Newspaper Reports 1930 - 1939

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 03 January 1930


A FANCY DRESS DANCE was held in the Council Schools on New Year’s Eve, organised by Mr. P. Parker and Mr. B. Evans. The judging was done by Capt. and Mrs. Paton, of Hanslope Lodge, and the prize-winners were : Mrs. H. Maltby (Early Victorian), Miss N. Maltby Sweet seventeen), Mr. B. Bavington (Sleepless Nights) and Mr. J. Nichols (Banderlo); children, Miss Harris (Fairy Dyes), Miss B. Cox (Safety First), Master W. Worker (Father Christmas), and Mr. D. Powell (John Bull). The Savolians Band, of New Bradwell, played for dancing. A waltzing competition was won by Mr. R. West U. Coey. The prizes was given by Mr. H. Barford of New Bradwell. The lucky dance spot was won by Mr and Mrs. Barford. The following ladies served the refreshments : Miss E. Burbidge, Mrs Limbrey, Mrs. Parker, and Mrs. Hornes. The M.C. was Mr, P. Parker, who was assisted by Mr. B. Evans. The amounted to £7.

Northampton Mercury 03 January 1930


SALE WORK AND CONCERT.—In connection with the Wesleyan Church, Castlethorpe, a successful sale of work and concert took place on Boxing Day. A public tea was provided in the Schoolroom, and was opened by Mr. A. Austin, of Woburn Sands, who was supported by the Rev. A. T. Dean, superintendent minister. The concert was given by the children and young people, and was greatly enjoyed. Refreshments were provided after the concert, and a social evening followed. The proceeds, after all expenses were paid, amounted to £32 4s. 5d. for the heating apparatus fund.

Northampton Mercury 31 January 1930

CASTLETHORPE. A DANCE, held in the Council Schools on Friday, realised about £5 for the British Legion Funds. Mr. P. Parker and Mr. B. Evans, the organisers, acted as M.C.’s. Refreshments were supervised Miss E. Burbidge, assisted Mrs. Woodward, Mrs. Limbrey and Mrs. Walton.

Northampton Mercury 07 February 1930

CASTLETHORPE. A WHIST DRIVE took place in the Council Schools in aid of the British Legion Friday. The winners were: Mrs. B. Gobbey, Miss N. Maltby, Mr. C. Pittam, Mr. W. Worker, Mr. B. Gobbey, Mrs. Pettifer, Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs. H. Cook, Mr. B. Gobbey, and Mr. W. Pay body. Refreshments were served by Miss E. Burbidge, Mrs. Limbrey, Mrs. Woodward, and Mrs. Worker. Mr. W. Markham, the M.C., was assisted by Mr. B. Evans, and prizes were given Mrs. W. T. Clarke Mrs. Simmons, Mrs. Sawbridge, Mr. Wenlock, Mr. Foster, Mr. Jones, of Wolverton, and the British Legion.

Northampton Mercury 14 February 1930

Railway Competitions at Wellingborough.

TEAMS AND RESULTS Eleven teams competed; Northampton, Wolverton A, Wolverton B, Wellingborough A, Wellingborough B, Wellingborough C, Stratford-on-Avon, Flitwick, Castlethorpe, Bedford, and Bletchley. Four teams scratched owing to illness The judges were; Stretcher test. Dr. S. J. C. Holden (Aylesbury): individual practical tests, Dr. D. Stone (Northampton); viva voce. Dr. W. Cowper Pickering (Wellingborough).
The marks awarded were 150 for stretcher tests, 100 for each individual and viva voce, a total of 350. The winners were Wolverton A, who were much superior on the stretcher test, for which they obtained 123 marks, and made in all 306, 60 more than their nearest opponents, Castlethorpe, with 246 Wolverton were third with 244, and Wellingborough B, with 235, were the highest the teams who did not receive prizes. The marks awarded the other teams were: Flilwick 233. Bletchley 230, Stratford-on-Avon 211, Wellingborough A 211. Bedford 211. Northampton 209, Wellingborough 161.
The separate markings of the first three teams were: Wolverton A, stretcher 123, individual 88, viva voce 95; Castlethorpe 65. 88, 93; Wolverton B, 80, 89, 75.
Mrs. Dallas (the wife Mr. Geo. Dallas, M.P.), who presented the prizes, was interested spectator, and other visitors were; Mrs. Pickering, Lady Divisional Supt. Mrs. Campbell (Wellingborough), Dr. Brown (Flitwick), Mr. Edeo, district goods manager (Northampton), Mr J. W. Wicks, district controller (Bletchley), Mr. Fowkes, assistant district controller (Wellingborough), Mr. Chapman, assistant district controller (Bedford), Mr. Mattheson stationmaster (Bedford), Mr. Barnes, stationmaster (Verney Junction), etc.
After the competitions. Mr. Wicks said that 9,872 candidates their examinations in 1929 in England, an increase of 5,700 since 1925.
Dr. Holden said hoped the stretcher test would be education to them.


Each member of the winning team received a dinner service, those in the second oak clock, and the third team men an oxydised clock each. Four consolation prizes, electro-plated double dessert dishes, were awarded to the four men obtaining the highest individual test marks.
The Wolverton team consisted of H. Loxley, W. Richardson, R. Cox, S. Webber, and R. Willett. Castlethorpe; Messrs. C. Green, C. H. Green, C. W. Harding, J. Rainbow, and H, Dolling. Wolverton B: Messrs. F. Roberts, B. Stevens, W. Hall, C. H. Pearson, and W. Quinn.
Mrs. Dallas said that every adult in the railway service should be fully equipped to render the best help they could in time of accident. She complimented the doctors, the competitors and the “patients.’' Mr. Mattheson voiced thanks to Mrs. Dallas, and Mr. W. J. Brown to the doctors. Mr. H. Manning, the vice-chairman of the District Ambulance Committee, had charge of the local arrangements.
The general organisation was carried out by the committee which is composed of: Messrs. W. H. Tugwell (Bletchley), chairman, H. Manning (Wellingborough), vicechairman, W. J. Brown (Bletchley), secretary, J. O. Ibell (Wolverton), A. D. Harrop (Luton), W. Palmer (Northampton), E. Hines (Stratford-on-Avon), C. W. Batsford (Verney Junction), P. R. Huxtable (Bedford).
The Wolverton A and Castlethorpe teams will compete in the semi-finals of the Company’s Ambulance Competitions.

Northampton Mercury 28 February 1930

Mr. H. H. Middleton, who has been Headmaster at Castlethorpe Council Schools for many years, is retiring at Easter. A movement is on foot to transfer the elder children to the Wolverton Schools, leaving only children under 11 years of age at Castlethorpe, under the charge of a lady teacher.

Northampton Mercury 25 April 1930

CASTLETHORPE SEWAGE SCHEME. The Surveyor reported that Lord Carrington had made a contribution of £20 towards the cost the Castlethorpe sewer extension, and it was decided to send a letter of thanks his lordship.
A letter was read from Castlethorpe Parish Council expressing appreciation and thanks for the promptness and efficiency with which, the Sanitary Committee and the Sanitary Inspector had dealt with the sewerage scheme. Mr. A. J. Markham, the Councillor for Castlethorpe, supported the thanks, and spoke very highly of the manner in which Mr. Casstles had carried out the work.

Northampton Mercury 02 May 1930

Where People Have Their Own Alphabet.

“A. very good specimen of  Bucks,” and they have an alphabet of their own,'’ were comments made in a case at  Newport Petty Sessions, on Wednesday, when George Hughes, groom, of Castle-yard. Castlethorpe, was summoned for riding a horse on the footpath at Hanslope, on April 16; and also for using bad language; at the same time and place.—Defendant pleaded guilty in both cases.
Thomas Herbert, roadman. Long-street, Hanslope, said he told defendant he ought not to be riding on the footpath.—Defendant used bad language and rode off along the footpath. A little over an hour later defendant returned, again riding on the footpath.
The Clerk (Mr. W. S. Parrott) handed to the chairman a copy of the language alleged to have been used by defendant, with the remark that it was “A very good specimen of Bucks.”

The chairman (Sir Walter Carlile), after perusing the paper, remarked that it “was the same sort of thing. They have got an alphabet of their own.” (Laughter.)

P.C. Johnson stated that when he saw defendant. Hughes said “I should not have rode on the path, but there were several motors about, and the horse was nervous. The roadman stated shouting, so I swore at him.” Witness sated that the distance between Hanslope and Castlethorpe was 1¾ miles and for over a mile of the way there was grass which was quite safe to ride upon, whilst the road was not very slippery, there being grit at the side where horses could go with safety.
Defendant, who stated that he was riding a race horse, was fined 5s. for riding on the footpath, and 15s. for using bad language.

Northampton Mercury 09 May 1930


WOMEN VOTERS. The Castlethorpe Branch of the Women Voters’ League held a social evening in the Schools on Friday. An address was given by Mrs. Montague, from the Conservative Association Central Office, London. Whist and dancing followed. Mr. A. Masterman superintended the whist drive.

Northampton Mercury 16 May 1930

Hanslope parishioners on Monday received the news of the death at Cheltenham of the Rev. W. Harkness. who was Vicar of Hanslope with Castlethorpe for 37 years till last October, and the same day the new Vicar, the Rev. J. Taylor, was inducted the living.

Northampton Mercury 16 May 1930


His Successor Inducted.

News reached Hanslope on Monday of the death the Rev, Wm. Jardine Harkness, who was vicar of Hanslope with Castlethorpe for 37 years, and on the same day the new vicar, the Rev. James Percy Taylor, M.A,, was inducted to the living.
Mr. Harkness, who was much respected by  the parishioners, retired last October and went with Mrs. Harkness to live at Cheltenham, where he died on Sunday. He was 76  years of age. In tribute to his memory, a half-muffled peals were rung on the bells of Hanslope Church before and after the induction the new vicar Monday evening.
The induction the Rev. J. P. Taylor was performed by the Bishop of Buckingham (Rt. Rev. P. H Eliot), the Rural Doan (Canon W. L. Harnett, of Wolverton St George) conducting the service and presenting the new incumbent. The large congregation included parishioners of Cuddington (Mid Bucks), where Mr. Taylor ministered for the past nine years.
The Rev. R. F. Bale. R.D, (Buckingha) acted Bishop’s chaplain, and there were also present, robed, the Rev. E. J. Fenn (Castlethorpe), Rev R. Gee (Olney), and Rev. C. L. Wanstall (Stoke Goldington).

Northampton Mercury 23 May 1930

Funeral of Hanslope’s Former Vicar.

The Rev. William Jardine Harkness, M.A., who died on Sunday week at Cheltenham, where he was living in retirement, was buried on Saturday afternoon in the shadow of Hanslope Parish Church, where, he had ministered so faithfully for 37 years. The church was crowded.
The coffin was conveyed by motor hearse from Gloucestershire earlier in the day, and upon its arrival at the churchyard gate was met by the choir and robed clergy, who were; The Rev. Canon W. L. Harnett, M.A., Rural Dean (Wolverton. St. George), Rev. D. J. Thomas, O.B.E. J.P, (Wolverton Holy Trinity), Rev. E. J. Payne (Wolverton St. Mary), Rev. B. Barford (Wolverton St. George), Rev. Conway Davies (Bradwell St. Lawrence), Rev. W. C. Penn (Loughton), Rev. J. P. Taylor (vicar of Hanslope), Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate of Hanslope and Castlethorpe), Rev. J. L. Martin (Astwood), Rev. G. R. Tidmarsh (Calverton), Rev. C. C. Dawson-Smith (Nash), Rev. Fawkes (Leicester), Rev. Stock (Yorks), and the Rev. Davis (Ticknall, Derbyshire).
The service opened with the singing of Psalm 26. followed  by Psalm 90, and then the Rural Dean read the lesson from I. Cor. xv., 20. The hymn, “Let Saints on Earth in Concert Sing,” was followed by prayers offered by the Rev. Fawkes. A short address was given by the Rev. Stock, who had been a personal friend of the late vicar for 44 years. The Nunc Dimittis and the hymn, “Now the Labourer's Task is o’er,” were sung, and Mr. H. I. Middleton, the organist, played the Dead March in Saul. At the graveside in the churchyard prayers were read by the Rev. F. Davis, and the committal rites were performed by the Rev. E. J. Fenn. Before the closing benediction was pronounced by the Rev. J. P. Taylor, the hymn, “Praise, my Soul, the King of Heaven,” was sung.
The family mourners were: Mrs. Hartness (widow), Mr. John Harkness, Cheltenham (brother). Dr. T. Harkness, Derby (brother), Mrs. William Harkness (sister-in-law), Miss Beck and Miss Thomas, Cheltenham (friends), and Mrs. Stock.
Before the mourners left the graveside they dropped hunches of lilies of the valley on to the coffin. A muffled peal was rung upon the church bells.
The were officers of the Parish Churches of Hanslope and Castlethorpe; Messrs. E. Branson, L. Smith, E. T. Dickens, R. Holt, H, Cook, G. R. Hillyer, E. Geary, and J. Rawlinson.
Among those present were; The Rev. J. Varney (Canning Town), Mr. J. Frost, Dr. F. B. Hinde, Mr. C. H. Battle (who represented the. Northamptonshire Hospital Week Committee), Mr. Mark Poore (Hanslope Lodge), Major Anderson (Castlethorpe). Sir. James Ruff, J.P., C.C., Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Greenwood (Stony Stratford), Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Whiting (Cosgrove), Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, and Mr. B. S. Whiting (Castlethorpe), Mr. A.  Sawbridge, Miss Sawbridge, Mr. W. J. Nichols (Wolverton), and others.
There was a magnificent collection of floral tributes from Hanslope congregation and personal friends. The seating arrangements, in the church were carried out by Messrs. S. Whitbread and H. T. Geary (churchwardens). R. W. Dickens. A. Smith, S. W. Platten, W. Beesley, and F. Mills (sidesmen). A memorial service was held in the Parish Church on Sunday evening, conducted the Rev. E. J. Fenn.

Northampton Mercury 20 June 1930

The Housing Committee reported the receipt of a petition from the Castlethorpe Pariah Council which they stated had been received by them, signed by five residents of the village, asking for a number houses to be built in the parish. The Parish Council supported the petition. The surveyor was instructed to submit a report to the next meeting.

Northampton Mercury 20 June 1930


British Legion Entertain Old Folk and Children.

The Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion promoted a village holiday, on Saturday, and entertained the old-age pensioners and the village children to tea in the grounds of Home Farm, lent by the president, Mr. J. E. Whiting.
Lord Hillingdon and the Misses Atkinson were the of a fancy dress parade, and Mrs. Mark Poore distributed the prizes won in the competitions and in the sports. Mrs. J. E. Whiting handed to Mr. C. W. Harding, the chairman of the branch, a certificate testifying the appreciation of the members of the services he had rendered since the formation of the Branch.
The Bradwell United Silver Band played selections and for dancing. Each child received a gift of chocolate on leaving.

Northampton Mercury 18 July 1930


No More Building Yet at Hanslope or

At Wednesday’s meeting of Newport Pagnell Rural District Council, the Housing Committee reported they had received resolution from the Hanslope Parish Council, making application for the erection of another twelve houses of the semidetached type, but the committee felt they could not recommend the erection of further houses in this parish at the present time as there were other parishes to be considered. When the present Council houses at Hanslope were ail occupied certain houses would be released, and the owners would be pressed to put them in a better state of repair.
The Surveyor’s report on the housing condition at Castlethorpe were that they were in a much better state than those of several other parishes. On those grounds the committee could not recommend building at the present time, but would again consider the matter at a future meeting.

Northampton Mercury 19 September 1930


Fishing Competition Ends on Skittles Table.

A fishing competition which was washed out by rain at Castlethorpe on Saturday finished a skittle match.
Teams of six from the Lord Wolverton Lodge R.A.O.B (Wolverton) and the Stanton Lodge, R.A.O.B (New Bradwell), went to Castlethorpe for a fishing competition in the afternoon.
Rain fell heavily throughout the three hours allotted for fishing, and only two competitors braved the three hours’ ordeal, others fishing intervals.
No fish were caught and the anglers adjourned to, a near-by inn where they decided to play oft the match at skittles, the Stanton Lodge winning by nine “horses” to four.

Northampton Mercury 10 October 1930

Mr. Markham called attention to the untidiness the streets at Castlethorpe since the highways were taken over the County Council, and it was decided to write to the County Council on the matter.

Northampton Mercury 28 November 1930

Harry Butcher, aged 49, a labourer, of Castlethorpe, was buried alive while working some chalk and stone pits at Haversham, near Wolverton.

Northampton Mercury 05 December 1930

Wednesday’s meeting of Newport Pagnell Rural District Council, approval was given to an application by the Northampton Electric Eight Company to erect low tension overhead lines at Castlethorpe and high tension lines between Castlethorpe and Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury 06 March 1931

Ronald George Pittam, labourer. Backstreet, Castlethorpe, and Cecil Findall, labourer, Back-street, Castlethorpe, were summoned by Benjamin Whiting, of Maltings Farm who applied for the recovery of a small tenement at Castlethorpe.
In the case against Pittam, applicant said that the cottages were let with his farm. He wanted them for an employee who had a family of eight children and now lived at Hanslope in a cottage which he was under notice to leave. Pittam had been tenant for two or three years.
Pittam said he was prepared to move if he could get another house. There no empty houses in the village.
Similar evidence was given in the case against Findall, who took possession of the cottage at the beginning of last November. He worked for applicant for a short time, but was not now in his employ.
Findall said he had a wife and two children. He had tried everywhere for a cottage, but could not find one.
Mr. W. D. Markham informed the magistrates that he would probably have a cottage available when council houses would be erected there almost immediately. It was impossible for Pittam to get a house in the village at present. Findall was only temporarily employed in the village.
The Chairman stated that the Bench had no option but to grant the application, but they would give defendants as long a time as possible. They would have to give up possession in 30 days.

Northampton Mercury 16 June 1931


The Housing Committee reported that they had received resolution from Hanslope Parish Council asking for a further twelve Council houses, as the need for more houses was still great. The Surveyor was directed to make inquiries as to a site and to report. Concerning Castlethorpe housing, Colonel Williams reported that he met the representatives of the Castlethorpe Parish Council with reference to the acquisition of a site, and he and Mr. George Tayler were requested to meet the owner’s agents the next time they were in the neighbourhood.

Northampton Mercury 17 July 1931



The members of the Castlethorpe Branch of the Mothers’ Union are to be congratulated upon the completion of their efforts to raise £50 in aid the Parish Church Roof Restoration Fund. The garden party, held on Thursday in the grounds of the Manor Farm, kindly lent by Mrs. E. Markham, bought in the final instalment, and the enrolling member and her committee expressed thanks to all who helped the branch, achieve its purpose.

Northampton Mercury 14 August 1931


The committee also resolved to offer £300 for two acres of land for houses at Castlethorpe, subject to the approval of the Minister.

Northampton Mercury 21 August 1931


Dedication Service at Castlethorpe.

The standard of the Castlethorpe branch of the British Legion, provided by the subscriptions of the members, was dedicated on Sunday afternoon at a service at which representatives of the Stony Stratford, Deanshanger, Wolverton. New Bradwell, Great Linford and Newport Pagnell branches, each with their standards, and the women’s sections from Stony Stratford (with standard), Wolverton and New Bradwell were present.
The Legionaries paraded near the Schools, where Mr. Colin Croall, M.B.E., Northampton, formally presented the standard to Mr. J. E. Whiting, the president of the branch.
The Bradwell United Silver Band headed a procession round the village to the church, where the service of dedication was conducted the Rev. E. J. Fenn, and the dedication was performed by the Rev. E. A. Selby -Lowndes, vicar of Whaddon, who gave an address on the value of self-sacrifice.

Northampton Mercury 13 November 1931



Scalded by steam and scorched by flames, a fireman on the Ulster express had a remarkable escape from serious injury when the train was roaring through Castlethorpe at top speed on Saturday morning.
The express, which runs from Crewe to London, had reached the fastest part, of the run at Castlethorpe about 9.45, and was picking up water from the troughs between the metals. The tender of the first engine, after filling with water, sprayed the surplus over the second engine, and the water poured down the smoke-stack into the fire-box, with the result that flames and scalding steam were forced back into the cabin of the second engine.
The fireman, F. W. Badley, Crewe, was badly burned on the elbows, and his clothing caught alight.
By the time the train had slowed down had managed to extinguish the flames and was taken off the train at Bletchley, where he was treated by the Company’s doctor, Dr. Morphy.
Later he was allowed to go home by train.

Northampton Mercury 20 November 1931


By gift of the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, and by purchase from Mr. H. C. Muscutt. Wolverton, the Bucks. County Council has acquired land for road improvement the entrance to the goods yard at Castlethorpe Station.

Northampton Mercury 25 December 1931

STONY STRATFORD SESSIONS The Chairman of the Bench Mr. S. F. Jones, when giving a decision in cases of contravention the Swine Fever Regulations, remarked that there were several cases of swine fever in the county, and it was only isolation that the disease had been stayed.
Defendant was Arthur James Markham, farmer of Castlethorpe, who was summoned on two counts, for failing to keep pigs isolated after removal from market; also with failing to in register within 18 hours. He wrote asking for the case to be dealt in his absence.
P.C. Johnson said he found that several pieces of board were broken in the partition between four pigs and 15 others, and they got mixed up.
Police-Sergt. Woodwards said defendant admitted was a mistake. In fairness to defendant he added that the register was well kept.
Fined £1 on the first charge, and the costs, 4s., on the second.

Northampton Mercury 01 January 1932

Housing sites at Little Brickhill and Old Bradwell were provisionally approved and the Clerk was instructed to reply to Hanslope Parish Council, who asked for another 12 houses, that the Council were considering the question of erecting houses at Castlethorpe, which should relieve the pressure.

Northampton Mercury 01 January 1932


Benjamin Whiting (38), farmer, Castlethorpe, was fined £1 for allowing a motor-car to stand in Grove-road without front lights at night on November 23, and £1 for being the driver of motor-vehicle and not holding a licence.

Northampton Mercury 15 January 1932


Stirring Speeches Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, of Tingewick Hall, the hero of Zeebrugge, was the honoured guest at the annual dinner of the members of the Castlethorpe Branch of the British Legion on Saturday. Mr. J. E. Whiting (president) was the chair, and others supporting him were Messrs. (Colin G. Croall, L. W. Gubbins, and A. J. Tyrrell (Northampton), Captain P. Y. Atkinson (Cosgrove), Captain J. D. Eaton (Hanslope), the Rev. H. H. Woodward, Mr. R. W. Leadley, and Mr. W. Tompkins (Wolverton), Mr. R. G. Jarvis (Buckingham). Major A. G. T. Smith (Sherington), Mr. F. F. Brown (Leicester).
About 80 participated. Mr. W. T. Clarke, in addition to the secretarial arrangements, was responsible for an attractive scheme of table decoration from his nurseries.
Mr. Jarvis proposed the toast of “The British Legion,” and emphasised the fact that it was keeping alive the spirit of comradeship with those who had made the great sacrifice, a spirit living and active to help the weak and to care for the sick.


Mr. Colin Croall, who replied, said he stood before them with mixed feelings. After many years’ residence he would have to go beyond their door. Next week he would no longer have the privilege of being Chairman of the War Pensions Committee, and in a fortnight’s time would no longer have the honour of being the vice-president of the largest branch the British Legion in the British Empire. They were all comrades. That was why the British Legion found itself stronger than it had been since its very inception, and it went from strength to strength. There was only one real reason for that. It was because the Legion was founded upon a spiritual basis. They might pretend to be indifferent about such matters, but they felt they were playing a man’s part. (Applause).
It was the wish of the late Earl Haig that spirit should not be forgotten. Had the British Legion begun earlier, he was certain that the country would not be in such sorry plight as it was to-day. The mistake was made, and so many allowed themselves to be the tool of one political party or another. They forgot such things as party politics and creeds, and had they started right away after demobilisation they would have been stronger still to-day, and the country would have been better off. They had remember the great debt they owed to the fallen, who would never come back. That was their first job.


They were like real Christian church. The Legion did not ask men to join for what they got out of it; they wanted to do something. So long that spirit obtained the Legion in strength, despite the fact that thousands of their old comrades were passing away every year. He knew there was much that was depressing, but so long as they rallied round Mr. Clarke they would make their numbers strong. They had an excellent branch and well deserved their trophy. Sir George Bowyer, whom he had met in the train, had asked him to convey greetings and good wishes. Mr. Croall’s concluding words of advice were: “Stick to the lads in the days to come; they have stuck by you in the days that have gone.” (Applause.)
Major Smith, in toasting "Our guest.” said that it had given a thrill and a quickening of the pulse to everyone in the room when they knew that Sir Roger Keyes was present. They had read of the exploits of that gallant party under the Admiral, who by  his bearing and presence had encouraged the most wonderful deeds of heroism.
The toast was drunk with musical honours.

Admiral Sir Roger Keyes

In responding. Sir Roger Keyes said he was at the annual meeting at Aylesbury, when the trophy was presented, and was very pleased and proud to accept the invitation, remembering the presentation to them was an equal first with two other, branches. he had been to a great many Legion meetings East, West, North and South, but he did not think he had ever listened to a more eloquent and moving address descriptive of what the Legion stood for than that given by Mr. Colin Croall. He had put the whole thing to them absolutely faithfully. It was a tragedy that the legion could not have been started just after the War.


Sir Roger, referring the famous affair at Zeebrugge, said it was merely a covering operation, and they were surprised afterwards to hear of the fuss that had been made about it.
The Navy had welcomed that opportunity to take an active part in the fighting; much of their work was watching and waiting, and they had often longed for an opportunity to emulate the deeds of their brothers in the Army. Zeebrugge gave them that opportunity.
Lord Haig's telegram congratulation on that operation always filled him with pride.
Let them the British Legion carry out Lord Haig’s idea of what the Legion should do —weld them together and keep alive the comradeship of war days. Let the Legion be their bulwark against their enemies, both without and within their gates. (Loud applause.)


Mr. Leadley and the Rev. H, H. Woodward also replied.
Mr. Clarke toasted the president and vice-president, remarking that they had an ideal president who was not merely a figure-head, but one who took a deep interest in the branch.—The president, Major Smith and Mr. Brown (vice-president) responded. Mrs. W. D. Markham replied the toast of the lady helpers. Her assistants were Mesdames W. T. Limbrey. W. T. Clarke, H. Cook, J. Herbert, Bates, and Sawbridge.
The concluding toast was the artists, Messrs. A. Line. C. Johnson, J. Jones, and R. Panter (pianist). Mr. Art Jones (Wolverton) accompanied community singing with the side drum.
The county trophy won by Castlethorpe equally with two other branches, and which they hold for four months, graced the head table. The branch committee responsible for the gathering comprised Messrs. W. Limbrey (chairman), H. A. Cook (vice-chairman), R. Panter (hon. treasurer), W. T. Clarke (hon. secretary), J. Cowley, A Meacham. C. W. Handing, E. Horner, W. D. Markham, and J. May.

Northampton Mercury 15 January 1932


THE DEATH has taken place of Estelle Pettifer, aged three years, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Pettifer. She had suffered from a cold, and died suddenly after a fit of coughing. Dr. Cooper was called in, and the facts were reported to the Deputy Coroner (Mr. W. J. C. Ray), who deemed an inquest unnecessary.

Northampton Mercury 15 January 1932


By Direction of Mr. Alfred A. Sawbridge, who is leaving. MALTMILL LANE FARM, HANSLOPE ( 2 Miles from Castlethorpe, 6 Miles from Wolverton; 6 Miles from Newport Pagnell; 5 Miles from Stony Stratford; 10 Miles from Northampton).

including the following Cattle;



25 WELL-BRED YOUNG CATTLE (Shorthorn Cross).
1 HORSE (7-year-old).
WILL SOLD BY AUCTION, On the Farm Premises, On FRIDAY, 29th JANUARY, 1932, at 11.30 o’clock.
Catalogues may be obtained from the Auctioneers: JACKSON STOPS and STAFF, As Above.

Northampton Mercury 29 January 1932


The Newport Pagnell Rural District Council is in negotiation with the agent Lord Carrington for the purchase of two acres of land as a building site. Castlethorpe, in common with other villages, is in need of houses.

Northampton Mercury 29 January 1932

Castlethorpe Land at
£150 an Acre

Attention was drawn to the offers of  housing site at Lavendon and Castlethorpe at Wednesday’s meeting of the Newport Pagnell Rural Council.
Major Sir Everard Duncombe said in the case £80 per acre was asked by the owner, and at Castlethorpe £300 for two acres was asked by Messrs. J. Carter Jonas and boas (agents for Lord Carrington).
Sir Everard asked if the Housing Committee were satisfied that they were equitable prices.
Colonel J. Williams replied that with respect to the Castlethorpe land those who had been working on the Housing Committee would remember that the original price asked was nearer £300 per acre, but had been gradually been cut down to £l50. The price of land in the district varied, and it was notorious that the land at Castlethorpe was higher than in any other part. They could not explain this, there appeared be no reason for it. The fact remained that everybody, including private individuals, had to pay more for land at Castlethorpe than anywhere else.

Northampton Mercury 20 May 1932


THERE is quite a keen rivalry going between the twin villages of Castlethorpe and Hanslope as to the building of Council houses, Newport Rural Council consider that if they build at the former place it should cover the needs of the other. Hanslope, however, are determined they shall not be overlooked. The Parish Council have expressed the opinion that the need for houses in the village is still great, and are pressing for the erection of another 16 houses. The Rural Council are now asking to be furnished with full particulars as to the position and price of a suggested site.

Northampton Mercury 20 May 1932


It was reported the inspectors that there were eight cases of overcrowding at Hanslope and four at Castlethorpe, and the applications for houses were 17 and six respectively. It was decided that a site of two acres in the latter village be proceeded with. The Housing Committee were still of opinion that if houses were built on this site the needs of both parishes would be met, but they would be prepared to consider a site referred to by the Hanslope Parish Council if latter would furnish full particulars.

Northampton Mercury 10 June 1932


“If you do so, I hope that the Almighty God will strike the place, and perhaps He will, and then I will go and sow salt on it”

THIS startling statement was made Mr. John Olney, of Castlethorpe, to a man who promised that he would pay for the church room if he won a prize in the Irish sweepstake. Mr. Olney was speaking at a business meeting of the Stony Stratford and District Church Council, he said that it was of little use approaching members of Parliament on the matter of sweepstakes and lotteries. They had a Government now that was partly useless.

Northampton Mercury 10 June 1932

TO LET, at Castlethorpe (Bucks), double-fronted House and Shop, conveniently situated, containing 2 sitting-rooms, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, 3 attics and 2 cellars, with additional sitting-room at rear of shop. All in good order. Shop and sitting-room could be sub-let if desired. Key to view at Carrington Arms.—Apply Hopcraft and Norris, Ltd., Brewers, Daventry.

Northampton Mercury 10 June 1932



The small but old and extremely interesting church at Castlethorpe has been restored, and was dedicated on Sunday by the Bishop of Buckingham (Dr. P. H. Eliot).
The building had suffered a great deal from the ravages of time and of the death-watch beetle. So rotten was the timber in the roof that during the repairs one of the main principals fell on the scaffolding on which half-a-dozen men were working. Fortunately the scaffolding was strong enough to bear the added weight, but the men had the fright of their lives.
Two roofs, the nave and north aisle have been restored, and with other work, the just over £800. Towards this, about £650 has been raised by a variety of efforts such as donations, socials and whist drives, and one particularly pleasing feature is that the efforts of the church people have been backed up by the Non-conformists, who had contributed generously to the cost of restoration of a church of which they are proud.
Normally the church has a seating accommodation of little more than a hundred, but by the addition of chairs and forms and the use of the porch, on Sunday nearly 200 were seated.
The service was intoned by the curate (The Rev E. J. Fenn) and the Vicar (the Rev. Percy Taylor, Hanslope), and the lessons read by a retired clergyman resident, at Hanslope, the Kev. W. Dale.


The Bishop, in his address, said they had in that beautiful old church some old steps which were to what was the rood screen. So they saw that the very design of the church was to help them to get an idea of worship.
Let them cast their thoughts long back and think of the old custom within the precincts of which apparently the was church erected, for the mounts around seemed that it was associated with the old castle, of the part it bore in the time, for instance, when King John was fighting the barons. Let them look at the temple which had its weather-beaten towers. There was a time when it was 30ft. higher, but the old timbers gave way just in the same manner as the timbers of the roof had given way, and it was renovated by reducing it in height.
The fabric of the church carried them back 700 or 800 years, for there was in it Early English work. The font was almost unique, as there were two sculptured heads on it.
What was that actuated people in those days to put up such a place? - a trysting-place between God and the soul. Nothing was too beautiful to express the relationship between the created and the Creator.
How wise they had been to have the whole church renovated as they now saw it, and how artistically the work had been done. Those hands that had carried out the work were those who lived in their immediate vicinity. Side by side with this, much work had been done by voluntary helpers, who had given of their time and talents. To crown all that, how nobly had they given of their substance—had striven in difficult times —some of them were not in full work—to spare what they could in order to hand on to generations to come not a church that had fallen down in ruins but a church beautiful in its proportions.
He understood that not only their devoted adherents, but some who were not in the habit of worshipping with them had given of their substance. Although members of other religious bodies, they looked upon the church as a priceless heritage. For their goodwill and fellowship might God be praised.  Thank God for what had been accomplished for His honour and glory.
The architect for the work of restoration was Mr. Ernest Ravenscroft, of Reading, and was carried out by Messrs. R. W. Dickens and Son of Hanslope.
It consisted of taking out the old oak lintels and plaster in the nave and north aisle, and replacing with open English oak work supported by massive beams.

Northampton Mercury 24 June 1932


CASTLETHORPE A small obelisk cenotaph stands on high ground adjoining the church and overlooking the roadway. The ground was given by the late Marquess of Lincolnshire. The names of the fallen are recorded on the cenotaph.

Northampton Mercury 08 July 1932



Taken ill whilst haymaking on Monday afternoon, Mr. Charles Amos Cowley, a farmer of Fulbrook Farm, Naseby, died at his home shortly afterwards.
Whilst in the hayfield, Mr. Cowley was taken ill with vomiting, and was conveyed home, where he was seen by Dr. J. H. Wilkinson, of Guilsborough, about 5 o’clock. His condition at that time was pulseless, and death occurred about two hours later.
The facts have been reported to the Divisional Coroner, Mr. C. H. Davis, but in view of the doctor’s certificate, no inquest is necessary.
Mr. Cowley, who was 64 years of age, was a native of Castlethorpe and was formerly a coach painter engaged with the L.M. and S. Railway at Wolverton. He leaves widow, three daughters, and two sons.

Northampton Mercury 08 July 1932


Mr. Charles Wyley, a Stantonbury farmer, took his seat on the Stony Stratford Bench for the first time on Friday.
Mr. Wyley was sworn in with two other magistrates. Mr. L. T. Edwards, of Weston Underwood, and Mr. J. E. Whiting, a Castlethorpe farmer, at the Buckinghamshire Quarter Sessions.
Mr. Wyley and his brother, Mr. Jack Wyley, farm nearly 1,000 acres at Stantonbury. The new magistrate is a prominent member of the Newport Pagnell branch of the Farmer’s Union and is on the County Executive.
On the death of his father, Ald. R. M. Wyley, in 1919, he succeeded him as President of Bradwell and Wolverton Good Samaritan Society.


Mr. Whiting is a member of a family well-known in North Bucks. He has an extensive holding at Castlethorpe and also farms for Mrs. Agar, whose property adjoins the Cosgrove estate, Northamptonshire.
Mr. Whiting served two years during the war with the Bucks, Husars, and was then given a commission in the Royal Artillery, with whom he served in France. He succeeded the late General Sir Arthur Holland as President of the Castlethorpe branch of the British Legion.
Mr. Edwards is a County Councillor, and was returned unopposed for Weston Underwood on the Newport Pagnell Rural Council in March.

Northampton Mercury 08 July 1932

British Legion Treat at

The annual summer holiday of the Castlethorpe branch of the British Legion was made very pleasurable by fine weather and the free run of gardens, grounds, and field by the president, Mr. J. E. Whiting. With characteristic generosity, Mr. Whiting assisted in every way possible to make the event a success.
The school children, many in fancy dress, paraded the village, headed by the New Bradwell Band. The British Legion standard was carried Mr. C. W. Harding.
The fancy dresses were judged by Captain and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson, and Mrs. Atkinson presented the prizes as follows: Girls under 8 years, 1 Evelyn Markham. 2 Pamela Markham, 3 Shirley Clarke, 4 B. Ray. Boys under 8 years, 1 B. Webster, 2 Harold Homer, 3 Clifford Markham, 4 Eric May. Girls over 8, equal J. T. Nichols and Kathleen Marks, equal 2 N. Cowley and E. Ball, equal 3 P. Bull and Gwen Jones, equal 4 Sylvia Markham, Betty Bay and M. Meacham. Boys over 8, 1 Stanley Nichols, 2 B. Sawbridge, 3 Leslie Markham, equal 4 Maurice Smith, W. Kingston and C. Hall,
Captain Atkinson duplicated the prizes in the senior classes.
Sports were carried out under the direction of a sub-committee comprising Messrs. Harding, J. Herbert, W. D. Markham, and H. Clarke. Mr. J. E. Whiting and Mr. A. Masterman were judges, and Mrs. Whiting presented the prizes.
Side-shows were supervised Miss Burbidge, Mr. A. Jones (Wolverton), Mr. P. Waring, Mrs.. Waring, Mrs. Sawbridge, Miss Pittam, Mrs. J. A. Cowley, Mrs. Homer, Mr, Mothersole. Mr. Townsend, Mr. Meacham, Mr. B. Webster, Mr. W. Hall. Mr. J. K. Gobbey. Mr. T. Baker, Mr. J. Rainbow, Mr. R. Holt, and Mr. W. Wingrave.
At tea, served in the large barn, the children and old-age pensioners were guests. The meal was served Mesdames H. Clarke, W. D. Markham, J. Herbert, Townsend, Bates, Axon, Webster, Ball, and Miss Holt, and the catering committee consisted of Messrs. J. A. Cowley, R. Panter F. Herbert, E. Coey, J. May and E. Homer.
The arrangements were made by Mr. Linbrey, Mr. W. T. Clarke (hon. secretary), and the various committees.

Northampton Mercury 15 July 1932


The Wolverton Works Fire Brigade had to turn out to two outbreaks in less than six hours, having to deal with a burning haystack, and lorry on fire the Watling-street.
The rick, containing 20 tons of hay, was on the farm of Mrs. Markham, Castlethorpe, and the flames threatened three other ricks and the farm buildings. Fortunately, there was no wind, and before the brigade arrived Messrs. Markham were assisted by farm hands keeping the other ricks from danger. The brigade turned out under Sub Captain H. A. Canvin, and worked hard in confining the outbreak to the one rick, little of which was saved. The lorry, the rear part of which was saved from destruction, caught fire near Denbigh Hall, Bletchley.

Northampton Mercury 15 July 1932


There will be no restrictions on keeping hens, pigs, or lodgers.”
Thus wrote a Bletchley builder to Wolverton Urban Council when explaining a scheme for building houses in the district. He stated that the 100 houses he proposed to erect at Castlethorpe would be let at an economic rent, and would save Wolverton approximately £220 a year on the rates.
The council has made an application to the Ministry to build 60 houses at Bradwell, with

the result that an inspector was sent to Wolverton. One of the councillors (Mr. A. Brown) and the clerk (Mr. W. S. Parrott) discussed with him the position of the influx of men from other centres. The inspector informed them it would not be long before they got a definite decision. He was acquainted with the contents of the builder’s letter.
Mr. Brown told the council they spent hour with the Ministry’s representative. Giving the figures of men transferred to Wolverton, he said that, ignoring all juniors, 258 had been transferred from Kentish Town, Plaistow, Crewe, and Manchester, and there were still further men to come from the last-named place. He gave the inspector the exact figures from each place, and they went fully into the question of the possibility of men buying houses. The impression he gleaned from the inspector was that the officers and representatives of the council had made out a case for housing requirements.
The next move was the Ministry.

Northampton Mercury 15 July 1932


The funeral took place last week at Naseby, of Mr. Charles Amos Cowley, of Fulbrooke Farm, who died quickly after being seized with illness when at work in the hay field.
A native of Castlethorpe, he served as a lad on the farm of the late Mr. Joseph Whiting. Later became a coach painter at the L.M.B. railway works at but his ambition was always to become a farmer, and this was realised when a farm near Wolverton was offered him by Lord Carrington. In 1922 he became tenant of Mr. R. Chapman at Fulbrook Farm, Naseby, where he achieved much success.
He did valuable work for the Wesleyan Chapel at Naseby, where he held the offices of society steward and superintendent of the Sunday School, and was a member of the Naseby Parish Council, to which he was elected in March, 1931. He leaves a widow, two sons, and three daughters.
The funeral service in the Wesleyan Chapel was conducted by the Rev. W. S. Weddell, superintendent of the Market Harborough circuit. The organist. Mrs. G. Westaway, played “Jesu, lover of soul,” and Mr. Cowley’s favourite hymns, “Safe in the arms of Jesus” and “Give me the wings of faith to rise,” were sung, the latter being repeated at the graveside. The bearers were Mr. F. Toseland, Mr. W. H.. Wilford, Mr. R. Ringrose. and Mr. Reg. Toseland.
 The chief mourners were: Mrs. Cowley, widow ; Mr. John Cowley, Mr. W. Cowley, sons; Mrs. A. Chapmen, Mrs. G. Underwood. Mrs. K. Harris, daughters; Mrs. J. Cowley, Mrs W. Cowley, daughters-in-law; Mr. Chapman, Mr. G. Underwood, Mr. Harris, sons in-Iaw; Mr. John Cowley and Mr. George Cowley (Castlethorpe), brothers; Mrs. Annie Smith, sister; Mrs. Nichols. Commandant Minnie Hillyer (Salvation Army), sisters in-law ; Mr- Fred Henman, and Mr. Dick Nicholls (Alfreton), nephews.
Others present included Mr. and Mrs. R. Chapman, Mr and Mrs. H. G. Westaway, Mrs. W. S. Weddell, Mrs. T. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Chapman, Mrs. M. E. Lenton, Miss E. Haynes, and Mrs. P. T. Chapman, Mrs. F. Cox. Mrs. Wadsworth, Mrs. T. Bromell, Mrs. C. Jeffery. Mrs. Lancaster, Mr. C. Manton. Miss M. Martin, Mrs. Frank Underwood, and Mrs. J. Bromell.

Northampton Mercury 29 July 1932




Lady Holland opened a fete in aid of the Church funds at Castlethorpe on Saturday.
Lady Holland recalled that for some years she and her family worshipped at Castlethorpe Church.
A bouquet of carnations was presented to her by Anne Whiting.
The fete was held in the gardens of Mr. J. E. Whiting, a generous host and helper.

£400 PAID

The Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate-in-charge)said they had paid £400 towards the £483 needed for the repair of the roof of the nave. The cost of repairing the roof of the north aisle was £209, and the north-east window £35.
Lady Holland was accompanied by Mrs. Martin, and others present were Mrs. Mark Poore (Hanslope Park), Mr. J. E. Whiting, Major A. L. K. Anderson. Mr. T. Osborne (Blisworth), Mr. J, Rawlinson and Mr. H. P. Cook (churchwardens) and Mr. F. J. Mills (hon. treasurer).
Displays of country dancing were given by pupils of Miss M. A. Cook (Northampton).
The stallholders were; Jumble stall, Mrs. and Miss H. Rawlinson; fancy stall, Mrs. C. Harding and Mrs. E. Homer; sweets and lemonade. Miss D. Mills and Miss C. Waring; bran-tub and balloons. Master Ralph Walton and Mr. J. Pittam; character delineation, Master T. Mayes; ice-cream, Mrs. J. Evans and Mr. C. Evans; flowers and vegetables. Mrs. C. Brown; pound stall. Mrs. Mayes, Mrs. Hidderley and Mr. R. Holt; postcards. Mr. T. West.
Refreshments, Mrs. H. P. Cook, assisted by Mesdames F. Mills, Kingston, Walton, Maltby, Waring, Webster, W . Axon, Cooper, West, Misses N. Pittam and H. Holt; fancy articles, Miss Gregory; hoop-la, Misses N. and R. Maltby; competitions, Miss L. Cooper and Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Harding.
Side-shows were in charge of Mrs. A. B. Moore, Mrs. A. Clarke, Miss N. Jones, Messrs. J. T. Rawlinson, A. Rainbow, T. West, F. Mills, A. Clarke, R. Sharpe, Webster, W. Kingston and E. Kingston.
Mr. W. Clarke was M.C. at a dance.

Northampton Mercury 05 August 1932


The Wolverton Works Fire Brigade made a prompt turn-out to a rick fire on Mr. J. E. Whiting’s farm at Castlethorpe, shortly after nine o’clock on Saturday night. A portion the rick was saved, and the firemen, under Sergt. Adams, prevented another rick, three or four yards away, from catching alight. The brigade was at work until 11 o’clock yesterday morning.

Northampton Mercury 19 August 1932


Charged with the infanticide of her newly-born male child by drowning on July 26. Mabel Fanny Owen (24), of 181, High-street, Stony Stratford, was committed at Stony Stratford on Friday to Bucks Assizes.
Mr. Ralph Pashley, conducting the case for the Director of Public Prosecutions, read a statement alleged to have been made by the accused to Sergeant Gee. It said : I went down to the river. I jumped into it but I did not go under the water, so I got out again. I was in pain and went into the bathing shed. Then I threw the child into the water, as I thought it was dead. I hardly knew what I was doing.”
Mr. Pashley said a further post-mortem examination of the child had been made by Dr. Whittingham, a consulting pathologist, in whose opinion the child had breathed after birth and death was due to shock and asphyxia. He did not suggest death was due to drowning, but was caused by shock when the newly-born child was thrown suddenly into the river. It was almost dead before being thrown into the water.
Charles Alfred Bird, a body-builder, of 147, High-street, Stony Stratford, who saw the body at the bottom of the river, said the water was only 2ft. 6in. deep. Dr. J. F, Sheppard, of Newport Pagnell, gave evidence of having examined the accused at the Public Assistance Institute.
James Henry Barlow, boot repairer, 163, High-street, Stony Stratford, said was out for a walk at 6.50 a.m., and saw a woman come from the bathing-place.


He noticed she looked rough and that her clothes were wet. She wore no hat.
He picked accused out at an identification parade at Newport Pagnell on Aug. 6.
Dr. Edgar Douglas Lawrence, Old Stratford, said the child was well-developed. His post-mortem examination of the lungs disclosed the fact that the child had evidently breathed, and he formed the opinion it died from shock due to being thrown into the water.
Dr. Harold Edward Whittingham, consultant in pathology to the R.A.F., stated that he carried out a further post-mortem examination at Stony Stratford Police Station on July 27. He found the child had breathed freely, and the cause of death was primarily shock and terminally asphyxia.
He did not find sufficient evidence that death had been caused by drowning, but thought the child was dead before it reached the water.


P.S. Gee said he interviewed accused on the day the body was recovered at her home, where she was sitting in the kitchen with her mother and sister. She at first denied all knowledge of being out that morning, but after being cautioned made a voluntary statement, which she signed adding, “That is the truth.”
He arrested her on a warrant on August 6.
Accused had nothing further to say in answer to the formal charge.
The Bench endorced an application for legal aid.

Northampton Mercury 09 September 1932

FOR SALE, 60 Rhode Pullets and 40 Cockerels.—Markham, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 30 September 1932

STONY STRATFORD BENCH Summoned at Stony Stratford Police Court Friday Henry Amos, labourer, Castlethorpe, was summoned by William D. Markham, who claimed possession of a service cottage.—An order for possession in 21 days was made. The Magistrates were Mr. S, F. Jones (chairman), Lieut.-Colonel Hawkins, Messrs. A. Sharp, C. P. Woollard, H. T. F. Weston, and C. Wylie,

Northampton Mercury 21 October 1932





An offer of marriage was made at Aylesbury Assizes on Saturday to Mabel Owen (24), 181, High-street, Stony Stratford, who was charged with infanticide. The offer was accepted.
Owen was seen leaving the bathing-place at Stony Stratford on the morning of Monday, July 25. Later, the body of a newly-born child was recovered from the river. Owen made a statement to the police, in which she was alleged to have said that she jumped in the water but could not go under and got out again, that the child was born in the bathing-shed, and she threw it in the river.


The indictment against Owen was in two sentences; (1) A wilful act. (2) An act of omission, but that at the time she was distraught because she had not fully recovered from the effects of the birth.
On the advice of her counsel, Mr. T. F. Butler, Owen pleaded guilty to the second section.
Mr, A. C. Caborn was instructed for the prosecution. P.S. Gee, Wolverton, said Owen was born at Castlethorpe in 1908, and was the youngest of family of five. She had been in domestic service at Wolverton and Northamptonshire, and had an illegitimate son aged five. The father of this child and the child to whom the charge referred, was a farm labourer, age 28, who had contributed to Owen’s support.
Arthur George Allen, of Cosgrove, gave evidence admitting he was the father of the children and said he was willing to marry Owen, he was earning 32s. 6d. a week, and would have married her previously but circumstances had made it impossible.
The Judge (Mr, Travers Humphrey) Why impossible?


Witness; I did not get much money. I was quite willing to marry her so that the young boy should go to school. I tried after a house, but could not get in. I have home and furniture ready for her.
Owen said she was willing to be married.
In answer to counsel, witness said met Owen on Sunday, July 24, and made arrangements to go with her to the pictures on the 25th.
Mr. Butler submitted that the evidence went to prove that the birth of the child was not considered imminent, and that Owen was distraught. She was not a callous mother as her first child was properly looked after.
The judge said it would be inhuman in such a case to punish by imprisonment, and on receiving Owen’s assurance that she would not again try to commit suicide or to endanger the birth another child, he ordered her to be bound over for two years in a recognisance of £5.

[Note: daughter of John & Ellen Owen 1911 census Castlethorpe]

Northampton Mercury 09 December 1932



Viscount Stopford, Chairman of the Buckinghamshire County Committee of the British Legion, attended the annual dinner of the Castlethorpe Branch of the Legion on Saturday, and made a powerful plea for the continuance in civil life of the comradeship that linked them during the war. Proposing the toast of “The Legion” Viscount Stopford pointed out that at the coming County Conference consideration would be given to grouping, which, he said, was a definite step forward in the progress of the Legion. By the association of neighbouring branches in getting together for social purposes and for general discussion on matters common to them, good would follow. There was need to pay attention to such artificial boundaries as between one county and another, and he noticed that in their group they had one or more branches in Northamptonshire.
At the County Conference they would also be electing the county executive committee, and they would miss very much Mr. W. T. Clarke, of Castlethorpe, who, owing to business reasons, would not again stand for re-election. He had been a most valuable member.

Northampton Mercury 27 January 1933


It was stated at a meeting of Newport Pagnell Rural Council this week that the new Council houses at Little Brickhill were to be let at 3s. a week, this is primarily due to the decrease in the cost of building. A recommendation of the committee directing the clerk to instruct solicitors to complete the purchase of a  piece allotment land as a site for eight houses at Castlethorpe was referred back. Colonel J. Williams remarking had never yet heard of a case where the purchase price had not been accompanied by some definite statement as to compensation.

Northampton Mercury 03 February 1933


A Branch of the Women’s Institute has been formed at Castlethorpe under the presidency of Mrs. J. Whiting, of Castlethorpe Lodge. The first monthly meeting took place on January 26, in the Council Schools, and was well attended. Members were entertained by the Hartwell Pierrot Troupe under the direction Mrs. Phipps, and a very enjoyable evening was spent. Refreshments were served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury 24 February 1933


A CONCERT arranged by the Legion, in aid the funds of Northampton General Hospital was given at the Council Schools. The programme was provided by the Merrymakers. Mr. J. E. Whiting presided.

Northampton Mercury 24 February 1933

Newport Pagnell Rural Council. The Ministry of Health wrote approving the erection of eight non-parlour houses at Castlethorpe, and the draft contract was approved.

Northampton Mercury 10 March 1933






A Castlethorpe stoker, Mr. Herbert Walker Powell, aged 39, of 6, Station-road, died suddenly in Wolverton L.M.S. Gasworks on Sunday morning. Mr. Powell left home at 5.30 after taking his wife a cup of tea, and cycled to his work at Wolverton for the morning shift. When he had “clocked in” he remarked to his mate that he felt a tightness across his chest. He was placing his bicycle against wall when he exclaimed,”Oh” and collapsed. He died almost immediately. Powell had been medically attended for influenza before and after Christmas.
In his younger days Mr. Powell played as goalkeeper for Cosgrove St. Peter’s football team, and last year took up cricket. He was captain of the Castlethorpe cricket team, and played with the “Gas and Goods ” team in the Wolverton Works Shop Competition last year. He leaves a widow with whom much sympathy will be felt.

Northampton Mercury 10 March 1933


A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE of heart disease was given in the case Mr. H. W. Powell, of Castlethorpe, who died suddenly at Wolverton Gasworks on Sunday morning, and an inquest was unnecessary.

Northampton Mercury 17 March 1933


A novel point was raised at Stony Stratford Police Court on Friday the central figure in a case being a dog.
Supt. Hankins, of Towcester, opposed exemption from a licence in respect of a dog owned by Herbert Charles Markham, Small-holder, Castlethorpe Wharf.
P.C. Wilford described the dog as white terrier —a cross-bred mongrel. When he visited Markham, the latter tried to make the dog go after some sheep and cows, but it took notice of him.
P.S. Norris said Markham attempted to drive some cattle with the aid of the dog, but the dog ran away from the cows and took no notice either of the cows or defendant. Witness considered the dog was only useful in the house.
Markham asked the Bench to be allowed to keep the dog as it answered his purpose. The dog he had exemption for was killed. He was a single-handed man, and it was the only dog he had.
Supt. Hankins said it was immaterial to him what sort of dog it was so long as it did its work.
The Chairman (to Markham); You admit it is not a properly-trained sheep dog?— Yes, but it helps me, and I use it for that purpose.
The Chairman; There seems a difficulty in the case as to whether the dog of any use. Defendant admits that it is not a properly-trained dog, but it does assist him. We will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Northampton Mercury 17 March 1933


THE FUNERAL of Mr. H. W. Powell, who died suddenly at Wolverton Gasworks, took place at Wolverton. The first portion of the service was conducted in St. George's Church Canon W. L. Harnett (vicar), and the Rev. B. W. Barford (curate) took the service at the graveside in the Cemetery. The mourners were Mrs, Powell (widow), Mr. and Mrs. A. Masterman, Northampton, Mr. and Mrs. H. Rainbow, Northampton (brother-in-law and sisters). Messrs. W. E. Harold, Hubert, and A. Skinner, Wolverton (brothers-in-law), Mrs. Skinner (mother-in-law) Mrs. Hobday, Birmingham, Mrs. F. Powell, Mr. J. Powell (cousins), Mrs. E. Skinner (sister-in-law), Mr. E. S. D. Moore (manager) represented the Wolverton L.M.S. Gasworks, where Mr. Powell had been employed for 21 years, and Mr. A. Scott represented the Castlethorpe Cricket Club. Mr. and Mrs. W. Garner (Oxford) were present.

Northampton Mercury 31 March 1933

CASTLETHORPE The monthly meeting was held in the Carrington School, Mrs. Whiting presiding. An instructive demonstration in dressmaking was given by Mrs. Birdsall, of Yardley Gobion, and, in response to requests from those present, a further course of six lessons was arranged. An entertainment consisting charades, presented by Mesdames Whiting, Walton, West, and Woodward, was much appreciated. Mesdames W. Clarke and Cooper acted as hostesses for tea, and there was a trading stall, to which each member contributed an article.

Northampton Mercury 21 April 1933

Newport Pagnell Rural Council: The Ministry wrote sanctioning the acceptance of Mr. Bird’s tender for the erection of houses at Castlethorpe, and it was resolved to apply for a loan of £2,341 for the eight houses.

Northampton Mercury 21 April 1933




Undiminished zeal in aiding the Church Roof Repair Fund, brought marked success to Eastertide efforts in Castlethorpe. Equally, the well-kept appearance of the recently repaired Parish Church, with its tasteful scheme of Easter decoration, testified the devotion parishioners.
The Repair Fund benefited considerably by the proceeds of the tea, sale of work, and social gathering on Monday, arranged by the churchwardens, Messrs. J. Rawlinson and H. Cook, and the members of the Church Council.
The stall holders were Mesdames Axon, Cook, Lewis, Rawlinson, the Misses and N. and M. Maltby, and Master J. Furniss, Mesdames Clarke, Evans, Kingston, Maltby, Mills, and Walton served teas. With the assistance of Miss Algar at the piano, the Mises Maltby and Messrs. B. Bavington, J. Nichols. and T. West, entertained the large company, while Messrs. Holt, Kingston, and Mills gave useful service to help the smooth running of the event.
The duties of M.C. were carried out by Mr. Harding, who also handed to the Curate-in-Charge, the Rev. E. J. Fenn, a contribution to the Repair Fund of 11 11s., the result of the recent production of “Ali-Baba-Baba” by the Castlethorpe Choral Society, of which Mr. Harding the secretary.

Northampton Mercury 12 May 1933

CASTLETHORPE The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute was well attended by members who keenly enjoyed the instructive demonstration on rug-making ably given by Mrs. Chowler, of Hartwell. Mrs. J. Whiting presided. As delegate to the recent annual meeting of the Bucks. Federation, Mrs. Lewis was able to present comprehensive report of the business of the gathering at Aylesbury. Both the speaker and Mrs. Brown, the secretary of the branch, were thanked for their attendance. An amusing hat-making competition, in which Mrs. Nicholls was the prize-winner, filled the social half hour. Mesdames Robinson and W. Mills gave excellent service as tea hostesses.

Northampton Mercury 19 May 1933

HOUSING SCHEMES The tender of Mr. T. H. Bird for 12 houses at Old Bradwell for £3,294 was accepted, subject to approval. It was reported that a fairly good supply of water had been found on the housing site at Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 02 June 1933

FOR SALE or To Let. North Bucks, Milford Leys, Castlethorpe. Compact Modern Farm House, excellent ranges of Buildings and 141 Acres (34 Arable). Well Farmed, good heart, 3/8-mile station, main line. —Particulars, Geo. Wigley and Sons, Land Agents, Bletchley.

Northampton Mercury 23 June 1933


The quarterly meetings of the Wolverton Methodist Circuit, held at Sherington, took the form of farewell gatherings to the Rev. Arthur T. Dean, the superintendent minister, who is removing to Aylesbury after being stationed at Wolverton for four years. He made the presentation of a long service certificate to Mr. J. Olney, of Castlethorpe, for 50 years local preacher. Mr. Olney, who was born at Castlethorpe on June 4, 1858, holds a unique record. He began at Sunday School in 1862 and eventually became in succession teacher, secretary and superintendent at Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 30 June 1933

CASTLETHORPE At the monthly meeting, held Thursday week, in the Carrington School, the chair was taken by Mrs. J. Whiting. A good attendance enjoyed the demonstration on needlework and embroidery given Miss Neale, who is adviser on this subject to schools under the Bucks Education Committee. The hostesses, Mesdames Mayes, Mothersole, Walton, and Miss Markham, provided an excellent tea, and an entertaining bean-finding competition was won Mrs. Cooper.

Northampton Mercury 07 July 1933


ONE of the best-known local preachers in the Wolverton area is Mr. John Olney, of Castlethorpe, who recently completed 50 years’ service in that capacity. The village churches owe much to his devoted services, and for the Sunday Schools especially he has done a wonderful work.

Mr. John Olney

It was through Mr. Olney that the late Mr. William Bagshaw became a lay preacher. Forty years ago Mr. Olney took as the text of one of his sermons, “There’s a lad here,” and his words so impressed William Bagshaw, then a youth, that he determined to give his service to the cause. His services were accepted, and he became one of the most eloquent local preachers in the district. Wolverton readers will remember that Mr. Bagshaw died suddenly when at a dinner at the Technical College nearly three years ago.
Mr. Olney tells an amusing story of his first preaching engagement at Cosgrove. The steward met him at the vestry door, and somewhat gloomily remarked, “We had Mr. – last Sunday, and now you to-day, and we might as well have nobody.”
In recognition of his services as a local preacher, Mr. Olney has been presented with a certificate of merit.

Northampton Mercury 18 August 1933


In the Sympson League, an exciting Shenley and New Bradwell ended in victory for the former  who won by a good margin despite the fact that Pimbley secured seven of their wickets for 24.
Castlethorpe fared badly against Stony Stratford II being dismissed for 38. The bowling honours were Henson, who took three for seven, E. East, E. Henson two for six.

CASTLETHORPE At Stony Stratford Stony Stratford.—G. Henson, c Cooper, b Pittam, 25; H. Smith, c Stimson, Tapp, 5; R. Preator, c and b Pittam. 4; W. Betts, c Pittam b Tapp, 0; F. Claydon, c Cooper, Tapp, 2; J. Pittam, Stimpson, 3; C. East, b Tapp, 6; J. Loftus, c Bavington, b Stimpson, 4; L. Simms, c Bate®, b Pittam, 8; R. Henson, not out, 7; T. White, b Pittam, 0; extras, 5; total, 69.—Bowling: Tapp four for 36, Pittam, four for 17, Stimpson, two for 11,
Castlethorpe.—J. Bavington, b G. Henson, 2; B. Stimpson. c White, b G. Hendon, 3; E. Bates, East, 5; J., Cooper , c G. Henson, b East, 1; F. Bavington, White, b East, 1; F. Hitchcock, not out, 10; Tapp, c Smith, East, 0; C. Bavington, b G. Henson, 1; T. Pittam, R. Henson, 2; H. Scott

b R. Henson, 0; F. Mills, R. Henson, 4; extras, 9; total, 38.—Bowling: G. Henson, three for 7, C. East four for 10, R. Henson, two for 6. Batting a second time Stony Stratford made 55 for three wickets (R. Preator 26, L. Simms 27 not out).

Northampton Mercury 15 September 1933


¾mile from Castlethorpe Station.
Are instructed by Mr W. L, Johnson
(having let the farm),

123 SHEEP.


Also Surplus HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, including superior Mahogany Dining Suite.
The Sale will commence with the Furniture at 1.30p.m. Implements at 2 o’clock.
For catalogues and further particulars please apply to the Auctioneers, Geo. Wigley and Sons, Bletchley, and at Winslow and Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury 29 December 1933


The first birthday party of Castlethorpe Women’s Institute was held in the Carrington Schools. A large attendance included visitors from the Milton Keynes Institute. The room was prettily decorated by members, and the birthday cake was made and given by Mrs, Hayes. Games and dancing were enjoyed and refreshments were served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury 05 January 1934

CASTLETHORPE The funeral took place Wednesday of Mr. John Bavington, the oldest resident the village, who died at, his residence on the last day of 1933, aged 87. The Rev. E. J. (curate) conducted the service in the church and at the interment in the churchyard.

Northampton Mercury 19 January 1934


Despite the lean period experienced during the past few years, the villagers of Castlethorpe have just accomplished a worthy object in freeing the parish church from debt. Four years ago they set themselves the task of restoring the nave and north aisle, and the whole the cost of the work, £900, has been paid, for. With the exception of grants of £50 and £25 from the Oxford Diocese, the parishioners have raised the money required, and have received help from their Nonconformist brethren, who are proud of the fine old church.

Northampton Mercury 02 February 1934


Castlethorpe Women’s Institute held their monthly meeting on January 25, Mrs. Whiting presiding. A lecture on Drama was given by Mrs. Rupert Roberts, of Deanshanger. Mrs. Roberts also gave some delightful recitations. Tea was served Mrs. Markham, Misses Markham, and Mrs. Nichols.

Northampton Mercury 02 March 1934


Mrs. J, Whiting presided at the monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute, held in the Carrington Schools. An instructive demonstration on Poultry dressing was given by Mrs. Mayes, and games and competitions were enjoyed. Miss Olney and Mrs. Nichols were the hostesses. A pork pie supper, organised by Miss Olney, Mrs. Nichols, and Mrs. Mills, in aid of the Institute, was great success.

Northampton Mercury 13 April 1934


MERRY, SONS, and CO., Have received instructions from Mr. B. S Whiting,

On MONDAY, APRIL 23rd, 1934,
Up to September 29th next. Well Watered.
Further particulars next week.

Northampton Mercury 20 April 1934


OPERA.—Two performances of "The Rajah of Rajahpore,” a light opera, have been given in the Council Schools by the members of the Church Musical Society. There were crowded audiences, and the church roof fund will considerably benefit. The name-part was taken by Mr. B. Bavington. and others in the cast were Mrs. H, P. Cook, the N. Pittam, R., M. and N. Maltby, and Messrs. T. West, B. Evans, A. Atkins and Harold Cook. The performance is to repeated at Hanslope for the funds of the Northampton General Hospital.

Northampton Mercury 27 April 1934




Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer and gravel pit owner, Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined £5 at Stony Stratford Police Court on Friday, for failing to stamp the insurance cards of four of his workmen. He was also ordered to pay the arrears amounting to £16 1s. and 8s. costs.
Whiting pleaded guilty to a technical offence.
Mr. W. W. Andrew, district inspector for the Ministry of Health, said there were seven offences, four in respect of National Health insurance and three of unemployment insurance. The workmen were Albert Edgar Herbert, Oliver Herbert, Raymond John Ward, and William Henry Ball. The first three were gravel pit workers, and Ball was an agricultural labourer. Whiting was aware of his obligations and had been visited and warned. He promised to stamp the cards eventually, but the Ministry looked upon the delays as serious.
The National Health cards had not been stamped from July 3 last year to December 31, and the unemployment cards for a period of 33 weeks to Feb. 15 this year.
Whiting said he had followed his usual procedure. The cards were taken away by the inspector, and that was the end of it.
After the Bench had given their decision Whiting intimated that he would appeal.
The Magistrates’ Clerk (Mr. W. T. C. Ray): He has pleaded guilty. I do not think he can appeal.
The Chairman (Mr. A. Sharp): If you do not pay there will be an order for distress.
Whiting: I think the fine is excessive.

Northampton Mercury 27 April 1934


Re-opening services have been held following the redecoration of the church. The special preacher was Mr. Percy Hawkins, of( Luton. A musical service was contributed to by the choir (conducted by Mr. A. Richardson), Miss Grace (Olney), and Miss Winifred Clarke (solos). Mr. Hawkins and the Rev. F. Hudson (superintendent minister, Wolverton) gave addresses. The collections were for the trust funds.

Northampton Mercury 25 May 1934


There was a large attendance at the funeral of Mr. Jack Powell, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Powell, of the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, who died at the age of 25. The immediate mourners were the father and mother; Mr. Douglas Powell (brother); Mr. H. Palmer, Kettering (uncle); Mr. and Mrs. W. Palmer, Foster’s Booth (uncle and aunt); Mrs. Jackson, Yorkshire (aunt); Mrs. C. A. Nichols, Castlethorpe (aunt); Mr. H. Wells, Leamington; Mrs. A. James and Mr. F. James, Stony Stratford; Mr. A. W. Nichols, Wolverton; Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbert, Castlethorpe; and Mrs. A. Masterman and Mrs. H. Rainbow, Northampton (cousins); Mr. Haynes, Foster’s Booth; Mr. A. Odell, Yardley Gobion: Mrs. C. Evans, Northampton; Mr. B. West, Mr. E. Pittam and Miss N. Pittam, Castlethorpe (friends). Among those at the service were Mrs. Markham and Miss N. Markham, Mrs. Harding, Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Lansbury, Mrs. West, Miss M. West, Mrs. Algar, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. J. Gobbey, Mrs. Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. Maltby. Mrs. A. Clarke, Mr. and Mrs. Clarke (Cosgrove), Mr. H. Cook (churchwarden), Mr. Brown (stationmaster), Mr. F, Mills (representing the Oddfellows). Mr. A. Barrington and Mr. H, Gray. Miss A. Gregory was at the organ.
Among the wreaths were tributes from the Castlethorpe Cricket Club and the Castle Lodge, R.A.O.B., Hanslope, of which Mr. Powell was a member.

Northampton Mercury 15 June 1934


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

Northampton Mercury 03 August 1934




Women’s Institute has a membership of about 40, and is one of the youngest branches in North Bucks. It was formed only 18 months ago, but the president, Mrs. J. E. Whiting had been arousing interest in the movement for some time previously. She is a real, live president, and when a “Mercury and Herald” representative saw her at her residence, Castlethorpe Lodge, she was full of enthusiasm for the work of the Institute.
“Our members are just beginning to know one another,” she said. ”It takes a little time, you know, as people are shy of using their talents.”
Meetings are held at the Carrington School, and the first few were not conducive to an increase in membership as the place was cold and cheerless. Then the Parish Council came to the rescue, and the members have put up curtains to keep out draughts, so that the room is much more comfortable. A pierrot troupe has been formed, with Miss Bolton [Buxton], the head schoolmistress in charge, but serious work will not be attempted until the approach of the winter season.


The members have taken up folk dancing under the guidance of Mrs. Lewis, and later on a pageant may be organised. There will certainly be plenty of scope for the members to display their talents, as Castlethorpe is rich in historical associations.
There are various competitions at the meetings, and the usual programme followed—lecture and demonstration, tea, and then the social half-hour. During the last item original ideas have frequently been suggested.
The birthday party is in December, and on the last occasion Miss Agnes Stops paid a visit, whilst Mrs. Slade attended the annual meeting.
So far the programme for the immediate future includes glove-making this month, and a demonstration of washing machines in September. An endeavour is to be made to arrange competitions on previous demonstrations, and a prize will be given at the end of the year to the member obtaining the greatest number of points. “This”, Mrs. Whiting said, “should encourage the members to learn from what they have seen. It is often the case that after a demonstration they go home and forget all about it.’’
A demonstration on leather-working is to be given in October by Miss Buxton.
“ Some people have an idea that the Institute encroaches on the Mothers’ Union,” concluded Mrs. Whiting. “That is not so. The Institute is an entirely different organisation. It is non-sectarian and non-political, and every woman is welcomed.
The president and Mrs. Lewis attended the Albert Hall conference, and it is the usual practice to pay a visit to the half-yearly meetings at Aylesbury. In addition to the president, the officers are Mrs. Mayes, vice-president; Miss Nellie Markham, hon. secretary; and Mrs Brown, hon. treasurer.

Northampton Mercury 30 November 1934


MRS. WHITING took the chair at the annual meeting of Castlethorpe Women’s Institute, and the Hon. Miss R. Hubbard gave an interesting talk on China. With Mr. H. Cook and Mr. Panter acting as tellers, voting took place for officers for 1935, with the following results: President. Mrs. J. Whiting; vice-presidents, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Mayes; treasurer, Mrs. Lewis; secretary, Mrs. B. C. Brown; committee, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. E. Nichols, Mrs. Maltby, Mrs. Mills. The tea hostesses were Miss Buxton, Mrs. Buxton, Mrs. J. Brown, and Mrs. B. Brown.

Northampton Mercury 04 January 1935


A large company, including members of the Hanslope Women’s Institute, attended the second birthday party of Castlethorpe Women’s institute held in the Carrington Rooms. The birthday cake was made and given by the president, Mrs. J. Whiting. Songs were sung by many of the members, and a charade was acted by Mrs. J. Whiting, Mrs. Harding, Mrs. Maltby, Mrs Cook, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. West and Miss Pittam. Games and dances were enjoyed, and an exhibition stall was supervised by Mrs. Lewis. In a mince-pie competition Mrs. Limbrey was first and Mrs. Mills second.

Northampton Mercury 15 February 1935

A lamb born on the farm of Mr. W. Markham, of Castlethorpe, has head similar a monkey’s. This is the 100th lamb born on the farm this season.

Northampton Mercury 22 February 1935

CASTLETHORPE interesting film was shown at the monthly meeting Castlethorpe Women’s Institute and Mrs. Whiting moved and Mrs. Lewis seconded thanks to the demonstrators. Mrs. Atkins and Mrs. Garrett were the hostesses and Mrs. E, Nichols and Miss Marjorie Partridge the demonstrators.

Northampton Mercury 01 March 1935


A highly successful fancy dress dance, m aid of the Northampton General Hospital Fund, was held in the Castlethorpe Council School, on Saturday. The programme of dance music was ably presented by the boys of the Wolverton Technical College Orchestra, including Masters R. Anstey, S. R. Baldwin, T. Chayter, B. J. Furniss, R. C. Green, and J. Wills, assisted Mr. T. Clarridge with his accordion. The judges for the fancy dress were Mrs. J. Whiting (Castlethorpe) and Mrs F. Whiting (Gayhurst). the committee responsible for the arrangements, included: Mrs. R. Mayes (chairman), Mr. and Mrs. B. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. H. Cook, Mrs. W. Hidderley, Mr. R. Mayes, Mrs. M. M. Lewis, Miss Buxton, Mr. R. Panter, and Mrs. W. Furniss (hon. secretary). A sum of £9  9s. 5d. was realised.

Northampton Mercury 15 March 1935

Representing Mrs. Julia Elizabeth Whiting, of Castlethorpe, Stony Stratford, owner of the two cottages in the Dodford clearance area, agreed that one of the cottages was unfit for habitation, but asked that the cottage might be turned into suitable out-house accommodation for the remainder of the row. He stated that the other cottage was not in need of great deal of repair, and said that his client was prepared to put it into reasonable state of repair, having regard to the condition of similar property in the neighbourhood.

Northampton Mercury 29 March 1935

A fine of 5s. was imposed upon Reginald Saunders, labourer, of Barney Cottage, Castlethorpe, for riding a pedal cycle without front light.

Northampton Mercury 05 April 1935

CASTLETHORPE Mrs. J. E. Whiting presided at the monthly meeting held in the Carrington Hall on March 28. A very pleasant and interesting time was spent. A short sketch, given by a few of the members, was much enjoyed. This was followed a sponge cake demonstration by Mrs. Johnson and a roll-call, “One’s favourite dish.” The tea hostesses were Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Lewis, assisted Miss Ball and Miss Moore. Through illness Mrs. Lewis was unable to attend, and her place was very kindly filled by Mrs. B. Brown.

Northampton Mercury 24 May 1935

By direction Mr. R. J. Mayes.
known "Leamington Farm,"

Situate in the Parish of Hanslope and Castlethorpe, and comprising area about 44 Acres, mainly grass; together with the House and Farm Buildings, as now in the occupation of the Owner, Mr. B. J. Mayes.

Northampton Mercury 21 May 1935

CASTLETHORPE Mrs. Whiting presided at the monthly meeting, and members were glad to welcome the vice-president, Mrs. Lewis, on her return after her illness. A film exhibition was much enjoyed. The tea hostesses were Mrs. E. Nichols and Miss Markham.

Northampton Mercury 07 June 1935


Mr. Ronald Walter West, of Castlethorpe, Bucks, and Miss Hilda Mary Beeden, eldest daughter of Mr. F. Beeden, the motor coach and garage proprietor and the late Mrs. Beeden, 33, Southampton-road. Far Cotton. Northampton, were married on Monday.
The ceremony was conducted at St. Mary’s Church by the Rev. W. S. Bethway. Mr, R. West, brother of the bridegroom, was best man.

The bride and groom

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore pink floral crepe de chine and a veil surmounted with wreath of orange blossom. Her bouquet was of pink and white carnations. Her sister. Miss Edith Beeden, who was the chief attendant, was in pastel green floral satin, and the child bridesmaids, Joan Beeden (niece the bride), and Peggy West (niece of the bridegroom) were in long, dainty frocks cut in the Victorian style and made in lemon rosebud satin. The bridegroom gave gold and crystal necklace to Miss Edith Beeden and gold bangles to the children.
Following reception the church rooms, Mr. and Mrs. West left for Clacton-on-Sea, where the honeymoon is being spent, the bride travelling in a saxe-blue two-piece with beige hat and shoes. They will live at 33, Southampton-road.
The bridegroom gave the bride a travelling case and the bride’s present to the groom was a gold signet ring.

Northampton Mercury 14 June 1935

A gigantic mushroom has been picked in a meadow at Castlethorpe by Mr. T. Pittam. It has diameter of 152 inches, and is stated to resemble a toy umbrella. The oldest inhabitants of Castlethorpe do not remember seeing a mushroom so large.

Northampton Mercury 21 June 1935

Bidding for Leamington Farm, Castlethorpe, commenced at £l,000 and the property was withdrawn at £2,000.

Northampton Mercury 12 July 1935


MRS. GRANT-THOROLD, of Cranford Hall, performed the opening ceremony at garden party held at Castlethorpe Lodge, by permission of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, in aid of the Castlethorpe Parish Church roof fund. She was presented with a bouquet of carnations by Miss Ann Whiting. The stallholders were: Household, Mrs. C. Harding, Mrs. Homer; flowers, Mrs. M, Lewis, Mrs. Furniss; pound stall. Mr. Holt, Mrs. Maltby; jumble stall, Mrs. and Miss H. Rawlinson; sweets. Miss Walton, Miss Mills; bran tub, Mr. H. Homer, Miss Clarke. Sideshows were run Messrs. T. and S. West, Harold Cook, W. Simpson, A. Clarke, Willett, F. Walton, H. and F. Atkins, C. Harding, J. West, R. Garrett, and T. Pittam. Mrs. H. Cook superintended teas. Dancing displays were given by Northampton pupils, and music by the New Bradwell United Band. Over £40 was realised.

Northampton Mercury 02 August 1935


MR. J. H. GREEN, Castlethorpe, has received the award of Hon. Serving Brother of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He had the honour conferred upon him Grand Chapter of the Order in London, by the Earl of Scarborough, Sub-Prior of the Order. Mr. Green, who is a platelayer on the L.M.S. Railway, began ambulance work in 1897. As a member of the Castlethorpe railway ambulance team he has not missed a district ambulance competition. He is now 64 years of age.

Northampton Mercury 23 August 1935

By direction of J. T. Olney, Esq.
With. Vacant Possession, CASTLETHORPE.
Castlethorpe Station ¼ mile.


entrance, 2 Sitting Rooms, Domestic Office, 3 Bedrooms, Electric Light, Garden.
Solicitors: MESSRS. WALTON and RAY, Stony Stratford. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION (unless previously sold privately) by MESSRS. JACKSON STOPS and STAFF, At the COCK HOTEL, STONY STRATFORD FRIDAY, 27th SEPTEMBER, 1935, at 7 p.m. Auctioneers Offices: BRIDGE-STREET, NORTHAMPTON.

Northampton Mercury 30 August 1935

The engagement is announced between Miss Dorothy Whiting, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Whiting, of Castlethorpe, and Mr. A. E. Johnston, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Johnston,, co. Fermanagh Northern Ireland.

Northampton Mercury 06 September 1935



MANY HELPEES Saturday’s showery weather caused a change of plans for the first garden fete held Castlethorpe in aid of the funds of Northampton General Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. J. E, Whiting had placed their gardens and grounds Castlethorpe Lodge at the disposal of the committee, but in the morning the venue was transferred to the schools, where the opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. H. Grant-Thorold, of Cranford Hall, Kettering.
Mrs. Grant - Thorold congratulated Castlethorpe on its enterprise for having organised a hospital fete of its own, and she hoped it would meet with great success. All the time, she said, something new was being introduced in order to bring the hospital up-to-date, and everything was done for the comfort and happiness of the patients. Thanks were expressed by Mrs. J. E. Whiting, and others present included Mr. Whiting, Mr. E. P. S. Watts (Hanslope Park), the Kev. E. J. Fenn, and Mr. C. H. Battle, secretary of the Northampton Hospital Committee.
An entertainment was given by the Misses A, and P. Whiting and friends and the pupils of Castlethorpe School. An auction sale was conducted by Mr. F. Farney Brown.
The officials were: President, the Rev. E. J. Fenn; vice-presidents, the Rev. B. L. Symonds, Major Anderson, Dr. Cooper, Messrs. J. Cannon, F. Farney Brown, J. E. Whiting, B. Whiting, W. Markham, W. Beesley and W. Hidderley ; committee, Mrs. E. Mayes (chairman and treasurer), Mrs. B. Brown, Mrs. Harold Cook, Mrs. W. Hidderley, Mrs. M. M. Lewis, the Misses Buxton and Olney, and Messrs. B. Brown, Harold Cook, C. Harding, E. Mayes, E. Panter and G. White; hon. secretary, Mrs. Winifred Furness.
Additional helpers for the fete were: Messrs. F. Carpenter, Clarke, Coey, Hy. Cook, J, Cowley, D, Faulkner, Furniss, Garrett, J. Green, E. Green, F. Herbert, J. Herbert, E. Holt, J. Marsh, Meacham, F. Mills, E, Nicholls, J. Nicholls, L. Nicholls, M. Lewis, J. Rawlinson, L. Robinson, E. Walton, T. West, J. Worker, Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. Buxton, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs, F. Clarke, Mrs. Hy. Cook, Mrs. J. Cowley, Mrs. Garrett, Mrs. E. Green, Mrs. C. Harding, Mrs. Homer, Mrs. Limbrey, Mrs, Maltby, Mrs. E. Markham, Mrs. J. Marsh, Mrs. F. Mills, Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs. Mothersole, Mrs. E. Nicholls, Mrs. J. Nicholls, Mrs. J. Rawlinson, Mrs. Walton, and the Misses Carpenter, M. Cowley, Cowley, W. Clarke, Cox, D. Clarke. Gregory, Markham, D. Markham, Mothersole, Pittam, Stones, Tipler and Worker.

Northampton Mercury 13 September 1935

By direction of J. T. Olney, Esq
(unless previously sold privately),
FRIDAY NEXT, 27th SEPT., 1935,
 At 7 p.m.

Northampton Mercury 27 September 1935


Major A. L. K. Anderson, of Castlethorpe, cousin of Major C. A. Markham, was married at St. Mary’s, Willesden Old Parish Church to Miss Doris Brooks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Brooks, Leighton, Kettering-road, near Moulton, Northampton. Miss Brooks was formerly with Messrs. Markham and Cove, solicitors, Northampton. She was given away by her brother, Mr. E. Brooks, who served during the war with the battalion commanded by the late Colonel Edgar Mobbs, and was severely wounded. Miss Hume-Kelly attended her and the Rev. A. E. Smith (vicar) conducted the ceremony. Major F. V. Hume-Kelly was best man.

Northampton Mercury 04 October 1935

Meadow View, Castlethorpe, was offered for Mr. Joseph Olney, and withdrawn at £400.

Northampton Mercury 11 October 1935


After the wedding of Mr. Alexander E. Johnston, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Johnston, of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, to Miss Dorothy Whiting, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Whiting, of Castlethorpe, a large number of the members of the South Herts Golf Club, of which the bride and bridegroom have been members for a number of years, lined the pathway between the church porch and the car and formed an archway of golf clubs. The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Church, Church End, Finchley, London.
The service was fully choral, and Miss Muriel Sims, an old friend of the bride, sang whilst the register was being signed.
The bride, who was dressed in brown georgette with touches of bronze, with hat to match, was given away by her eldest brother, Mr. C. R. Whiting, Cosgrove Lodge, Stony Stratford. Mr. M. Stanley Edwards was best man.
A small reception, at which the near relatives were present, was held at King Edward’s Hall, after which Mr. and Mrs. Johnston left for an unknown destination.

Northampton Mercury 01 November 1935

Plans and the complete scheme for sewerage at Castlethorpe at an estimated cost of £4,300 were submitted, and ordered to be forwarded to the Ministry of Health, with an agreement in principle that it was a proper case for a grant by the Council, which would determine the grant made by the County Council.

Northampton Mercury 06 December 1935


The annual meeting of the Castlethorpe Women’s Institute was held in the Carrington Hall on Thursday week, Mrs. Whiting presiding. A report of the year’s work was given by Mrs. Nichols (assistant secretary). Mrs. Brown (secretary) was unavoidably absent; Mrs. Lewis (treasurer) presented the balance-sheet. Officers and committee for the coming year were elected, with Mrs. Whiting president and Mrs. Mayes and Mrs. Lewis vice-presidents. An address was given by the Hon. Miss Ruth Hubbard, and a pleasant social half-half followed. Mrs. Garrett was at the piano. The tea hostesses were Mrs. H. Cook and Miss D. Moore.

Northampton Mercury 13 December 1935


An entertainment was given in the Methodist schoolroom consisting of solos, recitations and part songs in character. A humorous dialogue entitled “Tastes Differ” caused roars of laughter from the splendid audience. Mr. Fred Mills was chairman and collection was made for the Boxing Day effort.

Northampton Mercury 20 December 1935

The Clerk reported that he had made application to the Bucks County Council for a grant towards the cost of sewerage and sewage disposal schemes at Castlethorpe and Emberton. The cost was £4,300 and £5,150, and the capital cost 2s. 11d. and 4s. 1d. in the (gross) respectively. It was decided to ask the surveyor (Mr. J. C. Nicholls) for his opinion as to other parishes where the need of a sewerage scheme was becoming urgent or had already been commenced.

Northampton Mercury 27 December 1935

CONSERVATIVE FAIR AT NEWPORT PAGNEI.L The annual fair organised by Buckingham Division Women’s Conservative Association was held at the Town Hall, Newport Pagnell. The opening ceremony was performed Lady Bowyer, president of the Association, who said that they really called it their Victory Fair.
The cup given by Mrs. Roberts, hon. treasurer, for the best decorated stall, was won by Hanslope and Castlethorpe, on whose behalf Mrs. Grant-Thorold received it. The Hanslope and Castlethorpe stall had miniature representation of a Rugby match, England v. Scotland, at Twickenham, complete with players 15 a-side in a scrum and referee on a green mat made by Mrs. Evans. The attendants were Mrs. Grant-Thorold, Mrs. Tompkins, Mrs. Britten, Mrs. Mayes, Mrs. Laye, Mrs. Hopper, Mrs. Evans, jun., Mrs. Feasey, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Wilson, Miss Meakins, Miss Cox, Mrs. Pearce and Mrs. Varley.

Northampton Mercury 03 January 1936


The rapid thaw and following rains caused widespread flooding in Northamptonshire last weekend and on Saturday night the position threatened to become serious.

Between Tuesday of last week and Saturday 1.63 inches, of rain fell at Northampton, the maximum being on Friday when 0.75 of an inch was recorded.  There was further rain on Saturday and on Sunday.

Fields generally in the district between Towcester, Castlethorpe and Stoke Bruerne were flooded, and the country-side in that triangular area looked like a tranquil silver sea.  Between Grafton Regis and Yardley Gobion the roads under one foot of water for a considerable distance.

Northampton Mercury 24 January 1936


Mr. and Mrs. G. Wilson, Corner House, Castlethorpe, Bucks celebrated their golden wedding on January 20.

Northampton Mercury 07 February 1936


Castlethorpe and Lavendon residents heard with regret the death of Mr. William Longland Johnson, who passed away at his farm, Milford Leys, Castlethorpe, at the age of 72.
Mr. Johnson was born at Uphoe Manor Farm, Lavendon, where his father was a well-known farmer. Up to 15 years ago he farmed at Lavendon, and carried on the business of butcher in the village, where he was deeply respected. For over 30 years he was churchwarden at Lavendon Parish Church, and he was also a member Lavendon Parish Council.
From Lavendon, Mr. Johnson moved to Castlethorpe, where he farmed up to the time of his death. He was a member of the Northampton Branch of the National Farmers’ Union.
He leaves a widow, two sons and three daughters. The elder son is Mr. W. S. Johnson, who is with Messrs. Wigley and Son, auctioneers, of Bletchley, and the other son is Mr. H. C. Johnson, Chief Controlling Officer, L.N.E. Railway, Liverpool-street. The daughters are Miss F. M, Johnson, who is in London, Miss D. A. Johnson, a nurse in India, and Miss K. Johnson, who has a riding school in Kent. The funeral will take place at Castlethorpe this afternoon

Northampton Mercury 21 February 1936

MARCH 24. - At CASTLETHORPE. The LIVE and DEAD FARMING STOCK, by order of Mr, ,W. Hidderley (who is leaving).

Northampton Mercury 13 March 1936


An eight-years-old child, M. Sylvia Mavis Atkins, of Council House, Castlethorpe, was fatally injured in Station-road, Castlethorpe, on Saturday morning, when she was knocked down by a cattle lorry as she was running across the road.
She died in Northampton General Hospital the same day.
A tragic story was told by her 10-years-old sister at the inquest at the Hospital on Tuesday.
The inquest was conducted by Mr. A. P. Price, the Deputy Borough Coroner, sitting with a jury.
Inspector Callaway was present on behalf of the Bucks Police, and Mr. H. W. Williams (Messrs. Williams and Kingston, Northampton) represented the driver of the lorry.
Peter Richard Atkins, an employee at Wolverton Carriage Works, said he was called to Station-road and found his daughter in a house there, lying on a couch, bleeding from the nose and mouth.
Dr. Thomas Arthur Best said the child was admitted to Northampton General Hospital at about one o’clock on Saturday and died later that day.
She had severe head injuries and was in a dying condition when admitted. She died without regaining consciousness.


Vera Joyce Atkins, aged 10, said that on Saturday morning she and other children in Station-road, where there was a row of houses on one side of the road and a grass verge on the other.
Sylvia called out that she had found a violet – an artificial one-and began to cross the road from behind a stationary confectionery van.
Witness saw a cattle lorry was approaching and called out to her sister not to cross.
After the lorry had passed witness saw her sister lying in the road. She tried to pick her up and then ran home and told her mother.
The lorry was not travelling very fast.
Answering Mr. Williams, witness said she thought it was the side of the lorry which struck her sister.
Lewis Andrew Herbert, fruiterer, Higham Cross, Hanslope, said that at about half-past-eleven on Saturday morning he was driving a van towards Stony Stratford and the cattle lorry passed him when he slowed up to stop.
Witness saw the child run across the road near the confectionery van. She was struck by the rear of the lorry.
When it passed him the lorry was travelling at about 25 or thirty miles an hour. The speed might have been less.
Answering Inspector Callaway, witness said the cattle lorry went to its offside to pass a stationary van.
Police-Constable Hussey, stationed at New Bradwell, said that the road was 20 feet wide. There was a brake mark 50 paces long from the nearside rear wheel of the cattle lorry.
There was a blood mark only four paces from the start of the skid mar.
Dried dirt had been rubbed off the side of the lorry immediately in front of the nearside rear wheel, where a vertical iron projected about an inch and a half from the side of the lorry.
The vehicle, which was unladen, weighed two tons 19 cwt.


Harry Bernard Meakins, of Charndon, Bicester, the driver of the lorry, who was cautioned before giving evidence, said that when the fruiterer’s van began to pull up he went to the offside to pass.
He saw children playing on the grass verge on his offside, and sounded his hooter as a warning. He braked slightly, reducing his speed from about 20 miles an hour to 18.
Just as he passed the back of the stationary confectionery van he glanced into his nearside mirror to see if he was clear.
As did so he saw something running towards the rear of the lorry with its head down. Then he heard a kind of crackle and applied his foot brake.
If he had not had a mirror on the nearside he would have known nothing about the accident. It was six feet from the driving cab to where thought the girl hit the lorry.
Witness told Inspector Callaway could not explain why only one wheel registered brake mark, as the brakes were tested on the Saturday before the accident and had also been tested since, again being found in no need of adjustment.
Answering Mr. Williams, witness said that, not knowing what had happened, he pulled up in the ordinary way.


Mr. Price told the jury there was no evidence of any negligence on the part of the lorry driver. If he had been able to pull up in a yard after he saw the child in the mirror he could not have prevented the accident.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death” and said no blame attached to the driver.

Northampton Mercury 13 March 1936

Within 2 miles of Wolverton Station,
L.M. and S. Railway.


Viz.: Dairy Cows in-milk and in-calf. Fat Cow, 4 Fresh Barren Cows, 21 Down Calving and in-calf Cows and Heifers, 26 2-years-old Fresh Home-bred Hereford- Cross Steers and Heifers (Outliers), 27 1½-2-years-old Home-bred Hereford-Cross Steers (Outliers). Red Dairy Shorthorn Bull, 2½-years-old. 77 SHEEP: 70 Border Leicester and Kerry Hill Ewes with their Lambs, 6 Grass Tegs, Suffolk Shearling Ram.
29 PIGS.

A Large Assortment of
Thiller, Trace and G.O. Tackle.
Dairy Utensils,

Have been favoured with instructions from Mr, W. Hidderley (who is leaving)
On TUESDAY, MARCH 24th, 1936.

N.B. —The Auctioneers wish to call special attention of Buyers to this Important Sale.
The Hereford-Cross Store Cattle are a Grand Lot, Home-bred. Fresh and Outliers, well worthy of inspection.
The Dairy Stock are mostly in-calf, a Pedigree Bull having always been kept. The Cross-Bred Ewes are healthy, and the Lambs strong. The Horses are active and good workers. The Implements are good and by well-known Makers.
The Sale will commence with the Implements at 11 o’clock prompt.
Luncheon will be provided by Mr. C. W. Wakelin, The Crown, Hardingstone, at 2s. 6d. per head, returnable to purchasers £5 and upwards.
Catalogues may be obtained from the Auctioneers, 9, Fish-street, Northampton, Phone No. 136; and at Daventry, Wellingborough and Rushden.

Northampton Mercury 27 March 1936


On instructions from Mr. W. Hidderley, Messrs. Merry, Sons and Co. held a successful sale of cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and agricultural implements and machines. The auctioneers were Messrs. T. N. and J. B. Merry. The sale was on Tuesday at the Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe. Three galvanised pig troughs realised £2 7s. 6d., a galvanised sheep dipping bath £2, galvanised sheep rack on wheels £3 15s., platform weighing machine and weights £2 7s. 6d., 5 h.p. petrol engine £2 7s. 6d., a 5 h.p. petrol engine on wheels £9, a root pulper and cleaner £2 10s., a grist mill £11 15s., pig weigher £7 5s., an iron saw bench £4 15s., single furrow plough £2 10s., a one-way balance plough £3 2s. 6d., a 15-row disc drill £13, a mangold and turnip drill £2 16s., a set of three-horse harrows £2 2s. 6d., a set of two-horse harrows £2 5s., a set of tractor drag harrows £6, a Cambridge roll £9 10s., two-cylinder flat roll £6 2s. 6d., an iron horse rake £10 5s., a combined swath and side delivery rake £13 6s., a hay loader £13, a 6ft. binder £4, a mowing machine £5 10s., a broad wheel trolley, £10 10s., an iron arm Scotch cart and gearing £14, a 28ft. elevator £22. a portable steam engine £7, cross-bred Border Leicester and Kerry Hid ewes and lambs up to 70s., grass tegs 38s. 6d. each, a shearling Suffolk ram 43s., dairy cows up to £25 10s., red dairy shorthorn bull £16 10s., home-bred Hereford cross heifers up to £18 2s. 6d., steers up to £19 7s. 6d., bay cart mare (five years) 18gns., bay cart mares (aged) 24gns. each, brown gelding (six years) 9gns., brown mare (six years) 9gns., brown float pony (aged) 11½gns., sow and 11 pigs £10 15s. the lot, sow and nine pigs £12 7s. 6d sow with litter £9 5s., in-pig sow £7, set of cob harness £1 17s. 6d., endless milk cooler and iron stand £5 2s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 03 April 1936


Mrs. J. Whiting, the president, took the chair the monthly meeting of Castlethorpe Women's Institute. Mrs. Cook and Mrs. White were elected delegate and visitor respectively to the Federation meetings in London, and Mrs. R. W. Brown, of Northampton, gave an interesting address on  the history of Northamptonshire. Miss D. Moore and Miss Nicholls were the hostesses.
Members from Linford, Milton Keynes, Haversham and Hanslope attended a group meeting of Women’s Institutes held at Castlethorpe at the invitation of the Castlethorpe Institute. Miss Skimming, hon. treasurer the Federation, gave an address on Institute finance, which was followed a lecture by Mr. Howard Rose on the domestic life of Europeans and Africans on the Gold Coast. The Hanslope Institute entertained with, competitions, which were won Mrs. Garrett. Mrs. Howe, Mrs. Westley. Mrs. Chamberlain, Mrs. Nichols, and Mrs. Coey.

Northampton Mercury 17 April 1936

Is instructed by Mr. B S. Whiting,
at 6 o’clock, exact time,
Up to September 28, 1936.

Lot No. on

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Parsonage Meadow





The Meadow









Cutmead Furlough





Kitemoor Leys





Kitemoor Meadow





Great Kitemoor





Pinders Holme









Ashen Close





Kitchen Piece





Gore Broad





Part Townsend







A man will be provided to attend to the Stock and Fences.
Credit on the usual conditions. The Company will please meet the Auctioneer at the River Bridge on the Castlethorpe—Stony Stratford Road at 6 o’clock
Auction Offices Newport Pagnell and Olney.

Northampton Mercury 01 May 1936


Mrs. Whiting presided a meeting of Castlethorpe W.I., when a demonstration on soft slippers was given by Mrs. Waddup. Recitations were given by the Misses A. and P. Whiting, and Mrs. A. Cook and Mrs. Robinson also contributed to the programme. Mrs. Coey and Mrs. Cooper were tea hostesses.

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1936


The Hon. Ruth Hubbard gave a talk on China at a meeting of Castlethorpe Women’s Institute, to which members from Hanslope and Haversham were invited. The tea hostesses were Mrs. Harding and Mrs. Garrett, and entertainment was contributed by Mrs. E. Nichols. The result of the cancer campaign at Castlethorpe, organised by Mrs. J. Whiting, was £2 11s. Miss Marjorie Partridge and Miss Susie Garrett were the collectors.

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1936


The annual garden fete in aid of Castlethorpe’s effort for Northampton Hospital was held on Saturday in the grounds of Castlethorpe Lodge, by permission of Mr. J. E. Whiting. The Misses Atkinson, of Paulerspury, attended for the opening ceremony, and were welcomed by the Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate-in-charge), president of the Hospital Committee. Mr. C. H. Battle, who was accompanied by two nurses from Northampton Hospital, congratulated the workers of Castlethorpe on their enthusiastic efforts.
A fancy dress competition was judged by the Misses Atkinson and the two nurses, and resulted: Girls under 14, 1 Lily Mothersole, 2 Thora Nichols. 3 Lorna Piper; under 11. 1 Joan Cox, 2 Phyllis Ray, 3 Betty Gray; boys under 11, 1 John Webster, 2 Donald Cox, 3 Leslie Ward.
Stallholders were; Household and fancy, Mrs. B. C. Brown, Mrs. E. Green, Mrs. J. Cowley, Miss G. Olney; fruit, sweets and flowers. Mrs L. Mothersole, Miss M. Malt by—flower girl, Miss L. Mothersole: grocery, Mrs. Coey, Mrs. A. Marks. Side-shows were arranged members of the Castlethorpe branch of the British Legion, competitions were run by Mr. F. Atkins, and other attractions included a dancing display by girls and selections by the Bradwell United Band. Arrangements were made by a committee of which Miss Buxton is hon. secretary.

Northampton Mercury 06 September 1935



MANY HELPEES Saturday’s showery weather caused a change of plans for the first garden fete held Castlethorpe in aid of the funds of Northampton General Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. J. E, Whiting had placed their gardens and grounds Castlethorpe Lodge at the disposal of the committee, but in the morning the venue was transferred to the schools, where the opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. H. Grant-Thorold, of Cranford Hall, Kettering.
Mrs. Grant - Thorold congratulated Castlethorpe on its enterprise for having organised a hospital fete of its own, and she hoped it would meet with great success. All the time, she said, something new was being introduced in order to bring the hospital up-to-date, and everything was done for the comfort and happiness of the patients. Thanks were expressed by Mrs. J. E. Whiting, and others present included Mr. Whiting, Mr. E. P. S. Watts (Hanslope Park), the Rev. E. J. Fenn, and Mr. C. H. Battle, secretary of the Northampton Hospital Committee.
An entertainment was given by the Misses A, and P. Whiting and friends and the pupils of Castlethorpe School. An auction sale was conducted by Mr. F. Farney Brown.
The officials were: President, the Rev. E. J. Fenn; vice-presidents, the Rev. B. L. Symonds, Major Anderson, Dr. Cooper, Messrs. J. Cannon, F. Farney Brown, J. E. Whiting, B. Whiting, W. Markham, W. Beesley and W. Hidderley ; committee, Mrs. E. Mayes (chairman and treasurer), Mrs. B. Brown, Mrs. Harold Cook, Mrs. W. Hidderley, Mrs. M. M. Lewis, the Misses Buxton and Olney, and Messrs. B. Brown, Harold Cook, C. Harding, E. Mayes, E. Panter and G. White; hon. secretary, Mrs. Winifred Furness.
Additional helpers for the fete were: Messrs. F. Carpenter, Clarke, Coey, Hy. Cook, J, Cowley, D, Faulkner, Furniss, Garrett, J. Green, E. Green, F. Herbert, J. Herbert, E. Holt, J. Marsh, Meacham, F. Mills, E, Nicholls, J. Nicholls, L. Nicholls, M. Lewis, J. Rawlinson, L. Robinson, E. Walton, T. West, J. Worker, Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. Buxton, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs, F. Clarke, Mrs. Hy. Cook, Mrs. J. Cowley, Mrs. Garrett, Mrs. E. Green, Mrs. C. Harding, Mrs. Homer, Mrs. Limbrey, Mrs, Maltby, Mrs. E. Markham, Mrs. J. Marsh, Mrs. F. Mills, Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs. Mothersole, Mrs. E. Nicholls, Mrs. J. Nicholls, Mrs. J. Rawlinson, Mrs. Walton, and the Misses Carpenter, M. Cowley, Cowley, W. Clarke, Cox, D. Clarke. Gregory, Markham, D. Markham, Mothersole, Pittam, Stones, Tipler and Worker.

Northampton Mercury 25 September 1936


When truck of a goods train became derailed on the fast line at Castlethorpe at three o’clock, on Saturday morning, the truck did damage to the water trough and the permanent way.
The breakdown gang was called and express trains diverted into the slow line, but after time ordinary traffic was resumed.
The truck carried cream, and a considerable amount of this was spilt. The water was turned off at the gas department at Wolverton. This was the third mishap in the vicinity of Castlethorpe during the last 12 months.

Northampton Mercury 09 October 1936


Mr. J. B. Luddington, who controls small stable at Elton, near Peterborough, brought off a coup at the Newmarket meeting with River Severn, ridden Richards.
Mr. J. Scrimgeour, of Bletchley, owner of Easta Hill and Saratoga, now has his horses trained by Mr. J. E. Whiting Castlethorpe. He formerly trained them himself.

Northampton Mercury 16 October 1936

GOOD Man Required for general farm work; milk if required. Good cottage in village. E. Markham. Manor Farm. Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 13 November 1936


THE DEATH has occurred at Castlethorpe of the Rev. B. L. Symons, patron of the living of Haversham and rector for over 40 years. He obtained his B.A. degree in 1884 and M.A. 1888, and was ordained deacon in 1885 and priest in 1886. Four years ago he resigned his duties as rector on account of ill-health and advancing age, and went to live in retirement at Castlethorpe. The funeral has been fixed for to-day at Haversham.

Northampton Mercury 13 November 1936



A Wolverton Methodist local preacher, Mr. Herbert Morgan, collapsed while reading the lesson at an Armistice service in Castlethorpe Parish Church, on Sunday afternoon, and died shortly afterwards.

Northampton Mercury 11 December 1936


The Castlethorpe branch of the British Legion gave a tea to all children under 15 in the Schools at Castlethorpe. Eighty children sat down, and after enjoying tea, were entertained by Professor Goff with some conjuring tricks. Later, the public were admitted, and then followed an enjoyable evening. Mr. E. Foale, of Wolverton. entertained, supported Miss B. Panter at the piano A collection was taken for Earl Haig’s Fund, which realised £1 9s. 1d., making a total of £13 17s. 5d. for this cause. The tea as arranged by the committee and served by Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Panter. Mrs. Herbert, Mrs. Townsend, Mrs. Cowley, Mrs. Brown, Mrs Sawbridge, Mrs. Evans, and Miss Buxton.

Northampton Mercury 05 March 1937


At a well-attended public meeting, held in the Carrington Hall, Castlethorpe, a representative gathering of villagers gave willing assistance to the Parish Council in the planning of activities for Coronation Day, Mr. H. Cook presided, and was supported by Mr. G. Clarke, acting secretary.
The day’s programme will include a united open-air service, a meat tea, afternoon sports, evening entertainments, and a dance. A firework display and fancy dress parade through decorated streets are other activities for which the committee are making provision.
Mrs. J. E. Whiting will act as judge for the parade, which will be held in the grounds of Castlethorpe Lodge, to be lent by Mr. J. E. Whiting for the day’s festivities.
Mrs. Winifred Furniss was appointed general secretary to the Coronation Committee, and was asked to take charge also of the musical arrangements for the day. Among local musicians invited and willing to give their services in the formation of a Coronation band are: The Locals Orchestra, with Miss Rawlinson and Messrs. J. Cowley, L. Robinson, J. Fumiss, and B Sawbridge: also Mrs. Stimson, Misses G. Algar and B. Panter, and Messrs. H. P. Cook, W. Mills, and A. Atkins. Those serving on the various subcommittees are as follows; Women’s committee Mrs. J. E. Whiting, Mrs. R. Mayes, Mrs. M. Lewis, organising collector, and her helpers, who include Mrs. Atkins. Mrs. H. Cook, Mrs. J. Cowley, Mrs. Coey, Mrs. B. Evans. Mrs. E. Green, Mrs. C. Harding, Mrs. E. Nicholls. Mrs. May, Mrs. Meacham, Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs. F. Mills, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Walton, Mrs. T. West, Mrs. G. White, Mrs. Worker, the Misses Cowley, Olney, Pittam, and Rawlinson. Also nominated from the meeting, Mrs. B. Brown, Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. A. Clarke. Mrs. H. P. Cook, Mrs. J. Gobbey, Mrs. Hart, Mrs. Jeffs, Mrs. Maltby, Mrs. Mothersole, Mrs. F. Stones, and Mrs. W. Stones; sports committee, Messrs B. Brown. R. Panter, G. White, F. Stones, J. Rainbow, T. West, and Miss Buxton; seating committee, Messrs. J. Cowley. E. Green. Lambert, Gray, A. Clarke, and G. Cowley, A Cowley, R. Holt. S. West, and A. Atkins; finance committee, Messrs. H, Cook, C. Clarke, G. White, and F. Stones.

Northampton Mercury 12 March 1937


There was now being built at Haversham—and built very fast —what was intended to be a garden city. Thirty acres had been acquired by a company whose proposal was to build no more than eight houses to the acre, making an approximate total of 240.
The proposed new hotel would be situate at the corner of the Haversham and Castlethorpe roads. The matter had been placed before the town-planning authority, and an interim development order had been sanctioned by Newport Rural Council. On the housing estate 70 houses had been completed and occupied with population of 190 people. Of these, 43 were completed last year, and it was anticipated that that rate would be maintained in the coming year.
The Chairman (Sir Walter Carlile); There is no opposition from Hanslope? —No, sir.

Northampton Mercury 19 March 1937


TWO PERFORMANCES of “San Marino,” a comic opera, were given by the Castlethorpe Church Musical Society to large audiences in the schools. The chief characters were taken by Messrs. Arthur Cowley, Aubrey and Frank Atkins, Harold Cook, Sam West, Mr and Mrs. C. W. Harding, Mrs. H. P. Cook, Miss M. Maltby, Miss L. Cooper, Mrs. Harold Cook, Miss D. Mills, Miss C. Waring, B Sawbridge and G. Alcock, who were supported by a chorus. Mr. H. P. Cook was conductor, and Miss G. Algar pianist. Mr. C. W. Harding made the secretarial arrangements.

Northampton Mercury 02 April 1937

CASTLETHORPE MEMBERS of the Women’s Institute and Mothers’ Union began a series of weekly meetings at which they will make decorations for use on Coronation Day.
REHEARSALS are in course of arrangement by members of the Church Musical Society, the Wesleyan Chapel Entertainment Party, and by the Women’s Institute which will enable them to take their place in the non-stop programme planned for the village festivities.

Northampton Mercury 02 April 1937


The monthly meeting of the Women's institute was held in the Carrington Hall. Dr. Atkinson gave an instructive talk on the national campaign against cancer diseases. The lecturer impressed upon his hearers the grave necessity for seeking medical treatment for the disease in its early stages. Games were played during the entertainment half-hour, and the tea hostesses were Mrs. B. Brown and Mrs. Coey. The chair was taken by the president, Mrs. J. E. Whiting.

Northampton Mercury 09 April 1937


The numbers of stock forward for the Bletchley dairy and store stock show and sale were lower than last year, but prices showed a decided advance. The judges were Messrs. J. Sawbridge, of Castlethorpe, and G. Heady, of Leighton Buzzard.

Northampton Mercury 16 April 1937

Are instructed by Mr. B. S. Whiting
On MONDAY, APRIL 19th, 1937,
up to the 29th September next.

The above will be let in handy lots, certain of which may be mown. None of it has been stocked during the winter. Credit will be allowed to the 1st of August, and Shepherd provided on the usual conditions. The Company will please meet the Auctioneer at the Gravel Pits (below Castlethorpe Station) at 5 o’clock.

Northampton Mercury 23 April 1937


When the Castlethorpe Church Musical Society, gave an admirable entertainment in Hartwell Parish Hall, two of the members sang under the shadow of heavy sorrow. Their mother had died suddenly earlier in the day but they took their parts in order to prevent disappointment to a very large audience. Replying to a vote of thanks Mr. H. P. Cook, the conductor, expressed sympathy with the bereaved members and Mr. W. Spriggs tendered the sincere regrets of the audience.
The party numbered 28 and Miss G. Algar was the leader. A comic opera. San Marino (Stanley Guise) was splendidly performed. The leading parts were taken by Mr. T. West, Mr. A. Cowley, Mr. A. Atkins. Mr. F. Atkins, Mr. H. Cook, Mr. S. West, Mr. C. W. Harding, Mrs. H. P. Cook, Mrs. M. Maltby, Mrs. C. W. Harding. Mrs. L. Cooper, Mrs. H. Cook, Mrs. W. Mills, and Mrs. C. Waring.
The entertainment was given in aid of the Hartwell School Repair Fund, and the Rev. E. V. Martin, the Vicar, chairman of the School Managers, moved a vote of thanks.

Northampton Mercury 21 May 1937

WANTED, a kind domesticated person, as general help.—Mrs. Markham, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 11 June 1937




In marked contrast to last year, when there was a great deal of rain, Castlethorpe hospital fete was held on Saturday in sunny weather. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe Lodge, again lent their grounds and an enjoyable time was spent a large company of visitors.
At the opening ceremony the president (the Rev. E. J. Fenn) was supported by Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, Captain Upwood, Mrs. Farmiloe, Mrs. Mayes (chairman), Mrs. J. E. Whiting, Mr. R. Panter (hon. treasurer). Miss Buxton (hon. secretary), Mr. C. H. Battle, and two sisters from Northampton Hospital (Miss Alker and Miss Thomas).
The president remarked that Castlethorpe realised how much they owed to Northampton Hospital, and last year they raised over £100, although the enjoyment of the fete was spoilt the weather. He expressed his thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Whiting for the use of their grounds. In declaring the fete open, Mrs. Winterbottom said that the object, of aiding the funds of Northampton Hospital, was so, well-known to them that she need not stress it, but she would remind them that the hospital was one of the finest of its kind in the country. Not only Northampton, but a wide range of districts outside, benefited by its efforts, and these were only possible if its funds were kept up. It was no exaggeration to say that in helping that day they could feel that they were playing the game, and giving the sick and suffering a chance. She felt that such a spirit of helpfulness was particularly appropriate to the Coronation year. Let them try to do their best as a team.


Miss Pat Whiting presented Mrs. Winterbottom with bouquet of roses.
Mr. C. H. Battle, secretary of Northampton Hospital Week Committee, said that Castlethorpe had done splendidly in raising money, and last year’s effort was magnificent. They were doing their part in that district, and the Northampton Hospital authorities were doing their part as quickly as it could be done by extending in all directions and making their work more efficient day by day.
Mrs. Winterbottom had been a great friend to the hospital and they appreciated the way in which she helped them. The stallholders were: Pound stall, Mrs. Coey, Mrs. Marks: sweets, flowers and fruit, Mrs. Mothersole, Miss M. Maltby and Miss Lillie Mothersole (buttonholes) : fancy stall, Mrs. Green, Mrs. Brown, Miss Olney
Sideshows, comprising skittles, bowling for a pig, Aunt Sally, spinning wheel, bagatelle, and other amusements were run by local members of the British Legion: Messrs. H. Cook, A. Meacham, J. Herbert, T. and S. West, E. Green, W. Wingrave, A. Harding and B. C. Brown.


The judging of the children’s fancy dress was carried out by Mrs. Winterbottom and party and the nurses from Northampton. Awards: Under seven years of age, 1 Betty Gray, 2 Tommy Booth; seven to 14 years, 1 “St. Neots Quads” (Lillie Mothersole, Madge Meacham, Betty Robinson. Nora Cowley), 2 Audrey Walton, 3 Phyllis Ray.
Tea was served in a large barn by Mrs. Walton, Mrs. Limbrey, Mrs W. Mills, Mrs. F. Mills, and Mrs. Cook and others.
In the evening there was dancing on the lawn, whist drive, and dancing display.
The arrangements were carried out committee, of which Mrs. Mayes was chairman. Miss Buxton, hon. secretary, and Mr. R. Panter hon. treasurer.

Northampton Mercury 07 January 1938


End-of-the-year retirements at Wolverton L.M.S Carriage Works included the following, the years of service being given parenthesis; Mr. John Rainbow, coach finisher, and prominent ambulance worker, of Castlethorpe (30),

Northampton Mercury 04 February 1938

T'O LET, Furnished or Unfurnished, 5, Claremont-avenue. Stony Stratford. 2 Receptions. Kitchenette, 3 Bedrooms.— Apply Mrs. Whiting, Castlethorpe Lodge.

Northampton Mercury 11 March 1938


John George Saint, milk roundsman, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving a car without being covered against insurance risks, and his employer, William David Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for aiding and abetting. Both pleaded not guilty.
Supt. Callaway alleged that the conditions of insurance of the car excluded its use for house-to-house distribution of milk.
P.C. Shear said that Saint ran over a dog and killed it in Wolverton, and on his insurance certificate being examined, witness told him that he was not complying with the conditions. Saint said he drove it under his employer’s order.
Markham, on oath, said that as the usual delivery van was garage for minor adjustments, he told Saint to take his car and collect the milk and he would meet him in Wolverton with the van. He had been to the Insurance company, who told him he was already covered.
Supt. Callaway objected to this evidence.


Markham: Well, I understand the certificate covers me selling goods in bulk. I have never used it for house-to-house distribution, and there has been no evidence brought to say so. My man ran over a dog and went to the police station, and they told him my insurance was wrong.
In reply to Supt. Callaway, Markham said, “If Saint told the police he was delivering from house-to-house it would not be correct.
” Where did you run over the dog ? —ln Stacey-avenue.
The Chairman (Mr. S. F. Jones): There seems to be some little misunderstanding. We will give you the benefit and dismiss the cases.
Markham: I have had 32 years driving motor vehicles, and this is the first time I have ever had complaint. I would not try to endanger that record.

Northampton Mercury 11 March 1938




Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robert Mayes, formerly of Northampton, celebrated their diamond wedding at the home of  their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Hiorns, of Park Farm, Sandford St. Martin, near Deddrington, Oxon. A telegram of congratulations was received from the King and Queen.
Mr. Mayes was for a long time a coal merchant at Northampton and had office in Abington-street. He interested himself in many charitable organisations, including the Blind Committee, National Lifeboat Institution and Fresh Air Fund. He went into retirement about five years ago.

Our North Bucks representative called at Lodge Farm Castlethorpe, the residence of one of the two sons, Mr. Reginald James Mayes, where Mrs. Mayes informed him that the old couple who were married at All Saints’ Church, Northampton, on March 7, 1878, and are both 83 years of age, enjoy the best of health.
The other son, Mr. Henry Mayes, lives in Broadway, Northampton.
Sir James Edmondson, Member of Parliament for the Banbury Division, who lives in Sandford St. Martin, made a personal call, and shook hands with the old couple, wishing them happiness. He also brought a beautiful bowl of flowers, which was much admired.

Northampton Mercury 13 May 1938


The funeral of Mr. Bertram Colin Brown, formerly stationmaster at Castlethorpe who died, aged 38. after a long illness, was conducted by the Rev. E J. Fenn, assisted by Mr. J. Dunn, of Hanslope. The first part of the service was in the Parish Church.
Mr. Brown was formerly stationmaster at Asfordby, Melton Mowbray, and after being transferred to Castlethorpe took a prominent part in the social life of the village. He was a member of the Parochial Church, Council, Castlethorpe Hospital Committee, and of the village tennis club.
The mourners were: Mrs. B. C. Brown, (widow) Mr. J. Brown and the Misses I. and V. Brown (brother and sisters), Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Rosindale (brother-in-law' and sister), Miss M. Gray (cousin). Mrs. Lee, Mr. E. Homer and Mr. B. Mothersole.
Mr. A. May (Wolverton), at the organ, played “I know that Redeemer liveth” and “O rest in the Lord.” The hymns were, “Thy will be done” and “Abide with me.”
The congregation included Mr. Petts (L.M.S. District Goods Manager's Office), Mr. Lines (stationmaster), Mr. Wilson (inspector), and the Castlethorpe staff, Mr. J. E. Whiting (president), and members of the British Legion, representatives the District and Parish Councils, Parish and Methodist Churches, Castlethorpe Women’s Institute, and local sports clubs. In addition to the family wreaths, there were tributes from the Traffic Department staff; L.M.S. employees; District Control (Bletchley); British Legion; Parochial Church Council.

Northampton Mercury 10 June 1938


Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, performed the opening ceremony at the annual fete on behalf of funds of Northampton General Hospital at Castlethorpe. The gathering took place in garden and grounds lent by Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting.
Mr. C. H. Battle (Northampton), who presided, said that changes were being made in connection with the Hospital which would prove very beneficial to Northamptonshire and North Bucks.
Of one thing they could rest assured, that the poorest person in that area who needed the aid of the Hospital could be sure of receiving the same consideration and treatment as under the old arrangement.
Mrs. Atkinson was thanked and Captain Atkinson replied on her behalf. The Rev. E. J. Fenn thanked Mr. Battle, the stallholders, and Mr, and Mrs. Whiting for lending their grounds.
A children’s fancy dress parade was judged by Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Whiting. Awards: Under seven years, 1 Ruby Hart (Bride). 2 Gwennie Worker (Dutch Girl), Tommy Booth (Jockey). Over seven years, Phyllis Ray, 2 Nora Meachem (Sweep), 3 Betty Gray (Witch). Consolation prizes, John Gray and Norman West.
The stalls and amusements were: Fancy, Miss G. Olney. Mrs. Brown, Mrs. J. Cowley; grocery, Mrs. A. Coey, Mrs. F. Marks; hidden treasure, Rev. E. J. Fenn; bran tub, Mrs. Buxton, Miss D, Clarke; sweets and lemonade, Misses R. and M. Maltby; coconuts, Mr. A. Meacham and Miss M. Meacham; bowling, Mr. F. Stones; skittles, Mr.  G. White; squares game Mr. W. Kingston; ice cream. Miss C. Waring and Miss L. Cooper; ground skittles, Mr. H. Cook; spinning jenny, Mr. R. Panter; shove-half-penny, Mr. J. Cowley; darts. Mr. A. Cowley and Mr. J. Cooper. There were also competitions and a concert arranged by Mrs. C. H. Scott, of New Bradwell.
Teas were served in the large barn Mrs. H. Cook, Mrs. F. Mills, Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs. J. Walton, Mrs. W. Kingston, Mrs. A. Clarke, and Mrs. Cooper, assisted Messrs. E. Nichols. E. Coey, and F. Herbert. Dancing took place on the lawn in the evening. The arrangements were made by Miss Buxton.

Northampton Mercury 29 July 1938

An ambulance competition won by Castlethorpe L.M.S. was a feature of the first annual fete and sports organised jointly by the Rugby branches of the National Union of Railwaymen and the Rugby Steam Shed Band, on Saturday, in aid of the N.U.R. Orphan Fund and the Steam Shed Band.

Northampton Mercury 05 August 1938

Another local point of interest was that two members of the Bletchley Young Farmers’ Club carried off the first and second prizes in the Young Farmers’ class. Mr. L. G, Markham, Castlethorpe was first with Cherry Blossom, and Mr. E. G. Randall (Wing) second with Pansy.

Northampton Mercury 12 August 1938

Mr. A. E. Ganderton, of Islip, Oxford, has been appointed stationmaster and goods agent at Clipston and Oxendon and Kelmash stations, in place of Mr. E. H. Fordham, who has been appointed to Castlethorpe, Bucks, in a similar capacity.

Northampton Mercury 12 August 1938


The postponement of this year’s Bletchley Show resulted in the two societies reverting to their former show place, Bletchley Market, for the joint show.
Marked evidence of the good effect of the Improvement Society was to be seen in all classes, heifers especially being a fine batch.
The Shirley cup for the champion female exhibited went to Edwin Powell, of Tattenhoe Bare. The same exhibitor also won the Missenden cup, which is solely for young farmers’ female animals, and took the premier place in the respective class. Reserve to the champion was shown by Mr. Jesse Ebbs, of Shenley. She was a loan heifer, first in her class, and winner also of the Scrimgeour challenge cup, awarded for the best female in the Improvement Society’s section.
Mr Ebbs also showed the reserve animal for the Scrimgeour Cup, and his successes reflected upon the efforts being made to grade up the Ebbsley herd.
Placings in five classes gained for  Price Bros., of Water Eaton, the Holland Cup for the exhibitor gaining most points, Mr. G. H. Holland, of Calverton, the donor, being a close runner-up, one point behind. Leslie Markham, of Castlethorpe, showed the best young farmers’ yearling heifer, gaining not only first in its class, but also the Colgrove cup. Arthur Randall, of Burcott, who is under 13 years of age, showed the reserve, which also took premier place in its class.

Northampton Mercury 02 September 1938


In the young farmers’ classes the yearling class was a particularly good one. A Castlethorpe exhibitor. L. G. Markham, won with a cow which had previous successes at Tring and the Bletchley Live Stock Improvement Society Show to her credit.
The judges were Mr. John T. Eady and Mr. W. R. Thomas, and the awards were: Yearling Dairy Shorthorn heifer. 1 L. G. Markham, Castlethorpe; 2 Miss Mary Hawes, Benthill, Buckingham: 3 E. D. James, Padbury; 4 Arthur Randall.
Two-years-old Dairy Shorthorn, 1 A. J. Rogers. 2 E. D. James. 3 Miss Jean S. Holland, 4 Robert King. Three-years-old Dairy Shorthorn heifer, in-milk or in-calf, 1 Miss Joan M. Hawes, 2 Edwin J. Powell, 3 F. Mattinson. Old Bletchley; 4 Miss Rita Holland.
The Brazier silver challenge cup went to Miss Joan M. Hawes for the three-years-old Wootton Queenie. Edwin J. Powell’s exhibit was reserve.

Northampton Mercury 14 October 1938


Methodists of Castlethorpe rejoiced on Saturday at the jubilee celebration of their village church, the first meeting of which was held on Oct. 4, 1888. They were joined by visitors from Wolverton, Bletchley, Stony Stratford and Hanslope.
At the tea, given by Miss Olney, about 70 sat down, including the Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate-in-charge at Castlethorpe).
Afterwards addresses, chiefly reminiscent, and interspersed with old Methodist tunes, were given by Mr. John Olney and Mr. Leonard Nicholls. The Rev. T. W. Scholes (superintendent minister, Wolverton) presided.

METHODIST CHURCH JUBILEE. A group photographed at Castlethorpe Methodist Church on Saturday of members who were present at the first meeting of the church on October 4, 1888.
Left to right back row: Mr. Richardson, Miss Rainbow (Wolverton), Mr. Mills, Mr. Coleman (Wolverton), Mr, J. Olney.
Front row: Miss Cowley, Mrs. Gobey. Miss D. Cowley, Mr. Sprittles, Mrs. Taylor (Wolverton).
Photo: W. W. Adams. Wolverton.

Northampton Mercury 21 October 1938

CASTLETHORPE An invalid chair has been presented by Mr. W. Kingston for the use of invalids resident in Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 13 January 1939



The wedding took place at the church of St. Simon and St. Jude, Castlethorpe of Miss Kitty Johnson, youngest daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. W. L. John son, of Milford Leys. Castlethorpe and Anthony James Bianchi. only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Bianchi, of 57 Woodford Green, Essex.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. G. Fenn.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. W. S. Johnson, of Bletchley, had as a little maid of honour her cousin, Susan Johnson. Mr. Charles Cassey, cousin of the bridegroom, was best man.
The bride was dressed in a grey costume with powder blue crepe de chine blouse, navy blue hat and shoes, and carried a bouquet of scarlet carnations. Her maid of honour wore a brown crepe de chine dress with collar and cuffs of Bucks, point lace, and stitched velvet hat.
The bride’s mother wore a dress of navy blue lace, a navy wool georgette coat, with hat, bag and shoes to match, with a spray of pink carnations. The bridegroom’s mother was dressed in blue with leopard skin coat and brown hat, and wore a spray of lilies of the valley.
The church was decorated with chrysanthemums and evergreens. Miss Gregory was at the organ, and the hymn, “O Perfect Love,” was sung.
Fifty guests attended the reception, held at Castlethorpe Lodge, and the couple afterwards left for a honeymoon at Lyndhurst, the bride travelling in a dress of flame colour Angora cloth, with navy coat and gloves, hat, bag and shoes.
Their future residence will be at Monks Farm, Appledore, Kent.
The bride plays tennis and badminton, and hunted with the Grafton since she was eight.
The bridegroom was educated at Tonbridge, and tennis and riding are his favourite sports.

Northampton Mercury 13 January 1939


A 72-years-old defendant wrote asking to be excused attendance at Stony Stratford Police Court. Ellen Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, summoned in connection with the using of a motor tractor without a licence and causing to be used without a certificate of insurance, was fined £1 in each case and ordered to pay 5s. 1d. costs on the second summons.
Jack Collyer, farm worker, Castlethorpe, was ordered to pay 4s. costs on each of two summonses for using the tractor.
Mrs. Markham wrote asking the Bench to excuse her attendance. She was 72 and very deaf. She pleaded guilty to not having taken out a 5s. licence, and regretted having unknowingly committed the offence.
Constable Keen said the tractor was being used to convey two tons of lime to the water softening tank on the L.M.S. main line near the village. William Markham told him they had a royalty of 6s. per ton for carting the lime across their fields.

Edward S. D. Moore, manager gas and water department, L.M.S. Railway, Wolverton, said there was a verbal agreement between the Company and Mrs. Markham for 5s. a ton since operations began in July, 1932.

Northampton Mercury 20 January 1939

MORE HOUSES As an instalment of their five years’ building programme, the Housing Committee recommended that during the year houses be erected on land already acquired by the Council as follows: Olney, 24 (eight agricultural, four for overcrowding and 12 for slum clearance); Castlethorpe, eight (six agricultural, two slum clearance); Hanslope, Bow Brickhill and Little Linford, four each place for agricultural needs. The recommendation was adopted.

Northampton Mercury 27 January 1939


AS usual at the beginning of the year there was a heavy list of retirements at Wolverton L.M.S. Carnage Works. They included Mr. Walter F. Mills. Castlethorpe. 46 years as a hammer driver in the Smiths’ Shop.

Northampton Mercury 10 March 1939

Plans for structural alterations to the New Inn, Bradwell, the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, and the Locomotive Hotel, Old Wolverton, were approved and the licences renewed.

Northampton Mercury 17 March 1939



THERE is a Castlethorpe girl who owes her voice to an attack of influenza.
She is Miss Nellie Geary, a bright and vivacious young woman of 28, who, during an attack of influenza, has recovered the voice she lost three years as the result of laryngitis.
Yesterday, Miss Geary, who lives in Station-road, Castlethorpe, and works at Wolverton Carriage Works, told a Mercury and Herald reporter that her biggest consolation during her voiceless three years was that she could still whistle.
“I don’t know what I should have done if I could not have made a noise of some sort.” she said.

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She first realised she had recovered her voice when she told Miss Richardson at whose father’s house she lives, “I can speak.”
“I could scarcely believe myself,” Miss Geary told the Mercury and Herald.” “It was such a long time, and I had nearly lost all hope of getting my voice back.”
Miss Geary explained that fortunately her work did not call for much talking, and she had a workmate who understood when she wanted anything.
She has been employed in the polishing room of the Wolverton Carriage Works for 14 years.
Before she lost her voice she was a member of the Castlethorpe Methodist choir.
“When I first lost my voice,” she said, “Dr. Cooper, of Hanslope, told me it might be a long time before it returned.”

Northampton Mercury 24 March 1939


For the fourth year in succession the small village of Castlethorpe will contribute £100 to the funds of Northampton General Hospital.
The financial statement presented at the annual meeting in the Carrington Hall showed that £50 and £25 had been sent respectively to the Northampton Hospital Week Fund and to the Lord Hesketh appeal fund. The first quarter’s donation of £12 13s. 10d. through the contributory scheme had been received by the hospital, and a second quarterly contribution to be sent during the current month would bring the year’s amount subscribed for Northampton Hospital funds to total of not less than £100 The Rev. E. J. Fenn was again appointed president and Mr. J. E Whiting was elected chairman. With Mrs. R. Mayes (treasurer), Mrs. Winifred Furniss (hon. secretary) and Miss P. Whiting (assistant secretary), the committee consists of Mrs.
R. Coey Mrs. M. Cooper, Mrs. W. Limbrey, Messrs. B. Whiting. W. D. Markham, A. Cowley G. White and H. Dolling.

Northampton Mercury 24 March 1939

CASTLETHORPE Mrs. J. E. Whiting presided at the monthly meeting of Castlethorpe Women’s Institute. Mrs. Lewis was appointed delegate to the Albert Hall meeting of the Federation. Mr. Boughton, of Bradwell, gave an interesting talk on Peeps into Europe,” and also won the guessing competition arranged by Mrs. Mothersole. Tea was provided by Mrs. Cory and Mrs. Macks.

Northampton Mercury 14 April 1939


145 ACRES OF GRASS KEEPING and MOWING GRASS, In Four Convenient Lots, up to September 29 next. Shepherd provided.
Peirce, Thorpe and Marriott Have been favoured with instructions from Mr. Ben Whiting,
On FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 1939, at Five o’clock.

N. 8.—60 Acres of the Land may be Mown Once, and the hay taken off. All the lots have a constant water supply.

Northampton Mercury 28 April 1939


By three performances of a comic opera, “My Lady Jennifer,” Castlethorpe Church Musical Society has raised £14 for the church tower repair fund and £6 8s. 9d. for Castlethorpe Hospital Fund. In addition the Society has given two performances in Hanslope for the benefit of church and hospital funds of the village.
At a Castlethorpe performance Mr. Dyer, on behalf of Northampton General Hospital Staff, spoke appreciatively of the efforts of the Society and the conductor. Mr H. P. Cook. Mr. H. Dolling spoke on behalf of Castlethorpe Hospital Committee, referring to the services of the pianist, Miss G. Algar, the Society’s secretary, Mr. C. W. Harding Mrs. H. P. Cook, who had the leading part, and Mrs. S. West, who supervised the making of many of the costumes.
Others in the cast were: Mrs. C Harding, Miss M. Maltby, Miss L. Cooper, and Messrs. Harold Cook. T. West. A. Cowley. S. West, E. Bates, B. Evans. W. Cook. F. Machin, R. Walton and B. Sawbridge; chorus, Mrs. H. Maltby, Mrs. H. Cook, Mrs. T. West, Mrs. R. Mills, and the Misses G. Stones D. Stonton L. Mothersole, E. Atkins, B. Panter, N. Cowley, D. Clarke, C. Waring and D. Worker.
Messrs. W. Markham and H. Dolling were door stewards, and Mr. A. Cowley with members of the Society, had charge of seating arrangements. Refreshments, given by Mrs. W. Markham and women members of the Hospital Committee, were served by Mrs Coey, Mrs. Limbrey and Mrs. Cooper. The last-named organised a competition for a box of chocolates given by herself. General arrangements for the effort in aid of the Hospital Fund were made by Mrs. Winifred Furniss (hon secretary to the Hospital Committee).

Northampton Mercury 19 May 1939


Mr. Thomas Robert Mayes. of Sandford St. Martin, Oxford, and formerly of Bostock-avenue. Northampton, coal merchant, who died on November 24 last, left £5,178 5s. 4d., with net personalty £4,135 14s. 10d.
The will, with two codicils, is proved by Reginald James Mayes, of Castlethorpe, son, and Alice Hirons, of Sandford St. Martin, daughter.
He gives the personal effects to his wife.
£50 each to his grandchildren;
1,228 ordinary shares in the Northampton Electric Light and Power Co. and shares in Lever Bros, to his wife for life and then for his daughter. Alice Hirons:
Shares in Jeffery, Son, and Co. and P. Phipps and Co. to his wife for life, and then to his son Reginald James;
Two houses in Bostock-avenue to his wife for life, and then between his son and daughter, and the residue to his wife.

Northampton Mercury 26 May 1939

CASTLETHORPE The annual meeting of Castlethorpe branch of the Mothers’ Union was held, in the Carrington Hall. The curate-in-charge (the Rev. E. J. Fenn) introduced the Deanery presiding member (Mrs S. Hilton) who gave address. Commenting on the financial help given by members of the branch during her 11 years office, the enrolling member (Mrs. H. I. Lewis) stated a total £122 10s. 1d. had been allotted, in varying amounts to such funds the Church Roof Repair Fund, the Assistant Clergy Fund, and the Churchyard fund, and smaller sums had been given in response to appeals made on behalf of national organisations. Tea was served by members of the Mothers’ Union Committee. including Mrs. H. Cook, Mrs. J. Walton and Mrs T. West. Miss A. Gregory was the accompanist.

Northampton Mercury 09 June 1939

Castlethorpe Women’s Institute held its monthly meeting at the Carrington Hall, when Miss McKenzie, assisted by Miss Kelly, gave helpful hints on the cooking of inexpensive and nourishing meat dishes. During the social half-hour Mrs. Mothersole gave an entertainment. Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Mills provided excellent tea. Mrs. J. E. Whiting organised the British Empire Cancer Fund collection for Castlethorpe. The collectors were the Misses A. and P. Whiting and Miss I. Atkins, The amount of £2 was raised.

Northampton Mercury 22 September 1939



Including: 2 Scotch Carts, 2 Wagons, Cambridge Roll for tractor, One-horse Flat Roll, Lewis 3-Row Corn Hoe, 2 Single ditto, Ridging and Double Furrow Ploughs, 12 Hay-holder Castings, Grist Mill, Galvanised Sheep and Iron Pig Troughs, Pulley Wheels, Pedestal Rollerbearing Pulley, Portable Gravel Screen and Elevator, Hen Coops, 150-Egg Thornber and 50-Egg Gloster Incubators, 200 and 100 Chick Phipps’ Brooders, Salting Leads, Milk Utensils, Galvanised Water Piping.


Viz.: 100 R.I.R. Cross White Leghorn Pullets, 12 ditto Cockerels, and 100 White Leghorn Pullets,


BY Peirce, Thorpe and Marriott
On FRIDAY NEXT, 29th SEPT., 1939,
at 2 o’clock

By order of Mr. Ben Whiting.
No Catalogues.

Northampton Mercury 20 October 1939





Part of a much larger article. The following paragraphs are the ones that include Castlethorpe.

The only way we could reach Simpson was along the towing paths of the canal which are much higher than the surrounding countryside. From this path I could see that the railway lines at Castlethorpe were covered.” By noon there was an appreciable drop in the flood level. The rivers Ouse and Ousel, which run near the canal, overflowed their banks, with the result that the middle of the Ouse valley was one broad ribbon of swiftly flowing water. the rising waters covered the rails several points between London and Rugby, blocking the track.

The position was further complicated by the derailment at six a.m. of a wagon attached to goods train on the L.M.S. main line at Castlethorpe. This blocked both up and down lines and made Wolverton unapproachable by road or rail. Nearly 1,000 workmen employed at Wolverton L.M.S. carriage works who live at Castlethorpe, Hanslope, Roade and Northampton could not Ret to their work.

Northampton Mercury 20 October 1939


Mr. Woollard reported that a siren had been installed at Stony Stratford at an approximate inclusive cost of £60. The offer of the Newport Pagnell Rural Council increasing the suggested retaining fee of the Wolverton and Stony Stratford Fire Brigade for the parishes of Haversham, Old Bradwell, Castlethorpe, Hanslope, and Loughton, and Shenley Church End from to £40 per annum, plus out of pocket expenses when attending fires, was accepted. The clerk was instructed to suggest that the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade be wound up as a voluntary organisation and formally taken over by the Council as a going concern. It was reported that the work of whitening the kerbs on both sides the principal streets in the urban district, in preference to a centre traffic line was proceeding, and on the suggestion of Mr. Woollard it was decided to write to the county surveyor recommending similar treatment for the High-street in Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury 27 October 1939


THE distance by road from Haversham to Wolverton is at present seven miles instead of one. This is because of the wrecking of the Haversham bridge in the recent floods. It was urged, at a meeting of Newport Pagnell Rural Council on Wednesday, that a temporary footbridge be erected.
Mr. W. G. Ansell, the representative for the village, said that actually at the present time, in order to get to Wolverton, a mile away, residents had to make a detour of seven miles through Castlethorpe and Stony Stratford. The previous day a gang of men had arrived to erect a temporary bridge for vehicles, which could not be completed in less than a fortnight and which would mean that the residents had to be isolated during that period.
Mothers would, therefore, have to push prams for 14 miles in order to see their relatives in Wolverton. It was decided to represent to the County Highways Committee that footbridge was urgently needed.

Northampton Mercury 17 November 1939


A whist drive, at The Bungalow, Castlethorpe, realised £2 16s. 8d.. which, added to sums previously raised for the purpose, permits the Mothers’ Union Working Party to spend £4 11s, 3d. on wool for knitting comforts for local men serving with the Forces. The Enrolling Member of the branch, Mrs. M. Lewis, thanked her helpers and friends for their support, and local soldier added his thanks. He also won the cake given for competition by Mrs. E. Markham. Prizes given by Mr. and Mrs. M. Lewis, Mrs. W. Furniss and Mrs. H. Cook were won by Mrs. May, Mrs. K. Robinson, Mrs. Petty, Mrs. Herbert and Miss M. Markham. Others assisting in various ways included the Rev. E. J Fenn, Mrs. W. Markham, Mrs, G. Sawbridge, Mrs. and Miss Walton. Mrs. Coey, Mrs. Woodward, Mrs. A. Robinson, Mrs. Mothersole, Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs. F. Mills, Mrs. H. P. Cook, Mrs. Homer, Mrs. A. Clarke, Miss A. Gregory, Mr. L. Robinson. Mr. A. Dolling and Mr. R. Walton.

Northampton Mercury 01 December 1939

WANTED, General Farm Worker and Milker. Cottage.—J. E. Whiting. Castlethorpe. Bletchley.

Northampton Mercury 15 December 1939


Castlethorpe Mothers’ Union raised £2 8s. by a whist drive at the Bungalow in aid of the comforts fund for Castlethorpe men serving in the Forces Prizes were won by Mrs. Pittam, Mrs. Mothersole, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Woodward and Mrs. H. Cook. Tea was served by Mrs. Homer, Mrs. T. West and Mrs. Harold Cook. Mrs. Lewis, thanking the workers, said it must be their aim to maintain a steady supply of woollen comforts for the local serving men. Mrs. B. Whiting congratulated the knitting party on the quality and quantity of articles exhibited during the afternoon. Christmas gift parcels will be packed at next week’s meeting of the Mothers’ Union and sent to those whose names have been received by the secretary to the fund. These are: J. Markham. L. Markham, W. Ray, J. Fumiss, A. Dolling, F. Atkins, R. Walton and S. Nichols. Local girls on war service include J. Atkins and D. Stonton, and to these gifts will also be sent.

Northampton Mercury 15 December 1939

Daventry Divisional Police Court

Oliver Herbert, lorry driver, Castlethorpe, was fined 5s. for having no driving licence. His firm, Morgan and Whiting, gravel pit owners, of Great Linford, were fined 10s. for employing Herbert without his having a licence.
Herbert told the Bench he held a provisional licence taken out in June and thought it now lasted six months instead of three. Otherwise he would have renewed it.

Northampton Mercury 22 December 1939


A whist drive, a combined effort of the Women's Institute and the Mothers’ Union, held at Castlethorpe Lodge, the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, realised £2 2s. 1½d. for the comforts fund for men on service.
Mrs. Whiting, president of the Institute, explained that the effort aimed at supporting a knitting party comprising members of the Institute and of the Mothers’ Union.
It was stated that in 10 weeks 20 pairs of socks, four helmets, 10 scarves, eight pairs of mittens, four pairs of gloves, and one pair of hospital socks had been knitted. The Christmas parcels despatched had also included handkerchiefs, bootlaces, soap and postal orders of 5s. each. The knitting party hoped to maintain the provision of woollen comforts for local serving men and to knit blankets and other comforts in response to the Red Cross Appeal.
Mrs. Lewis, organiser of the fund and vice-president of the Institute, thanked Mr. and Mrs Whiting for the loan of the house and for providing refreshments and prizes. Other donors of prizes were Mrs. R. Mayes, Mr. J. Cannon, Mrs. H. Cook, and Mrs. Willett and were won by Mrs. May, Miss Feasey, Mr. Meacham. Mr. R. Pittam, Mr. E. Ray and Anstee. Mrs. K. Robinson organised a competition.

Northampton Mercury 29 December 1939


Oliver Herbert, gravel pit worker, was summoned by Jack Sawbridge, farmer, Maltings Farm, Castlethorpe, for the possession of a farm cottage in South - street, Castlethorpe. Charles William Herbert was similarly summoned. Mr. H. A. G. Durbridge (Messrs. W. B. and W. R. Bull. Newport Pagnell) represented Sawbridge, who said he needed the two cottages urgently for farm workers. An order for possession in 21 days was given in each case.

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