Kelly’s Directory 1939

Castle Thorpe 1939

Castle Thorpe is a village and parish separated from Northamptonshire by the river Tove, with a station on the main line of the London Midland and Scottish railway, 54½ miles from London, 7½ miles west-north-west from Newport Pagnell, 4 north from Stony Stratford, 11 from Northampton, and 3½ north from Wolverton in, the Buckingham division of the county, hundred petty sessional division, and rural district of Newport Pagnell, county court district of Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard, rural deanery of Wolverton, archdeaconry of Buckingham and diocese of Oxford. The church of SS. Simon and Jude stands within the enceinte of a large earthwork, consisting of a mount and bailey fortress, held in the days of King John by a Maudiut, from whom it was captured by Fulk de Brent during the Wars of the Barons: it is an ancient edifice of stone, in the Transitional and later styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays and aisles, west porch and a low embattled western tower with pinnacles, and containing one bell: the font is large and ancient, with two human heads at the two western corners: and there are sedilia and a piscina: in the chancel is a monument to Sir Thomas Tyrrell, knt. a justice of the Common Pleas, who died 8th March,167[1] erected by his 3rd wife and widow Dame Bridget (Harrington): there are 180 sittings. The register dates from year 1562. The living is a chapelry, annexed to Hanslope, joint net yearly value £384, including 21 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford, and held since 1930 by the Rev. James Percy Taylor, who resides at Hanslope. Near the entrance to the churchyard is an obelisk, erected in 1921, at a cost of about £240, as a memorial to the men connected with this parish, who lost their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918; inscribed on the front are the names of the fallen, and on the other three sides, the names of those who served in that war. An inscription on the monument above mentioned records that 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, and by a scheme of the Charity Commissioners this sum is applied as follows: half for keeping in repair the nave of the church £1 for an annual sermon to be preached in the church on March 8th in memory of Sir Thomas Tyrrell, and the remainder in doles for the poor. There is a Methodist chapel here which was restored in 1888.The estate of Castlethorpe, granted by Charles II in 1663 to Sir Thomas Tyrrell, is now held by Joseph Evans Whiting esq. J.P. who is lord of the manor. Lord Carrington is the principal landowner. The parish was enclosed in 1793 by Act of Parliament. The soil is mixed; subsoil, stone and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and roots. The area is 1,360 acres of land and 12 of water.

Surname Forename Occupation

ANDERSON Alyn Lowder (ret.) Maj. The Old Cottage (Mrs)
CANNON John James The Holmestead
FENN Edgar Julius M.A. (curate) Station Road
WHITING Joseph Evans J.P. Castlethorpe Lodge
Langton House (Mrs)
Marked thusº farm 150 acres or over

CLARKE & Son florists. TN Hanslope 236
CLARKE William George farmer
COOK Harry Percy fruit grower, Shepperton
COOPER Rd. Arth. L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S. Edin. L.R.F.P.S. Glas. physcn, (attends Tues, thurs & Sat at 10.30 a.m.)
coal merchants
GREGORY Annie shopkeeper (Miss)
MARKHAMº William David farmer, Glenmore Farm & Manor Farms. TN Hanslope 216
MAYESº Reginald James farmer, Lodge Farm TN Wolverton 2120
POWELL Frederick John Carrington Arms P.H.
SMITH Rose small holder (Mrs)
SMITH Stanley shopkeeper
WHITINGº Benjamin S. farmer, Maltings Farm
TN Hanslope 237
WHITINGº Joseph Evans J.P. farmer, Castlethorpe Lodge
TN Hanslope 244
WILLETT Arthur shopkeeper
Post, M. O., T. & T. E. D. Office. Letters through Bletchley.
POPULATION. 1931 was 461