Kelly’s Directory 1877

Castle Thorpe 1877

Castle Thorpe is a small parish, and village in the hundred, union, county court district of Newport Pagnell, rural deanery of Newport Pagnell, archdeaconry of Buckingham, and diocese of Oxford, 5 miles west-north-west from Newport Pagnell, 3½ north from Stony Stratford, 11 from Northampton, and 3 north from Wolverton station on the London and North Western Railway. The river Tove separates the parish from Northamptonshire.The church of S.S. Simon and Jude stands in an elevated position on the border of the old Castle yard, and is an ancient edifice of stone consisting of chancel, nave and aisles, a low tower containing 1 bell; the chancel has been restored: the baptismal font is large and ancient, with corner figures; there is a handsome monument in the chancel to the memory of Sir Thomas Tyrrell, knt. who died March 1671, erected by his widow Dame Bridget. The register dates from year 1530. The living is a chapelry, annexed to Hanslope, joint annual value £152 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford, and held by the Rev. Mark Anthony Nicholson, M.A. of Durham University. The above Dame Bridget Tyrrell gave £10 yearly to the poor of the place, which has been invested in the purchase of 18 acres of land producing £36 yearly, which by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners is applied as follows: a portion for keeping in repair the nave of the church £1 for an annual sermon on March 8th in the church and the remainder in doles for the poor. The Castle stood near the church and was the seat of the Maudits; it was demolished about 1215 by General Fawkes de Brent, in King John's wars with the Barons; in 1663 it became the property of Sir Thomas Tyrrell knt.; the house occupied by him stood near the castle, some interesting portions of which still remain and are now occupied as tenements by labourers. Edward Hanslope Watts, esq., is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Lord Carrington and the Corporation of Lincoln. The soil is mixed; subsoil stone and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and roots. The area is 1,380 acres; rateable value £9,152

Surname Forename Occupation
WIGLESWORTH James Langton M.A., (curate)

AMOS Thomas farmer & maltster
COMPTON James greengrocer
COMPTON Joseph butcher
COMPTON Thomas carpenter
DENNY William shoemaker & shopkeeper
GREGORY Joseph shopkeeper
GRIMES William farmer
HARRIS Henry gardener
HARRIS John blacksmith
PANTER William carrier
PIKE William farmer
RAINBOW Rebecca shopkeeper & postmistress (Mrs)
TOOTH James butcher
VARNEY Robert beer retailer
WHITING  George miller, Castle Thope mill
WHITING Joseph E. farmer
PARISH CLERK Joseph Compton
CARRIER TO NORTHAMPTON. William Panter, to Northampton, to the Spread Eagle,' Wed & Sat. morning 11am.; to Stony Stratford, Friday
POST OFFICE. Mrs Rebecca Rainbow, sub-postmistress. Letters arrive from Stony Stratford, at 7.30 a.m.; dispatched at 5.45. The nearest money order office is at Hanslope.
POPULATION 1861 - 338