Castlethorpe Court Cases 1373 - 1954

Northampton Mercury 17 January 1818

To be SOLD

Pursuant to an Order the High Court of Chancery, made in certain Causes, " CHIBNALL v.  BASELEY," and CHIBNALL v. MARKS,” with the Approbation of Wm. Courtenay, Esquire, one of the Masters the said Court,

On Thursday the 26th Day of March, 1818, at Eleven o‘Clock in the Forenoon, in Eleven Lots, at the Swan Inn, in Newport Pagnell, the County Buckingham,

CERTAIN freehold and leasehold ESTATES; consisting of a valuable Brewery and Malting, NEWPORT PAGNELL, with dwelling House, Garden, and Offices, and several public Houses, viz. the Rose and Crown and Red Lion, in NEWPORT PAGNELL; the Chequers, at FENNEY STRATFORD; the Marquis of Granby, at DENBIGH HALL, near Fenny Stratford ; the Old Crown, SHENLEY BROOK END: the Brewers, at CASTLETHORPE; the King's Head and the Rose and Crown, SHERINGTON; late the Property of Thomas Meacher, a Bankrupt.

Particulars may had (gratis) at the said Master's Chambers, Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane, London; Messrs. Home & Rogers's, Solicitors, 31, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London; at Messrs. Foss Son, Solicitors, 30, Essex Street, Strand, London; at Mr. Garrard's, Solicitor, Olney, Bucks; at Messrs. Baseley Stapleton's, Newport Pagnell; and at the Place Sale.

Northampton Mercury 10 March 1832

Buckinghamshire Assizes:

Thomas Cowley, aged 28, for breaking into a Bakehouse, situate within the curtilage of the house of Thomas Pacey, of Castlethorpe and stealing therefrom about 1cwt. of bacon, was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment.

Northampton Mercury 02 August 1851


COUNTY COURT, July 29.—Before J. W. Esq., Judge.

Ayres v. Bakewell.— Plaintiff a widow carrying on business at Castlethorpe Wharf, and appeared Mr. Dennis, her attorney defendant, who is a clergyman at Great Linford, did not appear. The summons was for £15. 6s. 6d., for hay and corn, and £10 money, obtained under the following extraordinary circumstances:—Sarah Ayres, the plaintiff, after proving the order for and delivery of the goods sued for, produced the half of a £10 note of the Northamptonshire Union Bank. I received it about the end of May from defendant. Defendant came to my house and asked me if could change him a £10 note. said, Yes, of course. Defendant then took out his pocket book and said, Dear me, I have only half of the note here! I will send you the other half at the beginning of the week." I then fetched him the cash, and he gave me the half note. A short time afterwards defendant called on me again. He then asked me to cash a cheque for him. It was to be a cheque for £20, and he asked me to return him the half note and give him the balance, £10, in money; and that if I would send my son over on the following Saturday he would settle. Defendant then took out his pocket book. He said he had not brought his cheque book, but he would give me the amount on a blank piece of paper. He drew out a cheque—" Pay Mrs. Ayres £20." I took it upstairs, but, on looking at it, I noticed it was not drawn on any banker. I then returned it. He said he had made a mistake. He then asked me to give him back the half note, saying he wanted to send it to the person who had the other half. I declined to do so. He remained nearly an hour trying to persuade me, but I steadily refused. The letters now produced are in defendant's handwriting. The money has been this morning paid into court, but not the expenses of trial. His Honor gave judgment for plaintiff, and ordered all costs, which the law permitted, to the plaintiff, her attorney, and witnesses.

Northampton Mercury 10 June 1854



Mr. William Carr, of Castlethorpe Mill, was find 1s. and costs for four defective weights, and also 5s. and costs for a pair of defective flour scales, on the information of Mr. Superintendent Whadcoat.

Northampton Mercury 15 December 1860

Cosgrove.-George Hurst, Benjamin Hillyer, and Henry Lowe, of Cosgrove, were charged by Mr. John Ayres, of Castlethorpe Wharf, with being disorderly and refusing to leave his house when ordered to do so. Fine and costs 15s. each.

Northampton Mercury 27 June 1863


Robbery.—On Thursday morning, the 18th instant, robbery took place at Old Wolverton. Henry Cooper, a young man belonging to the Wolverton Engine works, lodged at Mrs. Hall's. He left his lodgings as usual on the morning in question, at 6 a.m., to go to work, leaving behind him another lodger named John Bignell, who broke open Cooper's box, and stole therefrom two suits of black clothes, a silver watch and guard, neck ties, &c, &c„ together of the value of between £12 and £14. During the day Inspector Royle and another officer, suspecting the guilty party, went to Northampton, thinking they should find the whole or part of the stolen property pledged there. About midnight they left Northampton and walked to Castlethorpe and Cosgrove. At the latter place they apprehended Thomas Bignell on a charge of receiving the stolen property. The Inspector having secured him with the bracelets, despatched an officer with him to Stony Stratford lock- up. In the meantime Royle went back to Thorpe Wharf, where he found John Bignell had been apprehended by some farm labourers. In passing through Castle Thorpe early in the morning, the Inspector informed Mr. Soden, the Peahen Inn, of the circumstance, and the party suspected, shortly after which John Bignell passed near Mr. Soden, who collared him, but John got away, leaving his coat in Mr. Soden's possession, and took to his heels fast he could. Mr. Soden then acquainted H. S. Trower, Esq., who was near at hand, and he gave chase on horseback, and on the bank of the river Ouse overtook the thief, who finding his pursuer close to his heels, jumped into the river, and walked across, but John was doomed to be taken, for on the other side he was seized by some of Mr. Trower's men, who took great care of him till the Inspector (Royle) arrived, who took him to Stratford lock-up. Most of the stolen property has been found. The prisoners were brought before the Rev. H. J. Barton, on Monday last. After the evidence of several witnesses had been taken, the prisoner was committed to Aylesbury Gaol, to await their trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 14 July 1866



July 6

Walter Nichols a boy about twelve years of age, was charged with having wounded another boy named Abbott, about fourteen years of age. Complainant said that on the 29th of June he and the defendant were at work at Mr. Pike’s, of Castlethorpe; they were having their breakfasts together; defendant’s brother would not come away from the can, and as he wanted some drink he pulled him away: defendant threw a stone at witness, who then hit him, upon which he struck him with the knife. A surgeon’s certificate was handed in, and the case was afterwards adjourned at the request of the defendant’s father.



Walter Nicholls, a boy, aged 13, appeared on adjournment from last petty sessions, charged with wounding John Abbott, aged 14, the charge arose out of a quarrel between the complainant, defendant, and another boy during the time they were having their breakfasts, and when defendant was using his knife to cut his food. Case dismissed, the chairman cautioning the defendant.

Croydon's Weekly Standard August 1866



Before the Revds. H. J. Barton, and R. N. Russell.

George Bull and James Hillyer were charged with being quarrelsome and disorderly at the Carrington Arms Inn, at Castlethorpe. The evidence given not agreeing with the charge lain in the information, the justices gave the defendants the benefit of the doubt, and dismissed the case with a strong caution as to their future conduct.

Northampton Mercury 20 April 1867

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, April 12th.— Present, Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman Lord Penrhyn, and Rev. R. N. Russell. Parish Constables.—The constables of the parishes in the Stony Stratford Division attended to be sworn in, as follows : Stony Stratford West—William Sirett and John Webb; Stony Stratford East—T. Hollo way and A. Harris; Calverton—E. Read and C. Meacham ; Castlethorpe — Joseph Compton;

Northampton Mercury 15 May 1869

PETTY SESSIONS, Friday, May 7th.

Present: Rev. H. J. Barton (chairman) and J. C. Mansel, Esq. Cosgrove.

A Serious Charge. John Foster, of Cosgrove, was summoned before the Bench by Sarah Ann Eakins, a domestic servant, whose parents reside at Castlethorpe, charged with having assaulted her.

Prosecutrix deposed: I have been living at the Barley Mow, at Cosgrove. On the 30th of last month the defendant came into the Barley Mow about half-past eight o'clock in the morning, and was there till about half-past ten. He came again about two, and wanted to know what master had been doing. I left Mr. Foster and mistress in the bar at ten minutes after two. Foster kept quarrelling all the time with mistress; at last mistress went upstairs. When I was in the bar he pushed me into a chair, and assaulted me. I shouted to the mistress, but she would not come down, and said I had no business to go into the bar, and that he might do what he liked to me. I went into the bar to mind it.

Cross-examined by Mr. C. C. Becke, who appeared for defendant: I went to my master next day for my wages and clothes. He had previously assaulted me in the presence of my mistress. He once threw me down in the tap-room, and pulled my clothes over my head.

Mr. Becke made a most able defence for his client, and called Mr. Partridge, landlord of the Barley Mow, said he was at home all the day. He never heard that Foster had been quarrelling. The prosecutrix told him she would not stop to be assaulted by Jarvis and Foster. His witness said he had seen men kiss her, and one man over 60 years of age, Copson, of New Bradwell.—The case was adjourned for a fortnight, in order that Mrs. Partridge might be present.

The case was reheard on May 21st and ultimately dismissed.

Northampton Mercury 29 April 1871


Petty Sessions, April 22.—Present, J. C. Mansel, Esq., chairman, and C. G. Perceval, Esq. Constables were sworn for the following places : —Stony Stratford West, William Sirett and George Sewell; Stony Stratford East, Joseph Elines and Thomas Calladine; Calverton, William Meacham and Thos. Downing; Wolverton, Thomas Ganderton and James Irons; Castlethorpe, William Panter ;

Northampton Mercury 24 June 1871

STONY STRATFORD Petty Sessions, JUNE 16th. Present: The Rev. H. J. Barton, chairman; and W. G. Duncan.
Castlethorpe.— Joseph Evans Whiting, of Castlethorpe, was summoned for using a steam plough in a field near the turnpike road, without having anyone stationed on the road to give warning to the engineer of any conveyance approaching, or to be ready to render assistance required (according to Act of Parliament.—Defendant pleaded guilty.—Fine costs, 14s. 6d. Paid.

Northampton Mercury 22 March 1873


COUNTY COURT FRIDAY, MARCH 14. Before J. Whigham, Esq.
Lord Carrington v. Frederick Whiting. This was a claim for £1 16s. 4d. for mense profits, and for possession of a cottage at Castlethorpe. Mr. Bull for the plaintiff. His Honour was of the opinion that a proper notice had been given, and ordered possession to be given up on March the 24th March, with a verdict for the amount claimed, and costs.

Northampton Mercury 26 July 1873

Stephen Herbert, 22, labourer, wilfully setting fire to a stack of hay, the property of Andrew Mason, at Castlethorpe, on the 8th July, 1873. Not guilty.

Northampton Mercury 29 August 1874

STONY STRATFORD.— Petty Sessions.—Before the Rev. R. N. Russell, chairman ; and W. G. Duncan and R. Walpole, Esqrs.— Charles Brownsell, Castlethorpe, was charged with riding upon the highway without reins, and wa3 fined ss. and 6s. 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury 12 September 1874

NORTHAMPTON. DIVISION PETTY SESSIONS. Saturday, Sept. sth.—Before G. W. Gunning, Esq. (chairman), H. O. Nethercote, Esq., Sir John Robinson, Bart., Drury Wake, Esq., J. A. S. Bouverie, Esq., and R. Lee Bevan, Esq.

A Dangerous Practice.— Joseph E. Whiting, Castlethorpe, Bucks, was summoned for using a locomotive engine within yards of the public highway, and having no caution flag, at Pitsford, on the 25th of August.—Mr. R. Lee Bevan, who prosecuted, stated that on the day in question he was driving from Brampton Station along the turnpike road leading from Harborough to Northampton. He was suddenly very much surprised tremendous outburst of steam, and the action of some engine. He could not see first from whence it came, but found it was about 30 yards from him, and just inside a hedge. The horses became very restive, and he and his servant had great difficulty restraining them. When the animals became quieter he sent his man on and got the engine stopped. He then drove up to the man and expostulated with him for starting his engine without seeing whether there was any person in the road. The man excused himself by saying that he did look down the lane, but could see no one; he offered no apology.—Mr. Whiting expressed his regret that such a thing had occurred, the man with the flag had gone away a short time, but he was always very careful that his men gave warning to people of the vicinity of the engine.—Mr. Bevan reminded the defendant of a man having recently been thrown from his horse and killed consequence of the animal taking fright at one of his engines. A serious accident might have occurred in this instance; it was possible he would be thought unkind for bringing the case before the magistrates, but he did it for the sake of the public as much as himself. —The Chairman remarked that the practise was a very dangerous one, and too much care could not be taken to prevent serious accidents.—A fine of £1 and costs must be inflicted.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 22 November 1874



John Herbert, of Hanslope, was summoned for riding on a wagon drawn by two horses, without any means of controlling the same, in the parish of Castlethorpe. Fined £1, and 10s. 6d. costs. Committed for fourteen days in default of payment.

Northampton Mercury 19 June 1875

COUNTY COURT, FRIDAY, JUNE 11th - Before J. Whigham, Esq-. Judge April, 1869.-
J. R. Wilmer v. Richard Coleman.— Mr. Stimson for defendant—The claim was for 7s. 9d.—The plaintiff is agent to the Imperial Fire Office, and the defendant was formerly a tenant of Lord Carrington's at Castlethorpe, who has agreement with all his tenants that they should pay the policies as they became due. Defendant rented under his lordship for ten years, for seven of which he paid the amount of the policies, as required. At the expiration of that time he alleged that the property was out of repair, and told Mr. Wilmer that he did not intend to pay any more premiums until something was done to it, but requested Mr. Wilmer to keep the policies all right for him, by which the plaintiff understood him to mean that he was to pay the sums as they became due, and the defendant would repay him—hence the present action —Mr. Wilmer supported his evidence by the production of letter in which defendant stated that he would see the matter righted.— The defendant contended that such a construction ought not to have been put upon his letter, and also that he ought not to have been charged with a new policy, which he did not order; and further that he had been charged the rates and taxes for five or six years upon premises in the occupation of Mrs. Wilkinson.—His Honour directed the plaintiff to be nonsuited.

Northampton Mercury 10 November 1877

NEWPORT PAGNELL Petty Sessions, November 7.—Before the Rev. Joseph Tarver, W. Levi, Esq., Colonel Chester, R. B. Walpole Esq., the Rev. Charles Selby Lowdes, and Charles Pole Stuart Esq., J. E. Whiting, of Castlethorpe, was, charged by Inspector Hall with using an engine on the highway, which did not consume its own smoke, on the 16th October. Mr Stimson for the defendant. P.C. Batchelor proved the case. Superintendent Hedley said that complaints had been respecting the engines, and a fire had occurred at Woughton-on-the-Green through the sparks from one of them. Mr Stimson contended that the engine was properly constructed to consume its own smoke, and
therefore a conviction could not ensue, even if through the negligence of servants smoke issued from it. The case was adjourned for a month for the production of scientific evidence.

Northampton Mercury 26 October 1878


PETTY SESSIONS, Oct 23. – Before Sir Philip Duncombe, Bart., the Rev. Charles Selby-Lownes, M. G. S. Knapp, Esq., the Rev. Joseph Tarver, and Major Levi.
Hanslope.—William Compton was charged with stealing a pair of gloves, the property of Thomas Amos, Oct. 15th.— Mr. Parrott, of Stony Stratford, appeared for the prosecution ; and Mr. Stimson for the defence.—Thomas Amos deposed : I am farmer, and reside at Castlethorpe. On the day in question, at about a quarter-past twelve, I went to the Cock, and hung up my great coat in the tap room. I had a pair of gloves in the pocket the coat. At about a quarter-past one, when I returned, a navvy came in, and asked me to give him some beer. I did so. I went into the yard to put my horse to, and sent my boy into the house to fetch my coat. When I had gone about quarter of a mile I missed my gloves from the coat pocket. I returned to the Cock, and communicated my loss to the landlord. He said the two men who were then in the room had been there all the while. I said I would communicate with the police, and have the two men searched. The two men were the navvy and the prisoner. The police-constable searched the navvy first, but did not find the gloves, then searched the prisoner, and found the gloves in the inside breast-pocket of his coat. The gloves produced are those I lost. I value them at 3s. The prisoner saw the police-constable search the navvy.—Cross-examined : Have lived at Castlethorpe all my lifetime, and know the prisoner. Never heard anything against him. Do not know the navvy I treated. Have heard that he bolted the next day. The prisoner appeared to have been drinking, but was not drunk. He was quite willing to be searched, but there was a great deal of “bounce" about the navvy.—P.C. Tustain and William Newbury, brother to the landlord of the Cock, confirmed Mr. Amos's evidence. —Mr. Stimson, in defence, said that the prisoner was drunk, and went to sleep, and knew nothing about the gloves being in his pocket till the police-constable found them there. His own conviction was that the navvy took the gloves out of Mr. Amos's pocket and put them, for lark, into the prisoner's pocket. The very next day the navvy bolted. He also alluded to the previous good character of the prisoner, and asked the Bench to give the prisoner the benefit of the doubt by dismissing the case.—The Bench, believing there was a doubt, dismissed the case.

Northampton Mercury 26 July 1879

STONY STRATFOBD.—PETTY SESSIONS, JULY 18TH.— Before Lord Penrhyn, Spencer R. Harrison, Esq., and H. Watts, Esq.— James Compton, Castlethorpe. was summoned for allowing his horse to graze on the side of the road. Fined 1s., and costs 8s

Northampton Mercury 29 January 1881

Market Harborough Petty Sessions, Jan 25th 1881
Job Herbert was a witness to riding on the path at a court case - Job Herbert, boot dealer, Castlethorpe, said he was on the road between Bosworth and Welford, on the 22nd of December (part of a full court case)

Northampton Mercury 16 April 1881

STONY STRATFORD.—Petty Sessions, April 8th.— Before the Rev. Canon Russell, the Duke of Grafton, and E. H. Watts, Esq. --Joseph Ball, of Hanslope, was charged with trespassing in search of game, on land in the occupation of Mr. G. Whiting, of Castlethorpe. P.C. Henry Andrews proved service of summons. Fined 3s. 01., including costs.

Northampton Mercury 16 July 1881

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY COURT. Wednesday, July 13.- Before J. F. Bulley, Esq Deputy Judge.
Banks, Northampton, v. Osborne, Castlethorpe. —This was action brought by Mr. Banks, solicitor, to recover the sum of £2 9s. for professional services rendered. Plaintiff explained that defendant's wife came to him and asked him to take out a summons against a man named Page. She paid 10s. on account, and he instituted proceedings. Defendant, who was a navvy at Courteenhall, put defence, and the case same before the judge. In addition to the 10s. he had only charged defendant his costs out of pocket.—Order for 4s. a month.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 23 July 1881



Friday, July 15

Before the Rev. Canon Russell (in the chair), and Spencer R. Harrison, Esq.

George Smith, George Hilton, and George Gascoign were charged with trespassing and damaging the mowing grass in a field belonging to Mr. Amos, of Castlethorpe, on the 3rd of July, and were fined, Gascoign 9s. 4d., and Hilton and Smith 13s. 4d. each, or seven days’ imprisonment.

Northampton Mercury 24 December 1881

STONY STRATFORD. Sessions. Dec. 16.—Before E. H. Watts and Spencer R. Harrison, Esqrs. —Edward Smith, of Cosgrove, was summoned by his master, Joseph Evans Whiting, Castlethorpe, for stealing three pints of milk, on the 3rd of December. —Prisoner pleaded guilty.— One month's imprisonment.

Northampton Mercury 11 February 1882


Petty Sessions, Feb.8.—Before the Hon. and Rev. C. J. Vernon and W. C. Thornhill, Esq.
Breach, of Highways Act.— Thomas Amos, of Castlethorpe, Bucks, engine proprietor, was charged with blowing off steam on the highway, at Broughton Bridge, on the 21th January.—Mr. John Robinson, auctioneer, Kettering, stated that on the day question he was riding, in company with his daughter, on the road to Broughton. On arriving at the Broughton Bridge he found the roadway was almost entirely blocked by two agricultural engines. In attempting to pass the second engine his horse was startled by the steam which was blowing off in large quantities. The animal reared to such extent that witness was obliged to throw himself off it in order to avoid being fallen upon, and he had to lead his horse past the engine.—Corroborative evidence was given by Miss Robinson and P.C. J. Nichols.—Defendant said the occurrence was quite accidental.—Fined 10s. and 19s. 2d. expenses.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 13 May 1882

Andrew Nichols and Edward Powell, both of Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to ill-treating a cat, on the 9th of April.

From evidence of Joseph Woodland it appeared that defendants about nine o’clock on the day in question, held a cat, which they alleged had given them much trouble, before the fire, and singed it until it screamed and then let it go.

Thomas Feasey, gamekeeper, deposed to killing the cat on the 13th April, at the request of Mrs. Arnold, as it was suffering from severe injuries.

Emily Arnold, who resided next door to the defendant Powell’s house, stated that, on the 9th of April, she saw the cat run from defendant’s house into a stack of faggots, with its fur smoking. She afterwards caught the cat, which was a stray one, and on the following day it had kittens. It continued in great pain from the burns, and she therefore asked Feasy to kill it out of its misery.

The defendants were each fined £2 10s., or a month’s imprisonment.

Northampton Mercury May 27 1882

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. Saturday, May 20.—Before W. Adkins, Esq. (chairman), and H. Mobbs, Esq.
Richard Nichols, dealer, Castlethorpe, was summoned leaving a horse and trap on Wood-hill, without anyone being in charge of the same.—P.C. Green said that on the 6th inst he saw the pony tied to the railings on Wood-hill, at ten minutes to eleven, and it was ten minutes to twelve before he could find Nichols.—Defendant said he thought was allowed to stand there.—There were traps standing in the same place at the present time.—Case dismissed on Payment of 4s. costs.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 10 June 1882



Friday, June 9th

Before E. H. Watts, Esq.,

James Weber, was charged with trading at Castlethorpe, on the 1st of June without a licence.

Police-constable Andrews proved the charge, and defendant was committed to the House of Correction for seven days.

Northampton Mercury 24 June 1882

COUNTY COURT, FRIDAY, JUNE 16.—Before J. Whigham, Esq , judge.—
Richard v. Samuel Bennett. Claim £3 7s. 8d, for bread and flour supplied to defendant  who resides at Castlethorpe. Judgement for the plaintiff.

Northampton Mercury 23 June 1883

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, June 15.—Before E. H. Watts and A. G. Thorold, Esqrs.— William Beesley, auctioneer, Towcester, was summoned for holding a public sale of stock, at Castlethorpe, without a license from the local authority, the area being within an infected one. Mr. Crouch, solicitor, of Aylesbury, was instructed the Chief Constable to prosecute. Defendant pleaded guilty. Fined 19s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 04 August 1883

STONY STRATFORD. Petty Sessions, July 27.—Before E. H. Watts, Esq. (chairman), and Major Levi.— Thomas Haynes was charged with stealing ornamental vase containing a wreath flowers, from grave in Castlethorpe churchyard, The grave was that of the wife of the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, vicar of Hanslope. The vase was valued £5. Committed for three months' hard labour.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 02 September 1882



John Stanley was summoned for riding from Castlethorpe to Wolverton without paying his fare on August 22nd.

Mr. Bliss, station-master, deposed that prisoner got out of the carriage, with his hod on his back at Castlethorpe, and was going away. He at first refused to pay, but afterwards did so. He did the same on his return at night, when he was given into custody. Witness said they had considerable trouble with the workmen, who frequently tried to evade payment.

Prisoner, who was employed on the line by Messrs. Nelson & Co., contractors, was fined £2 7s 4d. including costs, or 14 days’ imprisonment.

Croydon's Weekly Standard 08 October 1882

ASSAULT CASE. At the Petty Sessions held at Stony Stratford on Friday, October 20th, before E. H. Watts, Esq., and S. R. Harrison, Esq. Robert Varney, landlord of the Carrington Arms Inn, was summoned for violently assaulting William Marlow, baker, of the same place, on the 25th of September. Mr. Shepherd, of Towcester, appeared for the complainant, and Mr. C. C. Beche, of Northampton, for the defendant. A good deal of evidence was submitted, from which it appeared the defendant struck the complainant, whom he alleged had insulted him, on the head with a pole about seven feet long, rendering him insensible. Defendant was fined £5 including costs.

The Bucks Standard 11 November 1893



Friday, November 1st.

Before A. Grant Thorold, Esq. (chairman), Rev.

G. E. Willes, and P. B. Grounds, Esq.

Robert Clarke, Jonah Nash, and William Nichols, labourers of Castlethorpe, were charged with trespassing on land in the occupation of the Executors of the late William Pike, in search of rabbits.

Clarke denied the charge. Nash and Nichols pleaded guilty.

Joseph Feasey, gamekeeper, Castlethorpe, stated that on Sunday, the 29th ult., he, in company with James Hollis, saw four men in a field in the occupation of Mr. Pike, at Castlethorpe. One watched, and the other three were kneeling down in the hedge as though they were digging. When they saw witness and his companion they ran off, leaving 3 nets, a bar, and a digger (produced). Witness also found 2 rabbits, one just killed.

James Hollis, Haversham, stated that on the 29th ult. He accompanied Feasey to Mr. Pike’s farm, and there saw four men, three of whom were the defendants, but the fourth he did not know. He knew them at once, and was quite certain as to Clarke, as he got within 15 yards of him. Witness told them they need not run, as he knew them. He saw the articles produced picked up.

Clarke was fined 10s, and 14s costs, or fourteen days; and Nash and Nichols 10s. 8s 9d. costs each, or seven days.

Robert Clarke was further charged on a warrant with steeling a quantity of osiers on the 31st. of January, 1884, but absconded and had not been heard of until this summer.

James Hollis stated the facts of the case, and defendant was fined 4d., and 16s 8d. costs, or fourteen days.

The Bucks Standard 17 February 1894



Friday, February 9

Before His Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G. (in the chair), Rev. G. E. Willes, and T. B. Grounds Esq.

William Herbert and Jonas Gregory, both of Hanslope, labourers, were charged with tresspassing in search of rabbits, on the land, at Castlethorpe, in the occupation of Mr. Wm. Pike, on the 5th inst., and pleaded guilty.

Joseph Pike, farmer of Castlethorpe, stated that as he was walking in a field in the occupation of his father's executors, he saw the defendants at the drain under the gateway. They had a pole and snare in the drain. A rabbit afterwards came out of the drain.

Defendants were fined 3s, and 9s. costs each, or ten days' hard labour.

Northampton Mercury 26 April 1884

STONY STRATFORD.— Petty Sessions, April 18. —Before the Duke of Grafton, S. R. Harrison, Esq., and A. Grant Thorold, Esq.— Thomas Harris, of Castlethorpe, was charged with stealing five umbrellas, which had been entrusted to him to repair, on the 14th of April.—Prisoner pleaded guilty. He said he had been in the trade for twenty years, and never did anything of the kind before, but he had a lot of beer given him that day, and he had not time to return the goods. He was a married man; his wife ran away three months ago with a captain in the Salvation Army.—Committed for three weeks.

The Bucks Standard 26 May 1894



Friday, May 18,

Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes (in the chair) the Rev. G. E. Willes, and E. H. Watts, Esq,

Sarah Ann Panter, wife of Thomas Panter, of Castlethorpe, labourer, was charged with assaulting Elizabeth Ann Cowley, widow, at Castlethorpe, on the 25th of April.

Mr. Darnell, of Northampton, appeared to prosecute, and Mr. Phillips, also of Northampton, defended.

Prosecurix stated that she kept a shop at Castlethorpe in the drapery line, and the defendant owed her some money. On the 25th ult., a letter (produced), in the defendant’s handwriting, enclosing 1s. on account, as left at her shop by a little boy. She replied to the letter saying that the case would go to the County Court. About 15 minutes later defendant came into witness’s shop and threw some money, which proved to be the amount due, at her, and asked for the letter, which she refused to give up, and ordered her out. She also told defendant that her husband should see the letter. Defendant then left and returned at 12 0’clock, and said “Mrs. Cowley, if you don’t destroy that letter I’ll kill you.” Witness still refused to part with the letter, and defendant then left the shop and entered the living room, the letter being on the table; they both tried to get it, but witness reached it first. Defendant then banged her against a cupboard and hit her hand, and afterwards threw her down, a chair falling on her. Defendant also got her on the sofa putting her knee into her ribs and breaking one of them. She went to Dr. Rutherford, and he was still attending her. Defendant was trying to take the letter away the whole of the time.

In cross-examination prosecutrix further stated that the amount owing was 10s 1d. She did say she should let defendant’s neighbours know that she owed witness money. She showed Harriett Panter the letter, because defendant made charges against her husband, who was a relation of witness’s late husband. She told defendant she would show the letter to defendant’s husband.

Harriett Panter, sister-in-law to defendant, stated that on Wednesday, the 25th ult., at 12 o’clock, she was in the prosecutrix’s house. previous to this prosecutrix had shown her the letter. Defendant came in almost immediately, and said, “Mrs. Cowley, I wish you to destroy the letter, if you don’t I will kill you.” She then rushed at prosecutrix, knocking her into a chair. Witness ran away and told defendant’s mother-in-law, not wishing to be drawn into any dispute.

Cross-examined: She wanted defendant’s mother-in-law to come to her house and see the letter, but she would not.

Mr. Phillips addressed the Bench for defence, and called.

Mrs. Panter, mother-in-law of defendant, who said that she saw defendant after the occurrence in question, and her face and arms were much scratched. There had been a little jealousy between the last witness and the defendant about the children.

The Bench imposed a penalty of 20s, including costs.

The Bucks Standard 21 July 1894



Friday, July 13.

Edward Clarke, labourer, and John Pinney, baker, both of Bradwell, were summoned for trespassing on land at Castlethorpe, in the occupation of the Exors. of the late William Pike, in search of game, on the 1st inst.

As neither of the defendants appeared, the case was adjourned for a fortnight, the defendants to be informed that unless they then appeared a warrant would be issued for their apprehension. The costs of the day were ordered to be paid by defendants.

The Bucks Standard October 1894



Friday, November 16

Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes (chairman) and Rev. G. E. Willes

Owen Nichols, of Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to not complying with a vaccination order made on the 19th of October.

Mr. Fellows, Vaccination Officer for the Olney district of the Newport Union, prosecuted.

Defendant said he could not agree with vaccination, neither could he have his child vaccinated, fearing the result.

Defendant was fined 10s and 9s. 6d. costs, or fourteen days.

Northampton Mercury 12 January 1889

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS. — January 4th. Before His Grace the Duke of Grafton, Rev. C. W. Lowndes, and Mr. L. R. Hall.


John Nicholls, of Castlethorpe, was charged with keeping a dog without a licence.—Mr. T. B. Harmer prosecuted.— P.C. Andrews stated that on December 6th he visited defendant's premises, and found a dog tied up. Defendant said he intended selling the dog.—The offence was admitted. —Fined 5s. 6d., and costs 9s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 02 May 1890

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before his Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G, (chairman), Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes, and Mr. B. S. Harrison. - Alfred John Dunkley, a private in the Royal Engineers, was summoned by Lily Sarah Ellis, of Castlethorpe. Mr. W. Beaty Bull appeared for the complainant, and Mr. F. Webb, Bedford, for defendant. —Payment of 2s. per week, and costs, amounting to £1 75., were ordered.

Northampton Mercury 29 May 1891


Fire.—On Tuesday evening it was discovered that haystack belonging to Mr. Joel Lack, of the Navigation Inn, was on fire. A person was immediately sent for the Stony Stratford Fire Brigade, who were soon on the spot, but found the rick in a blaze, and almost beyond all hopes extinguishing it. After brief consultation between the agent of the Northern Insurance Company (Mr. J. S. Tibitts, Stony Stratford) and the superintendent the brigade, it resolved not to bring the engine into operation, as there was no immediate danger, and the rick was comparatively small. The damage is covered by insurance.


At Towcester, on Thursday, before Mr. R. W. Watkins, William Compton, Castlethorpe, painter, was charged by Joel Lack, Cosgrove, innkeeper, with unlawfully and feloniously setting fire to a hayrick belonging to prosecutor, at Cosgrove, on the 26th inst.—The prosecutor said on the 26th inst. he had a stack of hay standing in a grass field adjoining the road from his house to Castlethorpe. When prosecutor left the rick a few minutes to four it was quite safe, and when he went home he saw the prisoner sitting there. Prisoner left about seven, and few minutes after a boy (George Eakins) ran into prosecutor house and informed him his rick was on fire. There were between 14 and 16 tons of hay, and it was all consumed. A piece of it had been cut away in the meadow. Prosecutor had refused to serve prisoner with beer the house.—George Eakins, of Castlethorpe, spoke of giving the alarm and of seeing prisoner near the fire. —Inspector R. Matthews, stationed Towcester, proved apprehending prisoner, and he was then committed for trial at the Assizes, and was admitted to bail —himself in £50, and two sureties in £25 each.

Northampton Mercury 10 July 1891

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes (chairman), Mr. N. Q. S. and Mr. S. K. Harrison.- George Hillyer, of bricklayer, Cosgrove, was charged with assaulting Eli Dolling, on June 15th, at Castlethorpe, but the case withdrawn.

Northampton Mercury 21 August 1891

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before Mr. E. H, Watts (chairman) and Mr. S. R. Harrison.

Charles Whiting, Castlethorpe. was summoned for allowing a cart to be used without a name. at Stony Stratford on August 10th.—P.C. White said saw the cart in the Market-square.—Fined 1s. and costs 4s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 25 December 1891

STONY STRATFORD. PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before Mr. E. H. Watts (chairman), Mr. S. R. Harrison, and the Rev. G. E. Willes. - John Olney, Castlethorpe, was summoned by Arthur Gregory for using threats, towards him December 8th. —Defendant was bound over to keep the peace for six months the in sum of £5.

Northampton Mercury 29 January 1892

COUNTY COURT. Wednesday.—Before his Honour Judge Snagge. - Joel Lack, Castlethorpe, late of Cosgrove, coal dealer, v. Levi Bason, Potterspury.—This was a claim for £1. balance of account for work done. The defendant admitted the claim, but put in counter claim for £2 12s. for work done.—The plaintiff admitted £2 1s 3d. He said he had taken that into account, and had sued for the balance. —His Honour gave judgment for plaintiff defendant's admission for £1. and also for defendant on the counter claim for £2 1s. 3d.

Northampton Mercury 26 August 1892

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before the Mayor (Mr. E.  Bridgewater) and Mr. R. Clearer.

Drunk. Richard Nichols (68), Castlethorpe. labourer, charged with being drunk Black Lion Hill, August 24th, was fined 7s., or 14 days.

Northampton Mercury 16 February 1894

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions - William Herbert and Jonah Gregory, of Hanslope, were charged with trespassing in search of rabbits, at Castlethorpe, Feb 5th.—Mr. Joseph Pike, farmer, Castlethorpe, proved the case, and fine of 12s. each including costs was imposed.

Northampton Mercury 25 May 1894

STONY STRATFORD. Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday.—Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes (in the chair), G. E. Willes, and Mr. E. H. Watts.— Sarah Ann Panter, wife of Thomas Panter, Castlethorpe, was charged with assaulting Elizabeth Ann Cowley, at Castlethorpe, on April 25th. Mr. A. J. Darnell (Northampton) appeared for the complainant, and Mr. G. J. Phillips (Northampton) for the defendant, who pleaded not guilty. The defendant was very deaf. Miss. Cowley stated that the defendant owed her some money, and a shilling was sent a letter, but was refused, and the debt was paid, and the return of the letter was demanded. The letter was refused, and a struggle for it ensued, in the course of which the defendant knocked the complainant down, almost stifled her on the sofa, and broke her ribs, and she was under the care the doctor. The deaf defendant here caused some laughter by excitedly, contradicting the complainant. In answer to Mr. Phillips, the complainant said the defendant deaf, but she could hear sometimes! The complainant said she told the defendant she should do her best to spread her character among the people she dealt with. Mrs. Harriett Panter also gave evidence, and Mr. Phillips having addressed the Bench on behalf the defendant, called Mrs. Panter (the mother-in-law of the defendant), who spoke to seeing scratches on the defendant's face and arms. The Bench found the defendant guilty, and inflicted £1 fine and costs.

Northampton Mercury 06 July 1894

Special Sessions. Saturday.—Before Mr. G. E Watts and the Rev. G. E. Willes—William Payne, of Hanslope, a young man about 23 years of age, was apprehended on warrant granted the previous day on the charge of committing an abominable unnatural offence at Castlethorpe. on June 22nd.—Evidence was given Mr. Charles Whiting, farmer Mr. W. Simons, blacksmith, Hanslope : Mr. Taylor, cowman, Castlethorpe: and P.C. Joseph Norton, Hanslope, the hearing occupying about one and a half hours and the evidence being unfit for publication.—The prisoner made plea tantamount to that of not guilty, and was committed to take his trial at the next assizes Aylesbury.— Prisoner was removed in custody to Northampton prison.

Northampton Mercury 23 November 1894

Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. —- Before the Rev. C. W. Selby-Lowndes and the Rev, G. E. Willes.—Owen Nichols, artisan, Castlethorpe, was summoned for neglecting obey magistrates' order, made the 19th October, requiring him to have his child vaccinated. The defendant admitted the service notices and the offence, and pleaded that he had a conscientious objections to vaccination. Fined 10s. and costs 9s. 6d.. to be levied by distress.

Northampton Mercury 18 October 1895

NEWPORT PAGNELL. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Wednesday.—Present: Rev. C. Selby Lowndes, Mr. M. G. S. Knapp Mr. W. J. Levi, Mr. J.R. Wilmer, and Mr. Thos. Taylor. - John Olney, Castlethorpe, was summoned for permitting a horse stray on the highway, at Hanslope, on the 9th inst.—Fined 2s. 6d. and 4s. costs or seven days.

Northampton Mercury 15 November 1895

Great excitement was manifest Hanslope on the receipt, of the news that Mr. W. Hopkins, the popular chairman of the Parish Council, bad been acquitted of the serious charge of forgery brought, against him. He received an enthusiastic public welcome on his entering the village from Castlethorpe Station, on his return from Aylesbury.

The Bucks Standard 01 February 1896




Before His Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G. (in the chair),

Rev. G. E. Williams, Rev. G. E. Willes, Rev. Selby Lowndes, T. B. Grounds, Esq., John Chettle, Esq.

There was a batch of summonses down for hearing issued under the regulation of the County Council, as to muzzling of dogs. The defendants were. Farmer Amos of Castlethorpe, farmer. Charles Whiting, Castlethorpe, farmer (2 dogs). The case of Whiting, was dismissed on defendant paying the costs, and the other defendant Amos was fined 15s including costs.

Northampton Mercury 26 March 1897

John York, journeyman baker, in the employ of Fredk. York, baker, Castlethorpe, was charged with delivering bread from a cart without being provided with a correct beam and scales and weights, on March 9th. P.C. Lorton proved the case. Fined 10s. including costs.

The Bucks Standard 05 June 1897

INTERESTING COUNTY COURT CASE. At the Wellingborough County Court on Tuesday, June 1, before His Honour Judge Snagge, Tom Arnsby Lovell, auctioneer, Northampton and Towcester, sued Charles Whiting, farmer, Castlethorpe, in an action of contract, commenced in the High Court of Justice and sent by order to the District Registrar under Section 65 of the County Court Act, 1888, to be tried in this Court, to recover the price of growing crops sold to the defendant to the amount of £55 14s. Mr. W. Ryland D. Adkins (instructed by Mr. C. J. Allinson, Northampton), represented the plaintiff, and Mr. R. Attenborough (instructed by Messrs. Bull, Newport Pagnell), defended. Mr. Attenborough opened the case and pointed out that there was no dispute as to the figures, and the fact to be decided was whether money could be claimed as discharging a debt owing by a third person. The plaintiff, he said, was an auctioneer of Northampton and Towcester, and defendant was one of three brothers who carried on business as farmers and agricultural machine proprietors. The account arose out of a sale of cropping held by the plaintiff for a farmer named Stone at Hanslope. The defendant purchased certain portions of the cropping. But under such circumstances that he claimed to be entitled to say that the amount should be set off against what was owing to him by Stone. The amount now sued for was £55 14s, but Stone owed the defendant £33 6s, and after deducting that, the balance of £22 8s had been paid into Court on a plea of tend. It was urged that this was not a case of a man seeking to set off, but there was an express agreement that whatever Whiting bought at the sale should be set off against what is now owing to him by Stone, who was an infirm old man whose business was managed by Mr. Richardson his son-in-law. At the request of Mr. Richardson defendant cultivated Stone’s farm, and was told by that gentleman that he could set off the purchase at the sale of cropping from the amount owing to him for his work. Defendant first gave evidence, and stated that in the early part of 1895 he was asked by Richardson to cultivate the farm, and did so. On the question of payment being brought up Richardson replied that there was a field of clover he could have, and that the crops and corn would afterwards be sold, from which he would be paid. Witness did the cultivation, and the account came to £49 19s. 1d., for which he gave credit for £16 13s. 1d., the value of the field of clover, leaving the balance owing at £33 16s. On the day of the sale witness saw the plaintiff, and said to him, “Anything I buy to-day will you allow off our account” Mr. Lovell replied, “What does Mr. Richardson say?” to which witness responded that Mr. Richardson said he was willing, and plaintiff then stated, “Well, it will be all right then.” Witness bought four lots, which came to the amount of the claim. In answer to Mr. Atkins, defendant said he knew that Stone owed money to someone named Payne, but he did not hear Mr. Lovell say, “I have instructions to pay you and Payne after I have paid myself.” He believed plaintiff had advanced money to Stone for rent and other things. In subsequent interviews Mr. Lovell never denied the conversation given in evidence, but he refused to take the £22 8s. when witness offered it to him. In the course of his evidence plaintiff said that he had paid Stone’s rent several times, and had a lieu on his crops. He had paid his rent in April 1895, and the sale of crops was in August. They fetched £81 12s., which was less than the amount owed by Stone to witness for rent and money borrowed. He spoke to Whiting at the sale, but never agreed that defendant should set of anything he bought against what was owing to defendant. Witness told him Mr. Richardson said that he (plaintiff) was to pay Whiting and Payne after he had paid himself. When defendant offered him the £22 he refused to take it. In answer to Mr. Attenborough, plaintiff said he could not say what amount Stone’s estate owed him now, but he should think about £70. He was not suing Stone’s representatives, but for himself. In reply to His Honour, Lovell said he did not tell Whiting that what was owing to him (plaintiff) would probably absorb the whole of the proceeds of the sale. Thomas Richardson stated that he did not remember anything being said about Whiting setting off the purchase against the amount owing to him, but he expected that Whiting would be paid after plaintiff had been paid. By Mr. Attenborough: Witness asked Mr. Whiting to cultivate the farm, and told him to set off the field of clover, but he never told him that he could put himself right for the remainder at the sale. He thought the crops would make there times the money they did, and that there would be sufficient to pay the plaintiff and defendant. During the sale he advised Whiting to bid for the crops, as that would be the only chance he would have of getting the money. His Honour, in giving judgement, said he had come to the conclusion that defendant had been given to understand that he would be allowed to set off the amount of his purchase against what was owing to him, and he therefore gave a verdict for the defendant, the effect of which would be that the plaintiff would receive the amount paid into the Court. With regard to the costs, His Honour gave judgement for defendant upon the sum not recovered by plaintiff, on the County Court scale.

Northampton Mercury 24 September 1897

Stony Stratford Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. Before Mr. A. Grant-Thorold (chairman) and the Rev. Willes —Joseph Henry Groves, licensed victualler, Castlethorpe, was charged with being drunk on licensed premises, at Castlethorpe, on September 2nd. Mr. C C. Becke, of Northampton, appeared for the  defendant who pleaded not guilty, and Mr. W. R. Parrott, Stony Stratford, watched the case behalf of Lord Carrington, the owner of the house. Sergeant Harrowell stated that he called at the Carrington Arms about twelve o'clock on the day in question, and saw the defendant asleep in the bar. He woke him and found that he was drunk. P.C. Sismey called at the house at 1.15 p.m. and saw the defendant drunk in the bar. Mr. Becke submitted that if a technical offence was committed, it was not of a serious nature. Fined 10s. and costs, 13s.

Northampton Mercury 07 May 1898

Frederick Clarke and Walter Clarke, of Castlethorpe, labourers, were charged with trespassing in search of  rabbits, on land in the occupation of Mr Charles Whiting, at Castlethorpe. April 24th —The defendant Frederick did not appear —Joseph Feasey, gamekeeper, proved the case —Fine and costs. 10s each.

Northampton Mercury 27 January 1899

Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. Before the Duke of Grafton and Mr. A. Grant-Thorold.—Alfred Coey, labourer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for not sending his child Beatrice, aged 11, regularly to school. —Mrs. Compton stated the particulars.—An order was made for the child to attend school.

Northampton Mercury 10 February 1899

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before the Duke of Grafton, K.G., Mr. Grant-Thorold, Rev. G. E. Willes, and Mr. T. Grounds, James Clarke, Castlethorpe, was charged with stealing two mangold wurtzel, value 1d., the property Mr. Joseph Pike, farmer, at Castlethorpe, on  Jan. 20th. - Mr. W. R. Parrott appeared for the prosecutor, a member of the Stratford and Wolverton Association  for the Prosecution of Felons.—Mr. Pike proved value of the wurtzels, and mentioned that the defendant had worked for him and his father for 20 years.- P.C. Crewe stated that he met the defendant as was leaving work, and he had the wurtzels in his pocket. The defendant pleaded guilty.—Mr. Parrott said the prosecutor wished a put a stop to these petty depredation. The defendant was dealt with under the First Offenders’ Act to come up for judgment if called upon, to pay 10s. towards the costs.

Northampton Mercury 15 September 1899


During Saturday night a determined attempt at burglary was made at Castlethorpe Station. It appears an entry was effected by breaking the window of the booking office. An attack was made on the safe, but it successfully resisted the attempt to force it, and the person or persons were frustrated in their nefarious designs. The police are prosecuting enquiries, but, so far as we are aware, nothing has yet been discovered.

Northampton Mercury 12 April 1901

Betting Men Charged with Theft. —Charles Herbert Smith (33), 39. Althorp-street, Far Cotton, and John Clarke (30), Victoria-gardens, described as betting men, were charged with stealing about eight p.m. on the 11th inst., from London and North-Western Railway train at the Castle Station, two gentlemen's mackintoshes, value £3 10s., the property of the London and North-Western Railway Company. Prisoners were further charged with receiving the mackintoshes well-knowing them to have been previously stolen. —Edward Chapman, a porter at the Castle Station, said that he saw two mackintoshes on the rack of first-class compartment of the six o'clock from Euston, and subsequently saw Clarke in the compartment hand one of the mackintoshes to Smith and take one himself. Afterwards he learned that the mackintoshes had been left in the train by gentlemen who left it at Castlethorpe. He spoke to defendants, who said that the mackintoshes belonged to them.—Sergeant Leatherland deposed that when he saw Smith with reference to the mackintoshes Smith said that the one he had was given to him by a man he did not know. Later on said that Clarke took the mackintoshes. When he saw Clarke he said that Smith had told lies about the matter. Prisoners were formally charged at the station, and made no reply. Only one of the mackintoshes had been recovered. Charles Whiting and Arthur Masterman, Castlethorpe, deposed to leaving their mackintoshes in the train at Castlethorpe. That recovered belonged to Whiting.—Prisoners were remanded until Monday, bail being refused. —Detective-Superintendent Copping, the Chief of the London and North- Western Railway Company's Police, watched the case on behalf of the company.

Northampton Mercury 03 May 1901

STONY STRATFORD. DIVISIONAL PETTY SESSIONS. FRIDAY. —Before the Duke Grafton. K.G. (in the Chair), Mr. A. Grant-Thorold. Mr. T. Grounds. Mr. H. Grant-Thorold. and Mr. J. Appleton. Walter Mills, labourer, of Castlethorpe, was charged with riding bicycle without a light, at Castlethorpe, on April 18th—P C. Crewe proved the case.—Fine and costs, 5s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 05 July 1901


TRIALS OF PRISONERS. ALLEGED THEFT OF MACKINTOSHES. Charles Herbert Smith (33), clerk, and John Stephen Clarke (30), cooper, both on bail, were indicted for feloniously stealing, at Northampton, on the 11th of April last, two mackintoshes, together the value of 10s., the property of the London and North-Western Railway Company.— Prisoners pleaded not guilty.—Mr. Metcalfe prosecuted; Mr. Probyn (instructed by Mr. G. Jason Phillips) defended Clarke.—Charles Whiting, farmer, Castlethorpe, and Arthur Masterman, licensed victualler. Castlethorpe, deposed to travelling from Aylesbury to Castlethorpe on the 11th April and leaving their mackintoshes in a first class compartment of a London and North-Western train. Whiting identified as his property a mackintosh produced in Court.—Henry Farren, the guard of the train, deposed to making a search for the mackintoshes at Northampton, the next stopping-place to Castlethorpe. He failed to find them, but he saw a porter named Chapman speak to the prisoner Smith, who threw on to the platform a mackintosh he was carrying. By Mr. Probyn: He could not identify Clarke.—Edward Chapman, porter-guard, stationed at the Castle Station, deposed to seeing two mackintoshes on the rack of an empty first-class compartment as the Castlethorpe train entered the station. Afterwards he saw Clarke in the compartment. He threw out mackintosh, which Smith caught, and which was the mackintosh in Court; and afterwards Clarke came out of the compartment with a mackintosh and put it on. Two minutes afterwards witness asked Smith if the mackintosh he was carrying was his. Smith said Yes," but when Farren came up he threw the mackintosh to the ground and walked away.—Detective-sergeant Leatherland deposed to making enquiries into the case, and telling him that he was suspected, with another man, of stealing two mackintoshes. Smith at first said, “No, not me"; but on seeing the witness Chapman he said that the mackintosh was given to him by a man whom he did not know. Subsequently Smith said that Clarke got into the compartment and took the mackintoshes. Witness sent Smith to the Police Station, and afterwards arrested Clarke. Although every effort had been made to recover the second mackintosh had not been traced.—By Smith: The first time he saw Smith he did not suspect him of the robbery. By Mr. Probyn: Clarke denied the offence.—This closed the case for the prosecution.—Smith, giving evidence in defence, stated that he had been to Aylesbury Races, and when he arrived at Northampton he went to the guard's van to get his slate. Coming back a mackintosh was thrown over his head, and he had no sooner got it off than Chapman asked him whose mackintosh it was. On the impulse of the moment he replied, " Mine, of course." Chapman then accused him of having entered the compartment and stolen the mackintosh. He offered the mackintosh to Chapman, who would not take it, and then he threw to the ground.— Mr. Metcalfe was not expecting the mackintosh, and although he knew Clarke was on the train Clarke was not travelling with him. The statement he made to Leatherland that Clarke took the mackintoshes was a lie: the first statement made, that the mackintosh was given to him a man he did not know was the correct one.—By Mr. Metcalfe: He was not a betting man, but he had been working at the Aylesbury Races as clerk to a man named Bond. Clarke was working there too, but as a master. After the magistrates had sent the case for trial witness said that Clarke was the man who took the mackintoshes.—Clarke, on oath, said that he had been bookmaking at Aylesbury. When he reached Northampton he had to carry from the train his umbrella, a large betting sheet, and his easel. He was wearing his own mackintosh, and he did not see Smith until he reached the exit door. He did not hear anything of the robbery until the police visited his house three hours after he left the station. At no time after leaving the train with his luggage did he enter any compartment.—Mr. Metcalfe: Are you a bookmaker or clerk Witness: I'm a clerk, but I was bookmaking that day. Witness and Bond were in partnership that day, and Smith, clerking for Bond, was working for witness. He had not seen Smith since the committal, and the evidence Smith had given was Smith's own concoction. Harry Panter, bookmaker's clerk, 58, Talbot-road, Northampton; Arthur Roberts, clicker, 86, Holly-road; and Stephen Haddon, fruiterer, 17, Crispin-street, who travelled from Aylesbury to Northampton with the prisoner Clarke, gave evidence to the effect that they did not see Clarke enter any compartment of the train after once leaving it at the Castle Station.—Further evidence was given by Harry Eames,a 'busman, and George Drage, who took Clarke's luggage from the station to his house in Victoria-gardens. Clarke was wearing a mackintosh, but there was not another mackintosh among his luggage. After Mr. Probyn had addressed the jury, Mr. J. W. West, of the Northampton Brewery Company, said that Clarke had been employed by the company for sixteen years, and had borne a good character. After deliberating in private for a few minutes, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty against Smith and Not Guilty against Clarke.—Sentence was deferred.

Northampton Mercury 10 January 1902

STONY STRATFORD. Divisional Petty sessions. Friday. — Before the Duke of Grafton, Mr. A. Grant-Thorold, and Mr. T. Byam Grounds.—Alfred Bull, of Castlethorpe, labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, at Castlethorpe. on December 15th.—The defendant pleaded guilty, and the particulars were briefly stated P.C. Crewe.—Fine and costs, 10s. 6d.

Northampton Mercury 14 November 1902

John Burbidge. Henry Mills. Luke Stones, and Bull, all Hanslope, were summoned for trespassing in search of game, at Castlethorpe, on October 18th.  This case was adjourned from the last meeting, only Bull then appeared, warrants issued for the others. Burbidge had absconded; the others pleaded guilty.—Mr. Charles Whiting, farmer, and Andrew Nichols stated the case.—Mills and Stones were fined including costs (first offence); Bull 30s. and costs 7s. 6d. (previously convicted); and Burbidge £2 and costs, or one month's imprisonment.

Northampton Mercury 11 December 1903

A Castlethorpe Quarrel.—Edwin Gobby, of Castlethorpe, labourer, was charged with assaulting Mary Ann Taylor, wife James Taylor at Castlethorpe, on November 30th — Mrs. Taylor said she asked the defendant what he had to say about her, and he pushed her about and struck her—After hearing two witnesses each side, the Bench dismissed the case.

Northampton Mercury 22 July 1904


Without Certificate —William Olney. of Castlethorpe, was charged with a breach of the Public Health Act by allowing a house to occupied without having obtained a water certificate.—Mr. C. J. Allinson defended. A technical offence was admitted —Fined 6d. and 7s. 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury 28 October 1904

STONY STRATFORD Divisional Petty sessions. Friday. Before the Duke of Grafton, K.G. in the chair), Mr. T. Grounds, Mr. H. J. Conant, Mr. H. Grant- Thorold. and Mr. G. M. Fitzsimons. A temporary transfer of the licence the Crown Inn. Stony Stratford, was granted from Mr. Edward Arthur to Mr. W. A. Greenwood, of Castlethorpe.

The Wolverton Express 14 April 1905

Stony Stratford


Friday April 7, 1905

Before His Grace the Duke of Grafton, K.G. (in the chair), A. Grant-Thorold, Esq., H. J. Conant, Esq.,
T. Byam Grounds, Esq., and the Rev. J. T. Athawes.

Amos Bull, carter of Stony Stratford, was summoned for making a false statement as to the tare weight of the vehicle of which he had charge, at Castlethorpe, on March 7. Mr. C. J. Allinson, of Stony Stratford and Northampton, defended, and pleaded not guilty. Thomas Kyle Inspector of Weights and Measures stated he saw the defendant delivering coal at Castlethorpe on the day in question. He asked him what was the tare weight of the vehicle, and the defendant replied. “1 ton. 2cwt. 2 qrs.,” and the ticket produced bore the same weight. Witness weighed the vehicle, and found the tare weight to be 11cwt. 1qr. In his evidence the defendant said the tare weight of the vehicles was 11 cwt. 1 qr., and when the officer asked him, that was the weight he told the Inspector. The weight on the ticket was 1 ton 2cwt. 2 qrs., but that was because he delivered coal to that particular purchaser in two lots, and had only one ticket, on which was included combined the particulars from the two weighbridge tickets. Jos. Jelley, manager of the Co-operative Society at Stony Stratford, by whom the defendant was employed, said the man was merely delivering coal which had been previously ordered by members of the Society. The Bench decided to convict. They were convinced that the defendant did make a false statement, but that he made it under a deceptive idea that he was saying what was right. It should be understood that tickets must be delivered with each load. Fined 10s. and 9s. 6d. costs.

The Wolverton Express 13 April 1906


Friday April 6th 1906

Present: His Grace the Duke of Grafton K.G. (Chairman), A. Grant-Thorold, Esq., H. J. Conant, Eqs.,

J. M. Knapp, Esq., T. Byam Grounds, Esq., and the Rev. J. T. Athawes.

Alfred Sawbridge, cattle dealer, Hanslope, was charged with using abusive language at Castlethorpe Station on February 15th. The defendant: I plead guilty under protest. The Clerk: Do you mean “Provocation?” Defendant: That will do as well. The Stationmaster, Arthur Chandler, said the defendant came to the station to consign six cattle to himself at Northampton. One of the beast was lying down in a float. The beast was loaded, but witness did not consider one of the beast was able to travel, and he called the defendant’s attention to it. The defendant said it would be all right, and he would take all responsibility. This would be between 7 and 8 a.m. The defendant shortly after left for Northampton. Witness’s attention was again called to the beast, and he decided that one of the beast was unable to travel, and he unloaded it. The beast died on the station premises four hours afterwards. On February 15th the defendant went to the station and used most abusive language. Charles Bird, a porter at Castlethorpe, gave corroborative evidence as to the use of the bad language. The defendant said he considered the Stationmaster had caused him annoyance, and he thought it best to tell him what he thought. Fine and costs £1.

Northampton Mercury 30 November 1906

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Divisional Petty Sessions, WEDNESDAY.-Before Colonel J. Hatfeild Harter, Colonel Burney, Mr. A Hipwell, Mr. J. W. Mann, and Mr. W. R. Chantler.- Richard Partridge, labourer, of Bradwell, and Alfred Burbidge, labourer, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to trespassing in, search of conies on land at Little Linford, on October 27. —Each defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and 5s. 6d. costs.

Northampton Mercury 08 February 1906

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Divisional Petty Sessions, Wednesday.—Before Mr. W. J. Levi, Mr. J. M. Knapp, Mr. W. R. Chantler, Mr. A. W. Hipwell, Mr. J. W. Mann, and Colonel Allison. —Alfred Burbidge, labourer, of Castlethorpe, and George Keeves, labourer, of Haversham, pleaded guilty to trespassing in search of rabbits, on January 20, on land at Haversham, in the occupation of William Rose Parrott, solicitor, executor of the late William Scott.—Fined 10s. and 6s. 9d. costs each.

Northampton Mercury 17 May 1907

NEWPORT PAGNELL. Divisional Petty Sessions, Wednesday.— George Keeves, labourer, of Hanslope, and Alfred Burbidge, labourer, of Castlethorpe, were summoned for trespassing search of conies, on April 29, land in the occupation of the exors. of Mr. James Greaves, Haversham.—Defendants, who pleaded not guilty, were each fined £1 and 6s. costs.

Northampton Mercury 24 May 1907

STONY STRATFORD. Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. Before Mr. A. Grant-Thorold (in the chair), Mr. T. Byam Grounds, Mr. G. M. Fitzsimons, and Mr. F. W. Woollard. —Harry Stewart Izzett, Boswell House, Upper Mounts. Northampton, clothier, was charged by Elizabeth Robinson with assaulting and beating her, at Castlethorpe, May 1. Mr. W. Y. Groves, of Northampton, defended, and pleaded not guilty.—The prosecutrix stated that defendant called at her house for some money on May 1. She did not give him any, and started abusing her. She asked him leave the house, but he would not, and she told him she would push him out. She tried to do so, and the defendant then took hold of her arms, shook her, and pushed her up against the wall. Witness’ sister was present, but she was ill and could not attend. Cross-examined by Mr. Groves, the prosecutrix said nine months ago she lived at Conrteenhall, and since then she had lived Roade, Hartwell, and Castlethorpe. She had been annoyed at the defendant calling for payment of an account. Her husband told her not to have the man in the house. She wrote a postcard to the defendant saying she would not be at home, and that he need not call. —The Bench dismissed the case without hearing defendant’s statement.

Northampton Mercury 21 June 1907

Stony Stratford Divisional Petty Sessions, Friday. —Before Mr. A. Grant-Thorold (in the chair), Mr. M. R. Hall, Mr. G. M. Fitzsimons, and Mr. P. W. Woodard. —Edith Mary Panter, Castlethorpe, v. Henry George Burbidge, coach trimmer, Castlethorpe.—Mr. C. J. Allison, Stony Stratford, appeared for the complainant.—An order was made upon the defendant, who did not appear, and is now working at Loughborough, contribute 2s. 6d. per week until the child is 13 years old.

Northampton Mercury 22 October 1909

CASTLETHORPE. At Stony Stratford Petty Sessions, on Friday, Elizabeth Amos, of Castlethorpe, farmer, was charged with having in her possession a certain beam scale which was false and unjust, at Castlethorpe, September 17. —The Inspector said the scale was 1¼oz. against the purchaser. Mrs. Amos said she used the scales more for domestic use than anything else. She had been at Castlethorpe 42 years, and had never been summoned before.—The costs only (6s.) were imposed, with the understanding that the defendant had the scales adjusted and not to use them until verified by the Inspector.

Northampton Mercury 05 August 1910


At County Court, Tuesday—before his Honour Judge Wheeler, K.C. —Edmund Crask Whitton, horse dealer, Woodford, sued the London and North-Western Railway. Claim for £15 15s. damages alleged to be caused defendants’ neglect in conveying from Castlethorpe to Byfield, and putting it unsuitable box at Towcester.
Mr. Barnes solicitor, Lichfield, was for the plaintiff, and Mr. Snagge, barrister-at-law, represented the defendant company.
Mr. Barnes explained that the horse was sent by Captain Hodgkinson, who had hired it, from Castlethorpe to Byfield, on January 26, and it did not arrive until the following day. The claim was for damages because, it was alleged, the company put the horse in an unfit loose box at  the Hesketh Arms Hotel, Towcester, the result which the horse contracted influenza and could not be used for three weeks. The home was hired £5 5s a week.
Captain Hodgkinson, Wappenham House, Towcester, said whilst living at Castlethorpe he hired a hunter from the plaintiff, and on January 26 sent the horse back to Mr. Whitton. He sent his groom to the station to inquire the best train, and the horse was sent by the 1.44 train. When the horse left witness’s establishment it was, to the best of his knowledge, in good health.
Mr. Barnes: Assuming that a hunter was placed in stable that had not been occupied for number of weeks, was it quite possible it would contract a cold?
Witness: Yes.
Cross-examined: Witness knew there was better train earlier in the morning, but he missed that one. Edward Crask Whitton, horse dealer. Woodford, the plaintiff. said that he received an intimation that morning. Mr. Whitton saw the animal near Woodford, and his man complained the cough.
He would say putting the horse in a  box which had not been used for six would give a horse a chill. Mr. Barnes: Is it tantamount to patting a human being in u damp bed?
His Honour: You must not suppose like that! (Laughter.)
After further questions, the Judge asked Mr. Barnes: How can you make this unhappy company responsible for giving cold?
Mr. Barnes: I don’t say by giving it a cold, but -----
This is consigned as horse. The horse goes to the Railway Company, and is taken on its journey, and stabled at the Hesketh Arms, which, I know, is well-known among hunting gentlemen here.
Mr. Barnes: But must not the company use reasonable diligence?
Is it not that reasonable diligence in sending it to a first-class hotel?
Further legal argument the ensued, in the course of which his Honour said: "I don’t think you can put a horse, even hunter, beyond a human being and his wife and family, although will do my best in a hunting country." (Laughter.)
Eventually Judge Wheeler said that he was with Mr. Barnes one point, but by force of circumstances was strongly against him on another. He was sorry, because liked to vindicate the sporting instincts of his countrymen. (Laughter.) There would be judgment for the defendants with costs.

The Wolverton Express 18 October 1912

Stony Stratford


Friday, October 11th. 1912

Before Captain M. R. Hall (in the chair),

Colonel W. H. Bull, V.D., Mr. T. Byam

Grounds, and Mr. F. W. Woollard

The Camera’s Evidence. William Worker, George Ray, Harry Ward, and Arthur Warring, all labourers, Castlethorpe, were charged with gaming by playing with coins at Castlethorpe, on October 6th. None of the defendants appeared, the excuse being that they would lose a day’s work. P.C. Cooper said at 2.40 p.m. on Sunday, as he was hiding in a field, he saw the defendants playing pitch and toss. He (witness) had a camera with him, and after watching for twenty minutes, he took a photo of them, and then went up to them. He had not received complaints, but he had received information about these men playing there; he had never been able to catch them before. The photos, taken by P.C. Cooper were produced and plainly showed the four defendants playing at pitch and toss. Each defendant was fined 1s. 6d. and costs, 5s. 6d.

Police Constable 29 Alfred James Cooper
PC 29 Alfred James Cooper 1912

Northampton Mercury 29 August 1919


At Stony Stratford Police Court Friday, Heinrich Schultz, a German prisoner from Pattishall Camp, Towcester, who escaped and was captured by P.C. Chilvers at Haversham, was charged with burglary at Castlethorpe on August 7, He was accused of stealing 18s. in silver, a tin of biscuits, 2lbs. of bacon, and other articles. Lieut. McKintosh appeared as official interpreter.
Edward Powell, grocer, Castlethorpe, said he missed the articles. Prisoner had entered the house through the cellar.
P.C. Chilvers said prisoner made the following statement in broken English: “I got into the house to pinch food, I saw the money so I pinched it. I have eaten some of the food and thrown the rest into the river'.
Prisoner had nothing say, and was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.

Northampton Mercury 24 October 1919

BUCKS QUARTER SESSIONS. Bucks Quarter Sessions were held at Aylesbury Friday, before Lord Parmoor (chairman). Colonel Lord Cottesloe (vicechairman), Marquis Lincolnshire, Mr. W. W. Carlile, Colonel A. W. Phipps, Mr. Purefoy, Mr. W. Purslow, and other magistrates.
Heinrich Schultz (22), a German exprisoner of war, admitted, through an interpreter, committing burglary at Castlethorpe. Stony Stratford, on August 7, his plea being that having escaped from prison camp he burgled for food. —There were two other warrants, and these were taken into account in a sentence of One Month’s Imprisonment.

Northampton Mercury 31 December 1920


At special sitting of the Stony Stratford Bench on Wednesday, before Dr. T. S. Maguire and other magistrates, William Burnell (25), farm labourer, Castlethorpe, was charged with breaking into and entering a dwelling house at Castlethorpe, on December 25, and stealing two watches and a  2s. postal order, the property of Ellen Waring.
Evidence having been given by the prosecutrix, Henry Miles, watch repairer. Church-street, Wolverton, said he bought the watches from the prisoner for 7s.
Mrs. Sykes, wife of Frederick Sykes, tobacconist, Wolverton, said prisoner went into the shop and offered the postal order in payment of three packets of cigarettes.
P.G. Bonner and P.S. Honour gave evidence of arrest, and prisoner was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions, to be held at Aylesbury on Monday next.

The Bucks Standard 01 January 1921



A case of alleged daylight housebreaking at Castlethorpe was heard at a Special Sessions at Stony Stratford, on Wednesday, Dec. 29, before Dr. T. S. Maguire and Mr. F. Vickers.

William Burnell, a 25-year-old farm labourer, of Castlethorpe, was charged in custody for breaking and entering in the day time the dwelling-house of Mrs. Wareing, a widow and stealing two watches and a postal order, together of the value of £1 12s. The offence was stated to have been committed on Dec 23.

Mrs. Wareing, in evidence, said she lived next door to defendant at Castlethorpe. Just before two o’clock on Dec 23 she left home to go by train to Wolverton Market. She fastened the doors and windows of her house before leaving. In the back kitchen there was a pane of glass out, and the space had been covered with a piece of cardboard. It had been like that since the summer. On returning about 4.30 she noticed a smell of paraffin and discovered a broken bottle. Soon afterwards she missed the postal order, value 2s., which she wanted to send away that night. It was not until bedtime the watches were missed. One was an old one and the other a wristlet. Both were metal watches.

Henry Miles, watch repairer, Wolverton, said defendant, who was an old time customer, offered the watches for sale. Witness bought the old one for 2s. and the wristlet watch for 5s. Defendant said he was out of work, so he (witness) bought the out of charity.

Annie Sykes, wife of a Wolverton tobacconist, said she changed the 2s. postal order for defendant for three packets of cigarettes.

P.C. Bonner said he noticed against the broken window a piece of soap with an imprint which indicated Bedford cord clothing. In company with P.S. Honour, he interviewed defendant who said he was sorry he did it.

P.S. Honour corroborated, and added that defendant handed him the money received for the watches and the change from the postal order.

Defendant expressed his sorrow, and the bench decided to commit hi for trial at the Bucks Quarter Sessions to be held at Aylesbury on Monday, January 3.

Northampton Mercury 07 January 1921

Bucks Quarter Sessions were held at Aylesbury Monday, before Lord Parmoor (in the chair). Lord Cottesloe deputy chairman), the Marquis of Lincolnshire, and other magistrates
William Burnell (25) labourer, pleaded guilty to housebreaking at Castlethorpe, Stony Stratford, last month, he was given an excellent character, and Capt. Bowyer referred to his domestic circumstances as a married man. The Court bound him over to come for judgment if called upon. This was the only case from North Bucks.

Northampton Mercury 16 December 1921


Robert Mackey, carriage upholsterer, 84, Anson-road, Wolverton, was summoned for not keeping a dog under effectual control between sunset and sunrise, and also for allowing the dog on the highway without having name and address of owner inscribed on the collar. —In the absence of defendant, a letter was read from him stating that he was unable to meet the expenses of losing time from work now was only making four days weekly, and the Bench decided to proceed with the case in his absence. —P.C. Marsh stated the facts, and the case of straying was dismissed on payment of costs (5s. 6d.), whilst defendant was fined 5s. for the absence of name and address collar. Colonel Alexander David Seton, Station-road, Castlethorpe, was summoned for two similar offences.—Defendant pleaded guilty and the evidence P.S. Stritton was fined 5s. and 5s. 6d. costs, the case of straying being dismissed in view of his explanation.

Northampton Mercury 24 March 1922


A boy aged 14, of Cosgrove, was summoned for stealing from a dwelling-house at Castlethorpe on or about March 2, £1 12s. in money and a watch key, value 6d., the moneys and property of William Young, horse keeper. Barley [Blarney] Lodge, Castlethorpe.
Prosecutor stated that on March 2nd upon going to work locked his door and left the door key on a ledge for the person who looked after his house during the day time. Upon return that evening he found watch key missing in his bedroom, and two days later, upon examining his clothes box, discovered the loss of the money.
P.C. Bonner stated that interviewed he the boy, who informed him that be unlocked the door and went upstairs and took the money and watch key, and also 2s. from the mantelpiece. He did it because he wanted some money. The mother expressed sorrow-at the occurrence. She said her boy was a good boy at home.
Police-Supt. Dunn said the boy belonged very respectable and straightforward family. It was the first time he had been in trouble. The Chairman said the Bench were agreed the lad broke into the house and stole least 7s. 6d. flogging would be the best for him, but he was under age. In imposing a fine £1 he suggested the father give the boy a good thrashing. The mother replied that he had already had one.

Northampton Mercury 21 April 1922


Stony Stratford Petty Sessions: William Burnell (26), labourer, Castlethorpe. was charged with stealing between February 1st and March 31st, from the Manor Farm, nine hens and one cockerel, value £4, the property of William David Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe. Prosecutor deposed that he had two fowl houses which were locked up every night. A fortnight ago discovered one of the locks had been broken open, but he did not then count the fowls. Sunday morning last found 20 were missing. Witness visited defendant’s premises, and saw six fowls and a cockerel similar to his own. Later saw defendant at Gayhurst, and he admitted stealing the fowls, four of which he had sold to a  Mr. Cook.—A labourer named Henry Greaves, stated that he bought two fowls from Cook and gave 8s. for them. The magistrates’ clerk stated that defendant had been dealt with for housebreaking at that court and at the Quarter Sessions was bound over for 12 months. Defendant was sent to gaol for six months with hard labour.

Northampton Mercury 14 July 1922

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions.
Alfred Frank Brooks, chauffeur, Castlethorpe, was find 5s. for riding a bicycle without lights at Castlethorpe on June 20th

Northampton Mercury 24 November 1922

NEWPORT PAGNELL COUNTY COURT. Tuesday.—Before his Honour Judge F. R. Y. Radcliffe, K.C.
Ellen Markham, widow, Castlethorpe, v. John Owen, Castlethorpe.—The claim was for the possession of cottage in the village. Mr H. E. Kingston (Messrs. Kingston and Williams, Northampton) appeared for plaintiff.—William David Markham, son plaintiff, said the cottage was required for the proper working of their farm. A certificate had been obtained from the Agricultural Committee of the County. Defendant was in his mother’s employ two or three years ago, and now lived at Southend-on-Sea, the cottage being occupied by wife and daughter. The man for whom the cottage was required was a horsekeeper, who slept in a loft above a stable. His Honour made an order for possession in month.

Northampton Mercury 12 January 1923


An interesting case came before the Stony Stratford Bench of Magistrates at the fortnightly Petty Sessions Friday, Arthur Markham, farmer, and his mother, Mrs. Ellen Markham, Castlethorpe, were to the interruption of persons driving  thereon, at Castlethorpe on Dec. 4th, and for (2) laying soil on the highway to the injury thereof on the same date.
In the evidence tor the prosecution, it was stated that defendants were engaged on carting from the rickyard to a field along the Castlethorpe to Wolverton road. The road was left covered with field dirt for a distance of half a mile. On the 4th December, two of the Bucks County Council roadmen set-to work to scrape the road with shovels, and it took them 2½ days to clear up the dirt. A motor cyclist came along the road whilst the men were working and tried to pass along, keeping to the cart ruts, with his legs stretched to the ground on either side of his machine. He did not get far before he had to go on to the grass at the side of the road.
Evidence was given by Thomas Herbert (Hanslope), Walter Piper (Hanslope), roadmen; Albert Rogers (Newport Pagnell) road foreman; William George Clarke (Castlethorpe) farmer; P.S. Honour (Wolverton), and Ernest Wingfield (County Surveyor, Aylesbury). The last witness, after  describing the damage to the roadway, said that so many complaints had been made that action had been taken. The County Council would not take action where a farmer took reasonable precaution of cleaning his wheels.
Mr- W. H. Williams (Messrs. Kingston and Williams, Northampton), who defended, submitted he had no case to answer. The Act stated “to lay a quantity of soil,” it did not say, permit to be laid or allowed to fall.’’ It was clear that this Section the Act was intended to deal with people who, for instance, empty a cart load of stuff on the road and carry by hand-barrow into a field. It was an active Act and there was no shred of evidence to show that either of the defendants took part the proceedings, or that they were there. In a charge of that description there must be some evidence against them. There was no evidence on which to convict.

Supt. E. Callaway, who conducted the case for the prosecution, said that if Mr. Williams was right in his contention there was nothing to hinder a farmer from sending a man put a heap of manure on the roadway and leaving it there; if he does not do it himself could not be proceeded against under the Act.
The Bench adjourned consider and upon return the Chairman, Mr. J. M. Knapp, said they had decided there was a case for defendants to answer.
Mr. Williams, addressing the Bench, stated that the practice of using the roadway for the proper purpose of carting soil or produce from a field to a rickyard or farm, etc., was right, and the farmers of the rural districts are the chief ratepayers who pay for their roads being cleaned after them. It was the duty of the Council to see the roads are cleaned after the people who use them and who rates for their upkeep. The farmers’ cart had just as much right on the roads as motor cars or carriages. Is the farmer expected to have brushes, water, and men for washing down the carts and the horses’ feet before they leave field? It was an absurd thing. Even if the farmer had someone there to scrape the cart and roughly scrape the horses’ hoofs, the roads must become bad; they are bound to leave some it on the road. The men could not get every little bit of dirt off the cart or the horses. On the 4th of December his clients were not carting, they finished on the 2nd. They had been carting daily for about three weeks previous. There was no doubt the roads got very dirty, as was only natural after this period.
Evidence for the defence was given by Arthur Markham, who corroborated what his solicitor had said that no carting look place on the 4th. He also added that following request of the County Surveyor about 12 months ago, they had since given instructions for their men to clean up the road after them. Two of their employees cleaned the road when they finished carting on December 2nd. The road was  bad at the place, and it did not require much carting over it before it became in a very bad state. He contended that the road was not left such a state as the prosecution had tried to make it appear. Charles Ernest Burnell, Castlethorpe, who took part in the carting work, said that before the carts left the field he went round the wheels with a shovel.
Charles Johnson, another employee of defendant’s, gave evidence of spending one hour cleaning up the road on the afternoon of December 2. His brother was with him, but he did not know how long he remained at work.
The Bench stopped the case at this stage and decided to hear evidence bearing on the date the charge, as the evidence previously had been concerning other days.
William David Markham, Castlethorpe, proved that the only cart which belonged to them which went along the road on the 4th December was his, which fetched one load of turnips.
The Bench retired to consider, and upon return said the prosecution had failed, and the case was dismissed.

Northampton Mercury 09 February 1923


William Hidderley, Castlethorpe v, Sarah Baker, Castlethorpe. —Claim for possession of cottage and premises known as Lodge Cottage, Castlethorpe.
Mr. H. Musk Beattie appeared for applicant, and handed in an agricultural certificate. He stated that Mrs. Baker was the widow of a former tenant of the cottage. Some time after the death of her first husband, who was tenant of the former landlord, she married again, but her husband was not recognised as tenant of the property. She was allowed to live in it in respect services rendered to the present landlord.
Applicant proved service of notice to quit, and also stated that alternative accommodation was available, a cottage owned the employer of defendant's husband having now been empty for six months.
Defendant .said h been after nine houses, and she would leave her present place soon as possible. The empty house, she was informed, was promised.
His Honour made an order for possession in 28 days.

Northampton Mercury 29 June 1923

Ellen Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, v. E. Waring, Castlethorpe.—Claim for possession of house and premises.—Mr. H. W. Williams, who represented plaintiff, handed in an agricultural certificate, and his Honour, after hearing the evidence, made an order for possession within 28 days.

Estate Sale 1920 Lot 2. No. part 90 adjoining the Post Office Two Brick, stone and slated Cottages. Cottage occupied by Mrs. Owen, contains Living Room with tiled floor, cooking range and cupboards; Pantry with shelves; Wash-house with cement floor, cooking range, copper and glazed sink; Coal-house in slated lean-to; 2 Bedrooms. Garden with Barn and E.C.
(Far left of the picture) The Cottage occupied by Mrs. Robert Waring, contains Living Room with tiled floor and cooking range; Sitting room, front, with boarded floor, fireplace and cupboards, Scullery with cement floor and glazed sink; Wash-house with cement floor and copper in slated lean-to 2 Bedrooms. Garden with Barn and E.C.

The Bucks Standard June 30th 1923

No Vacant Houses at Castlethorpe

Mrs. Ellen Markham, farmer, of Castlethorpe, v. Ellen Waring, a widow of the same village. The plaintiff, represented by Mr. H. W. Williams, solicitor, Northampton, asked for possession of a cottage, the use of which she required for her cowman. A certificate from the Bucks Agricultural Committee stating the cottage was needed for the proper working of the farm was put in.

Mr. Markham said he managed the farm for his mother. This cottage was originally let to Robert Waring who had since died, and his widow was still in occupation. She had been away six months, and he believed her son-in-law and daughter were living in the cottage. The cottage was let on a weekly tenancy, and the usual notice to quit had been served by registered post. The cottage was required immediately for the cowman who was waiting to enter into occupation.

Defendant’s son-in-law said he had tried his hardest to get a house but had been unsuccessful. He had tried to buy a house and to get land from the Marquess of Lincolnshire to build one.

The Judge said the law compelled him to take notice of the certificate from the Agricultural Committee. There would be an order for possession in 28 days.

Defendant’s son-in-law: Can’t you make it longer? I have been here three years ---

His Honour: I shall make the order for 28 days, and if you can come to some arrangement you may do so.

The son-in-law, as he left the box remarked “I don’t think it fair.”

Northampton Mercury 05 October 1923

Emma Whithead, single woman, Castlethorpe v. Peter Atkins, fitter's labourer: Claim for possession of a cottage at Castlethorpe and £5 4s. rent. Mr. F. C. Alsop (Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop, Northampton) represented plaintiff. George Frederick Whithead. who acted agent for his sister, gave evidence of rent being owed.—His Honour ordered possession in two months, and gave judgment for the amount claimed. Emma Whithead v. Cole Willison: Claim for possession of cottage at Castlethorpe and £4 13s. rent. Mr. Alsop explained that this was a similar case to the previous one. His Honour made order for possession in two months. In reply to a question, defendant said could pay off the, arrears at the rate of one penny a month, and His Honour said he did not want any impertinent suggestions.

The Bucks Standard 20 October 1923

William Spencer Johnson, auctioneer’s assistant, Mil[ford] Leys, Castlethorpe , was summoned for using a motorcycle under a limited trade licence issued to Thomas Brumwell, and not being a prospective purchaser, and using the machine on test or trial, at Yardley Gobion, on October 3rd. Thomas Brumwell was summoned for aiding and abetting. Mr. R. H. Redfern represented both defendants, and pleaded not guilty. P.C. Willoughby deposed to stopping Johnson on the road from Stratford to Yardley, when he was informed that the machine was on trial. Defendants could not produce the duplicate of the register. P.S. Summers corroborated, and added that, in company with P.S. Stritton, of Bucks Constabulary, he visited Brumwell’s premises. The latter said he lent the machine to Johnson as a friend, and he was too busy to give him a duplicate of the entry into the register. It was not on trial. Mr. Refern submitted that Johnson was a prospective purchaser. Johnson stated that his own machine was being repaired by Brumwell. His brother, for whom he was purchasing, had now left him. The Bench considered Johnson had committed a technical offence and dismissed the case on payment of costs. Brumwell had already been fined for this offence.

Northampton Mercury 02 November 1923


Eric Reginald Parker (18), farm labourer. 16, North-street, New Bradwell, was summoned for stealing, between 25th September and 6th October, at Castlethorpe, a raincoat, value 10s., the property of his employer, William Hidderley, Lower Lodge Farm, Castlethorpe.
Prosecutor gave evidence of missing the coat, which P.C. Barnett recovered from defendant’s house. In a statement to P.C. Barnett, defendant admitted taking the coat from the farm, and he had told his mother his master gave it to him.
Defendant elected summary jurisdiction and pleaded guilty.
Supt. Callaway related that in February last year defendant was bound over to good behaviour for two years. He applied for fortnight’s remand for consideration whether the lad should be committed to a Borstal Institution.
He was remanded in custody for a fortnight.

Northampton Mercury 07 December 1923

George Arthur Cooke, labourer, Castlethorpe v. Aubrey Cross, grocer, Castlethorpe, claim for possession house and premises. Mr. E. H. Redfern was for plaintiff.—Order for possession on March 1.

Northampton Mercury 04 January 1924



Eric Reginald Parker, 18, of Stony Stratford, was brought before the Court for sentence. Borstal treatment being suggested the Stony Stratford Bench, the offence being the theft of a raincoat at Castlethorpe on Oct. 26. A plea was put in that the lad might given another chance to return to his home, the Court acceding to the appeal and allowing the lad’s father (an employee Wolverton Works') to undertake the responsibility surety for the lad's appearance at the next Quarter Sessions.

Northampton Mercury 04 January 1924


Joseph Hugh Nicholls, coach finisher, Castlethorpe, v. David Cowley, wood merchant, W. Cottage, Castlethorpe, claim for possession house, garden, and premises, with rent and mesne profits £1 0s. 4d. Mr. D. E. Bowen-Davies was for plaintiff, and Mr. H. E. Sellars (Messrs. Darnell and Price, Northampton) defended. An agreement was arrived at between the solicitors concerned for defendant to give possession or. May 1st next. His Honour gave judgment accordingly.

Northampton Mercury 11 April 1924


Eric Reginald Parker, 19, farm labourer, committed from Stony Stratford in November last for stealing a raincoat at Castlethorpe, was dealt with under Section 10 of the Criminal Justice Administration Act, 1914. —Supt. Callaway (Newport Pagnell) gave a very favourable report of the lad’s conduct since the last Sessions, and he was discharged in the care of his father.

Northampton Mercury 20 February 1925


William Hidderley, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for stealing a fir tree, the property the L.M.S. Railway, value 15s., at Castlethorpe, on Monday, December 15th. Defendant pleaded guilty.
Mr. E, P. Humphrey, Euston, who prosecuted, stated that one of the company's detectives, accompanied a member the county police, visited defendant ; questioned him about cutting down and taking away a fir tree from off  the company’s property. Defendant said he took it without thought and did not think any harm was being done. He wanted a re-less pole, and a man advised him to go to the Sandy Hole for one. The fir tree he cut was too big so he cut it up for fence posts. Mr. Humphreys added that on the man’s own admission, he could well afford to buy a pole. Fined £2 and 15s. Costs.

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1925

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. William Spencer Johnson, auctioneer s clerk, Milford Leys, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving motor cycle and side-car without a red rear light, at Stony Stratford, on Mav 16.—Defendant pleaded guilty.—P.G. Brazell stated that defendant was driving down the High-street, and when asked for explanation his rear light said had no explanation to give —Defendant informed the Bench that he had found a rubber tubing connecting the lamp and generator was split, and the gas escaped instead of going to the lamp, he found could not put it right. Fined £1.

Northampton Mercury 04 September 1925

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS.  Mavis Beryl Huckins, overlooker. The Mill, Castlethorpe, who was summoned for riding a bicycle without a light, was 10s.

Northampton Mercury 18 September 1925


STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS.  Walter Jelley (23), railway labourer; Claud Meakins (16), apprentice painter; Sidney Bushell (21), farm labourer; Frank Johnson (23), railwayman; Herbert Gascoyne (17), apprentice fitter; Ernest Pettifer (23), farm labourer; and Edward Egglesfield (15), railway works labourer, all of Cosgrove, and Frank Huckins (21), apprentice tinsmith, Castlethorpe; were summoned for playing a game of chance (“ pontoon ”), at Cosgrove, on Sunday, August 30th. All except Johnson appeared and pleaded guilty. P.C. Willoughby stated that at 12 (noon) when on a bridle road, he saw nine youths playing cards. Defendants quickly picked up the money, but witness seized the cards. Jelley admitted they had been “caught fair.”— Defendant had nothing to say to the bench. —The Chairman remarked that the elder defendants ought to know better than lead the youngsters astray. The youngest were fined 5s. each, and the others 10s. each.

The Bucks Standard 12 December 1925

Shot with Borrowed Gun. The tragic circumstances attending the death of Mr. William Wilson Newbold, aged 26, a builder, of Roade, who was fatally wounded by the accidental discharge of a borrowed gun when getting over a fence at Castlethorpe on Sunday was investigated by the North Bucks coroner on Monday evening. William Spencer Johnson, auctioneer’s assistant, Milford Leys Farm, said that when deceased came to the farm on Sunday morning for fishing he told witness he had seen fifty wild duck at the mill. Witness offered to lend him a gun if he wished, and deceased replied that he would very much like to have it. Witness gave him a double-barrelled gun and some cartridges. He did not see him alive again. P.C. Johnson, Hanslope, said that at 11.15 p.m. he went with Dr. F. Hinde to a field 200 yards from Milford Leys Farm, and found the body of deceased lying downwards, with the head inclined to the left. This was on the opposite side to where the gun was found. It looked as though deceased was making back towards the farm when it happened. The fence was 4ft. 6ins. In height, and being loose had a sway of three inches.

It was a high whitethorn hedge which met at the top and would obstruct anyone getting over. The gun was leaning against the fence and the left-hand barrel which had been fired would be nearest the man.

The barrels were pointing in the air. The Coroner: It is quite clear in your judgment, as the gun was placed, if a shot went off it would hit anyone on top of the stile! Witness: Yes, could not have helped.

Continuing, witness said he examined the gun and found a live cartridge in the right barrel and an exploded one in the left. It was a hammer gun, and both hammers were down. Spencer Johnson added that the only thing they could think of was that deceased let one hammer down and forgot to do the same with the other. The Coroner asked the constable if he could form any theory in his own mind how the gun came to go off. P.C. Johnson replied that if a person were getting over a fence he would pull the fence towards the gun. Pressure would come down on one of the hammers, and the fence swayed back it would let the gun off. The Coroner: It seems to me that this is the proper explanation. The sway of the fence or some portion of the fence let off the hammer. It seems the only explanation. Of course it will remain a mystery why only one hammer was down. Dr. Hinde having given evidence the Coroner entered a verdict of accidental death and expressed sympathy with the relatives of the deceased, in which Mr. W. S. Johnson, on behalf of his father and mother, also joined.

Northampton Mercury 23 April 1926


At Newport Pagnell, Wednesday, William Bertie Gray, wood machinist, Sutton House, Crescent-road, Delapre, Northampton, was charged with obtaining from Sidney Underwood, the garage, Broughton, two petrol tins and four gallons of petrol, value 12s. 10d., by false pretences, Broughton, on Friday, April 16th.
Violet Underwood, married, The Garage, Broughton, said that defendant called, asking for two tins of petrol to take to a lorry further down the road. She said,” I do not usually let it go like that. Are you sure it’s allright.” Defendant replied, “Quite sure; am sure its allright, or I would not help them otherwise. I will come back with the empty cans and see that they pay.” At the door she saw defendant put the two cans in the side-car and she took the number of his combination. Defendant then said he could not stop for them to return, as he had go on to Woburn Sands, He handed her a card purporting be the owners of the lorry and wrote the registration number on the back. Defendant went on to the Woburn Sands. She would not have let him have the petrol if she had not believed his story.
Sidney Underwood stated that he was on the road at the time of this incident, and there was no lorry between Newport and Broughton. Arthur John Negus, Stony Stratford, deposed that defendant brought two empty cans to him and asked him to pay for the tins his daughter let him have. He gave him 6s. Defendant looked at a motor-cycle which said would  “suit his brother and promised to bring him the same afternoon. Witness not see him again.
P.C. Bonner, Wolverton, stated that on Saturday, April 17th, in company with Sergt. Rollings he saw defendant at his lodgings in Victoria-street, Wolverton. When informed that inquiries were being made about man answering his description, he replied, “Yes.” After reading the warrant to him, defendant made statement concerning his movements, and said that he obtained the petrol from a lorry. Inspector Bryant repeated the statement volunteered by defendant.
Defendant in this gave his movements between April 3 and the date he was arrested, during which time he stayed at an hotel in Northampton with young lady. They then went to Market Harborough, where they stayed five days, returning to Northampton before going to Wolverton.
Defendant pleaded guilty, and elected summary treatment. He had nothing to say.
Supt. E.. Callaway stated that defendant was born at Castlethorpe in 1904, and his parents moved to Stony Stratford, where he went to school. He later attended a school at Wolverton until 1915, and his parents moved to Northampton. He was married on March 31, 1925, and there was one child aged two years and five months, and his wife had obtained a maintenance order. Defendant had worked at other places in Northampton besides for his father.

He had been sentenced at Dover on September 24. 1925, to one months  hard labour for obtaining a motor cycle by false pretences and at Wealstone on October 27. 1925, for two months for stealing lady’s handbag. Until Faster he had been living with his father, and left April 3 without saying where he was going.

His parents were very respectable, and his father, William Joseph Gray, now refused to have anything more to do with him. Defendant seemed to be very fond of women, to whom his downfall was partly due. He owed Mrs Pearson, a widow at Market Harborough, 30s. for his lodging, and also 4s. which had taken from a  handbag. At another widow’s house he did not pay for accommodation, and seemed to have gone about defrauding poor people.
The Chairman (Mr. W. W. Carlile) said the Bench considered it was a bad case. Prisoner was able to work and had these lapses. It was a great pity indeed that he did not seem to fight against the temptation of doing wrong and stealing something. He would be sentenced to three months' hard labour.

Northampton Mercury 28 May 1926

Rowdy Scenes at Wolverton


[Last part of a long article about the strike]

P.C. Bonner, Wolverton, said he went with another officer by car to Castlethorpe on being telephoned for. He saw a crowd of 14 or 15 men, who gave their names and addresses, and said no damage had been done and nobody was hurt. They had been shouting at the station.
Mr. Stimson contended that apart from the police evidence of confession by the men that they had been near the line, there was nothing else to connect them with the offence. The Bench had to be satisfied that the men who were summoned were the same as took part the demonstration.
Defendant Howes, sworn, stated that they took the advice of the Dispute Committee to go for a walk instead of hanging about the streets. They walked down the Haversham-road, and saw the men on the line. Conversation took place on both sides.
William Henry Green stated they did not out to prevent anyone from working.
All the other defendants gave evidence denying that they told P.C. Bowman that they had been to the station and had not done any damage.
The Bench again decided to convict.
The Bench then returned consider the sentences.
Upon returning the Chairman said that in respect to the Castlethorpe offences they intended to deal leniently with defendants. They had acted silly. If they refused to work themselves at any time they must not interfere with others. Each would have pay a fine of £2.
Other fines were: Ingram £l10, Bell £10, Amos £10, Dythan £2, Gobey £2 Wilson £5 on the first charge and £10 on the second. Read £2.
Stevenson, who admitted two previous convictions. was sentenced to one month’s hard labour.

Northampton Mercury 16 July 1926



William David Markham, farmer, Glenmore House, Castlethorpe, was summoned for a dog not under effectual control, at Haversham, on Saturday, June 26, and also with not having a name and address of owner on collar. Defendant pleaded guilty to the dog straying but not guilty to the second summons. He said the dog had taken to the habit of following his motor car, and it was just returning home when the constable stopped it.—He was ordered to pay costs of 5s. 6d. in each case.

Northampton Mercury 21 January 1927

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions.
MOTOR CASES. Cyril Ernest Tapp, railway employee. Little London, Deanshanger, and Benjamin Whiting, farmer, Castlethorpe, were summoned for using unlicensed motor vehicles. —The case against Tapp was adjourned owing to his absence. Whiting, who said he had overlooked the renewal of his licence, was fined 6s.

Northampton Mercury 29 April 1927

Stony Stratford Petty Sessions.

POSSESSION: W. D. Markham, of Castlethorpe, applied for ejectment order against Charles Ernest Burnell.—After the evidence, the Bench made an order for possession in 14 days.

Northampton Mercury 24 June 1927

TOWCESTER PETTY SESSIONS. Tuesday.—Before Mr. R. E. Grant-Ives (in the chair), Mr. H. T. F. Weston, Mr. F. W. Sheppard. Mr, T. Amos.


Benjamin Sydney Whiting, dairyman, Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving a motor car without a licence, at Towcester, on May 12.— P.C. Wilford stated the facts. —Defendant, who said he had filled in an application form but was misled as to the date for sending it in, was fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 24 June 1927

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. On Friday, before Mr. A. Sharp (in tha chair), Messrs. S H, Wheeldon, C. P. Woollard, W. Purslow, J. McLean, Lieut.- Colonel C. Hawkins, and Dr. D. W. A. Bull.


Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer. Malting arm, Castlethorpe, was summoned for keeping a dog without a licence at Castlethorpe on Thursday, May 12th. Police Supt. Callaway stated that in this case the Local Taxation Committee offered mitigated penalty 3s 6d. to be paid within 14 days. Defendant did not pay within this time, and forwarded a cheque after the summons had been taken out.—ln the absence of defendant in court the case was adjourned for days.

Northampton Mercury 08 July 1927



Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer. Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined 7s. 6d. for keeping a dog without licence at Castlethorpe on Thursday, May 12. Defendant stated he quite forgot about it.

Northampton Mercury 19 August 1927



Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving motor van and failing to have a current Road Fund licence affixed, at Cosgrove, on August 3rd, also for driving without proper lights.—Defendant pleaded not guilty.— P.C, Granger, Yardley Gobion, said he stopped defendant in Hanslope-road, Cosgrove, at 12.20 a.m., and upon examining the Road Fund licence found it had expired on June30th. Defendant produced current Road Fund licence from his pocket, and said he had only just bought the van, and had fetched it from Loudon that day. He had had a lot of trouble to start the van, and when he got it going he kept straight on. Defendant had no rear light. Defendant, who said could not get the van to go again and had to walk home, was fined 10s. in each case.

Northampton Mercury 04 November 1927


William David Markham, farmer, Glenmore House, Castlethorpe, was summoned tor allowing two horses to stray on the highway at Hanslope, on Tuesday, October 11th.— Defendant pleaded guilty, and P.C. Johnson stated the case.—Defendant was fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 25 May 1928

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.—Before Mr. F. Jones (in, the chair), Mr. A. Sharp, Mrs. Hickson, Mr. H. T. F. Weston, C.C., Mr. A. Gray, Mr. S. H. Wheeldon, Mr. C, P. Woollard, Dr. D. W. A. Bull, Lieut.-Col. L. C. Hawkins, C.C., and Mr. J. McLean.


Cyril Pittam, labourer. Church-street., Castlethorpe, was summoned for committing a misdemeanour at Castlethorpe, on Tuesday, April 24. Defendant pleaded guilty, and on the evidence of P.C. Johnson, was fined 5s.

Northampton Mercury 22 March 1929

NEWPORT PAGNELL PETTY SESSIONS. Wednesday. — Before Sir Walter Carlile Bart., D.L.. O.B. E. (chairman), Mr. O. H. Bull, C.C.. Mr. J. C. Sutton, and Mr. J. Short
Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer. Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined £1 for "using an unlicensed motor car at Lathbury, on Thursday Jan. 24.

Northampton Mercury 21 June 1929

STONY STRATFORD PETTY; SESSIONS Friday.— Before Mr. S. F. Jones (in the chair), .Mr. A. Sharp, Mr. H. T. F. Weston, C.C., Mr. S. H. Wheeldon, Mr. C. Woollard, Mr. A. Jeffs, and Lieut.-Col. L. C. Hawkins, C.C.


Messrs. Hopcraft and Norris, brewers, Brackley, applied for permission for certain alteration to the Carrington Arms, Castlethorpe, which involved the conversion of the existing stables into a  clubroom,—The application was granted.

Northampton Mercury 28 June 1929

NEWPORT PETTY SESSIONS. Wednesday.—Before Sir Walter Carlile, Bart., D.L.. 0.8. E. (in the chair), Mr. O. H. Bull, C.C., Mr. J. C. Sutton, Mr. F. W. Coales, and Mr A. J. L. Salmons.
Charles Wilson, fitter, Castlethorpe-road, Hanslope, and Reginald West, polisher. Station-road, Castlethorpe, were each fined 5s. for riding bicycles with no front lights.

Northampton Mercury 19 July 1929

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. Friday —Before Mr. S. F. Jones (in the chair), Lieut.-Col. L. C. Hawkins, C.C., Mr. A. Sharp, Mr. W. Mr S Wheeler, Mr. H. Cook, and Mr. C. Woollard.


Arthur Dolling, grocer, Field View, Castlethorpe, was fined 10s. for having inefficient brakes on a motor cycle  at Stony Stratford on Thursday, June 20.  —Police Sergt. Rollings stated that he stopped defendant in the High-street and told him to apply his brakes. The front brake would not act as the cable was slack.

Northampton Mercury 16 August 1929

STONY STRATFORD PETTY SESSIONS. Friday.--Before Mr. S. F. Jones (in the chair), Mr. A. Sharp, Dr D.. W. A. Bull, Mr. H. T. P. Weston, Mr. W. Purslow, and Mr. C. P. Woollard.


Dennis Pittam, blacksmith. Church-street, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to summons charging him with doing malicious damage to a “safety first" sign, the property the Automobile Association Castlethorpe, on. June, 20th.

Mr. E. Whitton, Towcester, appeared for the Association.
P.C. Johnson said saw defendant throw two stones with great force at the sign and chip the facing. When told of the damage, defendant, a youth, said he was sorry.
Mr. Whitton said there was an epidemic of this sort of thing up and down the country. The Association had no wish to press the case, but it was a practice which ought to be stopped.
William Robert Hawkins, A.A. inspector. Woodstock Oxon, assessed the damage to the sign at 15s. —Defendant was fined 5s. and the amount the damage, and allowed a week in which to pay.

Northampton Mercury 29 November 1929


Summoned at Newport Pagnell on Wednesday for riding a horse on the footpath, at Hanslope, on Sunday, November 17th, Thomas George Massey, a labourer, Castlethorpe, sent letter in which he said the roads were not fit for horses to be on, and went on to the side for safety. He thought the Council ought to do something about the matter before they summoned people. The Council did not trouble so long as they could ride in their cars, to what happened to horses.
P.C. Johnson, Hanslope, stated that he saw defendant riding a horse on the pathway at the side of the Castlethorpe-road, Hanslope. Witness pointed out the grass waste at the side of the highway which could have been used instead the pathway.
To the Chairman, the witness replied that the pathway had been recently gravelled. The road was tarmac. Defendant was ordered to pay costa of 4s.

Northampton Mercury 02 May 1930

Where People Have Their Own Alphabet.

“A. very good specimen of  Bucks,” and they have an alphabet of their own,'’ were comments made in a case at  Newport Petty Sessions, on Wednesday, when George Hughes, groom, of Castle-yard. Castlethorpe, was summoned for riding a horse on the footpath at Hanslope, on April 16; and also for using bad language; at the same time and place.—Defendant pleaded guilty in both cases.
Thomas Herbert, roadman. Long-street, Hanslope, said he told defendant he ought not to be riding on the footpath.—Defendant used bad language and rode off along the footpath. A little over an hour later defendant returned, again riding on the footpath.
The Clerk (Mr. W. S. Parrott) handed to the chairman a copy of the language alleged to have been used by defendant, with the remark that it was “A very good specimen of Bucks.”

The chairman (Sir Walter Carlile), after perusing the paper, remarked that it “was the same sort of thing. They have got an alphabet of their own.” (Laughter.)

P.C. Johnson stated that when he saw defendant. Hughes said “I should not have rode on the path, but there were several motors about, and the horse was nervous. The roadman stated shouting, so I swore at him.” Witness sated that the distance between Hanslope and Castlethorpe was 1¾ miles and for over a mile of the way there was grass which was quite safe to ride upon, whilst the road was not very slippery, there being grit at the side where horses could go with safety.
Defendant, who stated that he was riding a race horse, was fined 5s. for riding on the footpath, and 15s. for using bad language.

Northampton Mercury 06 March 1931

Ronald George Pittam, labourer. Backstreet, Castlethorpe, and Cecil Findall, labourer, Back-street, Castlethorpe, were summoned by Benjamin Whiting, of Maltings Farm who applied for the recovery of a small tenement at Castlethorpe.
In the case against Pittam, applicant said that the cottages were let with his farm. He wanted them for an employee who had a family of eight children and now lived at Hanslope in a cottage which he was under notice to leave. Pittam had been tenant for two or three years.
Pittam said he was prepared to move if he could get another house. There no empty houses in the village.
Similar evidence was given in the case against Findall, who took possession of the cottage at the beginning of last November. He worked for applicant for a short time, but was not now in his employ.

Findall said he had a wife and two children. He had tried everywhere for a cottage, but could not find one.
Mr. W. D. Markham informed the magistrates that he would probably have a cottage available when council houses would be erected there almost immediately. It was impossible for Pittam to get a house in the village at present. Findall was only temporarily employed in the village.
The Chairman stated that the Bench had no option but to grant the application, but they would give defendants as long a time as possible. They would have to give up possession in 30 days.

Northampton Mercury 25 December 1931

STONY STRATFORD SESSIONS The Chairman of the Bench Mr. S. F. Jones, when giving a decision in cases of contravention the Swine Fever Regulations, remarked that there were several cases of swine fever in the county, and it was only isolation that the disease had been stayed.
Defendant was Arthur James Markham, farmer of Castlethorpe, who was summoned on two counts, for failing to keep pigs isolated after removal from market; also with failing to in register within 18 hours. He wrote asking for the case to be dealt in his absence.
P.C. Johnson said he found that several pieces of board were broken in the partition between four pigs and 15 others, and they got mixed up.
Police-Sergt. Woodwards said defendant admitted was a mistake. In fairness to defendant he added that the register was well kept.
Fined £1 on the first charge, and the costs, 4s., on the second.

Northampton Mercury 01 January 1932


Benjamin Whiting (38), farmer, Castlethorpe, was fined £1 for allowing a motor-car to stand in Grove-road without front lights at night on November 23, and £1 for being the driver of motor-vehicle and not holding a licence.

Northampton Mercury 19 August 1932


Charged with the infanticide of her newly-born male child by drowning on July 26. Mabel Fanny Owen (24), of 181, High-street, Stony Stratford, was committed at Stony Stratford on Friday to Bucks Assizes.
Mr. Ralph Pashley, conducting the case for the Director of Public Prosecutions, read a statement alleged to have been made by the accused to Sergeant Gee. It said : I went down to the river. I jumped into it but I did not go under the water, so I got out again. I was in pain and went into the bathing shed. Then I threw the child into the water, as I thought it was dead. I hardly knew what I was doing.”
Mr. Pashley said a further post-mortem examination of the child had been made by Dr. Whittingham, a consulting pathologist, in whose opinion the child had breathed after birth and death was due to shock and asphyxia. He did not suggest death was due to drowning, but was caused by shock when the newly-born child was thrown suddenly into the river. It was almost dead before being thrown into the water.
Charles Alfred Bird, a body-builder, of 147, High-street, Stony Stratford, who saw the body at the bottom of the river, said the water was only 2ft. 6in. deep. Dr. J. F, Sheppard, of Newport Pagnell, gave evidence of having examined the accused at the Public Assistance Institute.
James Henry Barlow, boot repairer, 163, High-street, Stony Stratford, said was out for a walk at 6.50 a.m., and saw a woman come from the bathing-place.


He noticed she looked rough and that her clothes were wet. She wore no hat.
He picked accused out at an identification parade at Newport Pagnell on Aug. 6.
Dr. Edgar Douglas Lawrence, Old Stratford, said the child was well-developed. His post-mortem examination of the lungs disclosed the fact that the child had evidently breathed, and he formed the opinion it died from shock due to being thrown into the water.
Dr. Harold Edward Whittingham, consultant in pathology to the R.A.F., stated that he carried out a further post-mortem examination at Stony Stratford Police Station on July 27. He found the child had breathed freely, and the cause of death was primarily shock and terminally asphyxia.
He did not find sufficient evidence that death had been caused by drowning, but thought the child was dead before it reached the water.


P.S. Gee said he interviewed accused on the day the body was recovered at her home, where she was sitting in the kitchen with her mother and sister. She at first denied all knowledge of being out that morning, but after being cautioned made a voluntary statement, which she signed adding, “That is the truth.”
He arrested her on a warrant on August 6.
Accused had nothing further to say in answer to the formal charge.
The Bench endorced an application for legal aid.

Northampton Mercury 30 September 1932

STONY STRATFORD BENCH Summoned at Stony Stratford Police Court Friday Henry Amos, labourer, Castlethorpe, was summoned by William D. Markham, who claimed possession of a service cottage.—An order for possession in 21 days was made. The Magistrates were Mr. S, F. Jones (chairman), Lieut.-Colonel Hawkins, Messrs. A. Sharp, C. P. Woollard, H. T. F. Weston, and C. Wylie.

Northampton Mercury 21 October 1932





An offer of marriage was made at Aylesbury Assizes on Saturday to Mabel Owen (24), 181, High-street, Stony Stratford, who was charged with infanticide. The offer was accepted.
Owen was seen leaving the bathing-place at Stony Stratford on the morning of Monday, July 25. Later, the body of a newly-born child was recovered from the river. Owen made a statement to the police, in which she was alleged to have said that she jumped in the water but could not go under and got out again, that the child was born in the bathing-shed, and she threw it in the river.


The indictment against Owen was in two sentences; (1) A wilful act. (2) An act of omission, but that at the time she was distraught because she had not fully recovered from the effects of the birth.
On the advice of her counsel, Mr. T. F. Butler, Owen pleaded guilty to the second section.
Mr, A. C. Caborn was instructed for the prosecution. P.S. Gee, Wolverton, said Owen was born at Castlethorpe in 1908, and was the youngest of family of five. She had been in domestic service at Wolverton and Northamptonshire, and had an illegitimate son aged five. The father of this child and the child to whom the charge referred, was a farm labourer, age 28, who had contributed to Owen’s support.
Arthur George Allen, of Cosgrove, gave evidence admitting he was the father of the children and said he was willing to marry Owen, he was earning 32s. 6d. a week, and would have married her previously but circumstances had made it impossible.
The Judge (Mr, Travers Humphrey) Why impossible?


Witness; I did not get much money. I was quite willing to marry her so that the young boy should go to school. I tried after a house, but could not get in. I have home and furniture ready for her.
Owen said she was willing to be married.
In answer to counsel, witness said met Owen on Sunday, July 24, and made arrangements to go with her to the pictures on the 25th.
Mr. Butler submitted that the evidence went to prove that the birth of the child was not considered imminent, and that Owen was distraught. She was not a callous mother as her first child was properly looked after.
The judge said it would be inhuman in such a case to punish by imprisonment, and on receiving Owen’s assurance that she would not again try to commit suicide or to endanger the birth another child, he ordered her to be bound over for two years in a recognisance of £5.

[note daughter of John & Ellen Owen 1911 census Castlethorpe]

Northampton Mercury 17 March 1933


A novel point was raised at Stony Stratford Police Court on Friday the central figure in a case being a dog.
Supt. Hankins, of Towcester, opposed exemption from a licence in respect of a dog owned by Herbert Charles Markham, Small-holder, Castlethorpe Wharf.
P.C. Wilford described the dog as white terrier —a cross-bred mongrel. When he visited Markham, the latter tried to make the dog go after some sheep and cows, but it took notice of him.
P.S. Norris said Markham attempted to drive some cattle with the aid of the dog, but the dog ran away from the cows and took no notice either of the cows or defendant. Witness considered the dog was only useful in the house.
Markham asked the Bench to be allowed to keep the dog as it answered his purpose. The dog he had exemption for was killed. He was a single-handed man, and it was the only dog he had.
Supt. Hankins said it was immaterial to him what sort of dog it was so long as it did its work.
The Chairman (to Markham); You admit it is not a properly-trained sheep dog?— Yes, but it helps me, and I use it for that purpose.
The Chairman; There seems a difficulty in the case as to whether the dog of any use. Defendant admits that it is not a properly-trained dog, but it does assist him. We will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Northampton Mercury 27 April 1934




Benjamin Sidney Whiting, farmer and gravel pit owner, Malting Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined £5 at Stony Stratford Police Court on Friday, for failing to stamp the insurance cards of four of his workmen. He was also ordered to pay the arrears amounting to £16 1s. and 8s. costs.
Whiting pleaded guilty to a technical offence.
Mr. W. W. Andrew, district inspector for the Ministry of Health, said there were seven offences, four in respect of National Health insurance and three of unemployment insurance. The workmen were Albert Edgar Herbert, Oliver Herbert, Raymond John Ward, and William Henry Ball. The first three were gravel pit workers, and Ball was an agricultural labourer. Whiting was aware of his obligations and had been visited and warned. He promised to stamp the cards eventually, but the Ministry looked upon the delays as serious.
The National Health cards had not been stamped from July 3 last year to December 31, and the unemployment cards for a period of 33 weeks to Feb. 15 this year.
Whiting said he had followed his usual procedure. The cards were taken away by the inspector, and that was the end of it.
After the Bench had given their decision Whiting intimated that he would appeal.
The Magistrates’ Clerk (Mr. W. T. C. Ray): He has pleaded guilty. I do not think he can appeal.
The Chairman (Mr. A. Sharp): If you do not pay there will be an order for distress.
Whiting: I think the fine is excessive.

Northampton Mercury 29 March 1935

A fine of 5s. was imposed upon Reginald Saunders, labourer, of Barney Cottage, Castlethorpe, for riding a pedal cycle without front light.

Northampton Mercury 11 March 1938


John George Saint, milk roundsman, Castlethorpe, was summoned for driving a car without being covered against insurance risks, and his employer, William David Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned for aiding and abetting. Both pleaded not guilty.
Supt. Callaway alleged that the conditions of insurance of the car excluded its use for house-to-house distribution of milk.
P.C. Shear said that Saint ran over a dog and killed it in Wolverton, and on his insurance certificate being examined, witness told him that he was not complying with the conditions. Saint said he drove it under his employer’s order.
Markham, on oath, said that as the usual delivery van was garage for minor adjustments, he told Saint to take his car and collect the milk and he would meet him in Wolverton with the van. He had been to the Insurance company, who told him he was already covered.
Supt. Callaway objected to this evidence.


Markham: Well, I understand the certificate covers me selling goods in bulk. I have never used it for house-to-house distribution, and there has been no evidence brought to say so. My man ran over a dog and went to the police station, and they told him my insurance was wrong.
In reply to Supt. Callaway, Markham said, “If Saint told the police he was delivering from house-to-house it would not be correct.
” Where did you run over the dog ? —ln Stacey-avenue.
The Chairman (Mr. S. F. Jones): There seems to be some little misunderstanding. We will give you the benefit and dismiss the cases.
Markham: I have had 32 years driving motor vehicles, and this is the first time I have ever had complaint. I would not try to endanger that record.

Northampton Mercury 13 January 1939


A 72-years-old defendant wrote asking to be excused attendance at Stony Stratford Police Court. Ellen Markham, farmer, Castlethorpe, summoned in connection with the using of a motor tractor without a licence and causing to be used without a certificate of insurance, was fined £1 in each case and ordered to pay 5s. 1d. costs on the second summons.
Jack Collyer, farm worker, Castlethorpe, was ordered to pay 4s. costs on each of two summonses for using the tractor.
Mrs. Markham wrote asking the Bench to excuse her attendance. She was 72 and very deaf. She pleaded guilty to not having taken out a 5s. licence, and regretted having unknowingly committed the offence.
Constable Keen said the tractor was being used to convey two tons of lime to the water softening tank on the L.M.S. main line near the village. William Markham told him they had a royalty of 6s. per ton for carting the lime across their fields.

Edward S. D. Moore, manager gas and water department, L.M.S. Railway, Wolverton, said there was a verbal agreement between the Company and Mrs. Markham for 5s. a ton since operations began in July, 1932.

Northampton Mercury 15 December 1939

Daventry Divisional Police Court

Oliver Herbert, lorry driver, Castlethorpe, was fined 5s. for having no driving licence. His firm, Morgan and Whiting, gravel pit owners, of Great Linford, were fined 10s. for employing Herbert without his having a licence.
Herbert told the Bench he held a provisional licence taken out in June and thought it now lasted six months instead of three. Otherwise he would have renewed it.

Northampton Mercury 29 December 1939


Oliver Herbert, gravel pit worker, was summoned by Jack Sawbridge, farmer, Maltings Farm, Castlethorpe, for the possession of a farm cottage in South - street, Castlethorpe. Charles William Herbert was similarly summoned. Mr. H. A. G. Durbridge (Messrs. W. B. and W. R. Bull. Newport Pagnell) represented Sawbridge, who said he needed the two cottages urgently for farm workers. An order for possession in 21 days was given in each case.

Northampton Mercury 15 March 1940




A van containing £35 was left unattended for five minutes. In the meantime a boy went to the van, sat in it, noticed the money, and stole £1 17s. 9½d.
This story was told at special Juvenile Court at Stony Stratford.
A New Bradwell boy, aged 14, pleaded guilty to taking £1 17s. 9½d. from the van, belonging to Mrs. Alice Gertrude Markham, farmer, of Castlethorpe.
Supt. Bryant said Louis Edward Petty employed by Mrs. Markham, was conveying £35 5s. 7d. in a milk van. Making a call at a house in Stratford-road, Wolverton, he was away about five minutes, and on his return he found in the van a lad who asked for a lift to Haversham. This was refused.
Petty was informed by the bank cashier that the money was £1 14s. short. The other 3s. 9½d. was missed from the takings.
In a statement to the police, said Supt. Bryant the boy stated he saw the van with nobody in charge. He got in and sat on the seat. He then noticed some bank money bags. He took some of the money, he did not know how much. When Petty came back he asked for a lift to Haversham.


He gave 2s. 6d. each to two boys, and they went to Newport Pagnell. The rest the money he gave to another boy.
The boy also pleaded guilty to taking 6s. 6d. in money from the shop of Annie Emily Parker, Church-street Wolverton, and another boy, aged 13, pleaded guilty to receiving 3s. of the money knowing it to have been stolen.
Supt. Bryant said the elder boy, after being twice visited by the constable, said that while going to the pictures at Wolverton he went along Church-street to a sweet shop. When he opened the door the bell rang, but no one came.
He went round the counter and took some money from the till; he did not know how much.
The younger boy said he was given 3s. He did not ask where it came from, and was not told about it.


P.C. Stevens said the boys went to a public-house and bought lemonade. They seemed to be spending money freely. The elder boy was bound over in 1938 for larceny, and placed under the Probation Officer, Supt. Bryant stated.
Charles Daniels, Probation Officer, said the elder boy had been “a bit of trouble,” but the other was a very respectable boy.
The elder boy’s father said his son did not seem to be able to tell the truth.
The Chairman (Dr. Douglas Bull); You find he is just as much as you can manage, and that he is rather getting out of hand?—Yes.
The Chairman said they had decided to give the boy a chance of getting into the Navy. He would be remanded for three weeks for inquiries to be made.
Witnesses’ fees of 9s. 6d. were ordered to be paid.
The younger boy, the Chairman announced, would be put on probation to be of good behaviour for 12 months. The costs were 15s. and witnesses’ fees 2s. 9d.
The Chairman told Petty he considered it very careless of him to leave £35 in a van unprotected. It was rather a temptation.
Mrs. Markham said she ought to take the blame, as she started Petty off with the milk early in the morning before the bank was opened.
An order was made for the restoration of the money recovered.
The other magistrates were -Mrs. Brett and. Mr. C.Wylie.

Northampton Mercury 03 May 1940


For failing to conform to a halt sign at Roade—which, he said, he had never noticed—when cycling, Harold Charles Cook (25), engineer, Castlethorpe, was lined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 28 June 1940


At Northampton Borough Police Court on Monday fines of £1 each were imposed on Christiana Pigott. married, of The Manor House, Great Houghton, and Patricia Whiting, independent, of Castlethorpe Lodge, Castlethorpe. Bletchley, for allowing cars to stand in Abington-street so as to cause unnecessary obstruction.

Northampton Mercury 28 June 1940


Six of seven offenders dealt with at Stony Stratford Police Court had neglected to black out premises properly. In each case a fine of £1 was imposed.

George Hart, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty.
Constable Keen said a light shone from an oil lamp.
Defendant stated he was listening to the wireless and forgot all about the lamp.

Northampton Mercury 23 August 1940


A Castlethorpe farmer was fined £10 at Newport Pagnell Police Court on Wednesday for not ploughing up 25 acres of land.
William G. Clarke, farmer. The Village, Castlethorpe, was summoned for not ploughing up land at Hanslope, and pleaded not guilty.
Mr. A. Richard Ellis (instructed by the Ministry of Agriculture) prosecuted for the Bucks. War Agricultural Committee. and said that for the past 19 years Clarke had been the occupier of the land, of which two fields of 25 acres were scheduled for ploughing and cultivation this year. Defendant ignored the direction, and did not get in touch with the local committee for assistance, which he was invited do. No ploughing at all had been done.
Walter Beesley. Manor Farm. Hanslope. a member of the Newport Pagnell District Committee, said the two fields scheduled adjoined his own, and were quite suitable for ploughing. He had made a formal inspection, and had seen defendant on more than one occasion with regard the possibility of the committee taking over the work, as, defendant had raised the objection that had not the tackle.


Philip C. Gambell, secretary of the Newport Pagnell Committee, said that Clarke had not approached him for assistance. In answer to the chairman (Sir Walter Carlile), witness said that Clarke, with a relation, farmed about 70 acres.
Reginald Davey, secretary of the Bucks. War Agricultural Committee, also gave evidence Clarke told the Bench that when he received the requisition he was ill, and was laid up with bronchial pneumonia for fire months. He did not know he had anything to do with ploughing up. He had the land for temporary grass-keeping, and had never been the regular occupier.
The Chairman: You will have to pay fine of £10. Can you do it now, or shall we wait till we get it? Defendant: I’ll pay it now.

Northampton Mercury 29 November 1940


DEFENDANT at Stony Stratford Police Court, declared that the police story of light shewing from his house was grossly exaggerated,” and made several other allegations.
Inspector Merry stated that a light was still snowing half an hour after complaint about it had been made to defendant. This, the inspector said, was an insult to the police.”
Defendant was fined £2.
William Scorer farm worker, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to showing a light from a dwelling, on November 5.
Reserve Constable W. T. Clarke gave evidence that a light was showing. After he had called defendant outside to see it the latter exclaimed: “You people are too officious because you are in uniform. There are plenty of other lights.” Witness added that defendant had been previously warned. He told him to shut the door, and defendant replied; “How do you expect me to get in and out of the house? Down the chimney?” Witness passed the house half an hour afterwards, and light was still showing.
Scorer, in defence, said the whole thing was grossly exaggerated. He arrived in Castlethorpe four months ago, and the first thing he did was to make frames for the black-out. With regard to alleged previous warnings, he was treated courteously by a policeman on the first occasion, and the second complaint arose through the moon shining on the bedroom window.


He said these people were too quick to make judgment, and did not make sufficient inquiries into the charges they made. The particular glimmer of light was caused by a slight crack where the frame fitted against the window.
It was a rigorous persecution, he alleged.
The Chairman (Mr. S. F. Jones): You should not say those words. Inspector Merry pointed out that defendant had had every opportunity of asking the witness questions, but did not do so The question of houses being blacked-out was a very serious matter, and the police intended to enforce the regulations to the full. The light being on half-an-hour afterwards was an insult the police and to the country.
The Chairman: You must pay £2. Scorer said he had only a few shillings for his wife to do her shopping, and was told he would be allowed seven days.
As he was leaving the Court-room he said he could not pay, and loudly slammed the door.
He was brought back by police officers to the defendant’s stand, and Inspector Merry pointed out that if the man persisted in his conduct it was contempt of court.

Northampton Mercury 29 November 1940



T'HE first case in the immediate district of a motorist infringing the car lighting regulations was heard at Northampton Divisional Police Court on Wednesday, when Benjamin Sydney Whiting, 46. Castlethorpe, Bletchley, was summoned for driving a motor-car with front lights showing an excessive amount of light, and thus being visible for a distance of 300 yards, at Wootton, at 9 p.m. on November 8.
Mr. Bernard Tippleston (Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop) appeared for the defendant and admitted the offence.
P.C. Ward said that the sidelights had been painted, leaving space one inch in diameter, but this had not been dimmed, and the reflectors had not been blackened. The rear light had not been adapted to comply with the regulations and could also be seen from a distance of 300 yards.
Mr. Tippleston said that Mr. Whiting had done what he thought was adequate, but discovered he was mistaken.
It was pointed out that he had apparently attempted to comply with the amended regulations, but had forgotten that the original regulations still applied. Whiting was fined £1.

Northampton Mercury 21 February 1941


A LORRY-DRIVER, Richard William Arthur Goodall, Enfield Highway. Middlesex, was congratulated by the Stony Stratford Bench, on his presence of mind in an incident which occurred on that portion of the Watling Street between Stony Stratford and Loughton.
A young woman had cut in between him and an oncoming lorry and car, with the result that her small car overturned in front of Goodall’s lorry which had a gross weight of 22 tons. She escaped with fractured ribs and other injuries.
The mishap occurred on December 29 last.
Miss Mary Keppel-Palmer, aged 20, of Castlethorpe, who lived in France until that country’s capitulation, was summoned for driving dangerously and, alternatively, carelessly, and for not signing her driving licence. The first summons, to which she had pleaded not guilty, was dismissed, and she was fined £2 with £3 5s. costs for driving carelessly, with endorsement of the licence. For not signing she was ordered to pay the costs.

[Note: Mary Keppel-Palmer bridesmaid to Patricia Whiting, Castlethorpe Lodge/Home Farm]

Northampton Mercury 18 April 1941

Newport Pagnell Police Court

Frederick George Scripps. Castlethorpe, summoned for riding a pedal cycle with an unscreened front light, and without a red rear light, was fined 10s. and 7s. 6d. respectively.

Northampton Mercury 13 June 1941

Newport Pagnell Court

William Thomas Ray, Castlethorpe, was fined £1 for riding a pedal cycle without a light, at Gayhurst. On the Bench: Sir Walter Carlile (chairman). Major Denis H. Farrer, Mr. L. T. Edwards. Mrs. Good. Mr. H. B. Baldwin, and Mr. S. W. Lord.

Northampton Mercury 06 February 1942

Thomas Reginald Mayes, farmer, Castlethorpe. £1, and for not having a current driving licence, 10s.

Northampton Mercury 13 November 1942


Staff-Sergt. Alan Gill was summoned by Marjorie Meacham (19), 2, Station-road, Castlethorpe. in respect of a female child. Mr. B. C. Tippleston (Messrs Dennis, Faulkner, and Alsop, Northampton represented applicant.
The Bench made an order of 7s 6d a week for 14 years and £2 19s. 6d. costs

Northampton Mercury 27 November 1942


CHARLES MORLEY (33), railway carriage worker, Langton House, Castlethorpe, and his wife, Daisy Gertrude Morley, were each fined £1 at Stony Stratford for stealing seven Rhode Island Red pullets, value £7, the property of Jack Sawbridge, farmer, Castlethorpe.
Defendants pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutor said that near the railway line he kept 133 pullets and four cockerels at the Malting Farm, and afterwards missed 11. He asked Mrs. Morley if she had seen anything of the fowls, and she replied she had not. Later the same day he accompanied P.C Keen to Morley‘s fowl-pen, and there identified the seven pullets.
The male defendant said the fowls must have got through a gap in the iron fence.
P.C. Keen spoke of three visits he made to the Morleys. On the first occasion Mrs. Morley told him the pullets were their property. On his second visit she said her husband had bought them in Northampton Market. The third visit was made in company with Sawbridge, and when told they would be charged with stealing the seven pullets, Charles Morlev replied, “They belong Mr. Sawbridge. We kept them shut up until Mr. Sawbridge claimed them, as they kept getting into the garden.” He then handed the birds to Mr. Sawbridge.
Superintendent Bryant submitted that larceny by finding was the same as simple larceny, and no reasonable steps were taken to restore the fowls. Morley said his wife did not tell him at the time, and he did not know. He knew he was wrong in not telling Sawbridge, but he was working late hours and was tired when he got home. He did not intend to steal them.
Mrs. Morley said that if the fence had been repaired the fowls would not have come through. She had no intention stealing them.


Ellen Cook, married, Lower Lodge Farm Cottages, Castlethorpe, pleaded not guilty to stealing a pullet, value £1. the property of Jack Sawbrldge. She said she picked it up on the King’s highway.” May Jarman, The Retreat, Castlethorpe, said she helped Mrs. Cook to get the pullet out of her front garden.
Cook denied she told Mrs. Jarman she had bought it.
PC. Keen said that when he told her he suspected her of stealing the fowl she replied: “I picked it up as I felt sorry for it. I thought it was lost."
The Chairman said they would give defendant the benefit of the doubt and dismissed the case. The pullet was restored to Mr. Sawbridge.

Northampton Mercury 07 January 1944



WILLIAM DAVID MARKHAM, farmer, Castlethorpe, was summoned at Stony Stratford Police Court for failing to notify surplus of milk and also for selling milk above the authorised amount.
He pleaded not guilty.
The Bench fined him £2 12s. 6d„ and ordered him to pay £1 11s. 6d. advocate’s fee in each case, a total of eight guineas.
Mr. E. Marchant, Bletchley, prosecuted for the Ministry of Food, and said that Markham was authorised to supply 1,992 gallons milk weekly, but for the week ending September 18 last he was disposing of 3,087 gallons. There was a difference between the wholesale and retail price of 10½d per gallon, and the excess retail would be over £44 in the week which was some inducement for him to retail the excess milk.
Arthur C. H. Jupe, divisional enforcement inspector for the Ministry of Food, gave evidence of interviews he had with Markham who, after he had been cautioned declined to make a statement, adding, “I was deputy provost marshal in the last war, and my experience tells me not to make signed statement. If necessary I will make a statement in Court.”


Later, Markham said that the milk had been sold in good faith, and he was covered in the correspondence he had with the Regional Milk Supply Officer. He had been quite open about it. Markham elected to make a statement and claimed that he was entitled to sell the milk. He had not received a direction notice and his authority had never been cancelled.
He called his wife, Alice Gertrude Markham, who said that he had telephoned the United Dairies Company, requesting them to take surplus milk, but they replied could not do so until they obtained authority from the Regional Officer.
Markham, continuing his statement, said he had to ensure that the surplus milk did not deteriorate or was wasted, and that a direction notice had never been sent to him. If any infringement had been made, he alleged that it was entirely through the negligent manner in which the department had dealt with it.


He had the milk, the United Dairies would not take it, and he could have given it to the live stock but that would not have served the national interest. He had been in business 30 years, and he did not know that he had ever willingly done anything that was not to order.
In fining the defendant the chairman (Mr. S. F. Jones) pointed out that the maximum fine was £500 in each case and 12 months’ imprisonment.
Markham said he wished to give notice of appeal, and was told he could do so through his solicitor.

Northampton Mercury 18 February 1944


There was only one case at Stony Stratford Police Court.
Ernest John Willmott (31), railway labourer. Mount Pleasant, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to stealing 28 lbs. of coal, the property of the Ministry of Mines, on Jan. 20. He was fined 10s. and 15s costs.
P.C. Keen said saw Willmott get over a fence with a bag on his back. When asked him if it contained coal, defendant replied that he had brought it from Rugby Station. Witness told him was not satisfied, and Willmott then said. “I may as well tell you all about it. I got it from off the big dump. You know how things are, and my wife is expecting baby.”  Witness later made a search Willmott’s coal barn, and saw 28 lbs. of coal there. Willmott told the Bench he did it because he was very short, and could not do without a fire. The magistrates were: Mr. S. F Jones (chairman). Mr. H. T. Weston. Dr. Douglas Bull. Mrs Brett. Mr. H. Dolling. Mrs. Clark Mr. J. Purves. Mr. T E. Parker, and Mr. E. S. D. Moore.

Note: Northampton Mercury 06 October 1944
Ernest John Wilmott (32), labourer, Meadow View, Castlethorpe, who was killed last Friday, when a tree trunk fell on him.

Northampton Mercury 25 February 1944


No rear light on cycle. Charles William Morle (34), Langton House Castlethorpe Bucks labourer, fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 10 March 1944


Cycle without red rear light: Maurice (36). cowman. Manor Farm Castlethorpe. fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 07 April 1944


Patrick Green, cowman. Manor Farm. Castlethorpe. Buckinghamshire, was fined 10s for not having rear lights on his cycle.

Northampton Mercury 19 May 1944


Robert John Weston (17). farm labourer. The Square, Castlethorpe was fined 10s. at Northampton Divisional Police Court, on Wednesday, for driving a tractor with a licence, and 10s. for not having a third party insurance.
For employing B. J. Weston to drive the tractor while not having a licence and for permitting him to drive while not covered by Insurance Arthur Henry John Weston (29). farmer, Grange Farm, Hartwell, was fined 10s. in each case.

Northampton Mercury 25 August 1944


No diving licence: Marcelle Ridout, Manor Farm, Castlethorpe fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 13 April 1945

STONY STRATFORD COURT Four cases were heard at Stony Stratford Magistrates' Court, but none of the defendants appeared. George Allan Clarke, bodymaker, 3. Ridgmont, Deanshanger wrote excusing non-attendance on the ground that he was on work of national importance. He pleaded guilty to riding a pedal-cycle without a rear light. He was fined 10s. For a similar offence. John Tagg. farm worker. Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, was also lined 10s.

Northampton Mercury 22 June 1945


Described by the owner as the best dog in the world as a guard, a Castlethorpe resident was summoned at Stony Stratford Magistrates’ Court as being the owner of a dangerous dog. He was George White, a Wolverton railway employee, of 7, Council Houses, Castlethorpe, and he pleaded not guilty.
Mrs. Gladys May Lambert, of New-road, Castlethorpe, said as she was delivering letter defendant’s dog caught hold of her coat sleeve. It did not bite her, but frightened her very much”.
Laurie Eales, insurance agent, High-street, Deanshanger, stated that the dog caught hold of his shoulder with its teeth. It was just like a mad dog.
P.C. Keen, Hanslope, gave evidence as to warning defendant following the first incident. Defendant: He is a good dog and doesn’t touch anyone outside the garden. He is one of the best dogs in the world as a guard. I’m trying to sell it.
The Bench made an order for the dog to be kept under proper control. Costs of 15s. were imposed.

Northampton Mercury 20 July 1945

William Ray farm worker. Castlethorpe. was ordered to pay 4s. costs for riding a pedal cycle without lights.

The Wolverton Express 18 April 1947



Man with Many Convictions

Still Prefers Prison

Telling a police officer “I am fed up. I have had two nights out and don’t want another one”. After he smashed a pane of glass at Castlethorpe L.M.S. Railway Station, William Parkin (49), no fixed abode, was sent to prison for two months with hard labour at a special sitting of stony Stratford Magistrates Court on Friday last.

Defendant had a long list of convictions and had served prison sentences for fraud on the railways, wilful damage, and house and shop-breaking.

William Jesse Robinson signalman, Field View, Castlethorpe, said accused informed him that he had broken a window at the station and asked if anyone was about. When told “No” he said he would wait until someone came.

P.C. A. Keen, Hanslope, gave evidence of seeing the broken window and of arresting defendant. Defendant had nothing to say in answer to the charge.

Dr. Douglas Bull (chairman), who sat with Mr. T. J. Tibbets C.C., sad to the defendant; “You have an extremely bad record and will have to go to prison again for two months with hard labour.

Northampton Mercury 24 October 1947


REFERENCE to a clear case of black market transactions was made by the prosecution when a Bucks farmer was ordered to pay a total of £45 10s. in fines and costs at Newport Pagnell on Wednesday.
William Needham, farmer, Petsoe Manor Farm, near Olney, pleaded guilty to eight summonses under the Animal Feeding Stuffs Regulations in respect of buying and obtaining, selling and supplying dried sugar beet pulp without licence and without obtaining or surrendering coupons. The offences covered two transactions, four summonses on each.
The Bench imposed a fine of £5 in each case and ordered defendant to pay £5 10s. special costs, a total of £45 10s.
Mr. J. V. Steventon, from the Treasury Department, prosecuted on behalf of the Ministry of Food, and Mr. A. L. Singlehurst (Messrs. Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop. Northampton) defended.
Mr. Steventon said two men admitted they had received pulp from Needham, the amounts being 11 tons 16 cwts. and 18 tons 11 cwts.

“£5 10s. PROFIT”

On July 18 Needham told Chief-Inspector Slyfield he obtained the pulp from Jack Sawbridge, of Castlethorpe, about the end of 1946. Needham sold some at £14 a ton and made a profit of £5 10s. on one deal. The controlled price was 7s. 6d ton. Therefore, It was a clear case of black market transactions.
The Magistrates’ Clerk (Mr. E Marchant): What was the profit on the 18 tons?— Mr. Steventon: I have no evidence of the price. Owing to the unsatisfactory sale of some heifers, the pulp was sent as sort of compensation.
Mr. Singlehurst, in mitigation, said Needham had been at the farm at Petsoe End for the past four years. The land was arable, and no sugar beet was grown on it.
Prior to that he had a dairy farm at Stafford, and at that time (1943) pulp was ration free. His client had no knowledge of the existing regulations.
The 11 tons 16 cwts. went to his brother-in-law.

Northampton Mercury 20 February 1948


Traffic cases dealt with by Northampton Divisional Magistrates included: Leslie Gordon Markham (27), Cobbs Bush Farm. Cosgrove, farmer, was fined £2 for using a motor-van with inefficient brakes, and £1 for not having a mirror.
William David Markham (57), Manor Farm, Castlethorpe. farmer, was fined £2 and £1 for permitting these offences.

Northampton Mercury 05 May 1950


WILLIAM RAY, married, Council Houses, Castlethorpe, was conditionally discharged on payment of 4s. costs by Stony Stratford Magistrates after he had been found guilty of common assault. He was ordered to be of good behaviour for 12 months Mr. S. J. Vardon (Parratt and Sons, Stony Stratford) prosecuted behalf of the mother of 11-years-old Robin Hart, also of Council Houses, Castlethorpe. Mr. Vardon said the parties lived next door to each other and on Friday, April 14, there was some stone-throwing between some children including the boy Robin Hart.
Robin Hart said that stone he threw accidentally hit one of Ray’s children on the shoulder.


Next day Ray came out of a public-house as witness was passing and said. “I’ll teach you to throw half-bricks at my baby” and hit him on the back of the head.
Ray said it was his two-years-old baby who had been hit on the head and it was not the first time it had happened: another of his boys had had his head cut open by a stone.
He denied hitting Robin Hart but said he shook him.
Defendant’s wife Mrs. Phyllis Ray, said the stone caused a big bump to form on her baby’s head and it took quite a time to calm the child down.

Northampton Mercury 14 July 1950


A CASTLETHORPE licensee who supplied five of his customers with intoxicants after permitted hours was fined £5 by Stony Stratford Magistrates.
The five customers were each fined £1.
Defendants were John Trace, of the Carrington Arms, Reginald West, Albert E. Pittam, Frederick L. Keeves, William Thomas Scripps, and John William Hill, all Castlethorpe.
They were all represented by Mr. A. Marchant (Bletchley) and pleaded not guilty.
West and Pittam did not attend court. Sergt. B. Gee told how he and P.C. Clarke heard voices and entered the Carrington Arms at 11.10 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. On the counter were three glasses of beer. Trace was behind the counter, and drew two more glasses and placed them in front of defendants.


“He looked up, rather surprised,” said witness, “and there was a pause. I said, ‘What’s going on here?’ and Trace said, ‘It’s all right Sergeant it’s all on me.’”
Trace on oath, said that on that particular day there had been a pony race at Hanslope, and there was a good crowd in the public-house that night.
At 10.30 p.m. he called time but five defendants stayed and cleared the glasses from the yard and tap room. At about 11 o’clock he gave them a half-pint each. “They were helping me to clear up,” he said.

Northampton Mercury 01 June 1951



A CASTLETHORPE man who won the Military Medal during the war was fined £1 and ordered to pay £2 2s. costs by Stony Stratford magistrates after he had been found guilty of assaulting an older man. Defendant was William Ray, and he pleaded not guilty to assaulting Cyril Aubrey Pittam, of Laburnham Cottage, Castlethorpe, on May 12. Pittam was represented by Mr. Andrew Marchant.
In evidence, Pittam said that on May 12 he came out of a public house and talked to some people, Ray being in the group. After some discussion Ray struck witness in the left eye and knocked him out. Witness was blind in the right eye, and the blow affected his vision in the left eye and he stayed in bed until 4 p.m. next day.
Ray apologised for the blow and offered to take him home, but he refused. Pittam said he was 47.
On oath, Ray said he left the public house and was talking to one man when Pittam butted in. They had a three-cornered argument about the election and then started about the Army. He told Pittam he had equally as much out of the Home Guard as he (witness) did out of the Army.


“I have been to specialists and psychiatrists and even to the mad-house. I have had it thrown up in my face that I was not entitled to the medal,” Ray told the court. He added that Pittam said: “Be satisfied with the medal.”
“I struck him, and I picked him up and shook hands,” Ray said. “I lost my temper.”
In reply to Mr. Marchant, Ray said he was 31. He did not know Pittam was blind in one eye.
Inspector R. Rowarth said Ray was before the magistrates on a similar charge on April 24 last year and was conditionally discharged to be of good behaviour for twelve months.
Announcing the fine, the chairman said he did not think Ray had been provoked.

Northampton Mercury 28 December 1951


Judge Clothier, in the Divorce Court, granted decree nisi, with costs, to Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Spraggon, of Church View, Castlethorpe, because of her husband’s cruelty. The husband, Mr Sidney Albert Spraggon, did not contest the suit Mr. and Mrs. Spraggon were married at Hanslope in August, 1921, and lived in London.

[Note: Elizabeth Spraggon = Annie Elizabeth Cook, father Charles Cook]

Northampton Mercury 20 March 1953



Should a vehicle horn be capable of being sounded when the vehicle is stationary and the engine is switched off? Stony Stratford Magistrates decided that it should and fined Mervyn Swain, c/o Manor

Farm. Castlethorpe. 5s. for driving a vehicle with an inefficient horn.
Swain was also fined 5s. for driving a vehicle with defective tyres, and Alice Markham of Manor Farm. Castlethorpe, Marcelle Ridout of Glencote Farm, Castlethorpe, and Leslie Markham of Cobbs Bush Farm, Cosgrove, were fined a total of £2 on two summonses for permitting the offences.
Swain and Mr. Markham appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.
The lorry was fitted with an electric horn which did not work. Markham told the court that the horn on the bumper did not work but there was another one which was wired to the Ignition switch. He did not think the tyres were in a dangerous condition.

Northampton Mercury 12 June 1953


A Castlethorpe man, John Stewart, of Malting-road, appeared before Stony Stratford Magistrates on a summons of common assault.
He was represented by Mr. J. R. Scott (Messrs. Ray and Vials) and pleaded not guilty.
Frederick George King, of South-street, Castlethorpe, pleaded not guilty to a cross-summons for assault.
King was represented by Mr. A. Marchant (Messrs, Marchant and Son).
Evidence was given that there was a “general set-to” between the two men after an argument about first King’s dog and then Stewart's dog.
The magistrates said both defendants would be given an absolute discharge. They hoped there would not be any further trouble about the dogs. Both men were ordered to pay court costs of 4s.

Northampton Mercury 27 August 1954


TOWCESTER Magistrates were told on Tuesday about men in a lorry and alleged shots at rabbits with a rifle.
Before the court were three men. Leslie Bernard White (36), haulage contractor of 4, Pretoria-terrace, Castlethorpe, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing •22 rifle and one round of ammunition, and was fined £3 with 4s. costs. He pleaded not guilty to firing a rifle within 50 feet of a public highway to the danger a person travelling on  it and the summons was dismissed.
White and William Thomas Ray (34), brass polisher, of Council Houses, and Kenneth Gordon Ray (19) labourer, both of Castlethorpe, were summoned for being persons suspected of coming from land in search or pursuit of rabbits, and being in possession of a •22 rifle at Deanshanger on July 3 White and Kenneth Ray who pleaded guilty were each fined 10s. with 4s. costs. The case against William Ray was dismissed.


All three were summoned by Sydney Thomas Spademan. The Shaw Riding Lechamstead, head gamekeeper on the 3,000 acres estate of the Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers, Leckhamstead, for trespassing in day-time in pursuit of conies at Wicken on July 3, White and Kenneth Ray pleaded guilty and were each fined £1 and ordered to pay £1 15s costs.

The case against William Ray was dismissed. Mr. A. Marchant (Bletchley) appeared for the three defendants and Mr. G. F. Trunchion (Messrs. Williams and Kingston) prosecuted for Mr. Spademan. Mr. Trunchion said two shots were heard.
P.C. Fiddy said that on July 3 he heard rifle fire and later saw Kenneth Ray throw something over a hedge, which appeared to a rabbit.


The lorry then travelled away at fast speed towards North Fields gate where it stopped. Witness then caught up. Inside the cab he found a freshly-killed rabbit and a •22 rifle. Tire rabbit had been killed by a bullet.
White was sitting in the driving seat and William Ray was by his side. White could not produce a firearm certificate although he had a licence.
Sgt. Astle said that in a police statement White said that two weeks previously he met a man at Yardley Gobion who was willing to sell him the rifle for £7.
He gave the man and took the rifle to try out. At Deanshanger he had a shot at a rabbit but missed. Kenneth Ray had a shot and hit a rabbit.
Mr. Marchant said there was no evidence that anyone was in danger while, the shooting was going on or that William Ray had participated.

Northampton Mercury 26 November 1954


“I don’t see why you should have one law for and law for the other tradesmen,” said a defendant at Stony Stratford Magistrates’ Court.
Clifford Markham, of Manor Farm, Castlethorpe, was fined 10s. for quitting a motor vehicle without stopping the engine.
 In court. Markham, who pleaded guilty, said that if it was an offence he had been doing it for 10 years, and was likely doing it for another 50 years.
“I am milk roundsman, and it is technical to stop the motor at every call.”