Gregory Family & The Stores Shop

Thomas & Susannah Gregory's Family
Name Born Died
Thomas Gregory Oct. 9th 1840 Dec 4th 1879
Susannah Gregory June 7th 1841 May 4th 1927
Elizabeth Nov. 2nd 1862 May 15th 1936
William Thomas Apr. 1st 1864
Annie June 25th 1867
Joseph Nov. 6th 1868
Susette Oct. 22nd 1870
Arthur Oct. 22nd 1871 Feb. 7th 1947
Janie Sep. 28th 1873 June 15th 1928
Stephen Brown Jan. 23rd 1875 May 7th 1953
Charles Aug 17th 1876
John July 1878
Thomas June 5th 1880 Nov. 25th 1929

Annie Gregory
School Teacher
Thomas Gregory aged 39 was killed by a passing railway engine in December 1879, leaving Susannah pregnant with Thomas and their other surviving children.

After the fire 1905 Fire they sent their mother Susannah the money to build the shop and house. Annie Gregory carried on running the shop until just before the war when the Bridge family took over.

They each sent home to Castlethorpe a £5 donation towards the War Memorial

Charles Gregory in 1921 was living in Bridge Port U.S.A. and William T. Gregory was living in Flint, Mich. U.S.A.
Annie Gregory
Annie Gregory

View of South St. before the Fire of 1905
View of South St and along by the Carrington Arms before the Fire of 1905
The corner of South St. before the fire of 1905.
View of South St. before the fire of 1905

Gregory's Shop
The shop and house were built in about 1908 for Susannah Gregory.
The stones from the cottages that were burnt down in the 1905 fire were used in the new construction.
The building was used as a general stores until 1977.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 06 December 1879

FATAL ACCIDENT. On Thursday morning, the 4th inst. A sad fatal accident occurred to a man named Thomas Gregory, a native of Castlethorpe. It appears that the poor man, about quarter to six o’clock, was proceeding to his work at Wolverton, and while endeavouring to avoid a passing train, was knocked down by a pilot engine and literally cut to piece. Upon picking up his body it was found minus the head, portions of which we afterwards found lying strewn about in various parts of the line. The body was conveyed to the “Carrington Arms,” to await an inquest. The deceased who was an organist of Castlethorpe church, leaves a large family to mourn his loss.

Croydon’s Weekly Standard 13 December 1879

INQUEST. An inquest was held at the Carrington Arms, before J. Worley, Esq., on Saturday last, touching the death of Thomas Gregory, who was killed on the line on the previous Thursday. George Sprittles said: I live at Castlethorpe, and am a labourer. I knew deceased. He lived at Castlethorpe, and was a turner and fitter, working at Wolverton Station, where he had been employed about 20 years. His age is about 40. On Thursday morning, about six o’clock, I was passing along the line between Castlethorpe and Wolverton and found deceased lying in the four-foot way, on the down side. The place was about a mile from Castlethorpe. I noticed his back was bare, and I put my hand to it and found it warm. I moved the body out of the four-foot. I did not notice it particularly. It was dark, and I not know it was deceased, Thomas Gregory. There was no sign of life, and I did not know the body was mutilated. A policeman’s hut was about 250 yards nearer to Castlethorpe. I went there and borrowed a light, and on going back I saw a head lying in the six-foot way, about three or four yards from the body. Two men then came up, who were on their way to Wolverton, and I then returned the light to the policeman at his hut and told him about the body, and then proceeded to my work. I had not seen any train pass before I came to the body, I had come about 250 yards along the line. I believe deceased was in the habit of going along the line to his work. The men living at Castlethorpe usually go that way to their work. Deceased’s basket laid two or three yards from his feet. Edward Robinson said: I live at Hanslope, and am a foreman platelayer on the line. My work lay between Castlethorpe and Wolverton. Last Thursday I got to my work at seven o’clock, and at a quarter past I found the body of the deceased lying on the outside of the down line. It was too much mutilated to be recognised, but I knew the basket to be Gregory’s. I noticed marks on the line. Deceased appeared to have been dragged about twenty-two yards along the down line. At that point, just above where the body was, I noticed remains of his head, as if it had been smashed on the rail next the six-foot of the down line. I moved the body on my trolley to Castlethorpe. I have been on the length between Castlethorpe and Wolverton about seven years. I knew deceased. He was in the habit of going to and from his work daily along the line. The time for him to be at Wolverton would be six o’clock. It was rather a cloudy morning. A great many men walk to and from their work.-Job Cowley said: I live at Castlethorpe, and am a signalman, stationed at the box at Castlethorpe crossing. On the 4th of December the witness Sprittles called at my cabin at six minutes past six o’clock in the morning, and stated he had found a body on the line about 250 yards south of my box. I told him to take my lamp and see who it was. H e seemed as if he did not care to go, but I pressed him to do so as I could not leave my box. When he came back he said he could not recognise the body. I telegraphed to Wolverton. I had a train shunted in the loop line opposite to my box at 5.40, and it remained for the Irish Mail to pass by, which it did at 5.41, and at 5.43 the train passed from the loop into the main up-line and went on. At 5.47 a light engine and an up coal train would meet at about the place where deceased was found. An empty wagon train had passed my box at 5.36. It would take about twenty minutes to walk from my box to the works at Wolverton, along the line. The men can get into the works up to 6.16 in the morning. I heard men pass that morning, but did not look out. They are allowed to go along the line from Castlethorpe to work. I have frequently seen deceased passing to and from work. He usually was looking down in walking along. He was often last going and returning. It would not be unusual to be going alone. His age is 39. He has worked at the works for twenty years or more. The jury returned a verdict that deceased was accidentally killed whilst proceeding along the line to his work.


The funeral of Thomas Gregory, who was killed on the Railway, on Thursday, December 4th, as recorded in our columns of last week, took place at St. Jude’s Church Castlethorpe, on Tuesday last, which was crowded to excess. The Rev. M. A. Nicholson, vicar of St. James’ Church Hanslope assisted by the Rev. Wigglesworth, curate, officiated at the ceremony. Miss A. Varney presided at the organ, and the choir sang “The dead march in Saul, together with Nos. 400 and 225 of Hymns Ancient and Modern, revised edition. Deceased was followed to the grave by a large number of relatives and friends, and the Members of the Royal Progress Lodge of the National Independent order of Oddfellows, of which lodge deceased was treasurer: and also by members of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers and Millwrights, and members of the Wesleyan Benefit Society, both of which societies deceased was also a member: and a large number of his fellow workmen from Wolverton. The coffin, which was of polished oak, was literally heaped up with flowers after it was lowered into the grave. Deceased was 39 years of age, and leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss.

The following is another account furnished to us by a correspondent. Last week was recorded the very sad and fatal accident which befell Mr. T. Gregory, the organist and choir master of the above parish. His death was mentioned with much feeling by the vicar and curate in their sermons at Castlethorpe, on Sunday. The awful sadness with which their friend and teacher had been taken from, as it were, their very midst, was impressively dwelt upon by the vicar, more especially addressing himself to the members of the choir, for whose instruction and improvement Mr. Gregory had laboured with unwearied patience and devotion. His loss in this respect will be irreparable, and his steady, earnest life was an influence and an example to all those whom he had to do, which we trust will yet speak in their memories, who have lost in him the ready sharer in any innocent recreation, and the friend who tried to lead them to feel that life has a fuller meaning than the present moment, that all have the responsibility he never shirked of being much help to one another. The funeral of Mr. T. Gregory took place at Castlethorpe on Tuesday last, and was attended, not only by the relatives of deceased, but by the members of different clubs, and by numerous friends, who wished then to show their feeling for one who had gained the esteem and respect of all who knew him. The service was performed by the Rev. M. A. Nicholson, and appropriate hymns were sung by the choir.

The Bucks Standard January 2nd 1926

Presentation to a Teacher. On Tuesday evening, December 22, a very representative meeting of the villagers took place in the Castlethorpe Council School in order to make a presentation to Miss Annie Gregory who is resigning her post as infant teacher, a position she has held since the school was opened in 1891. The presentation was proceeded by an hour’s concert in which the following took part: Miss Elsie Richardson, Miss Minnie Rainbow, Miss Grace Olney, Miss Ethel Faulkner and Mrs. H. Middleton, also Messrs. Arthur Clarke, Alfred Richardson, Jesse Nichols and Bert Evans. Mr. H. Middleton acted as accompanist. Most of the school managers were present and Mr. Jos. E. Whiting, the chairman, after his introductory remarks, called upon Mr. H. H. Middleton, the headmaster, to make the presentation. Mr. Middleton in the course of his remarks, referred to the long association of Miss Gregory with his wife and himself in the work of the school and the cordial relations which had always existed between them. No one would be more sorry than he that home circumstances had compelled Miss Gregory to resign her position. He commented also on Miss Gregory’s excellent work as a teacher and the many times her work had been commended by His Majesty’s inspector in the school report. He then asked Miss Gregory to accept a small token of esteem and appreciation a very handsome clock subscribed for by the majority of the residents of Castlethorpe. Mr. E. Richardson, who has been a manager continuously since the opening of the school, then spoke in similar terms of Miss Gregory’s work and her influence for good on the minds of the children under her care. Miss Gregory suitably replied, thanking all the subscribers to her present and referred to the kindness and consideration she had always received from the managers and the headmaster. Mr. Jas. Marsh, Correspondent of the school, endorsed the remarks which had been made by the previous speakers, and the meeting closed by the singing of the National Anthem.

The Bucks Standard 14 May 1927



The village of Castlethorpe lost one of its oldest and most respected inhabitants in the death of Mrs. Susannah Gregory, who, after intense suffering for the past two years as the result of a seizure, passed peacefully away at her residence on Wednesday, May 4, at the age of 85 years.

The whole of Mrs. Gregory’s life had been spent at Castlethorpe, and, after the accidental death of her husband, Mr. Thomas Gregory, in 1880, Mrs. Gregory took up a general grocery business with which she has since been connected, and by which she will be remembered throughout the neighbourhood. Her kindly disposition and sound Christian character gained for her, both in business and private life, the respect of the residents of the village and all acquainted with her. Our sympathy is expressed to her family in their loss.

Mrs. Gregory was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the parish Churchyard on Saturday last. Many friends of the family attended the burial service, which was conducted by the Rev. W. J. Harkness, M.A. (vicar), assisted by the Rev. E. J. Fenn, M.A. (curate). As a last token of respect the full choir attended the service, the organ being played by Mr. H. H. Middleton. Psalm 23 and the hymns. “Jesu, lover of my Soul” and “O God our help in ages past,” were sung in the church.

A beautiful collection of floral tributes included the following: To dear Mother, from Will and Charlie, U.S.A.; To our dear loving Mother, from her sorrowing daughters Lizzie, Annie and Janie; In affectionate and loving memory of dear Mother, from Arthur and family; In affectionate and loving remembrance of dear Mother from Steve, Maggie and family; In loving memory of dear Mother and Grandma, from Tom, Jennie and Dorothy; In loving memory of dear Grandma, from Nell, Amy and Will; In loving memory of dear Grandma, from Kit and Harry; In affectionate remembrance of dear Grandma, from Doris and Roy; To dear Grandma, from Amy, Elsie and Phyllis; In loving memory of dear Aunt, from Emma and Kate; In kind remembrance of dear Aunt, from Lizzie and Joe; With deep sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Barford; With sincere sympathy, from Sir Arthur and Lady Holland, and Miss Holland; Very sincere sympathy with all the family, from Mrs. Watts; With deep sympathy from Mrs. F. Farney Brown; In sincere sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Whiting; In affectionate remembrance from Mrs. Jones and family; With deepest sympathy from Miss M. Ross; With deepest sympathy, from family of late Thomas rainbow; In memory of happy friendship and with sincere sympathy, from Mrs. Cook and family; In respect and sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. H. Middleton; With deep sympathy, from S. Compton and family; In remembrance of a dear friend, from Mrs. Coey and Earnie; With deepest sympathy from Florrie.

Northampton Mercury 13 August 1954

SEPTEMBER 23rd; NORTHAMPTONSHIRE. Furniture and Effects at “The Stores,” Castlethorpe. NO CATALOGUES.

Northampton Mercury 10 September 1954

Re Miss A. Gregory, deceased, and Others.


comprising : Antique Mahogany Bow-front Chest Commode, Antique Oak Panel Linen Chest, Wardrobe, Dressing Tables, Chests of Drawers, Bedsteads and Bedding, Three-piece Suite, Upholstered Easy and other Chairs, Large Mahogany Sideboard, Mahogany Pembroke Table, Oak Drop-leaf and other Tables, Oak Hall Stand. Chiffonier, Mahogany Tea Caddy, Music Cabinet, Grandfather Clock in oak case, 4-valve Wireless Set, Piano Accordion, Clocks, Books and Pictures, Dinner and Tea Ware, China and Glass, Carpeting, Curtains and Linen. Kitchen Equipment, Ladder. Tools, etc.
To be sold by Auction ON THE PREMISES on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. 1954, commencing at 2 p.m. prompt.

On View Morning of Sale. No Catalogues. Note:—Items can be included in this sale on application to the Auctioneers:— JACKSON-STOPS & STAFF, as above.

Gregory's shop, now dwellings
The building has now been divided into several dwellings.