Funerals & Obituaries

Northampton Mercury 01 October 1836

On Sunday week a bricklayer named George Dalton [aged 26 buried September 20th 1836], died suddenly at Hanslope: a subscription was set on foot for defraying the funeral expences, which took place on the Tuesday following and exhibited a very novel spectacle. About 8 o'clock in the evening a great concourse of people assembled in the front of the Green Man, fifty or sixty of whom were bearing torches, and formed a line on each side the corpse; the pall was borne six females attired in white; the procession then proceeded towards Castle-Thorpe, the place of interment, when they were met several hundreds of persons, many of whom had lighted torches; they then proceeded to the church which was crowded to excess; after the service a suitable address was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Scott, the corpse was interred, and the party separated with the greatest order. On no other occasion was there ever known so large number of persons assembled this place.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 01 December 1860

We this week record the untimely death of the Rev. Charles Styles Drake, son of Rear-Admiral John. Drake, of Castlethorpe. The unfortunate gentleman had been spending the day (Thursday, November 22nd) with F. Thursby, Esq., of Cosgrove Priory, and on returning home, owing to  the meadows being flooded, he did not take the direct path, but proceeded by the towing path of the Grand Junction Canal, into which he appears have by some means fallen, as he was found about midnight by some boatmen lying at the edge of the water exhausted state. He was picked up and placed against the against the further edge of the path whilst the boatmen proceeded to the locks for aid. The night watchman was immediately sent off to the spot, but no traces of deceased were to be seen. Inquiry was then made at Castlethorpe, and it was found he had not reached home, fears being entertained that he had fallen into the canal, early on Friday morning they commenced dragging for the body, and continued the whole day without finding it. The dragging was resumed on Saturday morning, and after some time the body was found and taken to the Barley Mow Inn, Cosgrove, to await the coroner’s inquest, which did not take place until Tuesday, it was accessary to have the attendance of the boatmen, and messenger was sent to Woolwich for them. After hearing the whole of the evidence that could be produced, a verdict of accidental death was returned. The deceased gentleman was 44 years of age.

The Bucks Standard 07 August 1880

The late R. R. Walpole, Esq. We regret that our obituary contains the death of this gentleman, which took place at Brighton on Wednesday week last, where he had gone to recruit his failing strength. Mr. Walpole was for many years a justice of peace for the county of Buckingham, and sat with the Bench of Magistrates at Newport Pagnell, and also at Stony Stratford, where his legal advice – having qualified as a barrister – was of great assistance in settling complications which invariably arose out of the conflicting evidence generally brought before them at the Petty sessions. The remains of the deceased gentleman were brought to Wolverton on Tuesday last, and from thence conveyed to Castlethorpe, where they were consigned to their last earthly resting place, in the presence of the sorrowing relatives who had assembled to take a last fond look at the remains of him who had been most dear to them.

The Northampton Mercury 23 November 1894

Mrs. [Rebecca] Rainbow, postmistress of Castlethorpe, Bucks, died on Saturday morning, after a short illness. Deceased was eighty-two years of age, and, it is stated, was the oldest postmistress the service, having occupied that position Castlethorpe for fifty-one years.

Northampton Mercury 20 December 1895


We regret to record the sudden demise, Monday, of Mr. John Barneby Sargeaunt, at his residence, Cranford-road, Burton Latimer, where the occurrence created a painful sensation. The deceased was the son of the late Mr. John Sargeaunt, rector of Stanwick. He was born in 1823, and received his early education at Charterhouse School, whence he was sent to St. John's College, Cambridge, to continue his studies. He was also a student at the Middle Temple, entering there in January, 1846, when years of age. He graduated M.A. in 1849, and, being called to the Bar the following year, joined the old Midland Circuit; more than 45 years ago. He was thus the senior barrister on the circuit. He is , of course, chiefly known as the Revising Barrister for a large portion Northamptonshire. He was first appointed as an Assistant Barrister after the Reform Bill of 1868, when, as in 1885, an expediting Bill was passed to enable the registers to be prepared earlier. A number of assistants to the Revising Barristers were selected, and among them was Mr. Sargeaunt. He was given the Borough of Northampton and South Northamptonshire —the old Parliamentary Division which comprised half the county. Northampton was his first court. As he ascended the Town Hall steps, someone who met him and walked with him to the old Police Court where the sitting was held, gave him the embarrassing information that Mr. Bradlaugh was in the Court. " When I went in," said Mr. Sargeaunt, " I looked all round the people sitting at the table to pick out the biggest blackguard, for I had heard a lot about Bradlaugh! I could not find one!”  Whether this was a reflection on Northampton people a compliment to Mr. Bradlaugh, Mr. Sargeaunt never explained. He asked a gentleman to point out Mr. Bradlaugh to him, and when that was done he thought the future member for Northampton was, on the whole, he said, a good-looking man. The proceedings commenced, and went on for about half-an-hour in the usual course. The Liberals objected to a Conservative, and the Conservative agent replied, and the new and somewhat shy Revising Barrister was about to give his decision, when Mr. Bradlaugh's great burly frame arose; and, with characteristic gesture of his right hand, the future M.P. commenced: "True it is, Mr. Revising Barrister, that this is a Conservative voter; but I want it known that I offer no objection to any voters being placed on the list ! " The Revising Barrister, thinking it wise not to brush Mr. Bradlaugh the wrong way, said, after a few moments' hesitation: " Mr. Bradlaugh, nothing would gratify me more than to hear you deliver an electioneering speech on the hustings ; but cannot allow my Court to be used for that purpose. I shall be very glad hear you on any point of law; but on nothing else !" Mr. Bradlaugh thanked him, and said nothing more in the Court except to raise points of law; and well raised them and argued them. When the "National Reformer" appeared it looked very much, from Mr. Bradlaugh's account of the proceedings in the Revision Court, as if the only really sensible person present was the Revising Barrister himself.
At this time there were only four Courts in the great Division of South Northamptonshire for the revision of the voters' lists. Monday and Tuesday the Court was at Towcester, Wednesday and Thursday at Brackley, and Friday and Saturday at Daventry. Mr. Sargeaunt drove this journey with his wife from Stanwick, where he then lived. The first two or three days of the following week the Court was Northampton. The following year Mr. Sargeaunt revised the list for North Norfolk, making his headquarters for the period at the then little crab-fishing village of Cromer. At that time Northamptonshire and Leicestershire had been joined to the Norfolk Circuit ; and Mr. Sargeaunt's professional work lying almost entirely in this county had left the Midland Circuit for the other. The late Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, with a view to assisting a barrister who was not plagued with too many briefs, always insisted on the need of Assistant Revising Barristers. So Mr. Sargeaunt had for several years the revision of the North Norfolk lists, varied once doing that and Huntingdonshire jointly with another barrister. At this time Mr. Lathum revise the Northamptonshire lists; and he asked Mr. Sargeaunt whether he would be willing to exchange districts.  Mr. Sargeaunt was quite; willing, as he lived in Northamptonshire, and the expenses would be to him much less. "Very well," said Mr. Browne," you ask the judge and he will alter it for you!" "No," said Mr. Sargeaunt, "if I ask the judge may say that if I don't want North Norfolk I need not have it, and I shall lose both!" So it was arranged that Mr. Browne should make the application. "My lord," said Mr. Browne to the late easy-going Lord Justice Bramwell," My lord: my friend Mr. Sargeaunt would be very glad if you will permit us to exchange our positions as revising barristers for North Norfolk and Northamptonshire !" " Oh, certainly," said Lord Bramwell, " do as you like, just please yourselves !" So Mr. Sargeaunt came to Northamptonshire again; and very soon afterwards Northamptonshire was rejoined to the Midland Circuit, and Mr. Sargeaunt followed. He has been on the circuit ever since; and Revising Barrister as well. His Divisions have been, since the reform of 1885, Northampton Borough, and East, South, and Mid Northamptonshire. It was just at this time that Mr. Sargeaunt went to reside at Burton Latimer, taking the house formerly occupied Mr. Neilson, who removed to Finedon. About two years ago, when just over seventy years of age, Mr. Sargeaunt suffered from a severe attack of pneumonia, from which he never thoroughly recovered. Recently his health had deteriorated considerably, and for some little time he has been confined to his bed. The immediate cause of death was syncope. Mr. Sargeaunt, though known to be an ardent Liberal, a thorough Gladstonian, was always recognised to be scrupulously fair in the Revision Court. His law, moreover, was faultless. His loss will keenly regretted by all who have had anything to do with him in electoral matters. He leaves six children, all grown up; the eldest of whom is the Rev. W. Drake Sargeaunt, vicar of Bozeat, who takes his second name from his mother. Elizabeth Drake, only daughter of the late Rev. William Drake, of Northampton. Mr. Barneby Sargeaunt was married Castlethorpe on August 7th, 1855.

Northampton Mercury 20 July 1906


On Thursday, July 12, the death occurred of Mr. James Markham, Manor Farm, Hanslope, who was a well-known and most highly-respected farmer and cattle dealer. Mr. Markham, who was only 38 years of age, had recently undergone an operation.
The funeral took place Monday at Castlethorpe. The Rev. Mr. Harkness officiated. The hymn, “Jesu, Lover of soul,” was sung in the church. Miss Gregory presided at the organ. The mourners were: Mrs. Markham (widow), Willie, Arthur, and Bertie (sons), Mr. and Mrs. Markham (father and mother), of Quainton; Mrs. Eynott (sister), of Watford; Mr. Frank Markham (brother), of Quainton; Mrs. Wood (sister), Mr. Arthur Markham (brother), Quainton; Mrs. Preston (sister). Miss Markham (sister), Quainton; Mr. (brother-in-law), Watford; Mrs. Thomas Markham (sister-in-law), Mr. W. Woods (brother-in-law), Mrs. Deeley (sister-in-law), Mr. Preston (brother-in-law), Mrs. Phipps (sister-in-law), Mr. John Jones (brother-in-law), Chilton; Mrs. John Jones (sister-in-law), Mr. W. Jones (brother-in-law). Miss Townsend, Mr. Arthur Deeley (brother-in-law), Mr. James Jones, Hanslope ; Mr. Harry Phipps (brother-in-law), and Mr. James Russell, Hanslope, and Mr. A. S. Ward, Bugbrooke (nearest friends). There were also present: Mr. Clarke, Watford; Mr. Bowen, Knockhall, Kent; Mr. Osborn, Buckingham; Mr. Wotherspoon, Watford; Mr. Watts, Hanslope Park; Mr. J. O. Adams, Weedon; Mr. Shirley, Bletchley; Messrs. Brett Bros., Loughton; Mr. John Terrington, Blackheath; Mr. Wilson. Stratford; Mr. Willison and Mr. W. Q. Ward, Northampton; Mr. Paterson, Stratford; Mr. Chandler. Castlethorpe; Mr. Frost, Hanslope ; Mr. Capel, Hanslope: Mr. Godfrey, Lillingstone; Messrs. Whiting Bros., Castlethorpe: Mr. Powell, Newport Pagnell; and Mr. Alfred Sawbridge, Hanslope; and many other friends of the deceased, who were at the graveside, from Roade. Castlethorpe, Hanslope, and the surrounding villages.
The body was enclosed in an oak coffin, with brass mountings. The breast-plate bore the inscription: "James Markham, died July 12th, 1906, aged 38 years.” Mr. Webb, of Hanslope, was the undertaker. The funeral car and carnages were supplied Mr. W. G. Ward, of 30, Mood-street, Northampton. Wreaths were sent by the widow and children; father and mother, brothers and sisters; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law; father and mother-in- Jaw- Mr. and Mrs. Watts, and B. Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. Terrington (Woolwich), Mr. Godfrev and daughters (Lillingstone Lovell). Mrs. Rainbow, Mr. and Mrs. A. Phipps. H. A. Lester (Foscott), Mr. and Mrs. Whiting. Wesleyan Chapel friends Castlethorpe. Mrs. Brett and family, Mr. and Mrs. Brown and family (Thornton), Mr. and Miss Maycook (Loughton), Mr and Mrs. Cape!, Mr. and Mrs. Holt, Mr. Owen Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Clarke (Watford), Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Sawbridge, Mr. Fisher and family (Buckingham), and Mr. and Mrs. Wellington.

Northampton Mercury 28 June 1910

It is with sincere regret that have to announce the death Mr. Edward Irons, of Castlethorpe, formerly of Daventry. The deceased was one of the most enthusiastic chess players we have ever met. His forte was brilliance rather than strength, and the rapidity with which he evolved bizarre combinations rendered him interesting opponent. It seemed impossible to tire him out at chess, however long the sitting might be, and we very well remember one Easter Monday when Messrs. Irons and Johnson played from 9.30 a.m. until 10.30 a.m. next morning with only brief intervals for refreshments. Although a hundred and two games were contested in the twenty-five hours Mr. Irons emerged from the ordeal with smiling countenance and an unclouded intellect. the other hand, Mr. Johnson, despite his being the junior 23 years, was so tired that went to sleep in the very act of making a move. The deceased gentleman, who has been in failing health for some time, was only 61 years of age.

Northampton Mercury 30 October 1914


Castlethorpe went into mourning on Friday day for the funeral of one of its most beloved natives —Mr. Charles Whiting, who was one of the largest agriculturists in this part of Bucks.
Mr. Whiting, who was 58 years of age, had flourishing farmsteads at Castlethorpe and Hanslope, and in both villages was esteemed and revered by the inhabitants. For many years he was a member the Castlethorpe Parish Council, and a devout Churchman; he had held the position of vicar's warden at Castlethorpe Church for a number of years. In politics he was a Conservative, though he took on actives part in the propagation of his principles.
As an evidence of the esteem in which he was held in the villagers, all who were at home in the village attended the simple funeral service in the village church, which was crowded.
The funeral service was conducted the Rev. W. J. Harkness (vicar of Hanslope), assisted by the Rev. T. Evans (curate), who also both officiated at the graveside. At  the service “Peace, perfect peace" was sung to organ accompaniment Miss Gregory.
Amongst the mourners were; Miss Dorothy L. and Miss Kathleen M. Whiting (daughters), Messrs. C. R., J. E., B. S., and H. G. Whiting (sons) Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Whiting, (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. Henry Whiting, Caldecote (brother), Mr. and Mrs. George Whiting, Stoke Goldington (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. Henry Whiting, Hampstead (nephew), Mr. Bennett Whiting, Willen (nephew), Mr. Frank Whiting, Stoke (nephew). Mrs. Percy Adams (niece), Mr. Adams. Broughton, Mr. H. Reynolds, Newport Pagnell, Mrs, W. Brice Shakeshaft (sister-in-law), Mr. Brice Shakeshaft, Milton Keynes, Mr. T. Shakeshaft, Newport Pagnell. Mr. and Mrs. George Humphries, Bragborough.
Included amongst a number personal friends in the church were Mr. J. S, Tibbetts, C.C., Mr. F. Hurry, Dr. Douglas Bull, Mr. J. Wilson. Mr. John Hall (Stony Stratford), Mr. H. C. Wilkinson (Old Wolverton) Mr. G. Tayler, Mr. J. Odell, Mr. F. W. Coles, Mr. J. O. Butler, Mr. P. W. Gamble (Newport Pagnell), Mr. A. Greaves, (Haversham) Mr. W. Hedges (Great Linford), Mr. W. G. Lyles (Ravenstone), Mr. W. T. Smart (East Haddon), Mr. A, Sawbridge, Mr. T. Tucker (Hanslope) the Rev. T. W. Titmarsh (Lathbury), Mr. Ellis Clarke (Silverstone), Mr, F. H. Verey (Old Stratford), Mr. W. Penson (Cosgrove), Mr. W. Whitbread (co- warden), Mr. R. W. Dickens (Hanslope), and fifty workmen from the two farms. The coffin, which was of polished oak was made from timber grown in the neighbourhood of the deceased's home. It was lowered into grave which had been beautifully lined with moss and chrysanthemums. Included in a very large collection of floral tributes were wreaths from all the mourners, and Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Birdsell (Northampton), the Lower Lodge workmen, all at Caldecote, Mr. and Mrs. Gamble, Alfred Sawbridge, (Hanslope), Mr. W. Bull, Mayor and Corporation of Lincolnshire, the workmen and Mrs. Claude Borrett.
Northampton Mercury 03 December 1920

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

The Bucks Standard July 15th 1922

FUNERAL OF MISS NELLIE COEY. The funeral of the late Miss Edith Nellie Coey whose sudden death at the entrance gates to Messrs. McCorquodale’s printing works at Wolverton last Thursday occasioned profound sorrow among her colleagues and genuine grief in the village of Castlethorpe, where her parents have long resided and are much esteemed, took place in the churchyard of her native village on Monday afternoon. There was a very large congregation to join in the sad service, including several young ladies from Messrs. McCorquodale’s works and many residents in Castlethorpe desirous of paying a last tribute to the memory of deceased. The service was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Harkness (vicar). Miss Gregory was at the organ and played appropriate music as the congregation were assembling, and as the coffin was being taken from the church for internment she gave a sympathetic rendering of the Dead March from “Saul”. One hymn, “Brief life is here our portion.” Was sung. The chief mourners were:- Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Coey (father and mother), Miss Minnie Coey (sister), Mr. Bert Powell, Mrs. Willett, Loughton (sister), Mr. W. Willett, Miss Ursula Coey (sister), Mr. W. Garner, Miss Stones (aunt), Mr. A. Bartholomew, Bradwell (uncle), Mr. and Mrs. Cockerill, Wolverton (uncle and aunt), Mrs. Chas. Brown (aunt), Mrs. W. Garner (niece), Mrs. Baldwin, Wolverton, and Miss D. Bartholomew, Bradwell (cousins), Miss Bavington, Mrs. Herbert, Misses Amy and Mary Powell, Miss Stevens, Miss N. Kightley (Northampton), Mr. and Mrs. F. Powell, Miss Brown, Miss Burbidge, Mrs. Harding, Mrs. Bavington and Mr. Campbell and Mr. Hellenburgh (representing) the employees at Messrs. McCorquodale’s printing works), and many others. The polished oak coffin with brass fittings was borne to the grave by Messrs. H. Ward, A. Bavington, C. Harding and R. Panter. The funeral arrangements were satisfactorily carried out by Mr. W. Dickens, undertaker, Hanslope. There was a very choice collection of flowers, among the tributes received being beautiful wreaths from Mr. Norman McCorquodale, J.P. (Winslow Hall), Col. L. C. Hawkins (a director of the firm of Messrs. McCorquodale), Mr. H. E. Meacham (manager of the Wolverton printing works) and the young lady colleagues of the late Miss Coey at those works.

The Bucks Standard August 8th 1925


It is with very great regret, which will be shared by her many friends in the Newport Pagnell district, the we record the death on Sunday last, at her residence at Castlethorpe, of Mrs. Mary Cannon, widow of the late Mr. Thos. Cannon. The deceased lady, whose husband passed away in December, 1918, had resided at The Holmestead, Castlethorpe, for eleven years, during which period she had taken deep interest in the work of the Parish Church, and in all charitable organisations and was held in the highest regard by the people of the village with whom she was very popular. Both Mrs. Cannon and her late husband were formerly closely connected with the business life of Newport Pagnell. For some years they held the licence of the Swan Hotel, whilst Mr. Cannon also engaged in the agricultural industry, being the tenant of both the Yew Tree Farm at Sherington and The Kickles Farm, Newport Pagnell. In business and in private life Mr. and Mrs. Cannon made many friends, all of whom regretted their departure from Newport Pagnell some twenty years ago to take over the proprietorship of the George Hotel, at Leicester, one of the leading hostelries in the city.

Attended with every mark of sympathy and respect the funeral of Mrs. Cannon took place on Thursday in the churchyard at Castlethorpe, there being a large congregation present to pay tribute to the memory of one who was a friend of all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Practically every cottage home in the village was represented, and life-long friends of the deceased from the surrounding district gathered in the church and at the graveside. The choral service was impressively and beautifully rendered by the Parish Church Choir, Miss Gregory being at the organ. The Rev. W.J. Harkness (vicar) officiated. The 90th Psalm was chanted, and following the hymn, “Peace, perfect peace,” the Nunc Dimittis was sung to a simple chant. The coffin, of wax-polished oak with brass fittings, bore the inscription:


Died August 2, 1925.

Aged 77 years.

It was borne to the grave by four Castlethorpe men – Messrs. Manning, Clarke, Olney and Sawbridge. The mourners were: Mr. J.J. Cannon (son), Mrs. F. Farney Brown (daughter), Mr. F. Farney Brown (son-in-law). Mr. and Mrs. George Farney Brown, Mrs. Waring, Miss K. Gregory, Mrs. Bates and Mr. Arnold. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Whiting (Castlethorpe), Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Whiting (Cosgrove),Miss N. Whiting (Stoke Goldington), Mr. George Whiting (Newport Pagnell), Mrs. P.M. Adams (Broughton), Mr. H. Reynolds (Newport Pagnell), Dr. F. Hinde, M.D., Mrs. Harkness, Miss Dorothy Cook, (Newport Pagnell), Mrs. E. Markham and family, Mrs. snd Miss Stewart (Weston Underwood), Mrs. Rainbow, Mr. J. Gobey, Mrs. Amos, the Misses Gregory, Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Miss Rawlinson, Miss. Compton, Mr. and Mrs. Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Dollings, Mrs. and Miss Coey, Misses Maltby, Miss Jones, Mrs. Sawbridge, Miss Olney, Mrs. Gobbey, jun., Mrs. Panter, Miss Osborne, Miss Feasey, Mr. H. and Miss Gray, Mr. A. Masterman, Mr. Clarke, etc. The Castlethorpe branch of the Mothers’ Union was represented by Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Lansbury, Mrs. John West, Mrs. Jesse West, Miss West, Miss Clarke, Mrs. Denton, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Brice, Mrs. Worker, Mrs. Manning, Mrs. Harding and Miss Cowley.

There was a beautiful collection of floral tributes, of which the following is a list: In fond remembrance of my dear mother, from Jack; To my dearest mother from her sorrowing daughter Nelly; In deepest sympathy from your son-in-law, Fred; With loving and affectionate remembrance from Mr. and Mrs. George Farney Brown; In loving remembrance from Kate; With loving remembrance and deepest sympathy Mrs. Rainbow; In affectionate remembrance from Mrs. J.E. Whiting, Bletchley; In kind remembrance from the Mothers’ Union Peace perfect peace; In affectionate remembrance and with deep sympathy from Misses K. and N. Whiting; With sincere sympathy from Frank Hinde; With deepest sympathy from Lily and Clara; With sincere sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. H. Reynolds; With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Manning; In remembrance and deepest sympathy from Joe and Becky; With sorrow and much regret from Mrs. E. Markham and family; A token of sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Sawbridge, Joe and Ben and Mr. and Mrs. Homer; In kind remembrance from Mrs. Gobbey and Mrs. Bates; Farewell my beloved friend from Mrs. Waring; In affectionate remembrance, Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Adams; In affectionate remembrance, from Dorrie and Kit; As a token of respect and sympathy from the staff and employees of Messrs. Cannon and Stokes, Ltd. Leicester; With sincere sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Whiting (Cosgrove); With deep sympathy from Mrs. Gregory and family.

The whole of the funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Wilford Bros. undertakers, Newport Pagnell.

Northampton Mercury 23 October 1925


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

The Bucks Standard 30 January 1926

Death of Miss Frederica Watts: The death of Miss Frederica Watts, at her residence, “Langton House,” Castlethorpe on Monday, marks the passing of the past member of the family which for many generations has taken a prominent part in the religious, social and philanthropic activities of North Bucks. Seventy-seven years of age, Miss Watts, was a sister of the late Mr. E. H. Watts, J.P., of Hanslope Park, who in his day was a generous benefactor and true friend to the people of Hanslope and Castlethorpe. The deceased lady, during her ten years residence in Castlethorpe, had never associated herself with public work, but her kindly disposition gained for her the high regard and affection of the village people, by whom her death is much regretted. For four months last year she was seriously indisposed, but recovered from that illness sufficiently to be able to leave the house. On December 22 she went to London to spend Christmas with friends. There she suffered a recurrence of the earlier illness and her condition was such that she was brought home to Castlethorpe by motor car. Since then she had been confined to her bed and passed to rest, as stated, on Monday last. Her remains were cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on Thursday and the casket of ashes was brought back the same evening to Castlethorpe for interment in the family vault in Hanslope Church yesterday (Friday) afternoon.

The Bucks Standard 27 February 1926



The death took place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, of Mr. Thomas Rainbow, an old inhabitant of Castlethorpe, who passed away at his residence, “Rose Cottage,” at the age of 83 years. He was a native of the village and except for a brief period he had resided there all his life. He entered the service of the L.&N.W. Railway Company as an apprentice, under the late Mr. McConnell, to the trade of engine fitter in the Locomotive Department which in those days was at Wolverton. He completed from 46 to 47 years on the service of the company at Crewe and Wolverton, but owing to ill-health he retired at the age of 63 on superannuation.

He was a staunch Radical of the old type and took a deep interest in parochial affairs. In religious work for 16 years he was churchwarden during the time the Rev. Nicholson and the Rev. Wigglesworth were Vicars. Of late years he conducted a young men’s class at the Wesleyan Sunday School. He was a great reader, but failing sight during his later years was a cause of much regret to him. He was highly respected by all the village including the children, and many will miss his conversation and homely chats. His passing was peaceful after an attack of bronchitis followed by pneumonia. He died in the presence of members of his family – two daughters and five sons – to whom much sympathy is extended, especially his youngest daughter, Minnie, who acted as his housekeeper and devoted a great number of years to the comfort of her beloved father. She was not able to attend the funeral owing to a breakdown.

The very high esteem and affection in which the late Mr. Rainbow was held by all classes in Castlethorpe was shown by the large and representative congregation which assembled for the funeral on Saturday afternoon. The first portion of the service was conducted by the Rev. W. Lee (Wesleyan minister) in the Wesleyan Church. The Vicar of Castlethorpe and Hanslope (Rev. W. J. Harkness) was present and he performed the last rites of the beautiful and very impressive Burial Service at the graveside, being accompanied by the Rev. W. Lee.

The mouners were: Mr. H. T. Rainbow, Mr. J. Rainbow, Mr. W. G. Rainbow, Mr. A. Rainbow and Mr. C. F. Rainbow (sons); Mrs. E. J. Cowley (daughter); Harry and Jack Rainbow (grandsons); Connie Cowley and Rosa Rainbow (granddaughters); Mr. D. Cowley (son-in-law); Mr. J. Cowley (grandson); Mr. and Mrs. Holman (brother and sister-in-law, Wolverton; Mr. and Mrs. J. Gobbey (nephew and niece); Mr. S. Cowley, Mr. E. J. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Pryke (Wicken); Mr. Bywater, Miss Gregory, Mrs. Markham, Mr. Nicholls and Mr. Faulkner (officers of the Wesleyan Church), Mr. J. Marsh (Amalgamated Society of Engineers), and others.

There was a choice collection of beautiful floral tributes, of which the following is a list: In loving memory of father, from his sons and daughters; In affectionate remembrance Will, Nellie, Olive and Victor (Leeds); In loving memory of grandpa Rosa, Harry, Jack and Frank; In loving memory Owen, Emily and nieces (Wolverton); Love to grandpa Baby Nora; In loving memory Connie and Jack; “Peace perfect peace” Frances and Jep; Loving memory Sister Lizzie Rainbow, Joe and Lizzie (Castlethorpe Post Office); In kind remembrance of an old friend Mr. and Mrs. Osborne; With deepest sympathy Miss Gregory and family; In remembrance, from his old friends, Mr. and Mrs. Bird; In loving memory Wyn and Rosa (Harrow); Deepest sympathy from Castlethorpe Wesleyan Church; A last token of respect of a dear old friend Frank and Gwen (Coventry); A token of remembrance from “Sunnyside”; With sincere sympathy Will, Arthur and Sid Markham; In loving memory from Mary Stones, who was his daily companion; In sympathy Miss Ross (Crewe); In affectionate remembrance Gertie Algar; A token of respect Castlethorpe Ambulance team; With respect and sympathy from the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, No. 1 Branch; In remembrance Mr. and Mrs. Pryke (Wicken).

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. W. Smith, undertaker, Castlethorpe in a most satisfactory manner.

Elizabeth Rainbow
The Bucks Standard 17 April 1926



During the past two months Castlethorpe has lost three of its oldest inhabitants whose combined ages totaled 263 years, namely, Mrs. Sprittles, Mr. Thomas Rainbow, and now Mrs. G. Rainbow [Elizabeth Rainbow], who passed peacefully away on Tuesday, April 6th, after a short illness at her residence, the Post Office, Castlethorpe, at the age of 87 years. The village Post Office has been under the management of the Rainbow family for the last 82 years. The first declaration was signed by Mr. H. Rainbow’s grandfather, John Rooker Rainbow, in 1844. At his death the work was carried on by his widow, Rebecca Rainbow, who was succeeded by the late Mrs. G. Rainbow, who has ably carried out the postal duties for upwards of 60 years.

During the whole of this long period her obliging and kindly disposition won for her the esteem and high regard of every resident in Castlethorpe. She was a life-long member of the Wesleyan Church, and delighted in the fellowship of God’s servants. Her house was the home of preachers, ministerial and lay, for upwards of 60 years. The village and the church and home are all the poorer for her passing, but she leaves behind sweet and hallowed memories which are a treasure and an inspiration to those who are left.

She is survived by her one daughter, Lizzie, to whom we extend our sympathy, she being her life-long companion.

The funeral took place on Saturday last. The first portion of the service was conducted in the Wesleyan Church by the Rev. Walter Lee, and at the grave by the Rev. Walter Lee and Rev. W. J. Harkness (vicar). It was a very impressive service, reverently joined in by a large congregation of life-long friends and neighbours who wished to pay their last tribute of respect to a lady who was highly esteemed in the village.

The floral tributes were a beautiful collection, and included the following:

In ever loving memory of dear Mother Lizzie and Joe; In loving memory of our dearly-beloved Sister and Aunt, from Susan and her nieces, Annie and Jane; In ever loving memory of dear Aunt, from the family of Thomas Rainbow; In loving memory, from Mr. and Mrs. Manning and family; In loving memory of dear Aunt, from Emmie and Kate; In loving memory from Arthur and Stephen; In affectionate remembrance of dear Aunt Will and Nellie (Leeds); In loving memory, from Tom, Jenny and Dorothy; With deepest sympathy and loving remembrance, Kit and Harry; In loving memory of a dear friend Miss. M. Ross (Crewe); With deepest sympathy from Castlethorpe Wesleyan Church; With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Gobbey and family; With sincere regards and deepest sympathy, from the Markham family; With deepest sympathy, from Sir Arthur and Lady Holland and Miss Holland; In kind remembrance of a dear friend Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jones, Margate, late Postmaster at Stony Stratford; In affectionate remembrance George, Kate and Dorothy; With sincere sympathy Mr. and Mrs. Holman, Wolverton; In affectionate memory, from Amy and Annie Harris; With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. F. Farney, and Mr. J. J. Cannon; In loving remembrance from Miss Compton; With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Flo; In kind remembrance from Mr. and Mrs. Mayes and Tom; With heartfelt sympathy from all at “Sunny Side”; With heartfelt sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. A. Keeves and Una (Coventry); With deepest sympathy from John McKinnie; With deepest sympathy from A. Abbott and family; With deepest sympathy from Mrs. Jones, Nell and Harry.

The Bucks Standard 24 April  1926


On Monday last, April 19, Mr. William Manning who had been a resident of the village of Castlethorpe for more than 40 years, passed away at the age of 67 after a short but painful illness, leaving a widow, son and two daughters. Always a willing and vigorous worker and a man of kindly disposition, it was noticed with regret by his many friends and family in the early part of this year that his health was failing, and after treatment for heart trouble he was finally compelled to retire to his bed on Easter Tuesday.

Mr. Wm. Manning was a staunch churchman and had held with distinction the position of choirmaster at the Parish Church for a period of 33 years, and in recognition of his devoted services he received shortly before his death, from the hands of the Vicar, a Bible inscribed:- “Presented to Mr. William Manning by the choir and congregation of the church, as a mark of esteem and respect, and in appreciation of his services as choirmaster for thirty-three years.” He was, in his early days, a member of the Northamptonshire Volunteers (Daventry Company), and during the great war did duty, with many others of his age, as a special constable. He also took an active interest in parochial matters and was a member of the first School Board in 1888, and subsequent occasions; later becoming a school Manager, which office he held at the time of his death. A Parish Councillor on a number of occasions, he at one period held the position of chairman. In politics Mr. Wm. Manning was a Conservative and gave every possible assistance in support of his views.

The funeral took place on Wednesday last,.

The service, which was choral, was conducted by the Vicar (Rev. W. J. Harkness, M.A.), assisted by the Rev. E. J. Fenn, M.A. (curate). The hymns, “O let him, whose sorrow,” and “On the Resurrection morning,” and the “Nune Dimittis” were rendered by the choir. The “Dead March” from Saul was played by Miss Gregory, who for the whole period of his choirmastership had been organist at the Parish Church.

The floral tributes included the following: In loving memory, from his sorrowing Wife and Daughters; In loving memory of dear Dad, from Will, Olive and Muriel; In loving memory of dear Uncle, from Kit and Harry; With sympathy from all at Litchborough; In affectionate remembrance, from his sorrowing mother-in-law and sisters, Annie and Janie; In ever loving remembrance, from Tom, Jenny and Dorothy, Wolverton; With loving sympathy, from Arthur and family (Ashford Kent); In affectionate remembrance from Steve and Maggie and family (Southampton); A token of esteem and sincere sympathy, from the Clergy, Church Council and the Choir, Castlethorpe Parish Church; With respect and much sympathy, from the Managers of the Castlethorpe Council Schools; With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. G. Coey; With sincere sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Beesley (Wolverton); With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Williams (Bedford-street, Wolverton); With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Farney Brown and Mr. J. J. Cannon, “The Holmestead,” Castlethorpe; With deepest sympathy, from Mrs. Beesley and family(Manor Farm)[Hanslope]; In affectionate remembrance, from Mr. and Mrs. Barford; With sincere sympathy, from E. and N. Flaxman; With sincere sympathy, from Mrs. Jones and family; In remembrance and with deepest sympathy, from Lizzie and Joe; With deepest sympathy, from the family of the late Thomas Rainbow; In ever loving remembrance, from S. Compton and Joe; With deepest sympathy, from Moss Ross (Crewe); In kind remembrance from Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bavington; With loving sympathy, from Harriet and Liz (Wolverton); With deepest sympathy, from Emmie and Kate (Hanslope); With loving sympathy, from the Misses Phillips, of Dudley; In loving remembrance from Will and Donald Bullas, Baintrice, Canada.

Northampton Mercury 17 September 1926

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

Northampton Mercury 10 December 1926


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

The Bucks Standard 06 August  1927

Carrier 2-cwt. Sack of Corn

When He Was 78


Apprenticed as a boy to the trade of miller, Mr. Charles Henry Huckin served in 12 mills before he retired when the mill at Castlethorpe closed down. He had experienced using wind, water, gas and steam engines for power for the mills, and was an expert in dressing mill stones.

After leaving Castlethorpe about 17 years ago (1936), where he was miller for 20 years, Mr. Huckin moved to Stony Stratford. His death took place there on 6th August at 87 Clarence Road, within a week of his 82nd birthday.

Born at Chipping Norton he had worked in mills at Stroud, Slough, Banbury, Twyford, Towcester and Winslow. After his retirement from Castlethorpe, where he worked for Mr. Charles Whiting he often went as a relief miller to Towcester, Newport Pagnell, or where a man was required, making the daily journey by cycle.

Accepted Challenge

After living in a mill house for most of his life, Mr. Huckin retained a great interest in mills, and often cycled out to see those still operating in the district.

Four years ago at Thornborough he was challenged to carry a sack of corn, weighing 2cwts., and successfully carried this up to the second floor of the mil.

He continued to ride a bicycle until he was well over 80, and was also well-known for his love of poetry, Kipling was his favourite, and even during the past three months when he was in fading health he recited a poem of over 2,000 words that he had learned as a boy.

The funeral service took place at Stony Stratford Congregational Church on Saturday, conducted by the Rev. J. H. Eddleston. The interment was in the London Road cemetery. Mourners present were Mr. R. Huckin (son), Mr. and Mrs. Capel and Mr. and Mrs. F. Seabourne (sons-in-law and daughters). Unable to be present were Mr. W. Huckin (brother), who is in Canada. Miss E. Huckin (Brackley) and Mrs. E. Townsend, Chadlington (sister).

Northampton Mercury 16 December 1927


Impressive Scene at Woolwich --- Two
Memorial Services.

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



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


The wreaths bore the following inscriptions The family and personal wreaths were: To our darling dad, from his wife and daughter May and little Moll.
With the deepest affection and deepest sorrow, Mrs. Lewis Hall.
Dr. and Mrs. T. A. Butcher.
With deepest sympathy, from Florence and George.,
In loving remembrance of our dear brother Arthur, from his sisters, Bessy Butcher and Arthurina Eardley-Wilmot; at rest.
In affectionate remembrance, from Ernest (Prebendary) Eardley-Wilmot.
In remembrance, from Mrs. J. Herbert Bell.
With most loving regret and sympathy, Mrs. Herbert Butcher and Mrs. Naton Legge.
To the memory of a gallant soldier, from Geoffrey and Muriel Hall.
In memory of dear Uncle Arthur, from Charlie and Evelyn Hall.
Kindly remembrance, from Lord and Lady and the Hon. Betty Askwith.
In appreciative remembrance of a brave and very honourable soldier. Lady Stewart.
With loving sympathy. Miss Christie.
In memory of a gallant soldier and loyal friend, Mrs. Stuart Menzies and her son.
In memory of gallant soldier and kind friend. Mr. and Mrs. Charles W, Sala.
To Lady Holland and Miss Holland, with deepest sympathy, from F. E. Lauer, E. Lift, and J. Crocker. With sincerest sympathy, from Mrs. Felse, Warren Dorothy Felse, and Mrs Rogers.
With deepest sympathy and remembrance, from the Hanslope and Castlethorpe Nursing Association. From the members of the Northampton Conservative and Unionist Men’s Association, our last token of affection to a gallant and patriotic members. (Roses, orchids, arum lilies, violets, carnations, harissi lilies, asparagus fern, and croton leaves).
A last token of affection to our friend and member whom we all loved, from the members of the Northampton Women’s Unionist Association. (Design of Union Jack worked with scarlet and white carnations and artificial blue gnaphaliun with flagstaff and cord attached.)
With deepest sympathy, from the Northampton Branch of the Junior Imperial and Constitutional League.
With deepest sympathy and affectionate remembrance from the President and Members of the Town and County Conservative Club.
In affection remembrance of gallant soldier and a most honoured and revered member and friend, from the President, Committee, and Members of the Conservative Working-men’s Club, Whitworth-road, Northampton.
In loving memory, from the Young Britons’ Association, Northampton.
In affectionate remembrance our beloved member, from St. Michael’s Ward Conservative and Unionist Women’s Association. Northampton.
A token of respect and affection, from the members of the Women’s Branch of the Northampton Conservative and Unionist Association, St. Edmund’s Ward.
With deepest sympathy and regret, “ Not our will, but Thine, O God.” North Ward Women’s Conservative and Unionist Association.
With loving sympathy, from St. James Huxley.
Members of Sir Arthur’s indoor staff, our beloved master.
A tribute of respect, from the outdoor , staff and tenant farmers, Hanslope Lodge.
To General Sir Arthur Holland, a wreath from his own garden.
In most affectionate remembrance, from Florentine and Sibyl Poore.
With Mr. Mrs. Mark Poore's most sincere and true sympathy.
With very sorrowing sympathy, from Mrs. Watts, Hanslope Park.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs Goldie.
In affectionate remembrance, from the Conservative Committee of the House of Commons

 [part of a much longer article describing more wreaths]

The Bucks Standard 02 February 1929

Death and Funeral of Mrs. [Ann] Cook. Much regret was caused by the death of Mrs. Cook, widow, at her residence, “Shepperton” on Wednesday, Jan 23rd. She had been subject to periodic heart attacks during the last few years, and each successive attack left the heart weaker to perform its proper function. The end came at last rather suddenly, the result of complete exhaustion. She was a native of this village, and, born in the year 1849, she was 79 years of age. She leaves one son and one daughter to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Saturday last, attended with every mark of sympathy and respect. The first part of the burial service was conducted in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. H. H. Adams superintendent of the Circuit. A good number of lifelong friends were present to pay tribute to the memory of one who had by her generous and sympathetic nature endeared herself to them. Following the preliminary service, the body was taken to its resting place by four old friends Messrs. Richardson, Cowley, Olney and Green. The cortege was met at the entrance to the churchyard by the Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate), who very impressively conducted the service at the graveside. The inscription on the coffin was: “Ann Cook, died Jan. 23, 1929, age 79 years.” The chief mourners were: Mrs. Axon (daughter), Mr. H. Cook (son), Mrs. H. Cook (daughter-in-law), Mrs. W. Clarke (sister), Mr. W. Clarke (brother-in-law), Mr. T. Osborne, J.P. (brother), Mrs. W. Gray (niece), Mr. S. Osborne, nephew (Crewe), Mr. J. Groom, nephew (Crewe), Mrs. Irons and Miss Compton. Mr. Dickens, Hanslope, was the undertaker, and Mr. Sellick supplied the motor cars. There was a most beautiful collection of flowers, a striking testimony to the esteem in which the deceased lady was held. The following is a list: Cross. In sweet and loving memory of our dear mother, from Ida, Harry, and Nellie; spray, To my darling Grannie, with love from Eric; wreath, In loving memory from Amy, Harry and family (Crewe); wreath, In affectionate and loving remembrance from, Lizzie , Will, and family (Crewe); wreath, In affectionate and loving remembrance of my dear sister, from Lizzie and William; chaplet, In affectionate memory of one of the best, Tom, Annie, Flo and Will; spray, With deepest sympathy from Mr. G. Cowley; wreath In loving memory of dear Aunt from Lily, Jack and Jackie (Crewe); wreath, In loving memory of my dear Aunt, from Silas (Crewe); wreath. With sincere sympathy from Mr. W. L. and E. Nichols; wreath With sincere sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Wenlock; wreath In loving memory from Mrs. Irons and Mrs. Robinson; wreath, In ever loving memory; wreath In ever loving memory from Lily, Fred and Leonard (Warwick); wreath, A token of respect and with deep sympathy, from members and friends of Castlethorpe Wesleyan Chapel; spray, With deep sympathy and regret from her friends at “Sunnyside,” Castlethorpe; spray, With sincere sympathy and knd remembrance from Miss Amos (Stony Stratford); spray, In kind remembrance and with sincere sympathy from Miss M. Cook; wreath, In loving memory from Rose (Nuneaton); bunch, from Miss Anderson; wreath, In loving memory from Mr. and Mrs. J. Axon and Arthur (Nuneaton); anchor, In loving memory from Sarah and Joe; spray, With sincere sympathy from Mrs. Worker and Minnie; wreath, With deepest sympathy and kind remembrance from Mrs. Manning and Miss Gregory.

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 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 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 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 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


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 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 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 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 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 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 21 March 1940

WHITING.— On March 21. Northampton General Hospital, Anne Elizabeth darling daughter of Mr. and Whiting, Castlethorpe Lodge Castlethorpe. Aged 19. Funeral, 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23.

Northampton Mercury 29 March 1940


Men and women from Castlethorpe and other villages and towns mourned a talented young artist, when the funeral took place at Castlethorpe of Miss Anne Elizabeth Whiting.
Elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe, she had achieved success as an elocutionist, though only 19. She had won a gold medal and recently obtained a teaching diploma. Her last public appearance was at a concert in aid of the Girl Guides, of which she was a lieutenant in the Hanslope company.
Her father is a well-known farmer.
She died in Northampton Hospital.
Since she was well-known in the district as an artist and girl with an attractive personality the members attending the funeral were so great that the little church at Castlethorpe was crowded. Extra seats were filled and many stood.


The service was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Fenn (curate-in-charge), who also officiated at the graveside and the lesson was read by the Rev. J. Percy Taylor, vicar of Hanslope. The hymns were “On the resurrection morning” and “Abide with Me.”
The Nunc Dimittis was sung as the mourners left for the graveside the churchyard.
The coffin had been brought from the farm, which adjoins the church, overnight, and remained in the chancel.
In addition to Mr and Mrs. J. E. Whiting (father and mother) and Miss Patricia Whiting (sister), the following member's of the family attended: Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Whiting (Cosgrove), Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Whiting. Miss Whiting (Heyford Grange, Weedon). Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Johnstone (Finchley), Mr. and Mrs. Jack Whiting, Miss Nellie Whiting (Stoke Goldington), Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Whiting (Gayhurst), Mr. Maurice Whiting, Miss Mary Whiting, and Mr. Philip Whiting (Cosgrove), Mr. and Mrs. E. Charles Jones (Newport, Mon.), Flying Officer St. John, and Flying Officer Powerill.
Others present were; Mr. and Mrs. George Beale (Potterspury Lodge), Mr. C. H. Weston (Yardley Gobion), Mr. and Mrs. Giles Randall (Haversham). Mrs. Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Knight (Northampton), Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Morgan (Salcey Lawn), Mrs. Phipps, Mr. Donald Phipps (Hartwell), Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Woollard (Stony Stratford). Mr. J. Hurry (Old Stratford), Mrs. J. L. Hall, Miss Hall (Marlborough), Mr P. C. Gambell, Mrs. and Miss Price Mr. and Mrs. S. Reynolds (Newport Pagnell), Captain and Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson (Cosgrove Priory), Mrs. H. C. Rossiter, Miss Rossiter (Lavendon), Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Lester (Leckhampstead), Miss Sylvia Meacham, Mr. and Mrs Rupert Roberts, Miss Stockings, Miss Carden (Stony Stratford), Mr. W. H. Weston, Miss M. Weston (Yardley),
Mr. C. G. Brown (Towcester), Mrs. Reynolds. Miss Susan Reynolds (Buckingham), Mr. and Mrs. L. Wienholt (Hereford). Mr. and Mrs. W. Viccars (Singleborough), Mrs. Forbes (Great Horwood), Mr. P. J. Powell, Mr. Walter Beesley, Mr. Tom West, Mr. H. B. Cook, Mr. F. Mills, Mr. E. H. Fordham, Mrs. J. K. Bowden, Mr. Tom Bowden (Simpson), Mrs. J. Rossiter (Heathencote), Mrs. C. Wylie, Mr. R. Wylie (Stantonbury), Mr. W. S. Johnson, Mr. Allen Taylor (Bletchley), Mr. and Mrs. Greaves (Wolverton), Mrs. Bolt, Mrs. Mayes, Mr. Tom Mayes, Mrs. W. Furniss (Castlethorpe).


Mrs. P. Tompkins. Mrs. P. H. G. Simkins (Hanslope), Mrs. J. Thompson (West Hartlepool), Mrs. and Miss Soper, Mr. J. Soper, jun. (Potterspury), Mr. G. Dove, Miss Dove (Duncote, Towcester), Miss Adams, Mr. J. Monk (Weedon), Mrs. H. Cross (Oxford), Mrs. E. F. Melly (Nuneaton), Mr. L. Taylor (Hanslope), Mr. A. R J. Norris (Newport).
The Mothers’ Union were represented by members of the Castlethorpe branch, of which Mrs. M. M. Lewis the enrolling member.
The 1st Company Girl Guides, under Captain Miss Fairs, formed a guard of honour at the graveside, and carried the company colours.
The grave was lined with evergreens, snowdrops, daffodils and narcissi.
Nearly a hundred wreaths included tributes from the Girl Guides, the Mothers’ Union, and the Hanslope and Castlethorpe Nursing Association.

Northampton Mercury 11 April 1941


The funeral took place at Castlethorpe, on Tuesday, of Major Alwyn Lowder King Anderson. Before going to Castlethorpe a few years ago he took an active part in the Old Comrades’ Association at Lichfield. He saw active service in the second Boer War and the last great war with the 3rd South Staffordshire Regiment,

The service in the Parish Church was conducted by the Rev. E. J. Penn (curate-in-charge), and the lesson was read by the Rev. J. O. Hichens of Guilsborough (brother-in-law of Major Anderson).
The service was choral The Nunc Dimittis was sung before leaving for the graveside in the adjoining churchyard, where the Rev. J. O. Hichens performed the committal rites. The mourners were: Mrs. Anderson (widow). Mrs. Hichens Guilsborough, and Miss Anderson, Grendon (sisters). Mr T. S. Hichens and Miss Hichens. Cholesey, Berks (nephew and niece). Mrs. C. A. Markham. Northampton. Major A. C. McDermott. South Staffs. Mr. G. W. Beattie. Mr. Keith Leslie, and Mr. Colpman, Northampton.

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1941


The deep respect in which he was held in the village and wide district was shown by the large attendance at the funeral at Castlethorpe on Friday of Driver Oliver Oscar Pearson, of the R.A.S.C. Driver Pearson was motorcycling to his home, No. 7, Council Houses. Castlethorpe, May 24 for week-end leave, and was on the by-pass road at Barnet when he became involved in a motor accident, and received Injuries which proved fatal at the Wellhouse Hospital the following day.
A native of Piddington, Pearson started his working life at Wolverton Carriage Works, but at the age of 21 he commenced business as a haulage contractor at Castlethorpe. He became a member of the Home Guard, but in December last felt impelled to join the Army and joined the R.A.S.C. as a driver. He leaves a widow and a baby son. The service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev. Percy Taylor, and included the hymns “The King of love my Shepherd is” and “For ever with the Lord,” Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. Gregory officiating at the organ.


The principal mourners were Mrs. Pearson (.widow), Mr. and Mrs. White (mother and stepfathers, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Pearson, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Pearson (brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr. Frank Pearson (brother), Mr. and Mrs. G. White and Mr. and Mrs. H. White (step-brothers and sisters-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. C. Valentine, Mr. and Mrs. R. Lake (brothers-in-law and step-sisters), Mr. L. White and Mr. B. White (step-brothers), Mrs. J. Hobson (sister-in-law), Mr. W. Bennett grandfather), Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Crewes ad Mrs. French (aunts), Mr. and Mrs. Tew, Mr. Herbert, Mrs. Dodds, Mrs. Baker, Mr. Saunders (friends). There were a large number of wreaths and floral tributes as follows: To my darling husband; from his sorrowing mum and dad. Leslie Bell and grandad. Castlethorpe; Eric and Mary. Teddy and Michael. Par Cotton; Prank and Annie. Castlethorpe; Cecil and Maude. Pat and Tony. Addelstone: George and Maud and Michael. Luton: Harry and Minnie. Birmingham; Flo and Reg. Luton: Ciss. Cliff. Pam and Ann, Wolverton: Janet. Hanslope; Aunt Ada and Gwen. Market Drayton; Dorrie. Reg. Linot. and Marie. Northampton: Aunt Rose and family. Piddington; Comrades of the R.A.S.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Markham and family. Castlethorpe; Committee of Hanslope Parcels Fund: Gerald Bloxham. Hanslope: Mrs. Worker Atkins and West. Castlethorpe; Mrs. Smith and Maurice. Castlethorpe: Mr, and Mrs. Mills. Castlethorpe Mr. and Mrs. Maley. Hanslope; Mr. and Mrs. King. Hanslope; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert and Tabbett Hanslope: Mr. and Mrs. R. Saunders, Mr. and Mrs Baker. Hanslope; Mr. and Mrs. L. Sapwell. Linford; Miss P. Evans and Mr. J. Bavington Hanslope; Mrs. Cave. Hanslope: Mrs. Dodds and Bill. Acton; Mr M Jelley. Cosgrove; Mr. and Mrs. P. Tew. Roade: Mrs. R. French and Violet and Mrs. G. Crewes and Fred. Roade: Mr. J. Evans. Castlethorpe.

Northampton Mercury 13 March 1942


A VETERAN North Bucks Non-conformist, Mr. Edward Richardson, of Sumnyside, Castlethorpe, has died at the age of 83.
He was the oldest member of the Newport Pagnell Rural Council, and served 25 years on the old Board of Guardians before its abolition. One of the original members of the old School Board, he later became a school manager.
A prominent member of the Methodist cause at Castlethorpe and Hanslope, he held several offices. Mr. Richardson, who was a native of Bow Brickhill, began work on the land. He then obtained work as a carpenter in Wolverton Railway Carriage Works, and retired at the age of 66 after a service of 40 years. His hobby was gardening.

Edgar Julius Fenn

Northampton Mercury 24 April 1942


The Rev. E. J. Fenn, curate of Castlethorpe, is in Northampton Hospital with a thigh injury received in a fall. Mr. Fenn had a fairly good night last night, and his condition to-day is reported satisfactory.

Northampton Mercury 14 August 1942


The death is announced of the Rev, Edgar Julius Fenn, curate of Hanslope and Castlethorpe for number of years. Mr. Fenn’s last public service was to assist the Rev. E. H. Brewin. Methodist minister at Wolverton, at a funeral in April. The same evening he injured his thigh in a fall, and was taken to Northampton General Hospital, where he remained until few days ago. He returned to his home at Castlethorpe, but died on Friday.

Edgar Julius Fenn was curate at Castlethorpe church.

First baptism December 26th 1926 Phyllis Eileen Ray.
Last baptism December 14th 1941 Senetia Anne Ives

First marriage September 25th 1926.
Last marriage December 30th 1941.

First funeral March 28th 1928 Pearl Markham.
Last funeral April 18th 1942 Edwena Richardson.

The following entry in the burial book is of Edgar Fenn buried August 12th 1942.

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 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 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.

The Wolverton Express 02 September 1960

Edward Nichols
Edward Nichols



Late Mr. E. Nichols


The funeral service took place on Thursday last week at the Methodist Church Castlethorpe for Mr. Edward Nichols, who died at his home Morland, Castlethorpe, on August 22.

Mr. Nichols had done a great deal of work for the Methodist Church at Castlethorpe, holding the offices of Trustee, Society Steward, Chapel Steward and Trustees’ Steward. Three of these offices he held until his death.

He was also well known in Northampton, where he was in business for over 30 years with Messrs. W. H. Eaden and Company. For several years he worked as a business representative for the firm, and later became manager. On the death of Mr. W. H. Eaden, he became proprietor of the business as a wholesale shoe and textile merchant.

Owing to ill-health he was obliged to retire from business in 1951.

Mr. Nichols was also associated with the Methodist Church in Gold Street, Northampton, during his younger days.

The service was conducted by the Rev. S. Wilding, and included the hymns “The King of Love my Shepherd is” and “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds”. Organist was Mr. Richardson.

Family mourners were: Mr. L. Nichols (brother), Mrs. Mothersole, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Nichols, Watford, Mrs. H. P. Cook (cousins), Mrs. Cochrane, Mrs. W. E. Watson, Leighton Buzzard, Mrs. May, Mr. and Mrs. Davis (Northampton), Miss Jenkinson, Northampton (friends).

Friends present

Friends in church included: Mrs. C. Cowley, Mr. P. Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Green, Mrs. Brownsell, Miss M. Willett, Mrs. M. Ratledge, Mr. and Mrs. Panter, (also representing Mr. and Mrs. Tucker), Mrs. D. Pittam, Mrs. H. Gray, Mrs. T. West, Mr. T. Thomas, Miss K. Jones, Miss A. Manning, Mr. J. F. Morley, Mrs. L. Robinson, Mrs. J. Cooper, Mrs. F. Bavington, Mrs. J. Herbert (also representing Mr. Herbert), Miss. V. Clarke, Mrs. H. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. J. Brown, Mr. G. St. John, Raunds, Mrs. C. Arden, Mr. A. Meachem, Miss P. Bates (also representing Mr. E. C. Bates), Mrs. E. Homer, Mr. C. Bywater, Mrs. G. White, Mr. L. Faulkner, Mr. F. Sawbridge (also representing Mrs. Sawbridge), Mr. A. Burbidge, Mrs. P. St. John (also representing Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting), Mrs. J. E. Gobbey, and Miss E. M. Gregory.

Floral tributes

Floral tributes were inscribed: In loving memory of my dear brother, Edward from Leonard; In loving memory of Edward, with deepest sympathy, Mary and Bert; Loving remembrance from Arthur, molly, and family, Oxford; In loving memory from Owen and Minnie; In affectionate memory, from Nellie, Harry and Fan; With deepest sympathy, Elsie and Frank Bavington and Carole; With deepest sympathy, from Bessie and Jack; With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Tom West; With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. J. Nicholls and family; With deepest sympathy from Charlotte Frank and family, also Mr. Baker; In remembrance of Mr. Nichols from Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Mullins, and Mrs. D. Pittam; From Mrs. Markham and family; With deepest sympathy from C. Cowley, Nora and Phillip; With deepest sympathy from friends and neighbours of the Methodist Church; In deepest sympathy of a very kind friend and neighbour, from R. and H. West, John and Charlene; With sincere sympathy, Frances, Ron, and Julie Pocock, Luton; In remembrance and with deepest sympathy from J. E., F. C., and F. J. Green; With deepest sympathy from Mrs. Booth; With sincere sympathy and remembrance from Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Whiting and Mr. and Mrs. St. John; In remembrance from Walter, Reg, Dorothy, and family; With deepest sympathy from Lillian, Len Robinson and Susie, Susie, John Cooper and family; In remembrance of Edward, from Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbert; With heartfelt sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Panter, and Mr. and Mrs. Tucker; With sincere sympathy from Dr. and Mrs. Cooper; With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Davies; With deepest sympathy from R. Smith.

Funeral arrangements were made by Mr. B. Sawbridge, Castlethorpe

The Wolverton Express 02 September 1960

Harry Percy Cook
Harry Percy Cook



Mr. Harry P. Cook

Dies at 79

Mr. Harry Percy Cook, one of the most conscientious workers that Castlethorpe Parish Council can ever have possessed, died at his home, The Cottage, Castlethorpe, on Sunday morning. He was 79.

Officially churchwarden, there was hardly a church task or office to which Mr. Cook did not turn his hand at some time or other. Sexton, treasurer, bellringer, voluntary organist, sidesman, money-riser. He collected or helped raise many hundreds of pounds during the years he was associated with the church and his passing is a great loss to the parish as a whole.

Though born at Wolverton (his parents where Castlethorpe people), Mr. Cook spent most of his early life at Nuneaton where his family had a fruiterer and florist business. With his mother he returned to Castlethorpe in 1919 and until his retirement in 1958 worked the Shepperton fruit farm in the village.

Musical connections

He soon became well known as a stallholder at the Wolverton Market and within a year or so of coming to Castlethorpe formed the village choral society and was the conductor. Later this became the Church Musical Society and functioned until the outbreak of the 1939-45 war.

Almost 30 years ago he was appointed Vicar’s warden and for the last 14 years had been organist. His other offices included that of clerk of the Feoffee Charity, one he had held for 20 years. He was a keen follower of the village cricket and football.

Mr. Cook had not been well for almost a year and had spent two months in hospital. He leaves a widow, formerly Miss Nellie Sprittles, their marriage taking place in 1922.

The funeral service was on Wednesday at Castlethorpe Parish Church. A report will appear in our next issue.

The Wolverton Express 09 September 1960

Many at



Late Mr. H. P. Cook

There were many friends at the unreal service for the late Mr. Harry Cook at Castlethorpe Parish Church on Wednesday of last week. As we announced in our 1st issue Mr. Cook, a well known church worker, died at Castlethorpe, on August 28, aged 79.

The service was conducted by the Vicar of Hanslope the Rev. D. Wingate, Mrs. W. Cooke was the organist and the choir led the chanting of the 23rd Psalm and the singing of the hymns “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds” and “Angel voices ever singing”. Mr. Walter Beasley read the lesson.

Family mourners were Mrs. N. Cook (widow), Mr. E. Axon (nephew), Mrs. I. Axon (sister), Mrs. F. Irons (aunt), Miss D. Sprittles, Mr and Mrs. D. Sprittles, Mr. L. Nichols (cousins), Mr. J. Stanley, Mr. A. Stanley (evacuee friends). Miss M. A. Cook, Mrs. F. Brown, Mr and Mrs. O. T. Dixon, Mr. W. Beasley and representing Mr. Mayes (friends).

Friends in church included: Mr. and Mrs. Tom West (churchwarden and representing Mr. R. Holt sidesman), Mrs. F. Mills, Mr. A. Burbidge, Mr. F. Carter, Mr. N. West, Mrs. L. Robinson, Mrs. J. May, Miss Jones, Mrs. K. Wilks also representing Mrs W. Furniss), Mrs. E. Carter, Miss E. M. Buxton, Miss A. M. Buxton, Mrs. D. Pittam, Mrs. L. Mullins, Mrs. H. Gray, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Geary.

Frank & Charlotte Sawbridge with their
grandson Charles outside their home at
The Gardens in North Street
The Wolverton Express 15 September 1961



A resident in Castlethorpe all her life, Mrs. Charlotte Elizabeth Sawbridge died at her home, The Gardens, Castlethorpe, on Wednesday of last week, aged 70. She had been in failing health for some time, but was taken seriously ill only two days before her death.

She leaves her husband, Mr. Frank Sawbridge, and two sons.

The funeral service was held at SS Simon and Jude Church, Castlethorpe, on Saturday last, and was conducted by the Rev. H. P. Fuller, Rector of Hartwell.

Mrs. G. Cook was the organist for the hymn, “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds,” and also for Psalm 23 (Crimond). Interment was in the Churchyard.

Family mourners were: Mr. F. Sawbridge (husband); Mr. and Mrs. J. Sawbridge, Mr. and Mrs. B. Sawbridge (sons and daughters-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Gobbey (brother and sister-in-law); Mr. A. Sawbridge, Mr. G. Sawbridge, Mr. C. Webb (brothers-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Webb, Mr. and Mrs. O. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. E. Bates (also representing Mr. and Mrs. B. Caddy), Mr. and Mrs. R. Eakin, Mr. J. Humphries, Mr. J. Sawbridge (nephews and nieces); Mr. and Mrs. E. Sinfield, Mr. and Mrs. R. Sinfield, Mr. Fred Nicholls (cousins); Mr. and Mrs. F. Baker, Mr. T. Baker, Mr. W. Baker, Mr. R. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. F. Massey (friends).

A large number of other friends and villagers were in the church.

Floral tributes

Floral tributes were: With heartfelt grief and very deepest sympathy, loving husband; Goodnight and God bless you for ever and a day; With loving thoughts and very happy memories of dear mother, from Ben, Nancy and Charles, Sleep on dear mother, take your rest; we will miss you most who loved you best; To dear Grannie Charlotte, with love from Charles, Goodnight and God bless you, Loving memories of Grandma, from grand-daughter Mary and grandson John; Joe, Lizzie and Elsie; George, Dorothy, Ron and Shirley; Alf, Selina, and family; Nieces and nephews Humphries; Edwin and Winnie; Charlotte, Basil, and Janet; Oliver and Kath, Reb, and Dora, Ralph and Connie, Eric and Mabel, and Rachel; Charlie at Haversham; Charlie, Topsy and Jane; Oliver and Helen, and children; Mr. and Mrs. T. Carpenter and family; Mr. and Mrs. Stan Nicholls; Dr. and Mrs. Cooper; Ann and Peter; Dorothy and Keith; Mr. and Mrs. Stewart; Pauline and Andrew.

Mr. and Mrs. G. Stewart; Maggie and Jean; Mr. and Mrs. Lambert; Mrs. Ward and Christine; Mr. and Mrs. J. Nicholls; Terry Alvin; Mrs. E. Nicholls; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Whiting; Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Irons; Mr. and Mrs. K. and L. Robinson; Miss Hanson; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Cannon; Mr. and Mrs. Hart and family; Mr. D. M. Cole and R. E. Cole; Lilian , Len and Susie; Paddy, Mrs. Mullins, and Michael; Mr. and Mrs. H. Gray and Mrs. J. Belton; Mr. and Mrs. Spinelli, David and Linda; Nellie, Alf and family; Mrs. Markham and family; Mr. and Mrs. Kinns; John, Charlene, R. and M. West; L. Nicholls; The Mayes family; Dot, Fred and John Woburn Sands; Elaine and Andrew; Annie Bettle; Castlethorpe Conservative Branch; Robert and William, Woburn Sands; Tom (Baker); George and Eva; Mr. and Mrs. D. Pittam and family; Mr. and Mrs. R. Pittam and Jean; C. Cowley and family; Mr. and Mrs. Tom West; R. Smith and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. Sawbridge, and the boys; Mr. and Mrs. J. Nicholls; Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood; Lizzie and Jim, Elsie and John; Doll and Mick, and family ; Mr. and Mrs. F. Massey; Jack and Jean Blackpool.

Helen Holt
Helen Holt

The Wolverton Express 03 February 1963

Miss Helen Holt, of Elm Cottage, 5 Bullington End Road, Castlethorpe, died at her home on Saturday, having been in ill health for sometime. She was 80 and had lived in Castlethorpe with her brother, Mr. Robert Holt, since 1911.

A native of Twyford, near Buckingham, she was a keen churchwoman and delivered church magazines in the village. She had been afflicted for sometime with deafness and poor eyesight.

The funeral service was on Wednesday at the Parish Church.


The Wolverton Express 15 February 1963



Late Miss Helen Holt

The funeral service for the late, Miss Helen Holt, who died at her home, Elm Cottage, 5 Bullington End Road, Castlethorpe, on February 2, aged 80, was held at the Parish Church on Wednesday last week.
Miss Holt, a keen church worker, had benne ill for some years.
The service was conducted by the Rev. D. Wingate, and Mrs. W. Cook was organist for the hymn “Praise my soul”. Interment was in the churchyard.

Family mourners were: Mr. R. Holt (brother), Mrs. M. Kenney, Mrs. C. Jeffery, Mrs. W. Brown, Mrs. B. Sharp (nieces), Mr. J. Holt (nephew). Friends in church included: Mr. L. Nicholls, Mr. Brown (Vicar’s Warden), Mrs. H. Cook, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. H. Ray, Mrs. E. Ray, Mrs. P. Homer, Mr. T. West (People’s Warden), Miss Edith Feasey, Miss Ellen Feasey, Mrs. Brown. Mr. W. Holt (brother) was unable to attend.

Floral tributes

Floral tributes were: With very deepest sympathy of a dear sister I loved so much from her sorrowing brother Robert; To a very dear sister with deepest sympathy from Walter; With deepest sympathy to our beloved auntie, remembered always, your loving nephew John and Mary; Treasured memories of our dearest auntie. “The same as you were you will always stay. Loved and remembered every day. From your loving niece Winnie, Len and children; In ever loving memory of our beloved auntie, your loving niece Beryl, Arthur and family; With very fond memories of our dear auntie from Helen, Tom and family; With deepest sympathy to dear auntie, from her loving niece Connie, Ern and family; With loving remembrance of a dear friend, from Mr. and Mrs. Kingston (Wolverton); “Resting from her labours” With deepest sympathy to a very dear auntie whom we all loved from her loving niece and family; In remembrance of a happy friendship, sincere sympathy from Nellie and Mrs. Irons; With deepest sympathy Mr. and Mrs. Belton and family; With deepest sympathy from Dr. and Mrs. R. Cooper; With deepest sympathy from Mrs. Pittam, John and Gerald:

With deepest sympathy Mr. and Mrs. T. West, Mr. and Mrs. N. West, Diane and Angela, “Peace perfect peace”, With deepest sympathy Mr. and Mrs. H. Gray, Miss Manning, Betty and John, Fond remembrances and deepest sympathy Frances and Ern, With deepest sympathy, Mrs. Markham and family, With sincere sympathy Mrs. Whiting and Mrs. St. John, Deepest sympathy Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Peter. With deepest sympathy Mrs. Booth, Miss Rawlinson, the Misses E. and N. Feasey, and Mr. and Mrs. A. Burbidge, With deepest sympathy Mr. and Mrs. Pile.

Funeral arrangements were by Mr. B. E. Sawbridge.

The Wolverton Express 31 May 1963


Late Mrs. Kate Robinson

The funeral service of Mrs. Kate Robinson, of 31 Bullington End, Castlethorpe, took place at Castlethorpe Methodist Church on Tuesday and was conducted by the Rev. R. Lenton.

Mrs. Robinson, who was 80, died in Northampton General Hospital the previous Friday. She was well known and respected in the village and was an active member of the Methodist Church, Women’s Institute and Mother’s Union. Representatives of these organisations and many friends from the village and district were present at the service.

Mrs. Robinson leaves a husband, Mr. Leason Robinson, a son and three daughters. Mr. Robinson has worked for many years for the Whiting family at Castlethorpe.

Mr. A. Richardson was organist at the funeral service and the family mourners were: Mr. E. L. Robinson (husband); Mr. and Mrs. L. Robinson (son and daughter-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. A. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. H. Woodward (sons-in-law and daughters), Miss M. Scott, Miss S. Robinson (grandchildren); Mr. H. Dolling, Mr. F. Dolling (brothers); Mr. and Mrs. J. Dolling (brother and sister-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. A. Nicholls, Mr. and Mrs. J. May (brothers-in-law and sisters) Mrs. A. Robinson (sister-in-law); Mrs. D. Gascoyne (cousin); Mrs. N. Nicholls, Mrs. H. Dolling (nieces); Mr. C. Dolling (nephew).

Floral tributes

Flowers were: To a loving wife and mother; To a dear Nannie from all your grandchildren; In loving memory from Nell, Arthur and family; In loving memory, from Jack and illeg; In loving memory of our dear sister and auntie, from Bess, Jack, Eric and Rene; With deepest sympathy from Fred and Vi and family; In remembrance, from Harry Mand and Arthur; To a dear niece and cousin, uncle Will, aunt Merce and family; In loving memory from Flo, Winifred and Joan; In loving memory, from Doll and family; Sylv and family; Alec and Eileen; Joan, Susie and family; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Stephens and family; From the neighbours, Mrs. Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Ward, Mr. and Mrs. K. West, Miss K. Clarke and Vera, Mr. and Mrs. W. Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. White and Bill; Mr. and Mrs. and Mrs. Marks and family; Frank, Elsie and Charlie; Mrs. Brownsell; Mr. and Mrs. Ron Pittam and family; Jack Collyer and family; Cis, Ernie and Peter, Mrs. Woodward; A. & J. Robinson; Mr. and Mrs. D. Pittam and family; Nell, Joe and family, and Cyril; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sawbridge and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbert; Hilda and Les; Mr. and Mrs. T. Carpenter and family; Mr. and Mrs. Kingston and family; Mrs. Markham and family; Rene, George, and family; Mr. and Mrs. Ridgeway and Dennis; Philip Low, A. Manning, A. Holman (Newport Pagnell); Bessie and Reg Panter; The family of the late Mr. and Mrs. Atkins; Mrs. J. E. Whiting and St. John family; Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Colin; (New Bradwell); Dr. and Mrs. Cooper; Doreen and Doug; Alice and Stan; Gwen, Ron and Roger; Olive, Ted and S. A. Styles; L. Taylor and S. A. Dixon; Lorrie, Elsie, Will and illeg; Mrs. H. Cook and Mrs. Irons; Nick and Mrs. Dimmock; Mrs. Webster, Jean, Pauline and Andrew; Winnie, Charlie and Jennifer; Mr. and Mrs. Harper and family; Castlethorpe Women’s Institute; Castlethorpe Mother’s Union; Members and friends of the Castlethorpe Methodist Church.

Funeral arrangements by Mr. B. E. Sawbridge, Castlethorpe.

Fanny Irons with her niece Nellie Cook
Fanny Irons
with her niece Nellie Cook
The Wolverton Express 05 July 1963


Late Mrs. Fanny Irons

The funeral service was held at Castlethorpe parish Church on Tuesday for Mrs. Fanny Irons the oldest resident of the village, who died on June 27 aged 90. She had lived with her niece Mrs. N. Cook at The Cottage, 18, South Street.

Born in the village, Mrs. Irons was widowed 55 years ago and lived in Stony Stratford for 30 years as companion to Miss Amos. She returned to the village six years ago.

The service was conducted by the Rev. H. P. Fuller Rector of Hartwell, and Mrs. W. Cook was organist for  the hymn “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds” and the 23rd Psalm (Crimond).

Immediate mourners were: Mrs. N. Cook, Mrs. L. Sprittles, Miss D. Sprittles (nephew and nieces); Mr. L. Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. D. Spittles, Mr. A. Richardson (cousins); Mrs. J. Axon and Eric, Mrs. F. Brown Miss B. M. Fairs (friends); Mr and Mrs. H. Homer.

Also in church were Mrs. Carter, Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. Lambert, Miss V. Clarke, Mrs. Lord, Miss E. Feasey, Mrs. J. Gobbey, Miss Maning, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Mothersole, Mrs. Herbert and Miss Buxton (also representing Miss A. Buxton).

Floral tributes

The floral tributes were inscribed: In sweet and affectionate memory of dear auntie Fan, all my love, Nell; In loving memory of dear Fan, from Alf; In loving memory from Leonard; In loving memory of dear auntie Fan, from David and Kate; With deepest sympathy from her loving nephew and niece Lionel and Dorothy; Tender and loving memories of dear auntie, Ida and Eric.

In loving memory, Lizzie, Joe and Elsie; In affectionate memory, Pam and Harold; In loving memory Millie; Kind thoughts, Edie and Fred; In remembrance and deepest sympathy J. E., F. C., and F. J. Green; With deepest remembrance, Doris and George, Betty and Leslie; To dear Mrs. Irons from Yvonne; With deepest sympathy, r and Mrs. F. Brown and family Stony Stratford; In loving memory, Flo, Owen and family; Deepest sympathy Connie, Ken and Margaret; Kind remembrance of a very dear old lady, Ben Nancy and Charles.

With deepest sympathy Mr. and Mrs. Maltby Marjorie and Ruby; Deepest sympathy, Dr. and Mrs. Cooper; In affectionate remembrance, Florrie and Vera; In affectionate remembrance Beatrice and Nanny; Deepest sympathy E. and M. Buxton and I. V. Eakins; Deepest sympathy Mr and Mrs. Tucker; In loving memory Lizzie and Elsie.

Funeral arrangements were by Mr. B. Sawbridge.

Frank Sawbridge
The Wolverton Express 16 October 1964


The funeral service took place last Thursday at Milton Crematorium for Mr. Frank Edward Sawbridge who died in Renny Lodge Hospital on October 5. He was 82.
For many years Mr. Sawbridge worked in the Brass Shop of the Wolverton Carriage and Wagon Works. After retiring he worked for some time at Hanslope Park as a part time cleaner.
His home was at 17 North Street, Castlethorpe, and his wife, Charlotte, died three years ago.
Family mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Sawbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sawbridge (sons and daughters-in-law), Mr. A. Sawbridge (brother), Mrs. J. Sawbridge, Mrs. M. Patrick (nieces), Mr. and Mrs. F. Lane, Mr. and Mrs. G. Smith (friends).
The service was conducted by the Vicar of Castlethorpe the Rev. D. Wingate.
On Sunday the ashes were interred in the grave of Mrs. Sawbridge in the churchyard. The Rev. D. Wingate officiated.
Floral tributes from the family were inscribed: In affectionate remembrance of Dad, from Joe, Ethel, Mary, and John, “Rest where no shadows fall”: In loving memory and affection of Dad, from Ben, Nancy, and Charles, “Sadly missed, loved, and remembered always”.
Other tributes were from: Alf, Mary, and Arthur and family; All at Forest Farm; Dorothy, Ron, and Shirley; Edwin, Winnie, and family; Lizzie, Joe, and Elsie; Vic; Mrs. Markham and family; Mr. and Mrs. Mackay; Paddy, Mrs. Mullins and Michael; From all at “Sunny View”; Tom West, Norman and Rene; Mrs. Nicholls and Mrs. Campbell; Leonard Nichols; The Court of Hope, No. 6114 A.O.F.; Hilda and John; Mrs. N. Cook; Lilian, Len and Susie; Mr. and Mrs. J. Herbert; Mr. and Mrs. T. Carpenter; Pat and Den; Terry and Hilary.

Frank was a keen gardener, he also had an allotment where he kept pigs.
He is pictured here carrying the pig food on a yoke.

The Wolverton Express 11 December 1964


A nurseryman in the village, Mr. Jack Harry Collyer, died at his home 26 The Chequers, Castlethorpe, on Tuesday last week, aged 63.

He was employed at Miss Clarke’s nurseries, Castlethorpe, and died suddenly.

The funeral service at Castlethorpe Church on Monday was followed by cremation at Milton, and the ashes will be interred in Little Missenden cemetery.

Family mourners were: Mr. [A. Collyer] Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Collyer (sons and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. J. Alderman, Mr. and Mrs. A. King, Mr. and Mrs. F. Booden (sons-in-law and daughters), Mr. and Mrs. R. Holdstock (brother-in-law and sister), Mr. and Mrs. F. James, Mr. and Mrs. L. Grace (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), Mr E. S. Gascoyne, Mr. S. Plowman (friends).

Friends present included: Miss Clarke, Mrs. R. Pittam, Mrs. Hill, Mrs Willett, Mrs. Mullins, Mrs. H. West, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. E. Nicholls, Mrs. A. Graham, Miss Feasey and Mr. Prue.

As reported there were no flowers other than the family wreath inscribed: In loving memory of our dear Pop, from al his children and grandchildren.

The Mercury & Herald 15 July 1971

Oldest native is 93-year-old Mrs. Elizabeth Gobbey, who had been village postmistress for 35 years when she retired at the age of 78.

The village Post Office had then been in her family for 114 years and Mrs. Nancy Sawbridge who took over in October, 1956 was a relative by marriage, her husband Mr. Benjamin Sawbridge being Mr. Joe Gobbey’s nephew.

John Rainbow died within months of his appointment as postmaster at Castlethorpe in 1844 but his widow carried on in Rainbow’s Yard. When Rebecca’s son William George Rainbow moved into 16 North Street, his mother went with him and there the post office stayed for 80 years, William succeeded his mother in 1893. His daughter Elizabeth, who married the auxiliary postman Joe Gobbey, became postmistress shortly after the first world war.

The Independent 23 January 1993
Jude Moraes
Jude Moraes
by Anthony Symondson

Judith Anne St John (Jude Moraes), landscape gardener, born 30 December 1943, married Larry Hansen (one son by Dom Moraes 1966) died London January 1993.

Jude Moraes was one of the most original and sensitive landscape gardeners practicing in recent years. She did not take up professional gardening until 1979 when she formed the practice Jude the Gardener. Before that, her life was rich in diversified experience, taking her into many contexts and the far corners of the earth.

The only daughter of Wing Commander J. R. St John and his wife, Pat, she grew up on her Grandfather’s farm in Buckinghamshire [Mr. J. E. Whiting, The Lodge, Castlethorpe]. From girlhood, she was eager to cast aside convention. As a drama student at Lamda in 1961, she met the Indian poet Dom Moraes when she walked into a Chelsea pub, saw him took his hand and said: “I am Judith.” They made a life together, which is described in his autobiography My Father’s Son, and she took his name. Money was short and they moved to Bas Alpes in France in 1965, to eke out a penurious existence, relieved by the arrival of George and Elspeth Barker, who stayed with them for six months, bringing money with them. Their son, Heffalump Francis Ramsay, was born the following year. In 1968 Moraes made a television documentary, One Pair of Eyes, which presented an Indian’s view of Britain, in which Jude features conspicuously.

Together they went to Nepal to travel and photograph. Jude Moraes was mesmerised and repelled by the Indian subcontinent. In her photography she applied severe ethical standards, avoiding scenes of human misery and degradation. They went on to Afghanistan and Bhutan, to visit the king and queen of the remote kingdom of Sikkim, where she fell ill and was treated by the court physician and vet.

Jude left Dom Moraes in 1969, moving with her son to lodgings in Islington. On a walk in north-east London while looking for better accommodation, she came upon De Beauvoir Town. A romantic, secluded, but shabby early Victorian district of Hackney, laid out on picturesque principals, she fell in love with it. She too a house in De Beauvoir Square, filled it with lodgers, and began her rich association with this quarter of London.

The house became an expression of her personality, full of delightful objects and pictures, most of which she snapped up for trifles, exuding comfort and welcome.

Requisitioning adjoining gardens of decaying houses teeming with multi-occupation, she raised organic vegetables, kept chickens and bees, frequently to the consternation of the estate’s agents, with whom she had a guarded relationship.

In 1977 Jude Moraes’s true vocation began, For two years she took a course at Oaklands Horticultural College, St Albans, obtaining a national diploma in 1979. She came second in her year, despite having to maintain her son and house and battle with her total incomprehension of machinery which forced her to pass the technical part of her exams by rote.

Initially working in the Royal Parks, she set up independently with Carol Laws with only a bicycle, secateurs and an advertisement in the Hampstead and Highgate Express. As Jude the Gardener, she gradually extended her team from two to twelve until she formed a new partnership in 1985 with the town planner Larry Hansen.

Jude created many private gardens which were distinctive in that she designed them to reflect the personalities of the owners. She seriously took into account their architectural settings, which she expressed through superb plantsmanship and an unerring sense of the quality of good workmanship in garden ornaments. For railings and metalwork she worked in association with the blacksmiths Stuart Hill and Giuseppe Lund. She had a genius for designing rustic garden furniture and summer houses, influenced by the mid-Victorian garden writer Shirley Hibberd.

By far the most enterprising and beautiful examples were built in her own garden in De Beauvoir Square. She brought out the best in her team. They became her friends and between jobs they took spontaneous excursions to Sissinghurst and other notable English gardens.

In 1986 she became gardening correspondent on a new woman’s magazine, Prima, and began to broadcast on Woman’s Hour. Journalism did not easily suit her. She felt she had to write down to her readers and began to dislike deadlines but, despite her reservation and occasional frustration, a great deal of her spirit and unique insight was conveyed.

In De Beauvoir Town, her greatest achievement was the foundation in 1978 of the De Beauvoir Gardeners’ Club. By this time the district had become a middle-class enclave with a diminishing indigenous life. The club was no ordinary association. In addition to its annual flower and produce show in the vicarage garden, she organised expert lectures which included garden history. As it became established, visits to foreign gardens were arranged, as far afield as France, Holland and Ireland. What was remarkable about the club was the way it became a major instrument of social cohesion, uniting the indigenous residents with new arrivals, neither side experiencing any hostility.

Jude Moraes had a strong social conscience and was anxious to work on community gardening in poor districts. She made her plans with Hansen for several schemes in Hackney but they rarely progressed very far, due to shortage of money and the adverse influence of bureaucracy and political correctness.

Jude had the glowing beauty, colouring and joie de vivre of a Renoir. She not only exuded generosity, goodness and integrity, she loved the transmitted life, giving her enormous body of friends a powerful sense of their own value and self-worth. She loved dancing and night-life as much as gardening and travel. Jude in many way a born Bohemian and free spirit. She was a competitor in the jewellery designer Andrew Logan’s original Alternative Miss World Contest, and continued to compete regularly. Not long ago she held the audience silent and spellbound, by appearing as the Spirit of the New Age, in a gossamer dress, blown about by a battery- operated fan, carrying a wooden heart – an effect ruined by an impatient drag queen who made her fall off the cat-walk.

In August last year, Jude married Larry Hansen in the Danish church in Regent’s Park, a wedding as memorable for its music and wide diversity of guests as for the weekend spent afterwards in a country-house hotel. In November a persistent cough was diagnosed as lung cancer; chemotherapy was prescribed. While undergoing this treatment Jude suddenly and unexpectedly died. With appropriateness she is buried in the old part of Highgate Cemetery, high on the terrace, within the shadow of the great Cedar of Lebanon.