids, the Misses V. Collett, Doreen Cameron and Nora Cowley. The elder bridesmaid who was a college friend of the bride), wore a dress of beige crepe de chine, with hat to match, and the two little girls daintily dressed in pale blue crepe de chine dresses, and wore wreaths of solver leaves, and each carried bouquets of cream roses which were gifts of the bridegroom. The service was choral, the hymns, “Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us” and “O Perfect Love,” being sung. During the signing of the register the “Wedding March” was played. The officiating minister was the Rev. H. H. Adams, of Wolverton, Circuit Minister. After the ceremony a reception was held in the Wesleyan schoolroom, and was attended by about forty guests. During the afternoon the happy couple left for North Wales, where the honeymoon is being spent. They were the recipients of a large number of valuable and useful presents. The catering for the reception was in the hands of Mr. Valentine, of Northampton, and the bouquets were made by Clarke & Sons, Castlethorpe

Northampton Mercury 19 August 1927



Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving motor van and failing to have a current Road Fund licence affixed, at Cosgrove, on August 3rd, also for driving without proper lights.—Defendant pleaded not guilty.— P.C, Granger, Yardley Gobion, said he stopped defendant in Hanslope-road, Cosgrove, at 12.20 a.m., and upon examining the Road Fund licence found it had expired on June30th. Defendant produced current Road Fund licence from his pocket, and said he had only just bought the van, and had fetched it from Loudon that day. He had had a lot of trouble to start the van, and when he got it going he kept straight on. Defendant had no rear light. Defendant, who said could not get the van to go again and had to walk home, was fined 10s. in each case.

Northampton Mercury 09 September 1927

CASTLETHORPE. BRITISH LEGION.— The Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion on Saturday entertained the children the and also a number of old-age pensioners. A sports programme was carried out for the children in the Castle Field, and later tea was served to them and to the adults. Whilst tea was in progress General Sir Arthur Holland, K.C.8., K.C.M.G., M.P.. president of the branch, arrived, and was given a warm welcome. He was accompanied by his daughter. Miss Mary Holland. After tea the Castlethorpe school children, under the charge of Mr. H. H. Middleton, gave entertainment, including country dancing. The branch received very great assistance from Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting in all the arrangements. The Bradwell United Silver Band played during the afternoon and evening.

Northampton Mercury 04 November 1927


William David Markham, farmer, Glenmore House, Castlethorpe, was summoned tor allowing two horses to stray on the highway at Hanslope, on Tuesday, October 11th.— Defendant pleaded guilty, and P.C. Johnson stated the case.—Defendant was fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 11 November 1927

CASTLETHORPE A remembrance service on Sunday was conducted on similar lines to that of last year, but was held in the Wesleyan Church instead of the Parish Church. A party of 18 ex-service men assembled near the British Legion headquarters and proceeded the church where the service was conducted Rev. H. Adams the Circuit minister, who was assisted by the Rev, W. J. Harkness (vicar). Mr. Adams gave the address, whilst Mr. Harkness took the lessons and prayers. The church was crowded. The service was completed at War Memorial, where the hymn, “O God, our help,” was sung, and a wreath was placed on the memorial by Mr. Burbidge, the chairman of the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion. Other flowers were also deposited. The Vicar pronounced the Benediction, and the service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. A collection on behalf of Earl Haig’s Fund realised £3 1s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 16 December 1927


Impressive Scene at Woolwich --- Two
Memorial Services.

The funeral of Lieut-General Sir Arthur Edward Aveling Holland, M.P. for Northampton, who died in London on Wednesday week after a long illness, took place on Monday at Shooter’s Hill Cemetery after a memorial service at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, and a funeral service at the Royal Military Academy Chapel, Woolwich.
The coffin was taken to Woolwich in the morning, accompanied by three of Sir Arthur’s servants, Mr. McKinnie (head gardener), Mr, Gibbons (second gardener), and Mr. Byng (groom).
The family mourners were; Lady Holland (widow) and Miss Holland (daughter, Mrs. Eardley-Wilmot (sister), Dr. Trevor Butcher (nephew), Major Geoffrey Hall (brother-in-law), Miss Evelyn Hall (niece). Mrs. Lewis Hall (Lady Holland’s mother) was unavoidably prevented from being present.
Representing the Northampton Conservative and Unionist Association were; Councillor F. C. Parker, J.P. (President), Councillor J. V. Collier (Chairman Executive), Councillor W. Harvey Reeves, O.B.E.,  J.P., Councillor  E. Ingman, Mr. C. S. N. Brown, Mr. L. Benbow, and Mr. S. Jolley, M.C. (secretary). Men’s Association, Mrs. F. C. Parker and Mrs. Alfred Smith, Women’s Association.
Mrs. Hopwood represented the Central Council, London.



The funeral service at the Royal Military Academy Chapel, Woolwich, was of a deeply impressive character.
Over 500 officers and men of the Royal Artillery (Woolwich Garrison), together with staffs and cadets of the Royal Military Academy took part. With the principal mourners, staff, and many of Sir Arthur’s old friends and fellow officers, the little chapel in the Academy was packed. At the back was a group of men who served under Sir Arthur when he was Commandant of the Academy 1912-14.
Colonel John Campbell, V.C., represented the King, and among others present General Sir George Maitland, Chief of the Imperial General Staff; Commandant E. Harding Newman, commanding the troops of the Woolwich Garrison; Major General J. H. Pree, Colonel H. F. Salt, and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel A. B. Beauman, Military Academy. Colonel W. W. Jels and Major V. Elliott represented the War Office, and other officers in attendance were Lieut.-Colonel Fitzgerald, R.A.M.C., Lieut-.Colonel Graham (General Brigade R.A.). Brig-General E. Hore-Nairne, General. Sir Nowell Birch (late Master General Ordnance), Brigadier-General Evans and Colonel V. Asser (Commandant 4th Divisional R.A., etc.
The pall-bearers were: Lieut.-General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, K.C.B., D.S.O. Commandant, R.E.), Lieut.-General Sir Herbert Uniacke, K.C.B., K.C.M.G. Commandant, R.A.), Major-General Sir Stanley Von Donop, K.C.B., K.C.M.G. (Colonel Commandant R.A.), Majors-General G. H. A. White, C.B.,
C.D.M.G., Major-Genera] H. D. de Pree, C.B, C.M., D.S.O. (Colonel Commandant, Military Academy, Woolwich), Colonel Commandant Wilkinson (Military College of Science, Woolwich). Colonel Commandant E. Harding Newman, C.M.G., D.S. (O.C. Troops, Woolwich Garrison).
The service was as short and simple as it was impressive. The Academy choir led the singing in the hymns, “Fight the good fight” and “Abide with me.” There was a profound silence when the Rev. H. W. Blackburn, vicar Ashford, Kent, an old friend of Sir Arthur’s, read the lesson. He spoke with some emotion. He was assisted in the service by the Rev. J. Clarke, chaplain of the Woolwich Garrison, and the Rev. D. B. L. Foster, chaplain to the Academy.
At the end the chapel service the coffin, draped in a Union Jack with a few flowers and the late General’s hat and sword on top, was borne slowly out of the chapel to the waiting gun carriage, whilst the organist played the Dead March in “Saul.”
A guard from Die 1st Training Brigade of the Artillery stood in line on either side of the long avenue to the gate, and immediately behind the remains. Lady Holland’s brother, Major Geoffrey Hall, late of the 10th Lancers, carried Sir Arthur's insignia on a black cushion.
A salute of fifteen guns was fired by the 18th Field Brigade as the procession moved off to (Shooter's Hill Cemetery, with the Royal Artillery Band and fifty trumpeters from the Depot Brigade at the head. The procession extended nearly half a mile.
At the cemetery over a thousand soldiers and civilians surrounded the grave. The committal sentences were pronounced by the Rev. H. W. Blackburn.
After coffin had been lowered, three Flanders Poppies were dropped into the grave, the profound silence being broken by the buglers sounding of the “Last Post,” which was followed by the “Reveille.”


The wreaths bore the following inscriptions The family and personal wreaths were: To our darling dad, from his wife and daughter May and little Moll.
With the deepest affection and deepest sorrow, Mrs. Lewis Hall.
Dr. and Mrs. T. A. Butcher.
With deepest sympathy, from Florence and George.,
In loving remembrance of our dear brother Arthur, from his sisters, Bessy Butcher and Arthurina Eardley-Wilmot; at rest.
In affectionate remembrance, from Ernest (Prebendary) Eardley-Wilmot.
In remembrance, from Mrs. J. Herbert Bell.
With most loving regret and sympathy, Mrs. Herbert Butcher and Mrs. Naton Legge.
To the memory of a gallant soldier, from Geoffrey and Muriel Hall.
In memory of dear Uncle Arthur, from Charlie and Evelyn Hall.
Kindly remembrance, from Lord and Lady and the Hon. Betty Askwith.
In appreciative remembrance of a brave and very honourable soldier. Lady Stewart.
With loving sympathy. Miss Christie.
In memory of a gallant soldier and loyal friend, Mrs. Stuart Menzies and her son.
In memory of gallant soldier and kind friend. Mr. and Mrs. Charles W, Sala.
To Lady Holland and Miss Holland, with deepest sympathy, from F. E. Lauer, E. Lift, and J. Crocker. With sincerest sympathy, from Mrs. Felse, Warren Dorothy Felse, and Mrs Rogers.
With deepest sympathy and remembrance, from the Hanslope and Castlethorpe Nursing Association. From the members of the Northampton Conservative and Unionist Men’s Association, our last token of affection to a gallant and patriotic members. (Roses, orchids, arum lilies, violets, carnations, harissi lilies, asparagus fern, and croton leaves).
A last token of affection to our friend and member whom we all loved, from the members of the Northampton Women’s Unionist Association. (Design of Union Jack worked with scarlet and white carnations and artificial blue gnaphaliun with flagstaff and cord attached.)
With deepest sympathy, from the Northampton Branch of the Junior Imperial and Constitutional League.
With deepest sympathy and affectionate remembrance from the President

and Members of the Town and County Conservative Club.
In affection remembrance of gallant soldier and a most honoured and revered member and friend, from the President, Committee, and Members of the Conservative Working-men’s Club, Whitworth-road, Northampton.
In loving memory, from the Young Britons’ Association, Northampton.
In affectionate remembrance our beloved member, from St. Michael’s Ward Conservative and Unionist Women’s Association. Northampton.
A token of respect and affection, from the members of the Women’s Branch of the Northampton Conservative and Unionist Association, St. Edmund’s Ward.
With deepest sympathy and regret, “ Not our will, but Thine, O God.” North Ward Women’s Conservative and Unionist Association.
With loving sympathy, from St. James Huxley.
Members of Sir Arthur’s indoor staff, our beloved master.
A tribute of respect, from the outdoor , staff and tenant farmers, Hanslope Lodge.
To General Sir Arthur Holland, a wreath from his own garden.
In most affectionate remembrance, from Florentine and Sibyl Poore.
With Mr. Mrs. Mark Poore's most sincere and true sympathy.
With very sorrowing sympathy, from Mrs. Watts, Hanslope Park.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs Goldie.
In affectionate remembrance, from the Conservative Committee of the House of Commons

 [part of a much longer article describing more wreaths]

Northampton Mercury 23 December 1927

Castlethorpe British Legion held concert, organised by Mr. Frank Brooks and party from Wolverton on Saturday in aid of Earl Haig’s Fund.

Northampton Mercury 23 December 1927


The first annual show of the Wolverton and District Flying Club was held on Saturday in the Memorial Hall, Wolverton The exhibits, which numbered 153, were judged by Mr. H. L. Dainty, the secretary of the Northampton Federation.
His awards were: Old birds. —Birds flown over 400 miles; Special prize by Mr. H. C. Muscutt (president), Chapman (Newport Pagnell). Flown over 300 miles (cock): 1 and 3 J. Alderman (Newport Pagnell), 2 G. White (Hanslope). Flown over 300 miles (hen): 1 and special Mr. W. Tompkins, J. J. Mutlow (Wolverton), 2 and J. Alderman. Flown over 150 miles (cock), 1 A. Moseley (Newport Pagnell), 2 W, D. Markham (Castlethorpe), 3 J. J. Mutlow. Flown over 150 miles (hen): 1 J. J. Mutlow, 2 F. Chapman. 3 W. Tompkins (Wolverton). Likeliest flyer (cock): 1 A. Moseley, 2 G. White, W. Tompkins. Likeliest flyer (hen): 1 Dawson and Wyatt (Wolverton), 2 W. D. Markham), 3 F. Chapman. Young Birds.—Flown 75 miles (cock): 1 J. J. Mutlow, 2 and 3 W. D. Markham. Flown 75 miles (hen): 1 A. Moseley, 2 W. Woodford (Sherington), 3 J. J. Mutlow. Likeliest fiver (cock); 1, 2, and special Mr. J. J. Mutlow, Dawson and Wyatt, 3 W. Tompkins, Likeliest flyer (hen): 1 R. Forester (Wolverton), J. J. Mutlow, 3 F. Chapman. Special prize (by Mr. W. D. Markham) for best bird in the show. J. Alderman. Mr. J. W. Mutlow was the hon. secretary, and members of the committee acted as stewards.

Northampton Mercury 03 February 1928


The quarterly meeting .of the Stony Stratford and District Local Preachers’ Association was held in the Congregational Church, on Saturday. Following tea, the business meeting was presided over by Mr. J. Carter, of Wolverton. It was decided to send a letter sympathy to Mr. W. Baylies (Roade) on the loss of his wife, and to Mr. J. Marsh (Castlethorpe) on his prolonged illness. Tributes were paid to the memory of Mr. Brittan Harris. It was decided to send a letter expressing the gratitude of the association to Captain George Bowyer, M.P., that he voted against the adoption of the revised Prayer Book in the House of Commons. Arrangements were made for the next quarterly meeting Whaddon.. At public meeting in the evening, when the Rev. John (vice-president) occupied the chair, the president (Mr .J. Carter) delivered his presidential address, in which he dealt with “The Preacher: His Call and Influence.”

Northampton Mercury 30 March 1928


An application for subscription was considered from the and Castlethorpe Nursing Association. Mrs. Hidderley, the hon, secretary, reported that in general work 1,413 visits were paid by the nurse during the past year, 262 being to old people. There were 329 visits in maternity and midwifery to 23 cases. There were also health visits and school work was undertaken.—A subscription £2 2s. was agreed to. The Finance Committee reported that there was a decrease in relieving officers’ payments for the past month of £30 12s. 6d., and a decrease in numbers relieved of 20. Mr. Moss, the settlement officer, reported that 42 settlement cases had been investigated, and in 26 cases chargeability was transferred to other unions. In two the cases £ll7 was recovered. The committee considered the report very satisfactory and recommended that Mr. Moss’ remuneration of £40 be renewed. —The recommendation was adopted.
The Finance Committee recommended that the salary of Mr. E. V. Trunkfield (Olney), relieving officer, be increased from £190 to £230 by annual increments of £10, as from April 1st next.—The recommendation was adopted.
Upon the recommendation of the House Committee, it was decided to increase the annual leave of outdoor officers with two years’ service and over from two weeks to three.

Northampton Mercury 30 March 1928


WOMEN VOTERS. A meeting was held in the Carrington Schools on Tuesday, at which a branch of the North Bucks Women Voters’ League was formed Addresses were given the Hon. Mrs. George Bowyer and Mrs. Tinkler (organising secretary of League), whilst amongst those present were Mr. H. Louis Hazell (secretary and agent to Buckingham Divisional Conservative Association) and Mrs. Lanaway (Headquarters Staff, London). Mrs. Johnson was elected chairman of the branch, Mrs. Wilkes hon. secretary, and Mrs. Yates hon. treasurer. About 20 members were enrolled.

The Wolverton Express 30 March 1928


Women Voters.—As the outcome of meeting held in the Carrington Schools  on Tuesday afternoon, a branch for Castlethorpe was formed of the North Bucks Women Voters' League and officers were appointed to give the branch a good start its existence. The Hon. Mrs. Bowyer gave an interesting address and afterwards, Mrs. Tinkler, Wolverton, explained the aims and objects of the League. Following the decision to form a branch, officers were elected an follows : Mrs. Johnson (chairman), Mrs. Wilkes (hon. secretary), and Mrs. Yates (hon. treasurer). A committee was also formed. About twenty members were enrolled and arrangements were made for the holding of a further meeting next month. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the Hon. Mrs. Bowyer for her excellent speech and she promised a future visit to the Branch. Among those present at the meeting were Mr. H. Louis Hazel (secretary and agent to the Buckingham Divisional Conservative and Liberal Unionist Association), and Mrs. Lanaway from the central Office, London.

Northampton Mercury 25 May 1928

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before Mr. F. Jones (in, the chair), Mr. A. Sharp, Mrs. Hickson, Mr. H. T. F. Weston, C.C., Mr. A. Gray, Mr. S. H. Wheeldon, Mr. C, P. Woollard, Dr. D. W. A. Bull, Lieut.-Col. L. C. Hawkins, C.C., and Mr. J. McLean.


Cyril Pittam, labourer. Church-street., Castlethorpe, was summoned for committing a misdemeanour at Castlethorpe, on Tuesday, April 24. Defendant pleaded guilty, and on the evidence of P.C. Johnson, was fined 5s.

Northampton Mercury 15 June 1928


WANTED, GOOD GENERAL. Mrs. Joseph Whiting, Castlethorpe.

The Wolverton Express 15 June 1928

Furniture Sale,- Messrs., Wood and Co., Northampton, held a sale of furniture at 2, Grafton View, Station Road, Castlethorpe, on Thursday. Mr. H. Tebbutt was auctioneer and there was some keen bidding. Prices included the following: Oak gate-leg table, £4 10s.0d; 2ft. 6ins. oak bureau, £3 10s. 0d; Chippendale rush seat chair, £7 5s. 0d; wheel-back arm chair, 37/-; oak side table, £4; 3ft. 6ins. carved cabinet, £6 10s. 0d; 2ft. 6ins. ditto, £1 10s. 0d; 3ft 6in. carved oak chest, £2 4s. 0d; 3ft, antique oak chest, £3. 10s. 0d.

Northampton Mercury 20 July 1928




Hanslope and Castlethorpe Nursing Association made its annual effort for its funds on Saturday, when a fete was arranged in the charming grounds of Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Cooper’s house, Hanslope. The funds of the association are low, and Mrs, Cooper, in declaring the fete open, made an appeal for generous support. The Rev. E. J. presided.
The following were awarded prizes in fancy dress parade:—Girls, 1 Edie Ball and Albert Ball (Bride and Bridegroom), 2 Eva Salmons (Crackers), Gwennie Rainbow (Flower Girl); boys, 1 Arthur Green (Grecian Boy). Charlie Webb (Arab Chief), Charlie Ball (Elf). Dancing displays were given by the pupils of Miss Saw bridge, a Newport Pagnell and Northampton orchestra providing the music, and folk and country dancing by school children, under Miss Neale, Miss Westley, and Mrs. Harrison, were other attractions. An open-air whist drive in the evening, was followed by dancing.
Stalls and amusements were arranged Mr. H. Willingham (skittles), Messrs. W. Willingham and E. Westley (coconuts), Messrs. W. J. Willingham and W. Kingston (large skittles), Mrs. H. M. Hurst, Deanshanger (fortunes); Misses Sawbridge and Webb and Mrs. E. C. Whitfield (treasure hunt for farthings), Mesdames W. L. Johnson, H. Mayes, Wilkes, Homer, Walton, Kingston, Woodward, and Nurse Thomson (teas), Mesdames F. Tompkins and Vaughan (pound and produce stall), Mrs. L. Branson and Miss Branson (ice-cream), Mesdames W. Willingham and L. Rainbow (jumble stall), Mesdames Hidderley and H. Beesley (sweet stall), Mesdames J. F. Whiting and E. S. Whiting (fancy stall), Misses a charge of the gate, and the secretarial arrangements were made Mrs. Hidderley, with the assistant Mrs. J. E. Whiting (vice-president of the association).

Northampton Mercury 24 August 1928

Wolverton Works Fire Brigade was called out to a rick fire on Saturday and again Sunday. A rick on the farm of Mr. Markham, of Castlethorpe, was involved each occasion. Water was obtained from the river close by.

Northampton Mercury 28 September 1928


WHIST. The Castlethorpe branch of the British Legion held the first of a series of whist drives on Friday in the Carrington Hall. Mr. A. Masterman was the M.C., and the winners were: Ladies, 1 Mrs. Eakins (Hanslope), 2 Miss Rawlinson, mystery, Mrs. Worker; lowest score. Miss Burbidge; gents., 1 Mr. Priestley (Hanslope), 2 Mr. H. Cook, mystery, Mr. A. Nichols lowest score.

Northampton Mercury 09 November 1928


SALE. By the direction of Lady Holland, the widow of Sir Arthur Holland, M.P., Messrs. Jackson Stops, auctioneers, of Northampton, offered a house, "Meadow View," Castlethorpe, for sale at Castlethorpe, on Wednesday evening. Bidding started at £250, and the house which was offered with vacant possession, was sold for £425. Messrs. Parrott and Son were the solicitors.

Northampton Mercury 16 November 1928


BRITISH LEGION CONCERT. —Many people enjoyed an excellent concert, arranged by the local branch of the British Legion, and held in the Council School Saturday evening. The concert party from Northampton, under the direction Mr. R. G. Neale, gave a varied and bright programme. All the items were well received and encores were generously given. In their solos and duets the Misses Noble and Starmer did full justice to well chosen numbers. Mr. Tear displayed remarkable versatility; his items at the piano and his conjuring tricks were distinguished by deft artistry and accompanied by a ready flow of witty patter. Humorous duets by Miss Noble and Mr. Neale won high favour with the audience, two quarrelling numbers being carried through with a smartness and precision that led insistent demands for encores. Violin solos by Mr. Facer were pleasing features, and Mr. Nash provided efficient accompaniments. At the conclusion of the programme a vote of thanks to the artistes was proposed Mr. C. Harding. In seconding, Mr. W. Clarke, the energetic secretary of the branch, expressed his appreciation of the concert, and thanked Messrs. Thorne and Arnold for their kindness in conveying the party to and from Castlethorpe. Mr. Clarke stated that a record had been received from the sale of poppies.

Northampton Mercury 16 November 1928


A good muster of ex-Service men paraded for the Armistice service at the church on Sunday afternoon. The church was crowded. Led by the choir, the congregation entered heartily into the singing of well-known hymns.
The sermon was preached the Rev. E. J. Fenn, M.A., curate, and the lessons were read by Mr. W. Smith, of Woburn, who conducted the morning service at the Wesleyan Chapel. Sergt. H. Jones, of Wolverton, sounded the Last Post in the church—stormy weather preventing a continuance of the service at the War Memorial.
 At the conclusion of the service, the members of the British Legion, Led the Mr. C. Harding, and the secretary Mr. W. Clark, marched to the War Memorial and deposited wreaths of poppies.

Poppy Day collection £4 18s 10d at Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 23 November 1928

Members of the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion rose at their annual dinner on Saturday night and paid silent tribute to the memory of Sir Arthur Holland, their President until he died.

Northampton Mercury 30 November 1928


CONCERT.—The Wolverton Coopedians Concert Party presented an attractive variety of entertainment in the Castlethorpe School on Wednesday evening. A packed audience showed hearty appreciation of the programme, which included smart concerted numbers, an instrumental quintet of  pleasing balance, part songs, and solos, in which Miss Cook and Mr. Jackson showed considerable charm voice and style. Miss M. Dormer made good use of opportunities in humorous songs and sketches, and her eccentric dancing won much applause. The humorous items of Messrs. Appleton and Thomas also gained great favour. Accompaniments were provided the Misses Cook and Perkins. During the intervals Mr. S. H. Wheeldon, J.P., acting chairman, and Mr. Jeffs, representing the Management Committee the Wolverton Co-operative Society, spoke on the principles of the Co-operative movement, and expressed hope that the concert would be a means of attracting new members. Mr H. Dolling thanked the artistes; and Mr. W. Andrews, the hard-working producer and stage manager of the party, replied. Miss S. Dormer acted as dresser to the party. Refreshments were served by Mesdames Wheeldon, Eales, and French.

Northampton Mercury 30 November 1928


WHIST.—About eighty people attended the whist drive arranged by the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion, held in the Council School on Friday evening. Prizes were won by Mrs. Pittam, Miss Clare, Mr. S. Markham, and Mr. B. Evans. Booby prizes went to Mrs. Herbert and Mr. T. Branson, and lucky table prizes to Mrs. Wingrave and Mr. T. Branson, Mrs. Branson and Mr. B. Willingham. Refreshments were served by Mrs. W, Markham, who was assisted by Mesdames Herbert and May.

Northampton Mercury 07 December 1928


A distressing discovery was made at Castlethorpe on Tuesday, when Mrs. George Nicholls, a widow, aged about 60 was found dead hanging from a  bedpost in the room she slept in.
Mrs. Nicholls, whose husband has been dead some years, lived alone. A tradesman failed to get an answer to his knocking, and when an entrance was effected, Mrs. Nicholls was found dead in her bedroom.
The late Mr. Nicholls was for 50 years employed at the Wolverton Carriage Works.
A verdict of “Suicide while of unsound mind” was returned at the inquest.

Northampton Mercury 14 December 1928


FOR NURSING. —Bridge players from Castlethorpe and the surrounding district spent an enjoyable afternoon on Thursday, when Mrs. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe Lodge, kindly lent her house for a bridge drive in aid of the funds of the Hanslope and Castlethorpe Nursing Association. Prizes for the highest scores went to Mrs. G. Salmons and Mrs. Page. Dainty refreshments were served by Mesdames Johnson, Mayes, Tompkins, B. S. Whiting, J. E. Whiting, and Wilks, and prizes were given by Lady Holland and Mrs. Johnson. The £5 realised will be devoted to the cost of furnishing the cottage recently procured by the Association a residence for the nurse.

Northampton Mercury 15 February 1929


Wolverton “A”
Win Divisional Final

The annual competitions of the Bletchley No. 2 Ambulance District of the London Midland and Scottish Railway were held with great success at the St. John Ambulance Headquarters, Kingstreet, Northampton, on Wednesday.
Fifteen teams entered for the two divisional competitions. Wolverton A, who were top of the First Division, and Castlethorpe, who were second, now compete in the preliminary final with teams from all parts of England. In that competition the number is reduced to nine, and then to two, who take part in the Inter-Railway final. The winners of this tie than compete in the International final.
Two newcomers to the competition, Flitwick and Stratford-on-Avon, tied for the first place in Division 2, but Flitwick were awarded first prize on account of their individual practical work being best.
The tests, which were of a very high standard were by judged by Dr. Douglas W. A Bull, Stony Stratford (stretcher test). Dr. W. Cooper  Picketing, Aylesbury (practical individual tests), and Dr. S. J. C. Holden, Aylesbury (viva voce).


Their full awards were .—Division 1: 1 Wolverton (H. Coxley, W. Richardson, H. Markham, S. A. Webber, C. Holyoak), 263 out of possible 520 ; 2 Castlethorpe (J. Rainbow, H. Dollings, C. Harding, J. E. Green J. Green), 261. 3 Wolverton B (H. Wise, C H. Pearson. B. Willett. F. H. Clarke, H. Riddell, 244; Northampton B. 220 A, 212; Bletchley B. 206; Northampton A, 204; Bletchley A, 146. H. Weston, W. J. Hardwick 184; 2 Stratford-on-Avon (E. Davis, J. Hudson F. Allitt. E. Matthews, J. Bloxham); Wellingborough B, 179; Wellingborough C, 155; Bedford, 149; Byfieid, 121; Wellingborough C, 116.
Supt W. E, Edwards, of the Northampton Brigade, presided at the distribution the awards by Mr. G. W.  Galloway: (Assistant District Goods Manager, Northampton). Those present included Mr. J. G. Jackson (Assistant General Ambulance Secretary, Euston), Mr. J. O. Ibell (chairman of the competitions, Wolverton), Mr. W. J. Brown (secretary of the competitions), Mr. W H.  Tugwell (Bletchley), Mr. C. W. Batsford (Tring). Mr. A. W. Harrop (Luton) Mr. W. Farmer (Wolverton), Mr. E. Hives (Stratford-on-Avon), Mr. J. G. Parsons (Bedford). H, Manning (Wellingborough), Mr. W. J. Shelmerdine (Wolvertmi), etc.
Thanks to the doctors were expressed Mr. Edwards. Mr. Galloway replied, and said how gratifying was that such interest was taken the competitions.

Northampton Mercury 01 March 1929



Following evidence that the man was in financial difficulty, a verdict of Suicide whilst Temporarily Insane was returned at the inquest, held by Mr. W. J. C. Wray, Deputy Coroner for North Bucks, on Monday, concerning the death of Mr. Wilfred Henry Williams, of 46, St. James’-street. New Bradwell, whose body, terribly mutilated, was found on the London Midland and Scottish Railway at Castlethorpe, on Saturday afternoon.
Mr. J. W. Wickes, the district controller, of Bletchley represented the Railway Company. William Theodore White, a Civil servant, Stony Stratford, stated Mr. Williams was solicitor’s clerk, and was between 45 to 50 years of age. He had known him 20 years, and was a relation by marriage. He had seen a good deal of him during the last four years. He lived with him up to December 27, and had occasionally seen him since, the last time Tuesday last, when Williams visited his house. Williams spoke and acted quite rationally. For a long time he followed no occupation until the last two or three months, when he travelled for a wine merchant and also with brushes. Williams was a married man, but had been separated from his wife for ten years.
The Coroner: Was there any reason why he should do this sort of thing?—Wittness: The only reason I could put forward was that he was a fellow who could not keep money. With him it was like pouring water down a sink. All the money he had spent drink and gambling.


How would you account for him committing suicide?—When he got to the end of his tether, and saw no further prospect of obtaining money except by victimising people, he was probably prompted to take his life.
Had he ever said would commit suicide?— Not in as many words, but he always said there was a way out.
Was he hard pushed?—He admitted the other evening when I saw him, that he was down and out. Did he suggest way out?—He did not, but  when he left me shook me very warmly by the hand and said: You will not hear from me, but you will hear of me.”
Did you attach any importance to that at the time? —Yes, I rather did.
Was he normal when he said that? —Yes, I believe lie was.
Witness added that there was mental weakness in Williams’ family. An elder brother had been in an institution about five years. Williams had got through a considerable amount of money.
The Coroner; Were you rather surprised or otherwise ?—I was not surprised.
Mrs. Virginia Penson, 46, St. James’- street. New Bradwell, said Williams had lodged with her since April. He maintained himself, not so wisely, perhaps, as he might have done, but of late, quietly.
The Coroner: He had money up to recently? Yes.


Witness stated that whilst with her Williams had been quite satisfactory, and had behaved like a perfect gentleman in the house. She knew he had got rid of his money, and that he had been worried of late. He had not threatened suicide. He went out on Friday morning and did not return.
Can you suggest why he did this?— No. excepting that knew that his money had gone, and he was trying his best to get more.
Did he complain that business had been bad ?—Yes.
Was he in debt? —Yes.
A lot or a little?—l don’t know. I know he was indebted to us.
Was you surprised when you heard what had happened?— Yes.
Police-Supt. E. Callaway; Had you noticed that his bag, which he used when travelling, was labelled?—No, not until Saturday.
Supt. Callaway pointed out that the bag was addressed to Williams’ employers.
Fredk. John Powell, licensee of the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, stated that Williams called at his house at eleven o’clock on Saturday morning and ordered a pint of beer. He sat in front of a fire staring into the flames, and left at about two o’clock after having another pint. He was quite sober, and witness did not notice that he was agitated in any way.
Jasper Green, a railway ganger, Castlethorpe, stated that on Saturday afternoon he was informed that a man was lying at the side of the line. He searched and found the body beside the slow line. The stationmaster arrived from Castlethorpe and P.C. Johnson was sent for. A driver of a train would be able to see a length of about 200 yards where the body was lying.
Mr. Wicks, questioned by the Coroner, said he had made inquiries of drivers and firemen who had passed the spot during the hour previous to the accident, and none saw a man on the line or knew anything of the occurrence. He did not think the engine caught Williams, but the wagons of a train. There were no marks any wagons, but they would be washed by the splash caused by the engine when passing over the water troughs He considered it was likely that Williams ran down the bank and ran into the wagons.
P.C. Johnson stated that he removed the body to the Castlethorpe Railway Station, waiting-room. He found 1s. 4½d. in the man’s pockets, but no letter. There were pronounced footprints on the banking at the side of the railway. A man answering the description of Williams was ordered off the line by a signalman at eleven o'clock the previous night.
Dr R. A. Cooper, Hanslope, stated that the body had been decapitated. There was a large depressed fracture of the skull, and laceration of the brain. The right arm was taken off at about the shoulder, whilst the feet wore also nearly severed. There were extensive injuries to the body.
The Coroner said there was not the slightest doubt that the man committed suicide. He seemed to have been in abnormal condition. He would record a verdict of “Suicide whilst temporarily insane."

Northampton Mercury 22 March 1929

NEWPORT PAGNELL PETTY SESSIONS. Wednesday. — Before Sir Walter Carlile Bart., D.L.. O.B. E. (chairman), Mr. O. H. Bull, C.C.. Mr. J. C. Sutton, and Mr. J. Short
Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer. Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined £1 for "using an unlicensed motor car at Lathbury, on Thursday Jan. 24.

Northampton Mercury 21 June 1929

STONY STRATFORD PETTY; SESSIONS Friday.— Before Mr. S. F. Jones (in the chair), .Mr. A. Sharp, Mr. H. T. F. Weston, C.C., Mr. S. H. Wheeldon, Mr. C. Woollard, Mr. A. Jeffs, and Lieut.-Col. L. C. Hawkins, C.C.

LICENSING.Messrs. Hopcraft and Norris, brewers, Brackley, applied for permission for certain alteration to the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, which involved the conversion of the existing stables into a  clubroom,—The application was granted.

Northampton Mercury 28 June 1929

NEWPORT PETTY SESSIONS. Wednesday.—Before Sir Walter Carlile, Bart., D.L.. 0.8. E. (in the chair), Mr. O. H. Bull, C.C., Mr. J. C. Sutton, Mr. F. W. Coales, and Mr A. J. L. Salmons.
Charles Wilson, fitter, Castlethorpe-road, Hanslope, and Reginald West, polisher. Station-road, Castlethorpe, were each fined 5s. for riding bicycles with no front lights.

Northampton Mercury 19 July 1929

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. Friday —Before Mr. S. F. Jones (in the chair), Lieut.-Col. L. C. Hawkins, C.C., Mr. A. Sharp, Mr. W. Mr S Wheeler, Mr. H. Cook, and Mr. C. Woollard.


Arthur Dolling, grocer, Field View, Castlethorpe, was fined 10s. for having inefficient brakes on a motor cycle  at Stony Stratford on Thursday, June 20.  —Police Sergt. Rollings stated that he stopped defendant in the High-street and told him to apply his brakes. The front brake would not act as the cable was slack.

Northampton Mercury 16 August 1929


A Cow which got out of control on South Bridge, Northampton, on Saturday afternoon, charged at Mr. and Mrs. Busby, of Cogenhoe and their three children, who were walking down the sloping pavement to Cattle Market-road.
Mr. Busby quickly placed himself in front of his wife and family, and seized the animal by the horns. He was thrown to the ground, but he managed to maintain his hold until the cow was secured, and was not unhurt beyond a bruised thumb and grazed chin.
The cow, which was in the charge of Mr. George Amos, of Castlethorpe, got out of control as it was being driven over the bridge from the market. It was taken back to the market after the incident.

Northampton Mercury 16 August 1929

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.--Before Mr. S. F. Jones (in the chair), Mr. A. Sharp, Dr D.. W. A. Bull, Mr. H. T. P. Weston, Mr. W. Purslow, and Mr. C. P. Woollard.


Dennis Pittam, blacksmith. Church-street, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to summons charging him with doing malicious damage to a “safety first" sign, the property the Automobile Association Castlethorpe, on. June, 20th.

Mr. E. Whitton, Towcester, appeared for the Association.
P.C. Johnson said saw defendant throw two stones with great force at the sign and chip the facing. When told of the damage, defendant, a youth, said he was sorry.
Mr. Whitton said there was an epidemic of this sort of thing up and down the country. The Association had no wish to press the case, but it was a practice which ought to be stopped.
William Robert Hawkins, A.A. inspector. Woodstock Oxon, assessed the damage to the sign at 15s. —Defendant was fined 5s. and the amount the damage, and allowed a week in which to pay.

Northampton Mercury 16 August 1929


The Rev. B. L. Symonds, Rector of Haversham for 40 years, concluded his active ministry on Sunday evening, when he conducted evensong at the Parish Church. A large congregation attended.
Mr. Symonds spoke feelingly of his regret in leaving Haversham, and said he was indebted to everyone for the kindness and help they had all extended to him and his wife. He would look forward to the occasions when he would re-visit the parish to take temporary duty. The closing hymn was “God be with you till we meet again."
A communion service followed, at which the Rector was the celebrant. The communicants numbered 40. The service concluded with the hymn. “At even ere the sun was set," used at the Rector’s own request, as it was appropriate that his ministry in the parish should conclude with the hymn sung at his induction service there 40 years ago.
The congregation adjourned to the schoolroom, where a presentation took place. The building was crowded. Col. E. F. Pickwoad, C.M.G., the Lord of the Manor, presided. A bouquet of roses was presented to Mrs. Symonds by Miss M. Warner, and addresses were given the Chairman, Mr. J. Baugh, and Mr, F, Nicholls (the organist). Col. Pickwoad presented to the Rector a cheque for £15, which had been subscribed by residents end former residents of the village. Accompanying the cheque was an illuminated album containing the names of the 114 subscribers.
The Rector, returning thanks, said that and Mrs. Symonds were deeply moved to see so many present. He assured them they would find an open door for anyone who liked to call upon them at Castlethorpe, where he and his wife would spend their retirement. Thanks to the Chairman were expressed Messrs. T. Hollis and W. Cave. The arrangements for the presentation were made by a committee, consisting of Mesdames Hollis, W. Cave, T. Frost, and Backlog (hon. secretary).

Northampton Mercury 20 September 1929


A NEW LODGE of the R.A.O.B. [Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes] was opened on Saturday evening, at Castlethorpe, under the title of the Castle Lodge 6771. The charter was read by the Provincial Grand Secretary, Bro. W. R. Hill. K.O.M., and the ceremony was conducted by Bro. W. T. Knight, K.O.M. There were 65 registered visitors, including brethren of the lodges at Stony Stratford, Wolverton, Newport Pagnell, New Bradwell, and other places in the North Bucks Province. New members were initiated and several gave in their names as affiliated Bro. W. Fossey presided at the pianoforte for the musical portions of the evening.

Northampton Mercury 15 November 1929

CASTLETHORPE. An Armistice Day service was held at the Wesleyan Church, on Sunday afternoon. The Rev. H. H. Woodward, M.C., Wolverton, officiated. A large congregation included ex-Service men of the village, members the R.A.O.B., and Legionnaires from Wolverton.

Northampton Mercury 15 November 1929

Members of the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion on Saturday presented a clock in an oak case to Mr. A. Clarke, who has been the secretary since the branch was formed.

Northampton Mercury 15 November 1929


The annual dinner of the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion, in the Council Schools, Castlethorpe, on Saturday evening was an extremely happy function. The company, numbering between 60 and 70, included representatives from the Deanshanger, Wolverton and Hanslope Branches. The table decorations were bronze chrysanthemums and blue ribbons, the Legion colours. Dinner was served by Mrs. W. T. Clarke and a number of lady helpers.
At the principal table were Mr. J. E. Whiting (president of the branch), Mr. R. Poore (Greenwich), Capt. J. D. Paton (Hanslope Lodge), Mr. W. Care (Northampton Branch), Mr. Care, junior (Northampton), Mr. C. W. Harding (chairman, Castlethorpe Branch), Mr. P. Panter (vice-chairman), Mr. W. T. Clarke (hon. secretary), Mr. T. W. Wenlock and Mr. W. D. Markham.
Mr. W. D. Markham proposed the health of the President and Vice-President, and the chairman made acknowledgment.
Mr. W. T. Clarke submitted the British Legion, to which Mr. W. Care responded. He described the Legion as one of the finest organisations of the times. Mr. Harding proposed the toast of “Our Guests,” which was acknowledged by Mr. Poore, whilst Mr. Arthur Wilks and Mrs. Markham replied to the thanks expressed to the artistes and lady helpers.
In appreciation of his services as hon. secretary of the Branch since its inception, the president handed to Mr. W. T. Clarke a handsome clock in a fumed oak case bearing an inscription plate. The gift was subscribed to all the members of the branch. It was a great surprise to Mr. Clarke, who made a happy reply. A programme of songs was given by Mr. A. Wilks (Wolverton), Mr. A. Masterman, Mr. H. Willingham (Hanslope), Mr. J. Nichols, Mr. E. Bates, and Mr. J. Cowley, and Mr. A. Savage (Wolverton) recited. Mr. H. Middleton was at the pianoforte and Mr. A. Wilks conducted community singing.

Northampton Mercury 29 November 1929


Summoned at Newport Pagnell on Wednesday for riding a horse on the footpath, at Hanslope, on Sunday, November 17th, Thomas George Massey, a labourer, Castlethorpe, sent letter in which he said the roads were not fit for horses to be on, and went on to the side for safety. He thought the Council ought to do something about the matter before they summoned people. The Council did not trouble so long as they could ride in their cars, to what happened to horses.
P.C. Johnson, Hanslope, stated that he saw defendant riding a horse on the pathway at the side of the Castlethorpe-road, Hanslope. Witness pointed out the grass waste at the side of the highway which could have been used instead the pathway.
To the Chairman, the witness replied that the pathway had been recently gravelled. The road was tarmac. Defendant was ordered to pay costa of 4s.

Northampton Mercury 29 November 1929


A horse which broke loose from a barge the Grand Junction Canal, Stoke Bruerne on Tuesday evening, finished an eight mile dash for freedom in the railway station yard at Castlethorpe. Trailing a portion the tow-rope behind it, the horse had galloped along the towpath for seven miles to Castlethorpe Wharf, where it took to the main road. The stationmaster at Castlethorpe (Mr. Wenlock) heard it dash into the station yard, and with the assistance of a porter secured it and placed it in the cattle enclosure until the owner arrived to claim it.

Northampton Mercury 13 December 1929


A BAZAAR, which realised £30 for the nave roof fund, was held in the Council Schools on Saturday. It was organised by the Mothers’ Union, and was opened by Mrs. Simmons, wife of the late vicar of Haversham. The stall-holders were : Mr. Lewis Woodward, stationery and Christmas presents; Mrs Evans, Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Cooper, and Mrs, Maltby, miscellaneous; Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Cook, general stores; Mrs. A. Markham and Miss Markham, hosiery; Mrs. H. Cook and Mrs. Mayes, sweets, etc.; Mrs. Harding, Mrs. West, and Mrs. Homer, confectionery; and Mrs. Kingston, bran tub. The following ladies served teas and refreshments: Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Walton, Mrs. Lansberry, and Mrs. Markham. Mr. Holt and Mr. Lewis were doorkeepers. The secretary of the Mothers’ Union expressed thanks to all who helped.

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