Newspaper Reports 1950 - 1954

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 17 February 1950


Six teams—each of four men with one reserve—were competing. Four were from Wolverton, one Northampton and one from Castlethorpe.
The winners of last year’s contest, Castlethorpe, came second with 279½ points. Third were Northampton with 250 points. Wolverton “A” gained 286 points.


Wolverton “A” team and Castlethorpe now go forward the Derby preliminary competitions on March 23 and 24. The first nine teams from Derby will go to the finals of the London Midland Region at Belle Vue, Manchester, on May 5.
Prizes for the reserve members of the teams were won by. 1 R. G. Keves (Wolverton “A”). 53½ pts; 2 C. Hopkins (Castlethorpe) 48; 3 D. Barton (Wolverton "D”) 30. Judges were: Dr. J. Love (New Bradwell), Dr E. Fildes (Wolverton) and Dr. D. Bull (Stony Stratford).

Northampton Mercury 05 May 1950


WILLIAM RAY, married, Council Houses, Castlethorpe, was conditionally discharged on payment of 4s. costs by Stony Stratford Magistrates after he had been found guilty of common assault. He was ordered to be of good behaviour for 12 months Mr. S. J. Vardon (Parratt and Sons, Stony Stratford) prosecuted behalf of the mother of 11-years-old Robin Hart, also of Council Houses, Castlethorpe. Mr. Vardon said the parties lived next door to each other and on Friday, April 14, there was some stone-throwing between some children including the boy Robin Hart.
Robin Hart said that stone he threw accidentally hit one of Ray’s children on the shoulder.


Next day Ray came out of a public-house as witness was passing and said. “I’ll teach you to throw half-bricks at my baby” and hit him on the back of the head.
Ray said it was his two-years-old baby who had been hit on the head and it was not the first time it had happened: another of his boys had had his head cut open by a stone.
He denied hitting Robin Hart but said he shook him.
Defendant’s wife Mrs. Phyllis Ray, said the stone caused a big bump to form on her baby’s head and it took quite a time to calm the child down.

Northampton Mercury 12 May 1950


In the final of the British Railways (London Midland Region) Men’s Ambulance competition Manchester. Wolverton was awarded the highest marks, and once again received the L.M.R. Ambulance Challenge Shield. Their previous success was in 1948. Castlethorpe ambulance team who were among the nine teams competing in the final, was seventh.

Northampton Mercury 14 July 1950


A CASTLETHORPE licensee who supplied five of his customers with intoxicants after permitted hours was fined £5 by Stony Stratford Magistrates.
The five customers were each fined £1.
Defendants were John Trace, of the Carrington Arms, Reginald West, Albert E. Pittam, Frederick L. Keeves, William Thomas Scripps, and John William Hill, all Castlethorpe.
They were all represented by Mr. A. Marchant (Bletchley) and pleaded not guilty.
West and Pittam did not attend court. Sergt. B. Gee told how he and P.C. Clarke heard voices and entered the Carrington Arms at 11.10 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. On the counter were three glasses of beer. Trace was behind the counter, and drew two more glasses and placed them in front of defendants.


“He looked up, rather surprised,” said witness, “and there was a pause. I said, ‘What’s going on here?’ and Trace said, ‘It’s all right Sergeant it’s all on me.’”
Trace on oath, said that on that particular day there had been a pony race at Hanslope, and there was a good crowd in the public-house that night.
At 10.30 p.m. he called time but five defendants stayed and cleared the glasses from the yard and tap room. At about 11 o’clock he gave them a half-pint each. “They were helping me to clear up,” he said.

Northampton Mercury 15 September 1950

DEATHS: MARKHAM (late of Manor Farm. Castlethorpe).—On Sept. 14, at Northampton, in her 89th year. Ellen, loving mother of Will, Arthur, Bert, Nell and Sid. Funeral Monday, Sept. 18, Castlethorpe Church, 3 p.m. Flowers to 67, Derngate. Sleep on, dear one, and take your rest. They miss you most who love you best.

Northampton Mercury 22 September 1950


FARMERS in the North Bucks area will remember Mrs. J. Markham formerly of Hanslope and Castlethorpe, who died last week in Northampton.
Mrs. Markham was the widow of Mr. James Markham, the Hanslope farmer, who died in 1906, leaving her with five children, the eldest 15. She moved from Manor Farm, Hanslope, to Manor Farm, Castlethorpe where she farmed until retiring in 1939
Her eldest son, Mr. William Markham, took over the farm while Mrs. Markham went to live at The Corner House, Castlethorpe.
Two years ago she came to live in Northampton with her only laughter, Mrs. N. Mattey, of 67, Derngate, formerly Weedon-road.
Mrs. Markham was remarkably active for her 88 years, her only failing being that she was deaf.
A month ago she went to stay with Mrs. Allen, 68. Lovat-drive, and it was there that she died. after being in bed for only a week.
Mrs. Markham’s other three children are: Mr. Arthur Markham, of Newnham Lodge, Mr. Bert Markham, of Tany‘y’foal, Dolgelly and Mr Sidney Markham, of Home Farm, Charndon.


The funeral took place on Monday at Castlethorpe, where the service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev, Wingate. Leaving 67. Demgate, the cortege went by way of Wootton and Hanslope passing the Manor Farm at, Hanslope, where Mrs. Markham spent her short married life.
The other mourners joined the cortege outside the Corner House, Castlethorpe.
Mrs. Markham was interred by the side of her husband.
The chief mourners were: Mr Arthur Markham (son), Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Markham (son and daughter-in-law) Mr. and Mrs Leonard Matty (son-in-law and daughter). Mrs Rideout Mr. and Mrs Leslie Markham (also representing Mr W. D. Markham), Mr and Mrs J. Markham Mrs. C. Chinn Miss Sylvia Markham and Mrs Watson (grandchildren): Mr. and Mrs, Rudd, Mr and Mrs. L. Broom, Miss Phipps and Mrs. Scotts (nieces and nephews).
Mr W. D. Markham and Mr. H. J. Markham (sons) were prevented from attending illness.

Northampton Mercury 22 September 1950


During the afternoon two long-service medals were presented to Mr. Thomas Carpenter, who has been on the land for 63 years with Mr. J. Whiting of Castlethorpe), and Mr. Thomas Cadd, who has been 51 years with Mr. R. Hiorns, of Preston Bissett.

Northampton Mercury 01 December 1950


The executive approved the installation of a new low pressure central heating system at Castlethorpe school at a cost of £350. The county architect had visited the school and said it was not worth trying to repair the existing high pressure system, which was dangerous.

Northampton Mercury 16 February 1951


FOUR Wolverton men who last year were the winners of an international competition in ambulance work for railwaymen they beat a Scottish team —on Tuesday won British Railways, Midland section No. 2 district competition, held at Wellingborough.
They were Messrs. W. Richardson (captain), H, Green, R. Bennett, and L. Billingham. Together with the runners-up, Castlethorpe, they will take part in a Midlands competition Crewe in April.

The placings and points scored were: 1 Wolverton A, 243 (possible 260); 2 Castlethorpe 211, 3 Wolverton B 175½. Northampton A and B and Wellingborough A also competed.
In the competition for reserves awards were won by; 1 W. Clarke (Castlethorpe), 2 K. Sawford (Wolverton B), 3 A. Reeves (Wolverton A). The competition took place at the Cannon-street Working Men’s Club, where contest for Division 2 of the district was arranged for to-day.

Northampton Mercury 02 March 1951

For Sale. Three Young Pedigree Attested Hereford Bulls, suitable for crossing purposes.—R. J. Mayes. Leamington Farm. Castlethorpe. Wolverton. Bucks. Phone Hanslope 235

Northampton Mercury 11 May 1951


In the Newport Pagnell Rural District there were polls at Castlethorpe and Haversham. At Haversham the retiring councillor was defeated in a straight fight and at Castlethorpe the daughter of Mr. W. D. Markham—who retired through ill-health—was also defeated in a straight fight. Results; CASTLETHORPE (One vacancy)
Elected: Harry Dollery [Dolling] 157
Unsuccessful: Mrs. Marcelle Ridout 118.
HAVERSHAM (One vacancy) Elected: John B. Clark 204
Unsuccessful: Walter F. Allen, 154.

Northampton Mercury 25 May 1951


Captain J. B. P. Fitzgerald said Colonel Wyness had done a magnificent job. He added: “I have the greatest respect and admiration for the work of Colonel Byam-Grounds, and I think he will make an able chairman. It is rather a difficult choice.”
It was agreed that in future a chairman should not hold office for more than three successive years. The chairman welcomed two new members of the council, Mr. H. Dolling, of Castlethorpe, and Mr. J. B. Clarke, of Haversham.

Northampton Mercury 01 June 1951



A CASTLETHORPE man who won the Military Medal during the war was fined £1 and ordered to pay £2 2s. costs by Stony Stratford magistrates after he had been found guilty of assaulting an older man. Defendant was William Ray, and he pleaded not guilty to assaulting Cyril Aubrey Pittam, of Laburnham Cottage, Castlethorpe, on May 12. Pittam was represented by Mr. Andrew Marchant.
In evidence, Pittam said that on May 12 he came out of a public house and talked to some people, Ray being in the group. After some discussion Ray struck witness in the left eye and knocked him out. Witness was blind in the right eye, and the blow affected his vision in the left eye and he stayed in bed until 4 p.m. next day.
Ray apologised for the blow and offered to take him home, but he refused. Pittam said he was 47.
On oath, Ray said he left the public house and was talking to one man when Pittam butted in. They had a three-cornered argument about the election and then started about the Army. He told Pittam he had equally as much out of the Home Guard as he (witness) did out of the Army.


“I have been to specialists and psychiatrists and even to the mad-house. I have had it thrown up in my face that I was not entitled to the medal,” Ray told the court. He added that Pittam said: “Be satisfied with the medal.”
“I struck him, and I picked him up and shook hands,” Ray said. “I lost my temper.”
In reply to Mr. Marchant, Ray said he was 31. He did not know Pittam was blind in one eye.
Inspector R. Rowarth said Ray was before the magistrates on a similar charge on April 24 last year and was conditionally discharged to be of good behaviour for twelve months.
Announcing the fine, the chairman said he did not think Ray had been provoked.

The Wolverton Express 24 August 1951


Play “Locals” at Darts,
Cards, and Dominoes

An interesting evening was spent at the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, on Monday last. The occasion was a visit by a about thirty men from the Northamptonshire County Blind School, who played the “locals” at darts, cards, and dominoes, and it was a revelation and a joy to the onlookers to see the blind persons successfully throe darts and win cards and domino games. Refreshments and sandwiches were provided free. Mrs. J. Bavington and Mrs. Paddy Mullins ran a competition for a basket made and given by the blind, (winner Mr. B. Luck ) and two pairs of socks (winner Mrs. May and Mr. K. Burnell).
The evening was made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Trace (host and hostess) and customers. During the evening several blind persons entertained with songs with their own pianist. Mr. Trace thanked the visitors and all who had helped to make the evening a success. Several persons gave donations.
Before leaving each blind person was presented with a monetary gift generously provided by one who wished to remain anonymous.

Northampton Mercury 24 August 1951


A large party of blind workers from the factory in Gray-street, Northampton, visited the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, at the kind invitation of Mr and Mrs. Jack Trace.
They spent a very enjoyable evening playing darts and the blind darts team won 5-1. Some blind persons also played cards and dominoes.
Free drinks and snacks were provided by special efforts made by the customers of the Inn.

Northampton Mercury 28 December 1951


Judge Clothier, in the Divorce Court, granted decree nisi, with costs, to Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Spraggon, of Church View, Castlethorpe, because of her husband’s cruelty. The husband, Mr Sidney Albert Spraggon, did not contest the suit Mr. and Mrs. Spraggon were married at Hanslope in August, 1921, and lived in London.

Northampton Mercury 25 January 1952

BIRTHS: MAYES.—On Jan. 19, to Barbara (nee Turney), wife of Tom Mayes, Castlethorpe. Bucks.—a brother for Janet (Robert Thomas).

Northampton Mercury 15 February 1952


WILL the Wolverton St. John Ambulance team complete the hat-trick in the Midland Region British Railways ambulance competition by winning it for the third successive year in 1952? That was the question in the minds of most people at the district finals of the British Railways competition held in the Central Working Men’s Club. Wolverton, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the senior section on Tuesday Wolverton again won the shield, their “A’’ team scoring 224 points out of a possible 280, with Castlethorpe in second place (204½ points). Wolverton “B” team was third (175) and Wellingborough “A” team fourth (169). Seven teams competed. Wolverton A and Castlethorpe forward to the preliminary of the regional competition.

Northampton Mercury 27 June 1952


In an all-out effort to provide Castlethorpe with new village hall, a committee consisting of representatives of almost every organisation in the village have raised £600 towards the project in the past three years. And another £70 will go into the kitty as a result of a fete held in the grounds of Castlethorpe Lodge, by permission of Mr. and Mrs. J. E, Whiting.
Mr. A. Cowley (chairman, village hall committee), introducing the opener, Captain L. G. Payne, of Newport Pagnell, said that in only the last 12 months the fund had shot up by £200. He was supported at the opening ceremony by Mrs. J. E. Whiting, Mrs. G. Whiting and Mrs. N. Sawbridge (secretary).
Winners of a fancy dress competition organised by the British Legion under the supervision of Mr. Jim Bavington, were: Up to five years, 1 Jane Bavington, 2 Peter Hart, 3 John Pittam; 6-10 years, 1 Grierson Gower, 2 L. Bates, 3 Dorothy Belton; 11-15 years, 1 Howard Foakes, 2 Michael Mullins, 3 Robin Hart.
Apart from the sideshow’s attractions included a cycle speedway match between boys of the village, and a rabbit show. A mime entitled “Too many cooks” was performed by the Women’s Institute and to round off the day there were 56 players at a whist drive.

Northampton Mercury 29 August 1952


Six tons of stacked wheat and quantities of baled straw were involved in a fire at Mayes Farm, Castlethorpe, on Wednesday. The fire was in a field bordering the railway line. Firemen from Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell were called to a blazing field of stubble at Hungate End Farm, Hanslope yesterday. The outbreak was dealt with quickly. The farm is owned by Mr. G. A. Hillman.

Northampton Mercury 19 September 1952



 THE sudden death, in Northampton General Hospital, on Friday, of Mr. W. D. Markham, of Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, came as a great shock to sportsmen in North Bucks.
Mr. Markham, who was 62, was keen sportsman, and was connected with great number of clubs in the district.
Born in Newton Longville, Mr. Markham spent most of his life in North Bucks. He owned a modern dairy farm and also bred racehorses, many of which were successful runners.

He was great lover of football, and founded Castlethorpe Football Club, who are nicknamed “The Friesians” after Mr. Markham’s pedigree herd.


Besides being president of Castlethorpe F.C., he was vice-president of the North Bucks League; vice-president of Wolverton F.C.; vice-president of Northamptonshire Cricket Club; vice-president of Castlethorpe Cricket Club and member of the Wolverton Homing Pigeon Society, being a keen breeder of racing pigeons.
He was also keenly interested in public work, and, until ill-health overtook him four years ago, was a member of Newport Pagnell Rural Council: chairman of Castlethorpe Parish Council, chairman of the local branch of the British Legion; chairman of the local Feoffe Charity; chairman of the Worley Charity, a member of the school managers and a member of the N.F.U.
Mr. Markham was seriously ill for only three days. Since the football season began, he attended local matches.
He leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters.


The little parish church of St. Simon and St. Jude at Castlethorpe, was filled to overflowing at the funeral service for Mr. Markham.
Mr. Markham was buried in a grave facing the Castlethorpe football ground, the club which he founded. The only flowers on his coffin were a bunch four roses from a little boy whose birthday was on the same day as Mr. Markham's and who always was, invite to tea that day by the “Boss,” as he was affectionately known by all the villagers.
The great esteem he had won in his many sporting and public work activities was reflected by the large number of wreaths sent. There were 86.
The service was conducted by the Rev. D. Wingate and the organist was Mr. H. P. Cook.


Family mourners were: Mrs. Markham (widow); Mr. C. Markham, Mr. and Mrs. J. Markham, Mr. and Mrs. L. Markham, (sons and daughters-in-law); Mr and Mrs. F. Ridout (son-in-law and daughter); Miss P. Markham (daughter); Mr and Mrs A. Markham, Newnham (brother and sister-in-law); Mrs. Chinn, Northampton (niece); Mr and Mrs. L. Mattey, Northampton (brother-in-law and sister); Mr and Mrs W. Mason (brother-in-law and sister-in-law); Mr. P. Russell-Wilks; Mr. R. Sainsbury;Mrs. F. Garmon; (also representing Mr. Garmon); friends.
Members of the staff were: Miss F. Cook, Mr and Mrs H. Foakes; Mr. K. Foakes; Mr. O. Weston, Mr. J Spinelli. Mr. M. Mancini. Mr. R. Pittam. Mr. T. Turney. Mrs. E. Stewart. Mr. Murray. Mr. Sawbridge. Mr. J. Belton. Mr. P. Mullins. Mr. R. Johnson. Mr. L. Pittam Mr. H. West Mr. L. Bruntenei Mr. G. White: dairy staff: Miss Brenda Pittam, Miss Barbara Pittam, Miss Enid King Miss Mary Burbidge. Miss J. Webster, Mrs. T. West. Miss M. Mancini Mr. F. Willett, Mr. T. Booth. Mr. K. Ray.


Representative mourners were: British Legion, Mr. J. E. Whiting (president), Mr. J. Trace, Mr. C. Harding; Football Club, Mr. R. West, Mr. A. Bavington; footballers, Mr. A. Garratt (captain), Mr. B. Tapp (treasurer), Mr. S. Brownsell (secretary), Mr. E. Hill, Mr. A. Crick, Mr D. Lambert, Mr. M. Paris; Cricket Club. Mr. H. Bridge, Mr. E. Bates: Wolverton Twon and British Railway F.C., Mr D. J. Frost (secretary).
Newport Pagnell Rural Council, Mr R Eakins, Mr. H. Dolling; Parish Council. Mr. C. Bywater, Mr. R. West (clerk); Grafton Hunt. Mr W. Pope; Lloyds Bank. Mr. A. E. Kerridge (Wolverton): Conservative Association, Mrs. W. Furniss, Mr. J. Gobby; Women’s Institute. Mrs. F. Pateman: Methodist Church. Mr. D. Hall, Miss G. Olney; Parish Church. Mr. A. Burbidge, Mr. R. Holt (sidesmen)
Mr. S. J. Vardon (Messrs W. S. Parrott and Sons, Stony Stratford, solicitors); Mr. S. G. Burkhill (Messrs Peirce Thorpe and Marriott):Mr. E. C. Bates (Messrs Bates and Gobby); Mr. J. Johnson (Messrs M. and E. Norman bakers Cosgrove): Mr. E. J. Dudman (Messrs Rawlins Hawtin and Co.) Mr. P. J. Bairstow (Messrs. Garrard and Allen solicitors): Mr. J. Nicholls (representing Mr. Bryan Nicholls): Mr. F. E. Sawbridge (Allotments Association).


Also present were: Mr. C. Beechener and Miss Angela Beechener (Denton), Captain P. Y. Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory). Mr. C. R. Whiting and Mr. P. Whiting (Old Wolverton), Mr. H. T. Geary, Mrs. F. C Tompkins, Mr. G. Tompkins. Mrs Simkins (Hanslope), Mrs. R. A. Cooper, Mr. John Cooper (representing Dr. R. A. Cooper, Hanslope). Mr J, E. Prue (Isleworth Farm, Cosgrove), Mr. D, R. Richards. Mr. J. T. Thomas (Potterspury), Mr. A. L Shaw (Yardley Gobion) Mr. G. J Middleton (Wilby Hall), Mr. Middleton (Mears Ashby), Mr. and Mrs. M Lester (Leckhamstead).
Mr. and Mrs. P. H, G. Pinny (Buckingham), and Mrs. W. Dunkley. Mr, T. Mason (Towcester), Mr. and Mrs. W. Clarke (Cosgrove), Mr. and Mrs. J. Sawbridge. Mr. T. Thomas (Castlethorpe). Mrs. A. Garrett (Newport Pagnell), Mrs. J. Evans, Mrs. Ray, Mrs. L. Robinson, Mrs, W. Limbury, Mrs. J. Herbert. Mr. and Mrs. E. Taylor (Hardingstone). Mr. and Mrs. J. Brooks (Hanslope), Mr. J. Nicholls, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bradbury.
Mrs. C. Sawbridge, Mr. R. Panter and Miss B. Panter, Mrs. P. Mullins, Michael Mullins, Mrs. J. Spinelli, Mrs. G. Robinson, Miss G. Wilson (representing Mrs. A. Wilson), Mrs W. Limbury, Mrs. R. Webster, Mrs W. Scotts (representing Mr Scotts). Mr. and Mrs. W. Mills, Mrs Belton, Mrs. Gray, Mr. E. Russell-Wilks, Mrs. J. E. Gobbey, Mrs. E. Booth, Mrs. E. Hillyer, Mrs P. Sennett, Mrs. F. Willett, Miss A. Gregory, Miss A. Manning, Mrs. M. Paris, Mr. G. Morgan (Lincoln Grounds), Mrs, S. J. Scott, Mrs. R. Pearson, Mrs. J. White, Mr. and Mrs. J. Mutlow, Mrs. F. Mills, Mr. T Mayes, Mr. R, Mayes (Castlethorpe). Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. C. Hill, Mr. Pateman, Mrs. G. Southgate, Mrs L. Lambert, Mrs G. Wootton, Mrs R. Kettle,
Mr. J. E. Whiting was also representing Mrs. J. E. Whiting, who is president of the Castlethorpe W.I.


Floral tributes were sent as follows: In ever loving memory of my dearest husband, from your very devoted wife Pip"; n loving memory of Dad from Les and Barbara; in loving memory of our devoted father from Marcelle and Frank, Rest after suffering"; Goodnight Dad," from your devoted son Clifford; in loving memory of darling Dad from Jack, Joyce and children; In memory of my dearest Daddy from his ever loving daughter Pamela; to my darling Pappy from Susan: to darling Pappy from Gillian, Angela and Wendy; in loving memory of our very dear brother and Uncle from Nan and Billy, Geoffrey and Brian: in loyal and affectionate memory of the “Boss” His leadership was not a matter transmitting orders but of evoking the will to serve”—from his employees.
Emily, George and John; members of the Wolverton District Homing Society; the Dairy staff; Maud. Bob and Margaret; Mr. and Mrs. Foakes, Ken. Kathleen and Howard; Michael and Mary Lester; Betty and Jack Sawbridge; S. F. Markham and family; Mr. and Mrs Ratledge and family; Castlethorpe Conservative Association; Linda and David; Castlethorpe Cricket Club; Mr. and Mrs. Stone and Joyce: Mr. and Mrs Paris and family; Mrs. H. Smith and family; Tom Turney; Mrs. Tompkins and family: Mrs. A. Pittam, Nellie and Mary; Nurse and Evelyn; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting: Mr. and Mrs. W. Purser; Mr. and Mrs. Panter and Bessie.
North Bucks and District Football League; Mr. and Mrs. Mutlow, Wolverton: officers and members of the Castlethorpe Branch British Legion; Charlotte and Frank Sawbridge and family, also Mrs. Baker; Castlethorpe Women’s Institute; Ron and family: W. Goodman brothers— Bill, John, Henry and Tom; Fred, Louise, Leslie, Dorrie and Marjorie; Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Mayes, Tom and Barbara: Laura, Denis and Diane; Walter Beesley and all at Manor Farm, Hanslope; Bradwell St. Peter’s F.C. and Supporters’ Club; Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Rossiter; C. C. Beechener; J. Allen; Mrs. Hart. George and the boys; Bryan and Lilian Nicholls; Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Scott: Ronnie Sainsbury; Mrs. H. I. Lewis. Mrs. W. Furniss and Miss K. Wilks,
Eva and George; Mr. and Mrs. Ridout and Evelyn: The Nicholls family, late New-road, Castlethorpe; Mr. and Mrs. C. Hill, Cosgrove: Mr and Mrs R. Coales: Mr. and Mrs P. M. Taylor Beverley; Jack. Cosgrove: Dr. and Mrs. Cooper and John; Ann Gray; Lizzie and Joe; Mr. and Mrs. Booth and family: Mr. and Mrs C. R. Whiting and family: C. and R. Holton: “Chum” 7, Council Houses Castlethorpe; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Pearson and family: “With remembrance.” Paddy and Ron; Mervyn (Merchant Navy); Stan, two Berts, Derrick, Buddy, Michael, Gerald. Billy and Ron; Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and family, Hardingstone - Mrs. Kennard, Barry and Dulcie; Mr and Mrs. J. Delderfield and family, Roger; Mr. and Mrs. Dunkley. Tom and Brenda: Patrick: Mr. and Mrs Fricker; Officials, players and supporters Wolverton Town and B.R F.C.; Mr. and Mrs J. J Cannon; Castlethorpe F.C.; Nell and Tim. Northampton: Alice and Michael Fitzgibbon; Arthur and Dorothy and family; Mr. and Mrs. E. Russell- Wilks; with love from Richard.

Northampton Mercury 19 September 1952

Manor Farm. Castlethorpe.

MRS. W. D. MARKHAM and FAMILY would be grateful if friends would accept this expression of thanks for most kind messages of sympathy in their sad loss and for beautiful floral tributes. The condolences are so numerous that individual acknowledgements would be impracticable much as Mrs. Markham would have liked to have done.

Northampton Mercury 02 January 1953

DEATHS: POWELL. On Dec. 28, at 111, Buccleuch-street, Kettering, aged 74 years. Frederick John beloved husband of Sissie Powell, formerly of Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 20 March 1953



Should a vehicle horn be capable of being sounded when the vehicle is stationary and the engine is switched off? Stony Stratford Magistrates decided that it should and fined Mervyn Swain, c/o Manor

Farm. Castlethorpe. 5s. for driving a vehicle with an inefficient horn.
Swain was also fined 5s. for driving a vehicle with defective tyres, and Alice Markham of Manor Farm. Castlethorpe, Marcelle Ridout of Glencote Farm, Castlethorpe, and Leslie Markham of Cobbs Bush Farm, Cosgrove, were fined a total of £2 on two summonses for permitting the offences.
Swain and Mr. Markham appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.
The lorry was fitted with an electric horn which did not work. Markham told the court that the horn on the bumper did not work but there was another one which was wired to the Ignition switch. He did not think the tyres were in a dangerous condition.

Northampton Mercury 22 May 1953

Works special

More than half-a-century ago a special workman’s train steamed daily into Castlethorpe and Wolverton-a distance of about two-and-a-half-miles-carrying Wolverton Works employees.
The six-coach train with its wooden seats and tall chimney, was stabled overnight at Castlethorpe and kept at Wolverton during the day.
The service was introduced after a workman named Gregory was knocked down as he walked along the track from his home in Castlethorpe to Wolverton.
Now, about 40 years after the old-timer made its last journey, a photograph appears in the May number of the British Railways Magazine (London Midland Region) showing the works special as it steamed into Castlethorpe.
The picture, contributed by Guard J. Toyne, of Miles Platting (Manchester), a reproduction an oil painting by a retired railwayman.
Footnote: although a special train no longer runs between the two stations, there is walking along the railway track; an early morning train from Northampton stops at all stations.

Northampton Mercury 29 May 1953

Hospital Reports; Len Belton, Castlethorpe, motor-cyclist, improving; Anita Clark (Haversham), pillion passenger, quite comfortable.

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1953


A Castlethorpe man, John Stewart, of Malting-road, appeared before Stony Stratford Magistrates on a summons of common assault.
He was represented by Mr. J. R. Scott (Messrs. Ray and Vials) and pleaded not guilty.
Frederick George King, of South-street, Castlethorpe, pleaded not guilty to a cross-summons for assault.
King was represented by Mr. A. Marchant (Messrs, Marchant and Son).
Evidence was given that there was a “general set-to” between the two men after an argument about first King’s dog and then Stewart's dog.
The magistrates said both defendants would be given an absolute discharge. They hoped there would not be any further trouble about the dogs. Both men were ordered to pay court costs of 4s.

Northampton Mercury 04 September 1953


Will be opened shortly at

(Late Lants Mineral Water Factory, which has been removed to larger premises at St. James’s Mill).
6 cu. Ft. Lockers will be available for all Householders. Short or Long Term Bulk Storage at 32-34° F. and Deep Freeze Storage at 0° F. temperature for Trades, men, Farmers, etc., available.

YORK REFRIGERATION will be installed by Automatic Electrical Refrigerators, Ltd., of Ampthill, Beds.

All enquiries to be addressed to: T. R. MAYES (Castlethorpe), 56, GUILDHALL ROAD, NORTHAMPTON.

Northampton Mercury 04 September 1953



56 SHORTHORN CATTLE including 29 Cows. 11 2-2½-year-old and 4 18-month Heifers, also 12 Calves,

Together with the

including Allis-Chalmers, Fordson and M.M. Tractors, Goodwood Motor Hoe with Tool-Bar and Attachments, Bamford 5ft. Tractor Mower and others, Albion 13- coulter Corn Drill, Marshall Threshing Drum, M.M. J. 5 Combine. Lister- Blackstone Elevator. 8ft. Cambridge Roll, Albion 7ft. Tractor Binder, Alfa Laval 3-unit Milking Machine and other Milking Equipment. 4 and 2 Wheel Trailers on Rubbers. 200 Gallon Paraffin Tank, etc., etc.,

which Messrs.


have been instructed by T. Thomas. Esq., who is retiring, to Sell by Auction, on THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 24, 1953, at 11 am.
Catalogues may be obtained on application Auction Office. Newport Pagnell.

Northampton Mercury 11 September 1953


When Messrs. W. S. Johnson and Co., of Bletchley, held their 18th annual sheep fair, 1,300 sheep and lambs were forward. Judging was by Mr. Corbett Roper, of Lenborough, and Mr, Jack Sawbridge, of Castlethorpe.
The best pen of 10 white-faced theaves were entered by Mrs. A. G. Markham, of Castlethorpe, and realised £11 11s. each. Second prize went to Mr. E. Chappell, Drayton Parslow (£10 6s.).

Northampton Mercury 18 December 1953


NORTHAMPTON now possesses what is claimed to the most up-to-date deep-freeze and cold storage plant in the British Isles.
This plant, which stands in Guildhall-road opposite the old St. John-street station, is the “brainchild” of Mr. T. R. Mayes, of Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe, who is the managing director.
On Monday, members of Northampton Master Butchers’ Association looked over the £20,000 plant. Designed to cater for butchers, farmers and market gardeners requiring bulk storage, and for family needs, there is room at present for 100 tons of stored products. When the plant is completed will house 300 tons.

Northampton Mercury 29 January 1954


THREE railway ambulance teams from Wolverton together with teams from Bletchley, Castlethorpe and Northampton, are to compete next Tuesday in the preliminary Ambulance Competition of British Railways (London Midland Region). The competition will be held the Territorial Headquarters, Ashburnham-road, Bedford.

Northampton Mercury 05 February 1954

Wolverton “A” win ambulance contest Six British Railway ambulance teams took part in a district competition at Bedford on Tuesday.
The competition was won by the Wolverton “A” team who scored 303 points out of a possible 420. The team now goes forward to the London Midland Region Semi-final competition at Crewe, and if successful will qualify for the London Midland Challenge shield contest and prizes in Manchester in April.
Other placings on Tuesday were: 2 Castlethorpe (292), 3 Northampton (288½), 4 Bletchley (260). 5 Wolverton "C” (249), 6 Wolverton “B" (236).
Members of the first three teams were: _ „ Wolverton ‘‘A”: H. J. Green (captain). A. Keeves. W. J. Richardson, and R. P. Bennett. Castlethorpe: L. Robinson (captain). Clarke. W. Taylor, and E. Green. Northampton: P. A. Tippleston (captain). A. E. Pointer, D. Leah, and C. Blick.

Northampton Mercury 26 February 1954


For ten years Peter Edward Heaver suffered from the effects of a war wound. Last Sunday he took an overdose of phenobarbitone and died in Northampton General Hospital.
At the inquest on Wednesday on Heaver (28) of Lower Lodge Farm Cottages, Castlethorpe, the Northampton Borough Coroner (Mr. T. Faulkner Gammage), recorded a verdict of suicide while the balance of the mind was disturbed.
Heaver’s 20 - years - old wife, Brenda Mary Heaver, said he was shot in the head while serving with the East Surrey Regiment in Italy. It had resulted in his left arm and foot becoming paralysed and he suffered from pains in the head and epileptic fits.
Last Sunday her husband appeared to be asleep in the chair. She could not wake him, so she called a doctor and he was taken to Northampton General Hospital. He took phenobarbitone tablets to relieve his pain and she found that more than 130 of them were missing. She did not see him take more that his usual dose.
Dr. R. M. Heggie, director pathology at Northampton General Hospital, said it was one of the largest overdoses he had ever encountered.

Northampton Mercury 30 July 1954

Licence transfers: The Navigation Inn. Cosgrove, from Mrs. D. E. Ashby to Bernard Leslie Bennett, 8. Station-road, Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 06 August 1954


HANSLOPE was once a market town. A market was held there on Thursdays, under a charter granted in 1293 to William Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, then lord of the manor.
Nearby Castlethorpe was the site of a castle occupied first by the Hanslapes and then the Mauduits. Robert Mauduit rebelled against King John and garrisoned the castle. It was captured and destroyed in 1215 by force commanded by Foulkes de Brent.
Hanslope Park was established in 1222 and stocked with a flock of does from the King’s forest at Salcey.

Northampton Mercury 13 August 1954

SEPTEMBER 23rd; NORTHAMPTONSHIRE. Furniture and Effects at “The Stores,” Castlethorpe. NO CATALOGUES.

Northampton Mercury 27 August 1954


TOWCESTER Magistrates were told on Tuesday about men in a lorry and alleged shots at rabbits with a rifle.
Before the court were three men. Leslie Bernard White (36), haulage contractor of 4, Pretoria-terrace, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing •22 rifle and one round of ammunition, and was fined £3 with 4s. costs. He pleaded not guilty to firing a rifle within 50 feet of a public highway to the danger a person travelling on  it and the summons was dismissed.
White and William Thomas Ray (34), brass polisher, of Council Houses, and Kenneth Gordon Ray (19) labourer, both of Castlethorpe, were summoned for being persons suspected of coming from land in search or pursuit of rabbits, and being in possession of a •22 rifle at Deanshanger on July 3 White and Kenneth Ray who pleaded guilty were each fined 10s. with 4s. costs. The case against William Ray was dismissed.


All three were summoned by Sydney Thomas Spademan. The Shaw Riding Lechamstead, head gamekeeper on the 3,000 acres estate of the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers, Leckhamstead, for trespassing in day-time in pursuit of conies at Wicken on July 3, White and Kenneth Ray pleaded guilty and were each fined £1 and ordered to pay £1 15s costs.

The case against William Ray was dismissed. Mr. A. Marchant (Bletchley) appeared for the three defendants and Mr. G. F. Trunchion (Messrs. Williams and Kingston) prosecuted for Mr. Spademan. Mr. Trunchion said two shots were heard.
P.C. Fiddy said that on July 3 he heard rifle fire and later saw Kenneth Ray throw something over a hedge, which appeared to a rabbit.


The lorry then travelled away at fast speed towards North Fields gate where it stopped. Witness then caught up. Inside the cab he found a freshly-killed rabbit and a •22 rifle. Tire rabbit had been killed by a bullet.
White was sitting in the driving seat and William Ray was by his side. White could not produce a firearm certificate although he had a licence.
Sgt. Astle said that in a police statement White said that two weeks previously he met a man at Yardley Gobion who was willing to sell him the rifle for £7.
He gave the man and took the rifle to try out. At Deanshanger he had a shot at a rabbit but missed. Kenneth Ray had a shot and hit a rabbit.
Mr. Marchant said there was no evidence that anyone was in danger while, the shooting was going on or that William Ray had participated.

Northampton Mercury 10 September 1954

Re Miss A. Gregory, deceased, and Others.


comprising : Antique Mahogany Bow-front Chest Commode, Antique Oak Panel Linen Chest, Wardrobe, Dressing Tables, Chests of Drawers, Bedsteads and Bedding, Three-piece Suite, Upholstered Easy and other Chairs, Large Mahogany Sideboard, Mahogany Pembroke Table, Oak Drop-leaf and other Tables, Oak Hall Stand. Chiffonier, Mahogany Tea Caddy, Music Cabinet, Grandfather Clock in oak case, 4-valve Wireless Set, Piano Accordion, Clocks, Books and Pictures, Dinner and Tea Ware, China and Glass, Carpeting, Curtains and Linen. Kitchen Equipment, Ladder. Tools, etc.
To be sold by Auction ON THE PREMISES on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. 1954, commencing at 2 p.m. prompt.
On View Morning of Sale. No Catalogues. Note:—Items can be included in this sale on application to the Auctioneers:— JACKSON-STOPS & STAFF, as above.

Northampton Mercury 29 October 1954


PIANO-ACCORDION for sale, completely new: six couplers; full-size. Sunny View Farm, Castlethorpe, near Wolverton.

Northampton Mercury 19 November 1954

The housing sub-committee reported on the allocation of 20 house.

REVALUATION Mr. E. Gurney, chairman the committee, said that as they considered it would be six months or more before they obtained land at Olney, they thought it would be better allocate the houses where there was land available. Mr. H. F. Dolling (Castlethorpe) said he objected most strongly to the decision to build eight houses at Castlethorpe and put eight Hanslope people in them. He said he thought these houses should have been shared between Castlethorpe and Hanslope people. Mr. Gurney said Castlethorpe’s need was not as great as in some other parts. There were land difficulties at Hanslope.

Northampton Mercury 26 November 1954


“I don’t see why you should have one law for and law for the other tradesmen,” said a defendant at Stony Stratford Magistrates’ Court.
Clifford Markham, of Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined 10s. for quitting a motor vehicle without stopping the engine.
 In court. Markham, who pleaded guilty, said that if it was an offence he had been doing it for 10 years, and was likely doing it for another 50 years.
“I am milk roundsman, and it is technical to stop the motor at every call.”

Northampton Mercury 26 November 1954

Philip Luck (22), of Church View, Castlethorpe was fined £1 for letting off a firework in the street at Wolverton, on Sunday October 24.

Northampton Mercury 03 December 1954

Death follows fall from chair at 96

Mrs. Ethel Ellen Waring, of 1, Pretoria-terrace, Castlethorpe, told Northampton Borough Coroner (Mr. T. Faulkner Gammage), last night, how she heard a noise and went into the next room to discover that her 96-years-old mother had apparently fallen from her chair on to the floor.
Mr. Gammage returned a verdict that Mrs. Ellen Maria Newman died from heart failure accelerated by a fracture of the thigh sustained in an accidental fall.
Her death was in Northampton General Hospital.
Mrs. Waring said that, since the death of her father 27 years ago, her mother had lived with her and had always been in good health until two or three years ago when she had had bronchitis and pneumonia.

Her mother’s fall was on November 15 and she said “I’ve never had such a fall before.”
Dr. Cora Helen: Mary Middleton, orthopaedic registrar at Northampton General Hospital, said Mrs. Newman was admitted to the hospital on November 19. An operation was performed to relieve pain but Mrs. Newman died on November 30.