|Croydon’s Weekly Standard Saturday August 5th 1882
OPENING OF THE NEW STATION.- On Tuesday last this quiet little village presented a gay and festive appearance, the occasion being the opening of the new station for Castlethorpe in connection with the London and North-Western Railway. The day was made a general holiday, and various devices were resorted to for the purpose of celebrating the inauguration. A tea was provided in a large marquee by Mr. C. Lawman, of Newport Pagnell, to which about 400 sat down. Through the liberality of Messrs. Whiting, Pike, Amos, and others interested in the auspicious event, a variety of articles were provided to be contended for, including print dresses, stockings, caps, &c., and much amusement was created by the several events, especially that of climbing the greasy pole for a ham, which was secured by Thomas Herbert, jun., of Hanslope. The 1st Bucks Rifle Volunteer Band, under the leadership of Mr. G. V. Pinfold, discoursed some excellent music during the afternoon and evening which was much appreciated by the visitors. The holiday was one which will remain a long time in the minds of those who participated in it, and was a fitting recognition of such an important event as opening of a new station, whereby a service of trains to the metropolis and other great centres has been arranged, and which will be of considerable utility to the inhabitants of Castlethorpe and surrounding neighbourhood.