Kathleen Burt - Sanitation

Kathleen Burt - Electricty

Extracts from "Haversham Estate And the Parish I Grew Up In" by David C. Brightman April 2000

Before Mr Randall snr. was at Manor Farm, Kemp Bros (C.T. Kemp and Frank Kemp) Builders, used to do renovation work at the Manor, and on a plot they bought in the village, started in 1931 to build Mrs. Burt’s bungalow, this was designed by Dennis Kemp, usually they built Fireplace and Chimneys first and then started the walls, but before completion the firm went bankrupt. Col. Pickwoad came along and financed the rest of the building, and that is why his initials and date are on the front of the bungalow by the door, E.H.P. 1932.

Mrs. Kath Burt was a Gurney before marriage, her father was Fred Gurney of Gurney Bros. Builders & Stonemasons. Her parents at one time (1924) lived at Pineham Farm cottage, and later moved to Wolverton and set up as Stonemasons at 65 Stratford Road on the corner of Anson Road. Kath married William (Bill) Burt, and eventually moved into the bungalow after they had lived in Wolverton and with Bill’s parents in the Village for a short time. He later joined the R.A.F. for eleven years. They had two daughters, Eve who married Clarence Gill and had two children, Alan and Theresa, and the other daughter Billie married Dennis Holland and had one daughter Jacqueline.

W.I. Book 1982


For as long as anyone can remember there has been a goose at the house on the corner in Haversham. The present inhabitant of the goose shed is thirteen year old Janie. She is watchdog and companion for her owner, Mrs. Burt who has lived in the Village almost fifty years. [wriiten in 1982].

Mrs. Burt has a wealth of goose tales to tell of the various characters she has kept from the four goslings she started with, the gander she was persuaded to take from the lady at Castlethorpe and the goose which joined him from Hanslope. The day she and her husband had to race across the fields to catch straying geese made them decide on clipping wings to avoid further flights.

No doubt each of these geese have their place in local memory and we all hope that long myy there be a Haversham Goose.